Important Tips About Feeding Babies

Ask a mother and she will tell you that baby feeding is probably the most difficult tasks in bringing up a little one. After some time you really start wondering as to what to give your baby as she starts demanding variety, different tastes and textures and may even want to eat on her own.

Baby foods are very easy to prepare, avoid foods that will be harmful and as far as possible try to give homemade food. You may begin baby foods only after 6 months of age but if your baby is premature and underweight check with your health care provider and go by the weight of your baby.

We must be very careful for the needs of our little baby. Firstly make sure you sterilize the utensils you use to feed baby food since the baby is very sensitive and can develop an infection very easily. For the first six months, mother’s milk is the very best of your baby. In case you are unable to feed, good formula milk is available in the market and you may try these.

After six months of age, with advice from your health care provider you can begin solid foods. Cereals are the best to begin with; you can give mashed rice with cooked lentils or you can give boiled and mashed potatoes. Boiled vegetables and fruits like turnips, carrots, sweet potato, apple, dessert pear and bananas make a good meal for babies.

It is important to introduce one food at a time, wait for one or two days and if there is no reaction then you can assume the baby is not allergic or intolerant to the particular food. Allergic reactions include diarrhea, eczema, rashes, nausea, constipation or redness of eyes. Be very sensitive to baby allergies or it may get offhand and become serious.

Babies may be especially allergic to milk, eggs, fish, shellfish and nuts which they generally outgrow and tolerate when they are older. Wheat allergy may be outgrown but gluten intolerance will continue for life and you will need to get your child adjusted to it. Be very careful about feeding your baby but do introduce new foods regularly and get alerted when you find something goes wrong.

Esther Gideon


The author is a postgraduate in business management and is a mother of a four year old and an eight month old.