@Anonymous For the first 6 months of life, a baby needs to be exclusively breastfed to gain optimal weight and boost immunity. Weaning foods like ragi can be introduced after 6 months. Be sure to consult your paediatrician before you introduce any new foods in your child's diet. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you introduce ragi: - Sieve ragi flour in a muslin cloth to get the fine powder. - Use only water to make the porridge instead of milk. - Ragi can cause constipation. So make sure you include ripe banana in the diet.
@Reshma Lal Once they start solid food, we usually notice that they show interest in sweet fruits/foods like mashed bananas, mashed carrots etc., but with food like mashed /ground beans, peas etc., they may show disinterest to some extent. During her meal time, when she is hungry, first try to feed her veggies mixed up with little mashed rice and lentils and then, only feed her fruits and her favourite food as dessert. Try mixing a variety of veggies, which are cooked and mashed or ground with rice if she doesn't like the taste of veggies on their own. Rice mixed with little ghee gives a different taste to the veggies and greens and she might enjoy her food. Hope this helps:-) All the Best.
@Reshma Lal Dear parent, isn't it frustrating to see a toddler refusing food that has been so lovingly prepared? We have all been through this. The defiance of a toddler, barely able to speak, but oh so set in her ways- so adamant in her refusing to eat by pursing her lips, or playing with her food without eating a single morsel, or throwing the food about. Take heart in the fact that all toddlers do this at some point. Following are some ways you can try to help your child eat better (and you not stressing even if she doesn't): 1. At every meal offer her 2-3 different family foods (whatever is cooked for other family members that day). It could be a portion of rice, or dal, and any vegetable. Don't cook for her separately. 2. Involve her in family meals, by either making her sit on your lap and allowing her to eat from your plate or giving her own booster or high chair and her own separate bowl. 3. Allow her to eat whichever way she wants- don't mind the mess. The mess is the child learning to become familiar with the smell, texture, and taste of food. The mess is a part of learning, just like the way a child learns to walk. 4. Don't compare your child's appetite with what it was in the first year of her birth. The first year, a child grows almost three times their size. Hence why they breastfeed so much! But in the second year, they grow only about a kilo or two. They don't feel hungry any more because their body knows that growth is slower this year. 5. Focus on what's working - What you will find is that the child is growing taller. Slowly, but surely. They're meeting milestones. A starving child isn't active because the body does begin to conserve energy. 6. Don't undo the good you've accomplished - It is at this age that a lot of children are forced to eat. Or when parents introduce poor habits like watching a screen and eating. This undoes so much good. For instance, your child loves eating cake. It would be easy for you to offer cake for every meal. But it undoes the months of healthy eating that you have established. Don't start mashing food if child is already used to normal food. 7. Do to yourself what you are tempted to do to your child - Sit and eat a bowl of greens. Then eat another. And another. And then force yourself to eat another. Do you feel ill? That's how your child feels when you force them. You won't be able to eat greens properly for weeks because your brain associates it with a negative emotion. When you force a child to eat, you are creating a negative reinforcement. It actually makes them lose appetite even more. All the best!
@Team ParentCircle Please share more such easy-to-make recipes and food hacks. My little one is very young and I am a working mother. Sometimes I am just so clueless about what I should make for her so that it is nutritious and tasty!