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My Fussy Eater Taught Me That Schedule is Important for Little Ones
Every morning, I ask myself the same question, “Kya banau khane me jo meri beti acche se khaye?” This is such a common question to which every mother is seeking the answer.
After trying so many options, the one thing I understood what’s most important is a schedule for the baby. What you cook for your baby will definitely create an impact but the first step in your baby’s eating mission should be a schedule. Sometimes, when I miss the timing or the pattern I am following daily, the entire day turns into a day when I have to handle a cranky baby.
I try my level best to follow the timings and make sure that my little one eats something or the other on scheduled times. By 11 a.m., I try to make any type of meal for her whether it is just boiled egg with a bit of salt and cumin powder or whether it is oats and ragi porridge.
By 1 to 1:30 p.m., I try to provide her lunch; it could be anything – dal and rice, khichdi with veggies, roti and dal.
By 6 p.m. I give her snacks which include sooji or milk with cookies. In order to make sure, my little one gets a nutritious diet, I make oats and ragi porridge, broken wheat with a few cooked vegetables, semolina upma, dal and rice khichdi with ghee, wheat halwa with ghee, milk with soaked almond’s paste.
As she is now 2 years, I have started giving her a bit of sugar and salt. I also include cumin powder, turmeric powder, and black pepper powder in her diet. I have also tried packaged food whenever we travelled. I liked to keep packaged food for babies which are easy to make. Porridge and cereals which are available in different flavours and all you have to do is add warm water to it come in handy while travelling.
At times, it happens that due to some reason, I miss the timing but I am trying to create a good schedule for us so that soon enough my fussy and picky eater turns into a sincere eater.