A complete feeding guide for your child
Recommendations to follow while feeding your child
Your baby has been growing up fast since the time you brought her home, and it has been an exciting journey till now. Both of you have come a long way, exploring and experimenting with different kinds of food. By now, your little one is ready to enjoy family foods and hence it’s the right time to inculcate the right eating habits and establish a healthy eating routine.
Here are some helpful practices and guidelines for feeding your growing infant.
Recommended child feeding practices
For babies between the age group of 11 to 18 months, three-fourths to one cup (250 ml) of the following can be given per day:
- Chapatti, rice or bread soaked in dal or milk with added ghee
- Khichri or other meals with added vegetables
- A variety of fruits once a day
- Complementary cereals with added vitamins and minerals
- If meat has been introduced to the baby, then from 8 months onwards, parents can feed them minced meat/fish/chicken
- Remember, if you are giving eggs to your baby, only give them the yolk till 1 year of age, as some children might be sensitive toward egg whites
The texture or consistency of the above-mentioned foods should be similar to family foods, chopped or minced if required, or coarsely chopped. Foods should have visible pieces and should be soft to moderate in texture.
Other infant feeding guidelines
- Mothers should continue breastfeeding along with giving complementary foods.
- Depending on your child’s appetite, you can offer one or two healthy snacks daily.
- Do not force your baby to eat.
- Do not offer water along with feeds; instead, offer water between two feedings.
- Sweet foods or sweetened beverages should be avoided as these can lead to loss of appetite or tooth decay.
- You can try and reintroduce any food your child has rejected before.
- Try to feed your child when the whole family sits to their meals. He or she will learn to eat watching them.
- Make sure to wash your child’s hands before each meal.
- You should also wash your hands and utensils properly before each meal.
As your baby grows, he or she will start experiencing different food items, tastes, colours and textures. Hence, it is the right time to encourage your child to make healthy eating choices.
Note: The amounts suggested above are general in nature and might vary according to the child’s age, sex, and activity level.