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Last Updated : Aug 17,2018
When is the right time to start weaning?
Weaning is not about charts or time. Weaning is about readiness. So, a gradual shift from breast milk to supplementary feeds is always advised.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) both recommend exclusive breast feeding for the first six months (180 days), after which you can introduce supplementary feeds gradually along with breast feeding till the age of one year.
Most paediatricians also follow the weaning patterns suggested by WHO and UNICEF. But, depending on individual needs, some paediatricians might recommend weaning foods by the end of sixth month (i.e., after 5 1/2 months). You can definitely go ahead with your paediatrician’s recommendations as all babies are not the same. Your paediatrician is the best person to know about your baby's nutritional needs. Babies are also a good guide of readiness. When you see babies putting things in their mouth, showing interest when others eat, demanding more frequent feeds, or being restless at night, it might signal the time to start weaning.
Remember to start additional supplementary feeds at the appropriate time because research shows that babies who are weaned later have a harder time adjusting to weaning.
Weaning your Baby
What to Start with?
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 is best for your baby. Most paediatricians advise weaning gradually over a period of time beginning with home-cooked foods using fresh ingredients as these are healthy and easily-digestible for your little one.
When you initiate your baby to weaning, the question uppermost in your mind will be — "What and how much to start with?" Well, the answer to this one is simple. Start with anything that is healthy and easily-digestible and let your baby guide you about the quantity she is ready for.
It is usual to start with half to one teaspoon of a cereal water like rice or even dal water, and to gradually increase the quantity to about half a cup. Both liquid and semi-solid supplements can be introduced to your baby's diet at seven months. Try Moong Dal Water or Rice Water. Start with one or two additional feeds each day, during the first month of weaning. Gradually, as the number of supplementary feeds increase, the interval between breast feeds will also increase.
Your little one may really enjoy this treat and begin to show signs of savouring the first taste of real food. However, it is also possible that she may take some time getting used to newer foods. Some babies adapt to weaning quicker while others may be fussy for a while before they adjust. You will have to be patient during this period. Introduce your baby to weaning gradually and lovingly, making it a pleasurable experience both for you and your precious one. Do not force your baby to eat foods she does not want to eat. It is not unusual for babies to react badly or be allergic to some foods, so watch your baby's reactions closely when you introduce a new food.
The best time to introduce supplementary foods is during the daytime, when your baby is fresh and also hungry. If she is not hungry, she will not accept any new food and even become cranky. So, feeding during the day will save both you and your little one an uncomfortable night as digestion is easier earlier during the day than in the latter half.
Start by offering one food at a time and continue this for a couple of days before trying something new. This way, if your baby does have any adverse reaction to a particular food, you will know the likely culprit.
Do it yourself…
It is recommended that you feed your baby yourself till she is one year old. This will give you exclusive personal time with your little one and strengthen the maternal bond of love. This is the most important time for nurturing your precious one. You will soon be adept at feeding your baby and this time spent together will be precious for both of you.
Always hold your baby comfortably on your lap in an upright position while feeding. This will make swallowing easier for your baby and also prevent choking on foods. A small, rounded spoon with a long handle is the safest means to feed your baby as it will not injure her mouth or gums. Put a small portion of food on the spoon and gently place it on your baby's tongue. If she likes it, you will hear a swallow and if not, you'll see a splatter!
This section has a collection of interesting recipes like Banana and Papaya Puree, Beetroot and Carrot Soup, which will make weaning a fruitful and smooth exercise for you and your baby.
Homemade Strained Apple Juice Recipe, Clear Fluid Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Sometimes the simplest of recipes turns out to be most handy! This Homemade Strained Apple Juice is one such.
The sweet and clear juice extracted from red apples is useful for those on a clear fluid diet, such as those recovering from surgery who cannot have normal food due to vomiting, nausea o ....
14 Dec 15
Jowar Ragi and Date Porridge ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
A combination of two super grains, flavoured with deliciously sweet and iron-rich dates, the Jowar, Ragi and Date Porridge is a wholesome food that will keep your child satiated and active for at least a couple of hours.
Rich in essential nutrients like iron, protein, calcium and fibre, this p ....
01 Feb 17
Apple and Carrot Soup with Potatoes ( Baby and Toddler ) by Tarla Dalal
Fancier than porridges and single-fruit stews, this Apple and Carrot Soup with Potatoes is a dish that will introduce your child to more exciting flavours and textures.
Rich in energy and vitamin A, this soup is a meal which will make the baby feel satisfied for some time.
As your baby appro ....
14 Dec 15
Banana and Papaya Puree ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
This delicious purée made with an apt combination of banana and papaya is very healthy for your child. Try this purée when your baby has got accustomed to Banana Mash and Papaya Purée.
Banana is high in energy, which is very necessary for growing children, while papaya nourishes your child wit ....
Bulgur Wheat Porridge ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
This wholesome and satisfactory Bulgur Wheat Porridge makes a satiating meal for infants in the 8-9 months stage, when their activity level and appetite grows as rapidly as their body.
This porridge will keep children satisfied for a couple of hours, and is also a very good source of important ....
14 Dec 15
Moong Dal Water ( Baby and Toddler ) by Tarla Dalal
This nourishing Moong Dal Water is an ideal weaning food, as its texture is similar to that of breast milk, which will make it comfortable for the child to enjoy it.
The water has been strained in this recipe as babies at six months cannot digest whole cereals and pulses. A few weeks later, yo ....
Banana Smoothie ( Baby and Toddler Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Bananas are a very baby friendly fruit and one of the very few that babies can eat raw. Bananas when combined with curds and orange juice in this velvety concoction provide your baby with energy, carbohydrates, iron, calcium, vitamin a and vitamin c.
14 Dec 15
Beetroot and Carrot Soup ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
A brightly-coloured soup that might result in an extra job of washing stained bibs, but definitely worth the effort because these two fabulous veggies provide a lot of must-have nutrients for your precious one.
Carrots provide vitamin A, which is good for your baby's skin while beetroot pools ....
14 Dec 15
Apricot and Fig Puree by Tarla Dalal
Most babies take to figs very enthusiastically because of their mildly sweet taste and grainy texture - something new for their palates. Apricot and fig puree, thinned down with milk, is a good combination rich in vitamin A and fibre. Milk adds calcium which is required for the healthy development o ....
Doodhi Soup ( Baby and Toddler) 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 ....
14 Dec 15
Nutritious Sprouts and Banana Porridge ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
Here is a fantastic porridge of sprouted cereals and pulses, sweetened naturally with mashed banana!
Toasting the sprouts till they are crisp, not only improves the shelf-life but also increases the aroma incredibly, making this porridge mix a real winner, something you will want to try having ....
14 Dec 15
Rice Water ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
When your precious little one is ready to experiment with foods other than the mother’s milk which it is so familiar with, consider feeding it with this nourishing and soothing Rice Water.
It is a wonderful food for 6 to 7 months old infants, as it tones up their digestive system to new foods. ....
Banana Mash ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
Banana is one fruit which most paediatricians recommend to start with. Mash the banana with a fork nicely so as to ensure there are no lumps. This recipe requires two teaspoons of milk to get a smooth consistency and to avoid the banana being too thick and difficult to swallow.
However, paedia ....
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