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Feeding Guide for Your Child

Feeding Guide for Your Child

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You and your baby have had an exciting journey of experimenting with a variety of foods. By now your child is enjoying most of the foods similar in texture and consistency to adult food.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

At this stage, the requirement for energy and other nutrients, such as proteins, vitamins, minerals increases because of the growth rate and activity of the child.

Homemade Complementary Feeds and Fortified meals along with Mother’s Milk will Ensure Optimal Nutrition of Your Baby.

Age groupComplementary FoodsTexture/ consistencyAmount per feedFrequency
11 to 18 months

Chapatti, rice or bread softened in thick dal or milk with added ghee or oil

Add cooked vegetables to the khichri/meals.

Offer variety of fruits at least once a day.

Fortified meals

If you have introduced minced meat/ fish/ chicken from 8 months, can be offered in bite size pieces. Only egg yolk should be given to children till the age of 1 year as some children can be sensitive to egg whites.

Family foods, chopped or mashed if necessary, coarsely chopped foods, foods with visible pieces; foods soft to moderate in texture; bite-sized pieces of food; finger foods¾ to 1 cup or bowl (250 mL)3–4 feeds/day
     

General Guidelines

Foods to avoid:
• Sugary, salty and spicy foods.
• Caffeine containing foods like colas, tea and coffee
• Processed, ready-made and junk foods like chips, chocolates etc.

  • Continue breastfeeding with the complementary feeds.
  • Provide 1–2 healthy snacks in a day depending on your child’s appetite.
  • Don’t force the baby to eat the foods.
  • Offer water between two feedings and not with the feeds.
  • Avoid sweets or sweetened beverages as these can spoil the appetite and result in tooth decay.
  • Try to reintroduce foods once rejected/avoided due to allergy issues; your child may be ready to accept them now.
  • Make your child have his or her meals together with the family.
  • Wash your child’s hands before having meals.
  • Wash your hands and utensils properly before preparing the meals.

Encourage your child to make healthy choices right from this age. Your child will learn more from observation, so let your child
see you making healthy choices.

Note: Amounts suggested are general guidelines and may differ depending on the age, sex and activity level. To get your child’s personalised diet plan please visit our Meal Planner

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