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A Complete Guide to Introduce Healthy Food to Your Baby’s Diet

For 6 – 24 months old kids

Introduction to solid food is an important milestone in every baby’s life. At this time, even if you have a meal plan in your mind, you might still be confused about the best food options for your baby. However, since every mother wants their baby achieve their full potential, knowing which healthy food you should feed him/her is an essential topic of discussion.

A Complete Guide to Introduce Healthy Food to Your Baby’s Diet

Here are some suggestions on how and when to introduce different food items and food groups to your baby’s diet and what could be the best baby food; which is easy on the digestive system, yet full of nutritional value:

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    Salt

    Remember a baby’s taste buds are quite different than those of adults. Baby’s food items do not require salt or high-salt additives that include packed items like stocks or sauces. Therefore, you should not introduce your baby to food that comes with any additives, preservatives or chemicals. Try to give them as much natural food as possible.

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    Sugar

    Any kind of refined sugar or even honey should not be given to babies who are less than 12 months of age. If you want to give any sweet food item, just give them sweet snacks including whole fruit or even baby yogurt and custard with fruits.

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    Organic foods

    Technically, organic foods must be free of conventional parasites, chemical fertilizers, hormones, and antibiotics, but unfortunately not all organic-branded foods are healthy. So, you should always opt for a certified organic-food brands.

    Initially, you can try giving him/her a single ingredient food as it is more convenient and lets the baby adapt to it. You can gradually begin using a food-processor or simply mash foods and prepare a healthy meal. It is one of the simplest ways to feed the baby and is the best food for infants.

    Prepare the food as you normally do, for the whole family, just remove the baby’s portion and you can add any of those ingredients, salty sauces etc. to the rest.

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    Packaged foods

    There are many options of complementary foods with added nutrients available on the shelf for different age groups -- 6 month baby food, 7 month baby food, 8 month baby food, 1 year baby food, and so on. They are beneficial for the baby because they come in handy and contain added essential micro-nutrients which are important for your child's complete growth.

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    Feeding hazards

    Now that you understand what food to give and how to give it to a baby, you must be eagerly waiting to start giving solid foods to your little ones. But, you have to take care of some important things and take precautions to avoid foods that could be choking hazards to your baby. Avoid giving whole-nuts and popcorns to your baby and never overfill their mouth with food. This could cause serious choking hazards in young children.

    Always pay attention to the seating position of your baby while he/she is eating; make sure that your baby is sitting properly and is under supervision at all times - even while feeding them low-risk choking foods

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    Hygiene in Food

    Food prepared and fed with proper hygiene plays a very important role in your baby’s well-being. Food hygiene is of equal importance as is proper sterilization of utensils. Proper sterilization of spoons, bowls, bottles etc. greatly reduces the risk of gastrointestinal infections in babies. The same phenomenon is applicable in case of solid foods. So, before feeding your baby any solid food, just take note of few important things:

    • Always use clean utensils while serving food to the baby
    • Always properly refrigerate frozen baby foods, as they require a certain temperature conditions to sustain and require careful handling.
    • If you are serving packaged food, then always follow the storage and heating instructions, provided by the manufacturer
    • If you are heating food in a microwave, then always stir it properly and check the temperature before serving it to the baby
    • Always discard the leftover food. Do not offer it again after some time

Very often mothers struggle to understand how to introduce healthy foods to your baby’s diet. However, by following this simple guide, it will be a cakewalk and a very happy experience for both mothers and babies.

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