How to Feed 6-12-Month-Old Babies

It is quite a challenging task to feed babies between 6 to 12 months of age. A diet solely containing breastmilk is not sufficient for them; solid food is also required. When my baby was of that age, we started solid food like khichadi, roti with desi ghee mashed in dal, boiled mashed aloo, daliya, and grated banana and apple. The main problem that most parents faces is how to feed babies, as they don’t eat as we do. To solve this problem, I have tried some methods that I would like to share here.

1. Go By the Mood of the Baby

Try to feed solid food to the baby when he is playing or in a good mood. It is very easy to feed babies when they are in a good mood because they are likely to willingly eat at that time. Play with the baby or use some tactic to divert his attention from food to something else. I have tried music channels or cartoons on TV to distract my child. Sometimes you can also do something that the baby likes. These are things which can be tried; after all, we have to feed the baby properly to ensure proper growth.

2. Feed Small Quantities at Regular Intervals 

I know it is a very tough task, but if we try to feed the food in small quantities every 3-4 hours, it will be easy for the baby to eat all of it without creating much of a fuss. Babies usually get bored doing the same thing for a long time, so limiting mealtime durations will help your baby most of the food he is supposed to during the day.
3. Offer a Change of Taste
Change the food items or flavours as much as you can. Feeding babies the same food every day will make them lose interest in mealtimes, leading to a fuss. A change of taste will make mealtimes much easier for you.
These tips can help make feeding your child of 6-12 months much easier and result in a healthy baby. Happy Feeding!

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