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 Guide to Weaning

  Last Updated : Jul 28,2018






16 Steps to Weaning your Baby + Healthy Baby Recipes

1. Weaning is a period of experiments, both for you and your baby. It is really a matter of trial and error to find out what your baby really likes as most babies show strong preferences, even at this early age.

2. Wean your baby gradually over a period of months. Your little one is less likely to be distressed when weaning happens gradually.

3. During the initial days of weaning, allow your baby to lick on some foods, preferably liquids, so that she gets accustomed to different kinds of flavours and textures. When you start off, give foods that are very thin in consistency like Apple Punch. As your baby gets accustomed to thinner foods, you can gradually thicken the consistency. Along with this, most babies are ready for a mashed cereal or fruit. Encourage your baby to wean by providing other nourishment like Masoor Dal Water, Doodhi Soup in place of breast feeds.

4. Your baby will need plenty of loving attention while you both make the transition from nursing to weaning. She will be your best guide during the initial period of weaning and she is the only person whose opinion on this subject counts.

5. While introducing any foods for the first time, watch out for any allergic reactions, like cough, cold or skin rashes. If these occur, discontinue that food immediately and consult your paediatrician.

6. Sometimes she may dislike some foods so much that she may just throw them back at you. At these times, avoid giving the same food a second try immediately. Wait for a week or two before you try again. In the meantime, you can also offer her another food to introduce her taste buds to new flavours. However, if your baby continues to dislike that particular food, try and add an accepted food to a rejected one to help your baby get used to the taste.

7. Feed your baby in an upright position. This will prevent her from choking on foods.

8. Try not to show any sort of dislike towards any food while feeding your baby as babies are good imitators and get influenced very easily.

9. It is always better to be guided by your baby’s appetite than to feel pressured into overfeeding her. Do not urge your baby to eat more than she wants. Instead, try and understand her expressions towards food. Learn the pattern of your baby’s feeding requirements from her body language. Some babies show signs of hunger by waving their hands or kicking their legs when they see food. Other babies may lean forward and open their mouth or cry loudly. When they are no longer hungry, they will reject food by turning their mouths away or spitting it out.

10. Most doctors are of the opinion that it is not advisable to add sugar or salt to baby food till at least 9-10 months of age.

11. Salt is not considered to be a healthy addition to babies’ diet till 9 months to 1 year as the little one's kidneys are not fully developed. However some paediatricians recommend introducing salt at the age of 10 months, so the baby gets used to eating regular home-cooked food. So, go ahead and follow your paediatrician’s advice.

12. It is wiser to avoid adding sugar to your baby's meals as a sweet tooth is usually cultivated rather than inherited. If your baby develops a taste for sugary foods at this age, this in turn may lead to dental problems and obesity later in life. Instead, dates or jaggery can be used as alternative sweeteners after the seventh month.

13. Avoid adding strong spices like pepper and garlic to your baby's meals at least till she is seven months old as she may find them unpleasant to taste and may reject foods containing these spices.

14. Babies generally accept lukewarm foods more readily. Avoid serving hot foods to your baby. Always bring the temperature of the food down to lukewarm and check it by feeling it on your palm or wrist.

15. It may seem tough initially and you're both going to throw your share of tantrums at meal times, but try and be patient and resourceful.

16. If your little one is sick, consult your paediatrician about changes in her diet.

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Recipes for Baby (10 to 12 Months)

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guide to weaning

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 by Tarla Dalal
A nourishing liquid food that is perfect for weaning your little one, Masoor Dal Water has a texture quite like mother’s milk, which increases the chances of its acceptance by babies. When you start weaning your baby, strain the dal water as babies cannot digest whole pulses at this stage. At month 8 or 9, you can start giving it without straining. As a variant, you can also try the recipe with green moong dal.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Doodhi, a watery vegetable, is ideal for making soups for babies! It helps to fulfil their water requirement in an easy-to-digest and soothing form. The bland taste of doodhi is also liked by babies. We have pressure cooked, blended and strained the Doodhi Soup to make it easier for the child to consume and digest. Since salt is not recommended by paediatricians at this age, we have not added any. If there is any leftover, you can drink it up with a little salt and pepper too, but not for your baby!
Barley water for babies | how to make barley water for babies | homemade barley water for infants | with 10 amazing images. Barley is a protein-rich cereal that will do wonders for your baby. This Barley Water for Babies is a nutritious weaning food which is easy and simple to make and will not take up too much of your time during this busy and stressful timeframe, when your baby demands a lot of your attention. You can start with plain Barley Water for Babies, when you begin weaning, and once the child is 10 to 12 months old, you can start flavouring it with jaggery, if your paediatrician approves. Enjoy Barley water for babies | how to make barley water for babies | homemade barley water for infants with detailed step by step photos.
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Apple water for babies | apple punch for babies | how to make apple water for babies | with 12 amazing images. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but this is one fruit that babies initially have trouble digesting in the raw form. So, this apple water for babies is a wonderful way of introducing apples to your baby's diet ate around 6 to 7 months during the early stages of weaning. As your little one grows older (8 to 9 months) and is able to digest this apple punch for babies easily, apples can be stewed in lesser water to make a purée and served to the babies without straining as shown in the recipe of Apple Stew. Enjoy how to make Apple water for babies | apple punch for babies | how to make apple water for babies | with detailed step by step photos below.
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rice mash for babies | mashed rice for babies | soft food for babies | with 11 amazing images. A safe and soothing food, Rice Mash for Babies is highly recommended once your baby has gotten used to Rice Water. This easy and healthy recipe is satiating, easily-digestible, and provides ample energy too. Making this Soft Food for Babies is very simple. Wash the rice and pressure cook it in enough water, add ½ tsp of ghee, mash it nicely to get a thick puree like consistency and serve it your little one lukewarm. Rice Mash for Babies is aromatic, thanks to the light lacing of ghee, which also lubricates the mash making it easier for the child to swallow. Ghee also provides nourishment to boost brain health. Start Rice Mash for Babies with a small quantity and give some time to the baby to get accustomed to new foods introduced. No need to add salt at this age, as babies at a small age can’t really need that extra sodium. Enjoy how to make rice mash for babies | mashed rice for babies | soft food for babies | with detailed step by step photos below.
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