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Feeding children the right food from a tender age sets up the building blocks for a healthier future. Click on Next to see which weaning foods are absolute no-nos and what you should be feeding your little munchkin instead, as suggested by experts.
What to give instead: You could try giving homemade biscuits sweetened with applesauce and some amount of good quality or homemade butter.
What to give instead: “Soak the nuts overnight and make a fine paste. Add some raisins before blending for sweetness. Babies will love this,” suggests Tomar.
What to give instead: You can make healthy baby food at home by grinding 1 cup of millet flour, 1/3 cup raw black gram, 1/3 cup raw bung bean, 1 cup raw rice and 1/3 cup raw peas after they have been dry-roasted individually. Sieve and store in an air-tight container. Before feeding your baby, mix a heaped teaspoon of the mix in some cold water and then gradually add boiling water to it, to get the desired consistency.
What to give instead:, oats porridge, baby rice porridge are healthier alternatives.
What to give instead: Homemade fruit custard, homemade fruit-flavoured yogurt with less sugar are better options for your child.
What to give instead: Homemade besan ka halwa, kheer, sugar free rusks or mashed banana are better options.
What to give instead: Pureéd and cut fruits are the best sweet snacks for your little one.
What to give instead: Carry some homemade pureés or the homemade baby food powder (as mentioned in the previous slide) in a container if you will be dining out.
What to give instead: Rice cakes, puffed rice, baked breadsticks are better snacks for your little ones.
What to give instead: For young ones, rice porridge is a better option. If your older babies wish, you could give them homemade rice noodles (rice vermicelli).
Packed juices are to be avoided as well. "Packed juices contain chemicals called aldehydes. A unique characteristic of aldehydes is that they smell like fruits but they are toxic for the liver. Regular intake of these chemicals can damage the liver which plays an important role in the growth and development of the infants,” says Tomar.
What to give instead: Dust out that juicer and give your baby fresh fruit juices.
What to give instead: Cow’s milk is the safest drink for your baby after the age of one.
What to give instead: Give your baby healthy meals with a good balance between carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
What to give instead: Give your baby well-cooked bite sized pieces of pomfret, cod or sole with very less spice.
What to give instead: Encourage healthy eating by giving your baby steamed carrot sticks or mashed boiled potato
What to give instead: Try giving baked snacks or snacks such as boiled/steamed potato or corn for older babies.
What to give instead:Use ripe fruits such as bananas or stewed apple to sweeten your baby’s porridge. Some jaggery will also do the trick.
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