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.
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
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
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
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
Cup= 225 ml or 8 oz
What is the Ideal Weight range for Infants?
- 3 kgs or more
- 45 cms
1 1/2 years