Hello Solids!

Presenting solid food in front of the baby and making them eat is not an easy job for a mother. It’s a tough ride with a lot of bumps and bars. But at the same time it’s an interesting as well as exciting phase for the mother. The baby for the first time tastes the solid food, touches it, feels it, swallows it like a grown up human and perhaps sometimes likes it. When a baby is born I think there is no one more occupied and busy like a mother. Till the age of six months the mother breast feeds her baby, takes utmost care of her dear little one and thinks and dreams and get’s anxious about her day and night. Not even nights are peaceful for the mother then. Gradually the baby grows up and reaches the age of six months. Now the mother is occupied with the thought “what should I feed my baby today?” She stresses over various aspects of feeding solids to her infant like for example “will this food cause allergy to my baby?” And the mother succeeds in making her baby eat the solid and through this mother the baby gets introduced to foods which make the baby to grow and to live a strong and healthy life.

So let’s talk about this topic.

When should I introduce solid food to my baby..?

Well, you can introduce food to your baby between the age of 4-6 months if your baby is ready. Below are some suggestions to ensure if your baby is ready:

  1. If your baby can sit up on a high back chair and hold his head and neck.
  2. If his birth weight had doubled (approximately).
  3. If he is interested in eating what you are eating and tries to touch and mess with it.
  4. If he can keep the food in his mouth and gulps it down.
  5. If he doesn’t push the food out of his mouth.

But it’s highly recommended by pediatrician to introduce solids after the age of 6 months to prevent any kind of harm.

What solids to start with?

It will be easier to start with simple, well mashed, healthy and nice textured food. To begin with, you can start with baby rice or cereals or barley or oats. Keep a check that your baby doesn’t get any allergy or gas or anything of that sort. Then introduce some vegetables mashed and cooked with the rice along with some pulses. This is what we Indians call “Khichdi”.

You can give some fruits and vegetables. You can give them 2 to 3 kinds of mashed fruit one at a time to see that it doesn’t cause any harm to your baby. Mashed banana, apple puree, mashed papaya, melon juice are some fruits you can begin with. Then you can give them well cooked carrots, sweet potato, vegetable soup with some potato, pumpkin puree.  Remember to introduce one food at a time. It means if you introduce your baby with mashed banana today then wait for 2 days and then introduce any other new food. Introducing your child with the above mentioned fruits and vegetables and cereals will help him to grow strong with a healthy balanced diet. Try with new textures every time; it will help your baby to get attracted to the color of the food.

How to feed my baby..?

A mother needs to understand her baby’s temperament. Be cautious of which food your baby likes to eat and which he doesn’t like to eat. Put a baby bib around his neck and make him sit up on a high back chair. Make sure he can hold his neck and head in a stable manner. Sit across your baby on a high chair to make sure you can eye contact with your baby while feeding. Use a plastic baby feeding spoon and keep a clean napkin. For the first time you can take a very small amount and feed him so to see how he reacts to the foods. If he likes it then continue. Don’t push and force the food into his mouth if he doesn’t like it or doesn’t want to eat. Don’t stress and worry if your child doesn’t eat much. It will eventually happen.

Introducing food for the first time to your baby is fun too. These are exciting and cherish able moments for your baby so make sure you don’t forget to capture these moments of joy. Enjoy every hurdle and achievement of your motherhood. Foods are introduced by a mother which lasts for lifetime. Wishing your child a very happy, healthy and strong life and wishing the mother a very happy and joyful motherhood.

CHILD CARE IN SUMMERS-FOOD

The beginning of the enjoyable summer season brings with itself, the complexities too. And the most vulnerable to this scratchy weather is the tender health of kids. The most responsible of all is the summer vacations wherein the kids, in the urge of enjoying to their limits, completely forget about their proper living schedules and patters. Other than the clothing and hygiene factors, the most obvious and striking target is the food they intake, the quantity and the quality provided.

It is scientifically proven fact that the stomach is the first affected part of the human body, and also kids are most prone to get attacked by the bacteria and germs; especially in the summer season. It is highly recommended by the doctors and the specialists to take care of the children regarding what they eat, to plan the food items according to their taste but keeping in mind, the proper precautions; because every time it is the health that comes first.

We may not realize the diseases; kids can be exposed to if they continue with the uneven and disturbing food habits. It is human tendency to enjoy at family gatherings by the source of entertainment being the food counter, least realizing the outcomes. Here are some of the tips which can be kept in mind by the family members for protecting their loved ones from bad situations-

1. Food poisoning is the most commonly prevailing disease among small children because people technically are not sound with the proper maintenance of the refrigerators. It should be made sure that the ice in fridges should be replaced regularly at the freezer temperature to be below

2. Food related problems can also be caused when the bacteria attacks the food items at a rapid speed. It usually happens when the raw food like meat, chicken and chilled seafood which are uncooked are kept at the same shelf in the refrigerator or close enough with the cooked food. Hands should be thoroughly washed after chopping or touching the raw stuff.

3. In families with large number of members, the food prepared is usually left after the meals. And it is a normal tendency to use the food later or store it anyhow. But there should be a proper cooling system as a storage area. Also, every left over or stored food item should be consumed.

4. If by any chance, the food items are forgotten to be stored, and say left open for 4-5 hours, it should be directly thrown away; no matter how tempting they still look, no matter we think it still could be edible or fresh, specially cooked rice, pasta, and non vegetarian food items.

The researchers say that kids spend most of their times in sun, playing and exhausting themselves; resulting in increased hunger which they usually satisfy with the junk food which makes them fat and sick. It is a tried and tested concept to plan the summer vacations of children by a proper made up.

1. A home maker should always set a routine for their kids to eat food and be healthy even in vacations. Any disturbance in the meal timings also affects the health of children. Breakfast should be served between 8-9 am in the morning; lunch should be consumed between 1-2 pm and proper dinner lastly by 9 in the night.

2. After playing and exhausting themselves badly in the summer sun, the kids have an urge to go for packed items, say a packet of chips or cold drink. Rather than satisfying their hunger by cooking highly fried and heavy items, the mothers should serve them with easy to digest food items like salad, curd, milk etc.

3. Since children now-a- days are getting too moody with their taste buds, not everyone in this upcoming generation has a fondness for the highest source of calcium i.e. milk. The best way to feed them the same is to bring out the better tasting alternatives like buttermilk, milk shake.

4. People think that fruits can be eaten in any form and can be served at any time. But the case isn’t true in summers. The freshly cut fruits should always be kept in fridges or should be made eaten by children in the raw form, not by cutting. The cutting of fruits releases their nutrients. The foremost important way to keep children safe in summer season is by restricting them to eat or drink outside because we cannot assure of the cleanliness of the ingredients and the manner of the preparation of the food items at the outdoor stalls.

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