Healthy Homemade Food for Babies Over 6 Months of Age
Every mother is a superwoman. She wants to offer the best to her child. When a woman is pregnant, she follows a healthy diet and exercises well (even if her pregnant body says ‘no’). She leaves no stones un turned to deliver a healthy baby. But the journey doesn’t end here. Then comes the most difficult part, i.e., of ‘raising the baby’. A newborn baby needs special care and attention when it comes to his diet. I would like to share with you all my journey of feeding my baby boy right from his birth till nine months.
The last memory of interacting with a baby that I have is of my brother when he was a baby. He is 3 years younger than me. I had no experience or idea of any sort of dealing with babies. After my baby was born, I was adamant that I will breastfeed my baby for the first six months. But it turned out to be a nightmare, as I had cracked nipples. There was no point in applying ointment because my baby used to feed every half an hour and the ointment could not work. I guess my technique of feeding my baby was totally wrong. My mother and mother-in-law forced me to feed him cow’s milk or formula milk but I did not give up. I finally succeeded in my attempt and exclusively breastfed him for the first 6 months. My wounds healed within a month.
Once my baby turned 7 months of age, everyone in my family was so excited to feed him a variety of things. I kept breastfeeding him and along with breastfeeding, I gave him dal ka pani and chawal ka paani every morning and evening for the first few days. After 10 days, I fed him cooked dal (thin consistency) and rice with some ghee in the morning and evening. I also gave him one fruit (papaya, sapota or banana) and soup of any seasonal vegetable.
When he turned 8 months of age, I started adding vegetables to his dal and rice khichdi and skipped the soup. I used to give him khichdi in the breakfast and added any green vegetable like spinach, fenugreek, coriander, mint etc. In dinner, I fed him red khichdi by adding pumpkin, carrots, beetroot, tomatoes, or laal saag. I also started giving him other seasonal fruits. In the lunch, I gave him ragi halwa, suji upma or oats. Of course, all recipes with minimal salt and jaggery instead of sugar wherever needed.
I wanted to stick to the above-mentioned diet, but soon my little one started throwing tantrums no matter what I did with khichdi. He just refused to eat khichdi and started relishing parathas (no doubt, he is a born Punjabi). So, I gave him parathas stuffed with vegetables. I mashed the parathas and gave it to him with curd. By mashing food, it became a lot easier to feed him and he loved it a lot. I also prepared dry fruit powder by mixing different dry fruits and added it to his meals for extra nourishment.
The struggle is still on. As my baby is growing, he is becoming more and more demanding and he loves to eat on the go. Sometimes he likes to eat on his own. He eats paneer cubes, boiled carrot pieces, or roti pieces on his own – it makes him feel independent.
I prefer serving him homemade food. You should also give your babies homemade food because it is made with love. It is also free of preservatives. And most of all, babies love to eat homemade food.
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