Weaning is the phase of infancy (after 6 months of age) when you start familiarizing your bundle of joy to foods other than breast milk in order to put her in the habit of consuming a balanced diet consisting of all the foods that the baby needs in order to grow and develop well. Understandably, your baby can be very fussy about what she chooses to eat. However, you should patiently introduce her to a variety of tasty and nutritious foods in small amounts and wait for her to accept them as a part of her regular diet.
Weaning Foods For Your Baby
Rice porridge is one of the first foods to be introduced to a weaning child. This easily digestible and bland cereal is highly suitable for infants, as it is least reactive. The porridge is loaded with energy giving and healthy complex carbohydrates. It is filling and it soothes the digestive system so that your infant remains energetic for long. Rice porridge is found to promote longevity.
Pulse soups are one of the first foods to be fed to weaning children as they are easily digestible and rich in protein . The combination of pulse protein with milk protein as in the diet of infants makes very good quality proteins available to the infant in his/her growing and developing stage.
Yogurt is one of the most substantial foods for your baby. Being a probiotic food, the yogurt introduces its beneficial bacteria to the tender digestive system of the infant and makes it strong. Besides, yogurt is a good source of milk and whey proteins. It is also loaded with calcium. However, you should ensure that your baby is fed plain and unfrozen yogurt. It is a good idea to feed the baby homemade yogurt rather than the commercially available ones. Yogurt can also be mixed with a cereal such as rice for a more filling and soothing experience of the digestive system.
Bananas are soft and delicious and therefore they are loved by most babies and infants. Bananas make a wholesome food for your baby as they contain a number of nutrients that are essential for survival. The ‘mucilaginous bulking substances’ of bananas facilitate the formation of a soothing mucous lining on the tender intestine of your baby thereby promoting the longevity of intestinal health. Potassium in bananas helps in the development of a strong cardiovascular system. The banana also contains vitamin C and vitamins B2 and B6.
Apple should be given in the juiced or boiled form to babies as their digestive system may not be hardy enough to digest the raw version of the fruit which most of usually consume. Apples promote heart and lung health. They also contain soluble and insoluable dietary fibers,which help in maintaining regularity of bowel movement. Apples are preventive against cancer and they strengthen bone health. Special mention should be made of boron which improves absorption of calcium and magnesium.
Carrot puree is one of the first foods of the weaning stage. As the puree is semi solid in texture and made bland it is most suitable for the tender digestive system of your baby. Carrots wealthy in a number of nutrients, specifically beta carotene, the vitamin A precursor, which is good for the eye and skin development of your baby. Carrots are also rich vitamin C which lays the foundation of a strong immune system in your baby. Calcium of carrots helps in building strong bones and teeth in your child. Usually babies love carrots owing to their inherent sweetness. It is a good practice to consult your physician before introducing carrot puree to your babies because homemade purees are high in nitrates to which some infants are allergic.
Pumpkin soup is a wholesome food for babies. It is a rich source of beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. Pumpkin is also a good source of potassium which is responsible for maintaining the water balance of your body. Potassium also protects the infant from developing osteoporosis and kidney stones later in life. Most importantly, pumpkin is a good vegetarian source of protein which is the main body building and metabolism nutrient. Pumpkin is also a treasure house of iron which is responsible for the proper formation and functioning of blood.Dietary fiber of this fruit ensures good digestive health for your infant right from the beginning.
Mashed potato is one of the most delectable and nutritious foods for your infant. The dish is ideally suited for your infant as it is soft and does not mandate the usage of teeth to chew it. Moreover, the soft textureand blandness also makes it easily digestible for the tender digestive system of the infant. With loads of calories, vitamins C and B, and iron amongst other nutrients, the mashed potato is a wholesome food for babies with an unpredictable appetite.
Boiled Sweet Potato
Sweet Potato is a treasure house of beta carotene which is converted into vitamin A, one of the most essential nutrients for infants. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of anthocyanins, majorly, the cyanidins and peonidines help in protecting the infant from several diseases, especially those related to the digestive system.
Bottle Gourd is one of the best suited vegetables for your infant, as it is easily digestible and one of the least reactive vegetables. Besides, it is a rich source of a number of dietary water, vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin C. It is also a good source of dietary fiber which tends to strengthen the digestive system of the infant.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Infants should be introduced to leafy green vegetables. Usually children are fussy about eating greens and infancy is the best period to put them in the habit of consuming these storehouses of nutrients, especially iron and folate. The greens can be included in your baby’s dishes in the form of a puree, soup, salad or as a curry.