Your tiny tot is your most sacred possession and his or her complete care your utmost responsibility. While taking care of kids at all stages is a difficult task, handling tiny tots or babies under the age of 2 years is very troublesome because the kids at this age cannot describe their feelings and choices to the parents and we still have to feed them with the food that they like and which is also beneficial for them in growth and muscle–bone building.
The following is a list of some of the common baby foods that must be included in the daily food chart of your tiny tot to ensure that your baby gets all the essential nutrients and that his or her taste buds are being developed in the best way.
Breast milk is the most important food for a new born because breast milk has all the components that a new born baby needs to grow its bones, muscles and all the body parts. A new born baby should be fed with the mother milk for as many as 8–12 times in one day or till the baby is left satisfied and stomach full. While breast feeding the baby, the mother must take care to feed the baby for not more than 15 minutes on one breast and then do the same with the other breast. One thing that the mother must keep in mind here is that if a baby is not demanding milk for more than four hours even if he or she was fed stomach full during the last feed, the mother must wake the baby up for the next feed. Studies have found that the body of a new born baby consumes milk in four hours for tissue building. Sometimes the baby may not feel hunger due to sleep, but after every four hours, the body of a new born baby needs the next breast feeding. A baby shows many signs of hunger in addition to crying. Such signs are agitation, fists in mouth, fussiness, tongue movement, mouth opening when the skin close the mouth is touched, lip movement, etc.
Once your tiny tot reaches the age group of nine months, you can start feeding him or her with other food items in addition to your breast milk. You can start offering your baby bite-sized chunks of food items such as boiled vegetables, fruits, egg white and yolk, dairy products, meat, chicken, etc. at this age, you can also starts giving your baby some fruit juice, but its quantity should be restricted to just four ounces per day. This is because juice has high amount of sugar and calories, which may lead to your child not feeling hungry for other important baby food. In the dairy products, you can give your child cheese, cream, yoghurt. Once you child turns one-year old you can also start introducing cow’s milk in his or her daily diet. One thing to remember here is that you should also feed your baby with whole milk and not reduced fat milk.
At this age, your baby is also prepared to eat some boiled lentils, grains, etc. You can boil some vegetables, grains, etc. together and mash them in the grinder after boiling. Add a little salt to it and a perfect food item is prepared for your baby that will provide him or her with all the essential nutrients to help him or her grow in the nest possible manner.