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When and how to start solid foods for babies?

When and how to start solids to babies?

When and how to start solid foods for babies is every new parent`s concern. Nothing gives more pleasure than watching your little ones growing up. Starting solids to little ones is an important milestone both for the parents and for the baby. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until the baby reaches 6 months of age as it provides optimal health benefits.

In some parts of India, a ceremony is conducted known as Annaprashana where the baby is introduced to food for the first time and usually cooked rice is fed to the child. Starting food should be a gradual process and only single grain food like rice or suji should be fed first. Before introducing food to your baby I would recommend keeping these things ready with you.

Let us see what kind of food babies can have according to age/months.

 

When and how to start solids to babies?
When and how to start solids for babies?

6-8 months: Starting solid foods

Babies can start with single grain iron-fortified cereal apart from breast milk and of runny consistency to get a hang of swallowing it. You can add a little amount of breastmilk or formula milk. Once a routine has been established and they get a hang of it one can use less water or milk to make the consistency a little thick.

Vegetable purees made from carrot, pumpkin, broccoli are some of the best food one can give to their babies. Mashed and pureed fruits like banana, pears, and apple can be given. Remember not to give Apple in raw form. Always steam it first and then only fed the baby.

Later purees made from 2-3 vegetables like Carrot, Peas can be given. Don’t add salt or sugar, instead, natural sweeteners like Banana Powder or Palm Sugar can be given. You can also try other Organic Baby food items that are available in the market.

 

When and how to start solids to babies?
Rice Porridge for 6 months old

9-12 months:

One can even introduce Finger foods or teething sticks at this age. I found teething sticks form Early foods to be helpful for my daughter. They are made from organic whole wheat breadsticks and travel friendly too. You can add more variety of food at this age. It can be either in puree form, mashed, or even small tiny chunks. Properly cook pureed meat and egg can also be fed to the baby. Remember breastfeeding or formula should be continued, and no cow`s milk to be introduced until the baby is 2 years of age.

When and how to start solids to babies?
Thick boiled dal

 

After 12 months of age, the baby can start having whatever the rest of the family is eating but with less oil and spices. Always remember to maintain an ideal environment, away from distractions like mobile phones and tv screens.

 

 

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5 Best Books on Pregnancy

5 Best Books on Pregnancy

When I found out about my pregnancy the first time, thousands of questions were popping into my mind at that moment. With no elders at home, I was looking for information on the internet all the time. It can be confusing most of the time, and nothing gives you the comfort of reading pregnancy books at your own comfort and sweet time. I immediately ordered a few books on pregnancy, which was the best thing I did at that time. People around you will generally guide you about what to eat and what not to eat, but no one can tell you what is going inside your body every single week. Here I have listed 5 Best Books on Pregnancy that every parent should read at least one of them.

 

1.Grabha Sanskar by Balaji Tambe:

I referred to this amazing book during my pregnancy days. This book written by Dr. Shri Balaji Tambe who is considered a pioneer in Ayurveda has gone far beyond mere herbs, medicines, and remedies. This book comprehensively provides everything a person wants to know about conceiving, pregnancy, delivery, and nurturing the little one. It also advises on the traditional herb mixes, yoga, music, mantra, diet-plan for new mothers, or to the mothers-to-be. Get a copy here:                              

5 Best Books on Pregnancy
Grabha Sanskar by Balaji Tambe:


 

2. What to Expect When You’re Expecting:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting has over 18.5 million copies in print and read by 93% of women who read a pregnancy book. It was even named one of the ‘Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years’ by USA Today. This book has all the must-have information, insights, tips, and advice for a new generation of parents. It has detailed information right from conception and till after birth. Advice for Dad is fully integrated throughout the book. All medical coverage is completely updated, including the latest on prenatal screening and the safety of medications during pregnancy, as well as a brand-new section on postpartum birth control. It covers a detailed insight into what is happening inside the body of pregnant women every week. It has also touched upon topics of labor and delivery, multiple childbirth, complicated pregnancy. Buy a copy of this book here:

5 Best Books on Pregnancy
What to Expect When You’re Expecting

 

3. Passport to a Healthy Pregnancy:

Passport to a Healthy Pregnancy by Gita Arjun is another among the 5 Best Books on Pregnancy for the modern Indian couple. Focused on Indian couples this must-have book demystifies pregnancy with easy-to-understand language and lavish illustrations. It will empower a pregnant woman and her partner to proceed through the pregnancy with confidence. Get a copy here:

5 Best Books on Pregnancy
Passport to a Healthy Pregnancy


 

4. Pregnancy Notes: Before, During & After:

This book authored by Rujuta Diwekar, a well-known India’s leading nutrition and exercise science expert, has got you covered with tips even before one gets pregnant, till after you deliver your baby. Each stage includes notes on food, exercise, and recovery, and heritage recipes from across the country. Another must-have pregnancy book for parents to be. Get a copy here:

5 Best Books on Pregnancy
Pregnancy Notes: Before, During & After

 

 

5. The Pregnancy Handbook For Indian Moms: A Doctor’s Answers To All Your Questions:

Authored by Dr. Vinita Salvi is a gynecologist in Mumbai. The whole book is in a question-answer format. This book will help women understand the changes that are undergoing in their bodies and the precautions and tests they need at proper times. The book starts with a detailed account of how you should prepare your body for pregnancy. What happens during each trimester and how you should deal with the changes. Get a copy here:

5 Best Books on Pregnancy
The Pregnancy Handbook For Indian Moms: A Doctor’s Answers To All Your Questions

Pregnancy is a roller coaster ride and having a guidebook can make things easy. Do drop in your comments for any suggestions of books.

Also Read: Travel During Pregnancy