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Easy-to-Make Complementary Food for Babies

Easy-to-Make Complementary Food for Babies

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Babies grow rapidly. As you devote all your time to nurturing your baby, you may not even realize that your child is old enough to begin complementary feeding. After the age of 6 months, breast milk alone isn’t enough to support your baby’s development.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

As your baby grows, you will learn his or her likes and dislikes, which will allow you to tailor-make foods that delight your baby. What are the best complementary foods to feed your infant? We bring you several options to choose from, to prepare nourishing and delicious meals for your child.

1. Bananas

Rich in vitamins and minerals, this naturally sweet fruit is a favourite with infants. To prepare a banana puree, just peel the skin and mash the fruit into a pulp with the help of a spoon or a fork. You can add a small amount of breast milk to loosen the puree. Apart from nutrients, this fibre-rich food also provides natural roughage that aids your infant’s digestion.  This makes banana one of the healthiest complementary foods for your baby.

2. Avocados

Avocados contain Vitamin C, E, K and B complex – all of which are essential for your baby’s growth and nourishment. They are also a good source of dietary fibres. Slice open a fresh avocado, scoop out its flesh using a spoon, and mash it into a pulp. You can make it more “soupy” with the addition of some breast milk.

3. Apples

This nutrient-rich food is another good option for complementary feeding. Peel and dice an apple into small pieces and steam-cook it until the flesh becomes soft. Mash it with a spoon or blend until it turns into a smooth mixture. This tasty, healthy preparation is a great option for growing babies.

4. Sweet Potato

Sweet potato is a popular first food for infants as its nutritional value is extremely high. It contains minerals like potassium and phosphorus and is rich in Vitamin A, C and B complex. Sweet potato is also extremely easy to prepare. Peel it and boil it in water, cut it into bite-size pieces or mash it into a pulp. You can make a puree by adding a small amount of water or breast milk. Sweet potato is easy on your baby’s tummy, which makes it an ideal complementary food.

5. Infant Cereals

A growing infant requires additional nourishment besides breastmilk. Infant Cereals are one of the options as complement food. Infant cereals can be easily prepared by simply adding water or milk. They contain nutrients like Vitamin D, B complex, Iron, Zinc and Folic acid essential for the overall development of a child. It is a bowl of goodness that assures every parent that their child is receiving all the necessary nutrients in adequate amounts.

 

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