After the child is a year old, you should gradually let the child start getting used to foods made for the family, in terms of taste as well as consistency.
- Start giving cow or buffalo's milk from a glass 2-3 times a day.
- If the child does not like milk, milk preparations like fruit salad in milk, curds and cheese should be given.
- Inexpensive seasonal fruits should be given in abundance.
- Whenever possible, avoid peeling the fruit's skin. Fruit skins are rich in vitamins and minerals
- Encourage the child to have fresh fruit juices, but avoid sweetening it with sugar.
- Avoid canned fruits and fruit juices; they have excessive sugar and contain preservatives.
Rice and Chapati
- Chapatis should be made from whole wheat. (Do not throw away the bran).
- Polished rice is not as healthy as unpolished or par-boiled rice.
- Green, orange, red and yellow vegetables are essential. Scrape vegetables like potatoes instead of peeling them.
- Use the water in which rice or vegetables have been boiled; it contains essential vitamins and minerals.
- Do not overcook vegetables. If you want to make the vegetables soft, gently mash them with a spoon.
Dals, Eggs and other high protein foods
- Make sure foods high in protein (such as pulses or dals, gram, peanuts, peas, beans, eggs, fish, mutton, liver) are given.
- Sprouted gram or moong is very nutritious.
Chocolates, cold drinks, coffee, etc
- Chocolates, cold drinks, flavoring agents, tea, coffee, etc. should be avoided as far as possible because they contain chemicals and caffeine that can be harmful to the child.
- These filler foods can also ruin the child's appetite for nutritious meals.
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