Pregnancy week by week



Common questions


1) How much and how often?

Start with giving two to three spoonfuls once a day. Once your baby has got used to the idea of eating solid foods, slowly increase the amount of solid food you give. Your baby is the best guide to how much you need to give. Golden rule is to go at your baby’s pace. Gradually move from offering solid food once a day to two and then three times a day. Offer different foods at each meal time to give more variety. Gradually start to add different foods and different tastes. Later you can start to offer same food as you eat but in mashed form without any added salt.

2)      How much milk to offer?

Once your baby starts to eat more and more solid foods, he will want less amount of milk.  But continue to breast feed or give 500-600ml of infant formula a day until at least 12 months of age. Breast feeding will continue to benefit your baby as long as you choose to carry on.

3)      How to feed your baby once weaning is established?

From about nine months, offer your baby:
  •   Three to four servings of starchy food each day such as chapatti, rice, potato, and bread.

  •  Three to four servings of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C in fruit and vegetables help to      absorb iron, so give fruit and vegetables at mealtimes.

  •  Two servings of dal, eggs, meat, or fish

4)      How to start good eating habits early?

It is very important to start good eating habits early as it can be much harder once your baby is older. Up to 12 months, babies are usually willing to try new foods, so use this opportunity to introduce a wide variety of foods, with different tastes and textures. Try to offer family foods as often as possible. It is very important to introduce a good variety of foods from the start because this will help lay the foundations of healthy eating habits. Eating with the family and sharing the same foods will help your baby learn valuable social skills too. Offer a wide variety of foods that you and your family usually eat, as this might avoid fussiness later on. Make it a habit to offer foods from each of the following food groups:
  •      Starch: rice, bread, potatoes, chapatti

  •      Fruit and vegetables

  •      Protein: pulses, meat, fish, eggs

  •     Milk and dairy products
5)      What healthy snacks can I give to my little one?

Some ideas for healthy and nutritious snacks are:
  • Pieces of chopped fruit or vegetable sticks (boiled if it is too hard for the baby)
  • Small cubes of cheese

  • Bread slice, toast, chappati fingers
6)      How do I cope with a fussy eater?
  • Praise your baby when they eat well and don’t get frustrated or angry if your baby doesn’t.
  • Don’t force your baby if he doesn’t like certain foods, try them again another week.

  • Set an example by letting your baby see you eating and enjoying a variety of foods

  • Don’t worry if your baby doesn’t eat much one day. He will surely make up for it another day.  What is important is what your baby eats over the course of a week.
7)    How much food does my baby needs once weaning is established?

Common sense is your best guide when it comes to portion size. Be guided by what your child wants- don’t force them to eat if they don’t want to, but don’t refuse to give them more if they really are hungry. As long as your child eats a range of foods, and your doctor is happy with their progress, try not to worry too much about the amount they are eating.




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