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Strategies to Improve Feeding Habits in Babies

Strategies to Improve Feeding Habits in Babies

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The first few months after the baby is born are easy on the parents as far as feeding is concerned. Breast milk is an ‘easy-to-digest’ option that provide the baby with essential nutrients in the initial period up to 12 months. An important point to be taken into consideration is that breast milk keeps the baby safe from infections. Post 6 months, the act of feeding the baby becomes challenging as the nutritional demands of the baby increase with growth. Note that breast milk should not be discontinued from the sixth month onwards. 

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Hence, the question is, how will you make it easier for your babies to consume the baby food (breastmilk or solid foods). These tips and tricks should make the job of feeding your baby easy:

1. Magic of Colours

How much ever basic it sounds, this technique goes a long way in holding your baby’s attention to the food items. Introduce a green avocado or spinach, or add a dash of red with strawberries and plums. Complement the plate with either a pumpkin or an apricot for yellow and orange colours. Remember to give these fruits and vegetables in a pureed form so that it is easier for your baby to digest. Note that bright colours catch a baby’s attention quickly and for a longer time.

2. Distraction Free Environment

Feeding the baby in a less distracted environment has its benefits. Know that the process of feeding is a touchy issue for parents as they are constantly worried about their baby’s health. A baby consumes better when there is less distraction. This helps in establishing a deeper bond with the parents.

3. Be Creative

Recite a poem or tell your baby a story, while feeding. Playing soothing music in the background and mouthing the lyrics while being expressive is another technique in which you can ensure that the baby eats what you feed him.

4. Time Table

It is necessary to systematically put in place a timetable to keep your baby’s feeding schedule on track. Once your little one familiarises with the timings (when the baby is fed) throughout the day, you will observe that she automatically will start expressing signs of hunger on her own. This will streamline her food intake.

5. Make It Engaging

Give an empty bowl and spoon to your toddler to play with while you are feeding her. Teach her to make different sounds using these. The baby will be completely engrossed and won’t realise the number of morsels of nutritious food that she gulped down.

Try these aforementioned tips to help you feed the baby. Also, constantly monitor the progress on a day-to-day basis to observe that these techniques do not have any negative side effects on your little one.

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