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    Nutrition for 0 - 2 year olds

    Are you a parent of a newborn, infant or toddler; who is concerned about your little one's nutritional needs? Join our discussion to clear your doubts, share your journey, know from our experts and explore more about nutrition for your child. ... more

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    Team ParentCircle 254 days ago

    Many new mothers may not realise it but they can actually use both breasts for feeding their babies. However, there are a few essential things to know before doing this.

    Team ParentCircle 304 days ago

    Children love sweets, there's no two ways about it. Over time, sugar can become addictive and children can develop a sweet tooth. But sugar can do more harm than good, and how. A look.

    Team ParentCircle Apr 17 2020

    Children are prone to infections, more so when their diet and weight are not appropriate. Take a look at how you could improve your child's immunity and build resistance to disease.

    Team ParentCircle Mar 24 2020

    Broccoli is a superfood which contains vital vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and antioxidants. Read on to find out how you can introduce this nutritious vegetable in your baby's diet.

    Team ParentCircle Dec 27 2019

    @Team ParentCircle This is quite informative. I wish I got some guidance like this when I became a mother for the first time nearly 13 years ago. But, I am sure these easy-peasy recipes will help lot of new mothers.

    Rihana Sachdev Sep 25 2019

    My 1.5 year old is a very fussy eater. He has a liking for non-vegetarian food, but hates fruits. He is still ok with veggies, but throws huge tantrums whenever we try to give him fruits. How can we make him start liking fruits?

    Rihana Sachdev Sep 25 2019

    @Rihana Sachdev Hi, usually babies /toddlers like fruits because fruits are usually sweet. Your baby enjoys veggies, which is good. I think he will slowly develop a liking towards fruits also because most fruits, especially fruits like mangoes, sweet strawberries, watermelon and other juicy fruits are hard to resist.
    Try to make smoothies or natural fruit juice at home with food processor and offer him.

    Have you tried mixing fruits with cereal and his regular food? Try to mix fruits like bananas and berries in pancakes and other food. Present it in a fun way sometimes. He might like ripe avacados. You can mash it too. You can use pineapples, bananas, and jackfruit in sooji/Kesaribhath, banana bread and other home made food. Boiling and cooking fruits this way may result in some percentage loss of some vitamins but try to feed him little sometimes to help him enjoy different flavours and healthy desserts. As he grows older, you can come up with more creative ways of introducing different kind of fruits in the form of carved fruits or fruit salad with or without custard. Hope this helps. All the Best :)

    Rihana Sachdev Sep 27 2019

    @Rihana Sachdev Hi Rihana! My little one too was quite a fussy eater, but do not lose hope. I tried giving him fruits in different forms - mixed with milk and cornflakes, with custard and even with curd. Gradually, he started liking certain fruits and now that he is almost 2.4 years old he asks for fruits voluntarily. There are certain fruits that he will start liking. Moreover, at this age try to give the fruit with something, just fruits alone might not be tempting enough for your son.

    Rihana Sachdev Sep 30 2019

    @Rihana Sachdev Thank you so much for the help. My little one's food preferences drive me crazy and sometimes I lose my cool. I shall try incorporating these suggestions.

    Team ParentCircle Sep 26 2019

    Baby khichdi recipes like dalia khichidi, palak khichidi and moong dal khichdi are easy to prepare. They are balanced meals that help in your baby's growth and development. Here's how to make them.

    Team ParentCircle Sep 19 2019

    Toddlers require nutrient-filled meals and a balanced diet. Here is a food chart for toddlers with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas to promote growth and development.

    Team ParentCircle Aug 29 2019

    Is it ok if I introduce Ragi porridge to my 5 month old baby? He eats quarter of a banana for the last 3 weeks and seems to enjoy it. I though mixing it with Ragi would be a good idea!

    Team ParentCircle Sep 4 2019

    @Team ParentCircle 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.

    Team ParentCircle Aug 12 2019

    Lactose intolerance hinders the consumption of milk. This article throws light on the alternatives to milk which can tackle malnutrition associated with lactose intolerance.

    Reshma Lal Jun 24 2019

    How to get my 1.5 year old to eat veggies and greens? She is very very fussy!

    Reshma Lal Jun 24 2019

    @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 Jun 25 2019

    @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 Jun 19 2019

    @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!

    Team ParentCircle Jan 21 2019

    Are you apprehensive of flavouring your little one's food with herbs and spices? Don't be. Add these 10 amazing condiments from your kitchen to your baby's food to give a health boost.

    Ram Aug 25 2018

    Hi. I have a 1 year old who refuses to eat food unless we distract him with funny faces, toys and dancing. This has now progressed to watching rhymes on YouTube. Though we restrict screen time to a max of 10 mins per feed, how do we break this habit. Any strategies?

    Ram Aug 29 2018

    @Ram Hi Ram,

    I so can relate. My daughter is 2.10-months-old. We tried to make meal-time a ritual, just like bed-time. We did not want to associate any other activity during meal-time except for sitting together because of the same reasons you've mentioned. It got over bearing on us. The first few days, she refused to eat the first time we offered her something. We took it easy. She came around, since she was hungry and also because I made something interesting enough for her tastes. I received a lot of advice that children usually don't starve themselves, so I quit thinking about the quantity and in stead focused on establishing meal time rules. Our experience with her has taught us we can introduce any new pattern and can succeed in it if we are consistent in it. We had to be very calm from within so her tantrums and whining wouldn't get to us. We were empathetic but stood our ground. Hope this helps.

    Ram Aug 29 2018

    @Ram Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and we are sure it may be of help to @Ram.

    Ram Jan 18 2019

    @Ram Very useful answer!

    Team ParentCircle Jan 18 2019

    We are not only what we eat, but also how we eat. Do you know that your child doesn't get the required dose of nutrition, if he doesnt chew his food right? Chewing plays a vital role. Learn more.

    Team ParentCircle Aug 29 2018

    As a new parent you may sometimes be concerned about the type of food you should give to your super-active and growing little one. Here is a quick guide that will help you resolve your doubts, click here https://www.parentcircle.com/article/nutrition-for-children-ageappropriate-guide-to-healthy-eating/

    Team ParentCircle Aug 29 2018

    @Team ParentCircle Do you feel your child is too young for some foods? Are you hesitant about offering certain fruits and veggies to your little one, fearing a stomach upset? Our expert clears your doubts.

    Team ParentCircle Aug 23 2018

    Are you worried about your toddlers weight? A toddlers growth and development depends on a lot of factors. Feeding her nutritious and safe complementary foods will help a lot.

    Team ParentCircle Aug 23 2018

    @Team ParentCircle Are you often bothered that your little one is not gaining weight or is too thin for his/her age. Here is a quick guide written by an Expert Nutritionist to help you in your child's dietary journey.