Just like every other aspect of parenting, feeding right also comes with trial and error. You discover that your child loves the same foods as you, but will not eat unless you tell him a story! Before introducing solids, do have a word with your paediatrician. Also, try to avoid packaged or ready-made food as far as possible.
Ragi is one of the healthiest options for babies, as it is very high in calcium.
How to Make: Mix about 2 tbsps of ragi sattva/ragi flour in about 1 cup of water to make a paste and remove all lumps.Then let it cook on a slow flame till the mixture starts to thicken. If your child is on formula, you can add a few spoons of formula to it and feed it using a feeder.
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Suji is an easily digestible grain and loved by babies.
How to Make: Roast 2 tsps of suji and then add about half a cup of water/formula and cook. Add applesauce or mashed banana for sweetness.
Apples have a natural sweetness which makes them a great first food for baby.
How to Make: Apple can be cut into cubes after peeling the skin and steamed in a cooker, mashed and fed.
This is a quick and healthy option when your baby is hungry. You can add grated vegetable to increase nutrient quotient.
How to Make: Add besan and some water to make batter of pouring consistency. Add some ajwain and salt. Add chopped onions(optional). Pour the batter on a nonstick pan like a dosa and cook on a low flame.
Pumpkins are very healthy and loved by babies. As your baby grows, you can even add a pinch of cumin for taste.
How to Make: Peel, dice and steam in the pressure cooker. Mash and feed your baby.
This one bowl dish, cooked along with vegetables is perfect for babies.
How to Make: Roast some rice and some moong dal separately. Cool and powder it using a grinder, store it and carry along while traveling.To prepare, just add some water and cook on a low flame. Hing and salt may be added for digestion and taste.
Dalia or broken wheat is great for kids as it provides needed carbohydrates as well as fiber.
How to Make: Roast Dalia and store.While preparing, I cook it in water first and then add desired quantity of milk and sugar to adjust consistency.
Green vegetables, or any other seasonal veggies are always easy to digest and beneficial for babies as well.
How to Make: Chop french beans, carrots and cauliflower and steamed it in the cooker, mashed it and added some butter or ghee and feed.
Eggs are a powerhouse of nutrition. You can first introduce egg yolk and then egg white.
How to Make: Beat an egg with a few tbsps of milk in the frying pan and cook till it is done and add spices of choice and feed.
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This is another great way to get your baby to eat vegetables. Cutlets have a good texture and it gives your child a break from all the purees.
How to Make: Cut and boil all vegetables like French beans, cauliflower, carrots, a small piece of beetroot and mash them in with double the quantity of potatoes. Dip a slice of whole wheat bread in water and squeeze out the water. Add this to the mashed veggies and shape like a patty/cutlet with greased palms. Shallow fry in a pan and serve.
Happy Cooking Mommies and Happy Eating little ones!!
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