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Introducing New Foods The Right Way

Introducing New Foods The Right Way

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It’s been around 3-4 months since you started complementary feeds and your baby is now enjoying his 1st foods. It’s time to step up to the next level.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

So, what is the right way to introduce new foods to your baby who is now a little familiar with complementary feeds?

Follow the 5 R’s

Right Time

Your baby’s temperament is important while introducing new foods. If your baby is calm, happy and playful, then he or she will easily accept the new food. In case, he or she is cranky and irritated while being fed then he or she may start disliking the food.

Right Ambience

Choose a clean and quiet area with minimum distractions to feed your child. This may increase the acceptability of new foods.

If your child likes stimulation, you may use techniques like pretending the spoon to be an airplane.

Provide baby-friendly spoons, cups and plates to promote self-eating habits.

Right Food

Feeding your baby is about choosing the right foods. 

Temperature: Bring temperature of food to room temperature before feeding. It should not be too cold or too hot. Check the temperature of the food by feeling it on the back of your hand.

Texture: Start with mashed and sieved, naturally sweet solid foods of thick and smooth consistency, moving gradually to finely chopped lumpy foods.

Energy Density: Make foods energy dense by adding oil, ghee or butter to it.

Foods to offer: Chapatti soaked in milk and mashed with hands/coarsely pureed, khichadi with green leafy vegetables and little oil/ghee, rice with curd, variety of vegetables, stewed apple, apricot or peer. You can start non-vegetarian foods like minced meat or fish and boiled eggs between 9 and 12 months of age.

Right Amount: You can offer ½ of 250 ml cup to your baby at this stage. If you sense that your child may not like some food, give small portions, or try mixing that food with some other food that your baby likes.

If you have introduced a new food today, introduce another new food only after a gap of one week.

Right Attitude: Your attitude towards feeding plays a big role in acceptability of new foods. Forced feeding, threatening and punishment hinder the development of proper feeding habits.2 Do not panic, shout or show frustration if your child refuses to eat a new food. Wait for few days or weeks before attempting to feed again.

Remember! It may take several attempts before your baby may start liking a food. So, do not give up! Keep trying!

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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