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Weaning foods at 7 months recipes
There are varying opinions about the sequence of weaning foods. Most babies are accustomed to a diet composed entirely of milk till the sixth month. So initially, it is a good idea to introduce weaning with liquid supplements like soups, juices, and dal water starting from the sixth month onwards. These can be followed by semi-solid supplements like mashed cereals, fruits and vegetables. You should begin with one such supplementary feed every day, preferably in the morning. Later, you can add one more feed in the evening. Consult your paediatrician before you start weaning, as he will be the best person to guide you about the special needs of your baby.
Dairy Products: In the first month of weaning, top milk (cow's or buffalo's) is not recommend by most paediatricians as you are still breastfeeding and that is enough to fulfil your little one's requirement. But if you are giving mashed fruits like banana, then to thin down the consistency, you can add 2 tbsp of breast milk or cow's milk (as it is more easily digestible) as shown in the recipe of Banana Mash. However, it is advisable to feed just a teaspoon of mashed banana when you are feeding it for the first time to ensure that your baby doesn't have any digestive problems or allergy to cow's milk.
Fruit and Vegetable Juices: A well-balanced diet is essential, especially during these initial months. Your little one is growing now and will need vitamins and minerals to make her strong. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices made of carrots, beetroot, apple and muskmelon that are storehouses of vitamins, are the best foods to supplement a breast milk diet. You can also serve Apple Punch, which is strained water of cooked apples.
Here are some guidelines on how to prepare and feed fruit juices:
• Straining the juices is necessary to make digestion easier.
• Most paediatricians recommend that fruits like custard apple, pineapple, grapes, watermelon, guavas, orange and strawberry should be avoided till your baby is one year old.
• It is better to avoid using vegetables like tomatoes to make juice as they may contain some indigestible shreds even after you strain them, and these may be difficult for your baby to digest at this age.
• To begin with, introduce your baby to a single fruit or vegetable juice at a time. This will help you to identify your baby's likes, dislikes and allergies, if any. Check the recipe of Carrot Juice, and Muskmelon Juice.
• Follow this with a combination of two fruits or vegetables, once the baby has adjusted to both the fruits or vegetables individually. Try Carrot and Muskmelon Juice.
• Start with 1 teaspoon of liquid and gradually increase the amount to about half a cup per day.
• Before you start preparing your baby's meal, do remember to wash and sterilise all the utensils and equipments you use.
• Don’t expect your baby to like all the foods you give her. If she does not like something, avoid it for some days and try again later.
• Stay away from myths and superstitions. A prevalent notion that fruit juices must be warmed before feeding to prevent your baby from catching a cold is completely erroneous. Warming or heating will destroy the volatile vitamin C present in them.
Vegetable Soups and Dal Water: Strained dal water is the best one to begin with, especially moong dal as it is easier to digest. Serve Moong Dal Water and see your little one’s face light up. You can also begin with thin strained vegetable soups such as carrot, pumpkin, bottle gourd, beetroot etc. These are a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Some pointers on vegetable soups and dal water:
• It is advisable to begin with one type of vegetable soup or dal and gradually accustom your baby to a combination of these vegetables and dals.
• Try recipes like Masoor Dal Water, Doodhi Soup, Beetroot Soup, and Carrot Soup. Gradually try vegetable combinations like Beetroot and Carrot Soup.
• A wide variety of soups and dals will help your baby savour and develop a taste for foods other than breast milk.
• Adding salt to babies' meals at this age is not recommended as their kidneys are not yet developed. Don't worry; they don’t have a craving for sugary and salty foods at this age. So, they will definitely welcome the salt-free foods served to them.
Babies are most likely to take to semi-solid foods with gusto, savouring this addition to their regular diet of milk, soups and juices. It is also quite possible that they may resist these changes, resulting in a messy meal and splattered clothing and furniture. Do not be alarmed by this as your baby may resist new tastes initially. It is a natural process where she is trying to adapt to new foods and to learn the skill of swallowing foods other than liquids while also adapting to newer flavours.
It is not essential to follow a strict drill or order in which to introduce the supplementary foods. However, the best semi-solid supplement for your baby initially, is a single cereal or a mashed fruit or vegetable. Rice is the most common cereal to begin with, as it is nutritious and easiest for babies to digest. It is wiser to begin with Rice Water and within a week or two you can start on Rice Mash.
This is the time to introduce mashed fruits as well. Most babies will love the sweet taste of fruits and welcome this innovation in their regular diet. Banana Mash makes an excellent meal. Chickoo, papaya and ripe mango can also be great additions.
Ensure that food is properly cooked and blended to a semi-solid consistency so that it is easy to swallow. Remember to begin with a single fruit or vegetable and gradually introduce your baby to combinations. If she does not accept a particular food, do not worry. Wait patiently for 1 or 2 weeks and re-introduce the same food again. In the meanwhile, try other food group combinations instead.
14 Dec 15
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
Beetroot Soup ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
By 7 months, your baby is ready for liquids like soup too. Initially, take care to introduce one vegetable at a time, in the soup form, so that it is easier to digest and your baby will also get used to various tastes.
Moreover, when you make a multi-ingredient soup and it is rejected by your ....
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. ....
14 Dec 15
Carrot Juice ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
A wonder veggie, rich in vitamins and other nutrients, carrots are also tasty enough to be liked by babies! Thanks to its natural sweetness and satiating consistency, this Carrot Juice is sure to be loved by your precious one too.
It is important to make this juice in a hopper to completely el ....
23 Oct 15
Carrot and Muskmelon Juice ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
Carrot itself is mildly sweet, naturally. Add to it the sweetness and attractive scent of muskmelon, and you have a lovely juice that will be slurped up by babies.
The vitamin A in carrots together with the vitamin C in muskmelon helps to build immunity and keep infections at bay. Serve this C ....
14 Dec 15
Masoor Dal Water ( Baby and Toddler) 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 ....
14 Dec 15
Barley Water ( Baby and Toddler ) by Tarla Dalal
Barley is a protein-rich cereal that will do wonders for your baby. This nutritious weaning food is also 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 ....
18 Nov 17
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 ....
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