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I am a mother of two boys, and like any mother, the biggest concern I have is if my babies are getting an adequately healthy diet. At 9 months, babies require a comparatively nutritious diet, and preparing their meals can be quite a task for the mothers because the foods need to be chosen wisely, and the health shouldn’t be compromised.
A 9-month-old baby needs 3 servings of food in a day alongside breast milk. Following is a list of 7 food items that you can feed your little one to provide the nutrition he/she needs at this age –
1. Sooji Kheer: Roast a little sooji (semolina) in very little ghee. Add water and let the sooji boil. Once done, turn off the flame, and add 120 ml of breast milk.
2. Khichdi With Veggies: Take a little yellow moong dal and add some rice to it. Add veggies like carrots, tomatoes, bottle guard, and coriander. Potatoes are the best bet as they help babies gain weight too. To this, add about a cup of water and boil till everything softens and the khichdi is ready.
3. Curd: If you are serving khichdi for lunch, you can also add a portion of fresh curd. Including fresh curd in the diet is very good for developing a healthy gut.
4. Sabudana Kheer: Soak a fistful of sabudana for 3-4 hours and add it to a cup of boiling milk. Cook the sabudana till it becomes transparent. Serve warm.
5.Veggie Daliya: Roast some daliya in a some of ghee. To this, add a few veggies (as you do while making khichdi), some water and let the mixture boil till the daliya softens. You could pressure cook too, but boiling is a healthier option.
6. Milkshakes: It’s summertime, and there are mangoes available everywhere. Mango milkshake is one of the good options to give your little one. Just take a slice of mango and add some milk and blend it till you get a smooth mango flavoured milkshake. You could also make a banana or a strawberry shake in a similar fashion.
7. Roti/Parantha/Chapatti: As most babies start teething by the time they are 9 months old, they love to chew some paranthas and chapattis. You can very well give them small bites of chapatti.
- Avoid adding salt and sugar to baby foods.
- Always monitor your baby closely while he/she is eating to avoid any choking hazards.
- Don’t give your baby small things to chew directly, such as pomegranate and peas, as they can cause choking. You could use a fruit nibbler for this purpose.
- Always check the temperature of the food before feeding it to your little one.
- Introduce a single food item and follow that for 3 days. Don’t try too many things at one go as you might not get an idea about the ingredients your baby may be allergic to, or you wouldn’t be able to figure out which food causes discomfort to him/her.
- Breast milk is still the best meal for your baby.
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