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Baby Food: What, When And How
What does a baby eat? Well, it does not really “eat”. It swallows. So all baby food is either in a liquefied condition or is at least easy to swallow pastes. Or, something you may liquefy at home. A lactating mother should start supplementing breastfeeding after 4 moths with other external food.
This is necessary for the baby to grow healthy. There are as many baby food varieties in the market as there are babies at homes! Which is best for your baby? Though the best person to tell you this is your pediatrician, here are some instructions.
Many mothers prefer feeding the baby some home-made baby food which is not a bad idea. Only make sure that your hands, the utensils, pans are all spic and span. Babies are easily susceptible to bacterial infection. Simply bake food after removing the pits and seeds with only a little quantity of water or, steam them. Do not add any sweetening agent nor salt. Either mash the food thus cooked or purees it.
Babies may not be able to stop your feeding, however if stuff it does not like but they will literally kick up such a row that you would learn very fast which food they like and which makes them go “eek” and raise Cain. Fresh vegetable puree and fruit juices in measured quantities are always a safe bet. Six months into this world should be sufficient for the baby to start exploring some semi-solid food.
After the seventh month, Cereals cooked thoroughly to be as soft as the baby’s face; fresh fruits chopped into tiny pieces should interest the babies. 10 month old babies can start with cheese, yogurt, egg whites and also a sensible amount of yolk. Should breastfeeding continue? It is really your decision. But generally, breast milk loses it potency after a year.
As recommended by many doctors, once they complete the first happy year on earth planet your baby should extend his hand to whatever served in your platter. Hence make sure you don’t be apprehensive about trying any food and make them adaptable to all eatable available on planet. Hence with growing months can keep adding food items from then on.