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Vegetables (As Weaning Food)


Vegetables are started as weaning foods after fruits. Vegetables should be cooked well, mashed in a blender before feeding the child. Vegetable fibre is nutritious so it should be retained later on when the child is 7 months old. Additives such as ghee, oil can be added to enhance the flavour.


Mashed, Well-Cooked Vegetables

Here is how you can introduce vegetables in your baby’s diet.

Method of Preparation

Vegetables should first be boiled, then mashed in a blender, and then strained.  It is important to strain the vegetables until the baby is about 7 months old.  After the baby is 7 months, straining is not required because vegetable fibre is very nutritious and contains certain useful nutrients.

Quantity of Feed

Begin feeding the child with a couple of spoons and then gradually increase the quantity every succeeding week to the limit accepted by the baby.   Dark green leafy vegetables, carrots and pumpkin are very healthy.

Salt, Butter and Other Additives

There is no need to add salt to the vegetables, since there is enough sodium in the vegetables. The baby's system is not ready to handle too much salt in the first few months of life.  Ghee, butter or cooking oil can also be added for flavour as well as for calories.

Iron and Vitamin C

Vegetables like spinach are high in iron.  In order to improve the absorption of iron into the baby's system, you need to give vitamin C.  Vegetables like tomato and cauliflower contain vitamin C and therefore can be a good complement to spinach.  Multivitamin drops (which are prescribed by your baby’s paediatrician) also contain vitamin C and can be given once a day, right after a meal.


Best Vegetables for Babies

Here is a list of best vegetables and their health benefits for babies. You must consult your baby’s paediatrician before including any of these vegetables in your baby’s diet.

Carrots

Carrots are rich in vitamin A, B and C. They are also rich in calcium which can help the bones of babies to grow stronger. They are also good for baby’s eyesight. Various nutrients in carrots also help to boost the overall immune system of babies. You can feed carrots to your baby after boiling and mashing them. Due to it natural sweet flavour there is no need to add any additives to it.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamin C and beta carotene. They are high in fibre and also help to boost the immune system of babies. They are easy to boil and mash and your baby will surely love its sweet taste. Its high fibre content makes it easier for babies to digest.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is high in fibre as well as loaded with lot of nutrients. It is rich in nutrients like iron and vitamin C. It can be included in the diet of babies who are more than 6 months old.

Cauliflower

Boiled and mashed cauliflower can be given to the babies who are over 8 months of age. This vegetable is rich in vitamin C and K. Steaming is also a good option to provide its maximum health benefits to your baby. You must make sure that it is properly cooked and mashed well before giving it to your baby.

Other Vegetables for Older Babies

Here is list of vegetables that can be boiled and pureed for babies who are more than 8 months old.
  • Potato

  • Spinach

  • Beetroot

  • Broccoli
When you are introducing vegetables in your baby’s diet, you must consult your baby’s paediatrician. Ask your baby’s paediatrician about the vegetables that should be introduced first and the ones which should be introduced later on. Your doctor may suggest you include the vegetables that are easy to digest for your baby in the beginning. Make sure that the vegetables that you buy for your baby are clean and fresh. Wash and clean the vegetables carefully before you cook and mash them for your baby. Always feed the freshly cooked and properly mashed vegetables to your baby to avoid choking hazards.

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shruti.7 years ago
my 11 months old baby doesn't like to drink milk. m forcing him with spoon feeding in sleeping position.what should i do to make him drink it in seating position.i m very much worried. what SHOULD I DO PLZ SUGGEST ME.I M WORKING BUT IM VRY ABSET ABOUT THIS.
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.7 years ago
My baby is 8 months and since her 6th month i started giving her semi solid food starting with cerelac rice. Now in the morning i give her ragi malt, in the after nonn rice cooked with any veg initially i startde with carrots(one veg at a time) pressure cooked smashed and strained mix little sugar and milk. since her 7th month I also intoduce packet milk (heritage milk here in hyderabad) . In the night i give her cerelac and end up with milk. She take 3-4 time 100-125ml milk a part from my BF in the night.
 
 
 
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Rahul.8 years ago
my daughter loves bananas. my wife gives her a quater glass of banana milkshake since its heavy.
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Reena.8 years ago
my daughter loves bananas. i give her smashed bananas 3 times a week. will this give her more chances to getting cold and cough say once a month
 
 
 
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Vijay.8 years ago
baby's age and suitable season should also be listed with recipes.
 
 
 
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Jk.8 years ago
my son is 8 months old now...i give him banana shake, apple juice everyday with cerelac and lactogen 2. how can i give him tomato
 
 
 
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karisma.8 years ago
is sugar is required when we bolied the apples?
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Darryl & Ronda.8 years ago
we are from california. baby food is easily bought in the stores. we tried making banannas for the first time today. our 3 month old enjoyed her first homemade meal. this site has been very helpful. please e-mail any recipes to dar2bmerc@aol.com
 
 
 
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geeta.8 years ago
my son love banana.i give him quater banana in a day & he likes it very much.
 
 
 
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Dr.Angeline Prema.8 years ago
it is good to give homemade weaning foods start them after 6months of exclusive breastfeeding
 
 
 
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