If your baby is a one-year-old now, it’s time to celebrate! What a milestone your baby has crossed! Now that your baby has hit the one year mark, it’s time to introduce new foods, new flavours, new textures into his diet, along with the best food for babies, breast milk.
Let’s take a look at a few things you should keep in mind about your baby’s dietary restrictions, a food chart for 1 year old baby and easy recipes you can make in no time.
#1. Feeding cow’s milk to your baby can still be put on hold till the 18th month. Breast milk is sufficient in terms of milk consumption and even trusted brands of formula are safer than cow’s milk. Cow’s milk puts undue pressure on your baby’s kidneys and this in turn may cause diarrhea and fever.
#2. Now that your baby has some teeth, it is time to slowly do away with pureed or mashed food items. There is no need for food like this as your now baby can chew solids and semi-solids easily. If your baby doesn’t know how to chew or shows reluctance in chewing food, consult a pediatrician to figure out what the problem is.
#3. Don’t give in to your baby’s food tantrums. Now that he has tasted some wonderful tasting foods, he will only want those, even though it may not be healthy. Stick to healthy food options and keep the sweets and savouries to a minimum.
#4. After the first year, babies don’t put on weight as easily as they did in their first year. Hence, it is important to feed him only how much is necessary and not force feed him to put on weight. This in turn could lead to many health problems and also childhood obesity.
#5. Babies are extremely fussy about food at this age. For example, you may notice that your baby’s tastes have changed drastically. Something that he liked eating in the previous week, he may not like the following week. However, it is important to not be worried about this change and continue feeding him a variety of foods.
#6. Now is a good time to add egg whites in your baby’s diet.
#7. Make sure that your baby is getting the required amount of all the nutrients his body needs, especially iron. Babies need a lot of iron at this age, so include iron-rich foods like beans, poultry, sweet potatoes etc into his diet.
#8. Make a feeding schedule and stick to it. It helps your baby learn how to understand hunger and is in general, a good practice.
Baby Feeding Time Table
|Early Morning||Breakfast||After Breakfast||Lunch||Evening||Dinner||Before Bed|
|Mon||Breast Milk/Formula||Packaged/ Homemade Cerelac||Apple||Rice, Dal And Sabji||Suji Kheer||Breast Milk/Formula|
|Tues||Breast Milk/Formula||Aloo paratha||Banana||Chapathi + Dal||Jam +Bread||Paneer with Roti||Breast Milk/Formula|
|Wed||Breast Milk/Formula||Vegetable Idli||Cucumber||Sweet potato sabji + Rice||Packaged / Homemade Cerelac||Steamed Idli||Breast Milk/Formula|
|Thurs||Breast Milk/Formula||Boiled Potatoes||SeasonalFruit||Vegetable soup + bread||Potato Wedges||Potato Sabji + Rice + Dal||Breast Milk/Formula|
|Fri||Breast Milk/Formula||Steamed Vegetables||Boiled Carrot||Chhole + Rice||Vegetable Pasta||Aloo Paratha||Breast Milk/Formula|
|Sat||Breast Milk/Formula||Packaged/ Homemade Cerelac||Egg Whites||Sattu Pancake||Fruit Bowl||Plain Khichdi||Breast Milk/Formula|
|Sun||Breast Milk/Formula||Suji Upma||Seasonal Fruit||Sabji + Chapathi||Steamed Idli||Tomato and Carrot Soup + Bread||Breast Milk/Formula|
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