To keep your baby healthy and energetic, you need to provide proper nutrients and healthy supplements. However, only breastmilk can keep your infant well nourished. It has all the necessary vitamins and minerals which a baby requires. But if your child is a toddler, proper nutrition and weaning system should be followed. Just make sure, you provide the healthiest start for your little one. (Also Read: How To Protect Your Newborn From Cold And Flu)
Nutritional advice for Infants:
Breastfeeding is tailored for your baby. You should continue this until he turns 6 months old. Infants need to feed after every two to four hours. But with the growth of the baby, you should increase the interval of feeding. You should start providing solid foods between 5 and 6 months after birth. The nutritional expert of your baby can suggest you the right time to start weaning.
Doctors suggest parents to start weaning after 6 months. This is because the development of the digestive systems of the baby starts developing from this time only. However, the weaning should not start with solid food. Semi-solids are the starters. But, milk should remain the major source of nutrition. (Also Read: Tips to take care of your newborn baby’s nails)
Many nutritionists prefer suggesting rice for infants. Rice is considered least allergic to kids. Moreover, mashed and boiled rice is quite preferable food for mothers to feed their babies. Other than that, strained fruits, barley, oatmeal, egg yolks, strained vegetables, strained meats are also can be included. But around 8-10 months of age, a child is able to eat a variety of foods. You can start feeding solids after 12 months of age. And you should also avoid junky and crunchy foods such as fries, popcorns, nuggets, chips etc. Always do check with your doctor or nutritionist to get 100 percent surety of foods and weaning.
Nutritional advice for toddler:
If your baby is a toddler, that means he just has started walking with his tiny legs. This time the proper nutrition should be provided as he needs to be strong and healthy. So he needs the right combination of calories and nutrients. A balanced diet and your contribution to feeding him are important even if he seems to be a fussy eater.
Do not feel that you have to stick to a certain food to provide your toddler with specific nutrients. As his taste buds will not develop properly by this. For example, if you are planning to provide him meat for protein intake, do not stick to meat only. You can explore eggs, fish and baked beans and peanut butter as well.
Do not force him to eat any food even if you think that the food is important for him. Talk to your doctor and provide another food which has same nutrients. Same nutrients, different food! It is all about the baby’s taste buds. Offer him both sweet and piquant food to him. So that your little one can get more options to eat different foods. Make his feeding habit interesting. (Also Read: Baby Care: How to take care of your newborn baby)