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Avoid giving these foods to your baby

Growing babies soon start to show interest in trying new foods, and it's normal to want to introduce them to new tastes and textures but not all foods are safe for your baby. Here is a list of foods you should avoid feeding your baby during the first year of growth: Honey: Infants under the age of one should not be fed any form of honey (raw, baked, or cooked). Honey is bad for babies because it can cause Clostridium botulinum, which can produce botulinum spores. These spores release toxins that can lead to muscle weakness, poor sucking, a weak cry, constipation, decreased muscle tone, and even paralysis in young infants. An infant's intestinal track isn't strong enough to fight off these spores and toxins. Cow's Milk: Stick to breast milk or formula until your child's first birthday. A child under the age of one can't digest the enzymes and proteins in cow's milk, and certain minerals in it can cause damage to your baby's kidneys. Also, unlike breast milk or formula, cow's milk doesn't provide all the proper nutrients for a growing infant. Egg Whites: Don't feed egg products to a child under the age of one to avoid an allergic reaction or allergies in the future. While the proteins in egg yolks are seldom a source of allergens, the proteins in eggs whites may cause allergic reactions. By the age of five a child normally outgrows the potential for an allergic reaction to egg whites. Citrus: Avoid feeding citrus fruits and juices to baby for the first couple of months. These foods are high in Vitamin C and acid, which can cause an upset tummy and/or acid reflux in your baby. Seafood/Shellfish: Another potential allergen for babies is seafood, and particularly shellfish. You may talk to your paediatrician before feeding your baby boneless fish. Do not give any sort of shellfish (such as shrimp, clams, or crabmeat) to baby. Large Chunks of Food: It is widely recommended that you feed your child breast milk or formula for the first four to six months. Once you start baby on solids, pea-sized foods are safest, to prevent choking. Make sure that vegetables are diced and cooked up soft, and cut fruits into quarters to avoid their getting stuck in your child's throat. Meats and cheese should also be cut into very small pieces, or shredded. Soft Foods: Foods like jellies, marshmallows, and any other sort of soft food should not be given to a baby. These foods can easily get stuck in a baby's throat.   Content source Featured image source

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Best Foods for a 6-Month-Old Baby

Expert pediatricians recommend avoiding salt and sugar until the age of one, as it puts unwanted stress on the kidneys. Some healthy food options for 6 months+ babies include: 1. Fruits Puree: Fruits should be steamed, and mashed or pureed while introducing for the first time. Fruits like apples, bananas, pear, avocado, chikoo, and peaches can be given. 2. Vegetable Puree: Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, sweet pumpkin, french beans, etc. can be steamed and given either as finger foods or as a puree. 3. Pulses Soup: A variety of pulses, especially dals, can be boiled with water and the soup can be given to babies. 4. Rice Porridge: Rice is a good source of carbohydrates and vitamins for babies. Broken rice, made with breast milk or formula milk can be given as porridge. 5. Cereal Porridge: Porridge can also be made from a variety of single-grain cereals like wheat, millet, barley, oats, etc. These cereals can be dried and powdered together or separately, to make gruel. 6. Vegetable Soup: A variety of vegetables can be boiled in water, and the stock can be given as soup. 7. Yogurt: Although cow’s milk is not recommended until the age of one, unsweetened yogurt can be given in moderate amounts as an alternative to purees.                                                                                                      6-Month-Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan You can prepare a meal plan or chart for your baby’s meals and follow it as much as possible. The chart below can help you design your own 6-month-old baby food schedule according to your baby’s preferences.                                                                                                   Content Source Featured Image Source 

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Kis kis ne apni puri pregnancy me kya kya avoid kiya like vegetables, fruits, ya baki khane pine ki chijo me. Tell me with reason. Ki kyu nhi khana chahiye.

Helo dear mommies I want to ask u my grandfather in law is in critical situation so we have to shift to village fr 20 days with my 9 months old baby which food I use to take so it takes less tym n I vil made it everywhere plz help

Baby food chart and recipes: From 6th month onwards

As your baby completes 6 months, it is time to start the solid foods or semi-solid foods. So far she would have gained all her essential nutrients from mother’s feed or formula feed. It is a big milestone for her as now she can taste and enjoy the solid foods and relish them. Now you can also introduce water as well to your baby as it is also introduced at 6 months. 6 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan You can prepare a meal plan or a chart for your baby’s food routine and follow it as much as possible to incorporate a variety of healthy options. You can use the chart below to design your own 6 month baby food schedule according to your baby’s food preference: Day of the week   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner   Monday Breast milk/formula milk Apple puree Nap time Vegetable soup Breast milk/formula milk Rice porridge Breast milk/formula milk before nap time Tuesday Carrot puree Any fruit puree cereal gruel Wednesday Rice porridge Sweet potato puree fruit puree Thursday Ragi porridge Mashed banana stewed apple Friday Stewed apple with cinnamon dal water suji kheer Food Recipes for 6 Months Old Baby Here are some interesting baby food recipes for 6 months old that are a blend of different tastes and flavours for your baby to try and explore. 1. Apple Stew with Cinnamon Ingredients: Apple Water Cinnamon powder How to prepare: Cook the peeled and diced apple slices, in boiling water. Alternatively, you can also cook the apple for two to three whistles in a pressure cooker. Take the steamed apples and mash it in a blender or a mixer jar. You can also forcefully sieve it through a filter with slightly bigger holes. To this apple stew, add a pinch or less of cinnamon powder and mix well. 2. Mango Puree Ingredients: Mango How to prepare: Peel and cut out the pulp of the mango Blend the pulp into a coarse paste in a mixer jar or a blender or sieve it forcefully through a filter. The fruit has a natural sweetness to it, and it can serve as such without any additional flavouring agent. 3. Oatmeal Ingredients: Oats powdered Water Breastmilk or formula milk Banana How to prepare: In a pan, boil the 2 cups of water Once the water reaches boiling, add a cup of powdered oats slowly to the water and stir continuously without lumps Once the oats are cooked well, add 2 tablespoons of milk. You can add banana paste to give flavour to the dish. 4. Sweet Pumpkin Puree Ingredients: Sweet pumpkin Water How to prepare: Deseed a small pumpkin and peel off the skin. Dice it into small cubes. Boil water (2 cups) after which you can add the pumpkin. Cover the lid to cook it well for a few minutes. Mash or blend the cooked pumpkin to a fine paste and feed. The natural sweetness of the vegetable gives a good taste to the dish.     Content source Featured image source

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Kid-friendly Baked Chicken Lollipops

If your child likes chicken and you are looking to provide some healthy variety, chicken lollipops can add some variation. Chicken lollipops are great as snacks, but not very healthy due to the addition of color and that they have to be deep fried. Here is a simple recipe of chicken lollipops, made with very few ingredients, no color and it is baked and it tastes delicious. These will become favorites with your family, kids and adults alike. Ingredients Chicken lollipops – 12 pcs Oil to brush For Marinade 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (Use white vinegar if you do not have apple cider) 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp sweet chilli sauce ½ tsp brown sugar/ white sugar 1 tsp pepper powder( You can also add chilli flakes, if your child likes it) Salt to taste 1 tsp oil ½ tsp chicken masala 1 tsp corn flour Recipe In a large bowl, Method - mix all the ingredients to make a thick marinade. Add the chicken lollipops to this mixture and coat them well. Leave covered to marinate for 1-2 hours. Preheat the oven to 200 deg C. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Lightly drizzle or brush little oil on the foil. Place the marinated lollipops standing on the prepared tray. Roast for 20-25 minutes. Give them resting time of 5-10 minutes within the oven. Take out and serve with a dip of your choice. Content Source: Feature Image Source:

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Chicken and Vegetable Broth/ Soup Recipe

This is an easy to make broth or soup, which can make a nutritious snack or meal and a perfect comfort food. If you have a sick child at home, whose taste buds are getting revolted at the sight of food, this soup could be your best bet. Ingredients 1 Chicken leg piece ( You could use some other piece as well, preferably with bone) 1 cup chopped vegetables( cubed carrots, chopped green beans, peas or any vegetable your child likes) 1 small onion chopped ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 cups water or as needed Salt and pepper to taste Recipe. Method In a pressure cooker, heat the olive oil. You could also do this in a wide saucepan, but it is faster in a pressure cooker. Add garlic and sauté for a few seconds. Do not brown them. Add onions and sauté till they become soft and translucent. Add vegetables and sauté for a minute. Add chicken piece and sauté slightly till sealed. Add water and salt and pepper. Cover the pressure cooker, turn the heat to simmer and let it cook till 3-4 whistles. Let the cooker cool on its own and check. The meat should be falling off the bone. Before serving, remove the meat from bones and mix with the broth. Adjust the seasoning and serve hot. Content Source:  Feature Image Source: 

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Eating well in your third trimester: 37-40 weeks

Some women do not prefer eating at all at this stage but there are women who face the first stage for very long period; so, they need snacks and drinks from time to time. Here are few tips that can help you through. Eating Healthy With Your Baby In The First Two Weeks Once the baby is born, it’s not over yet. You still need to continue to have healthy food to recover and to breastfeed your baby. However you cannot cook alone; so, take help of your relatives or cook and keep it in your fridge. You can use it for a week and eat in batches. If you don’t have enough support or you are living just with your husband then you may want to hire a cook and a maid. Let them look after the kitchen till you recover and are able to do the household works. Some also prefer to order food from reputed restaurants. So, think about it and choose an option appropriate for you. Breakfast As always keep your breakfast simple yet healthy. Prefer a bowl of milk with cereal like cornflakes or sandwiches with lots of veggies. Salads are also good to start but make sure to have a glass of milk for energy. Keeping your breakfast simple will help you a lot by saving time and energy. Lunch Soups can be a good idea to go for. Beetroot is rich in folate, magnesium, potassium. Avoid adding cream or yogurt while preparing beetroot juice and freeze it so that you have it in batches. You need beetroot, carrot, celery, potato, onion, olive oil, vegetable stock, bay leaves, etc. to prepare this. Once you peel the beetroot grate it or process it and cut carrot into small pieces. Add celery and potato pieces and blitz it. Heat some olive oil in a saucepan and stir in some chopped onion. Once it turn light brown add vegetables, stock and bay leaves. Boil and cover the lid. Let it boil over low flame for 25 minutes and then blend it to smooth liquid using food processor. If you add cream or yogurt then do not store it. Snack Try having fruity flapjacks in the evening as oats present in it is rich in fibre. It can be stored in the freezer for few days. You will need sunflower margarine, demerara sugar, golden syrup, porridge oats and chopped dates. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and heat margarine and sugar till they melt completely. Stir in the golden syrup, oats, dates and mix the ingredients well. Take a greased baking tin and press into it and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until it turns golden brown. Remove and keep it aside to cool down. Cut the flapjacks and leave it to cool down. You can also have fresh fruit juice, smoothies like mango smoothie, tomato apple juice, baked banana chips, etc. Dinner Have you ever tried ragu sauce before? On freezing it, ragu sauce will can be stay for a couple of days. Have it with pasta, lasagne sheets and cheese sausage. You need lean minced beef, finely chopped onion, crushed garlic clove, smoked bacon pieces, chopped tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, red wine and oregano. Take the beef in a non-stick pan and heat it; keep stirring while breaking up this mixture. Add chopped onion, bacon, garlic and heat it to fry. Keep stirring and cooking till onions turn soft. Chop the sundried tomatoes and add them to the pan along with chopped canned tomatoes, herbs and some wine. Let this boil for some time and then reduce the flame. Cover the lid and leave it for 35 to 40 minutes and then stir well. Alcohol in the wine you added will cook off slowly. Take it out and let it cool down before you have it. This was easy to prepare this; similarly, you can try many simple yet healthy recipes to get nutrients from the food.   Feature Image Source  

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