yolk may be introduced after 7 months. It must be fully cooked and mashed. Half boiled or raw egg cannot be digested and is just thrown out of the body. Idli, dosa and upma can be given for breakfast from the 7th or 8th month.
Boiled chicken and fish may be added to the lunch after 8 months. Whole egg can be introduced in the diet after 9 or 10 months. Butter and Ghee can be added after the baby is 9 months. After 9 months, the cerelac used for dinner can also be changed to a meal similar to lunch.
By 10 months small pieces of fruits and boiled vegetables may be given as finger foods cut into finger shaped sticks, which they can hold and eat on their own. Biscuits also may be eaten on their own.
Great care should be taken to keep all utensils and one's hands very clean and to use properly boiled and cooled water while preparing juices. Please wash hands and fruits thoroughly before preparing and feeding the child.
Some precautions about feeding bottle use
All mothers should try to breast feed their infants for at least the first 6 months. If this is not possible, then using a bottle is a convenient and safe way to feed an infant provided the bottle is thoroughly washed and sterilized. In conditions of poor hygiene and sanitation as in slums etc, women are best advised not to use the bottle. Special care should be taken not to allow a baby to sleep with the bottle in the mouth, as this is a primary cause of early tooth decay.
Another dangerous practice is for a mother to fill a bottle with warm milk and leave it on her bedside table so that she can conveniently feed her baby at any time of the night. This warm milk is a perfect
medium for bacteria that can give the baby a badly upset tummy. The bottle-feed has to be prepared as and when required. You may
keep warm water in a flask.
Diet plan for Infants 1-2 years of age?
Morning 1 glass milk,
Breakfast Idli 2 + Sambar; or
Dosa 1-2 + Sambar; or
Ragi / Oats porridge with milk, or
Bread 2 slice + Egg cooked 1 no.
11 am: Mashed banana 1 no. or Mosambi juice 1 glass
Lunch: Rice ½-3/4 C + Dhal ¼ C + Veg ¼ C + Curd ¼ C, or Non-veg 1 piece
4-5 PM: Milk 1 glass + Biscuit
Dinner: Rice ½ C / Chapati 1 + Dal ¼ C + Veg ¼ C, + Curd ¼ C + Apple ½
Bedtime: Milk ½ - ¾ C
Cup= 225 ml or 8 oz
What is the Ideal Weight range for Infants?
| At Birth
|| 2.75 - 3 kgs or more
|| 35 - 45 cms|
| At 3 months
|| 4-5 kgs
|| 50 cms |
| At 6 months
|| 7-8 kgs
|| 60 cms|
| At 1 year
|| 9-10 kgs
|| 71 cms|
| At 1 1/2 years
|| 11-12 kgs
|| 75 cms|
| At 2 Years
|| 12-14 kgs
|| 80 cms|
| At 3 years
|| 14-15 kgs
|| 90 cms|