14 June 2018

Best foods for baby that is easy to digest

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Babies are fragile little cutie beauty beings.They develop month by month in and out .I know right, we parents especially mothers are checking everyday how well they are growing like in my mother tongue,Malayalam, we say"Kai vallanno,kaal vallano" meaning did baby's hand and legs grow or not .

It takes a year for a baby's digestive system to mature and it is still very sensitive .So,when solid foods are introduced to a baby whether it's at 4 month or six month,mothers have to be very careful as to what kind of foods to introduce and continue depending upon, whether the food is easily digestible or  the food causes gas,allergy or other stomach related issues and then weed them out.

In my case, I was really concerned , careful and confused because I was worried if the food I give at the tender age of 4 months to my baby will be gentle to my baby's stomach or not .I was scared to mess with that.I was referring to my Baby's doc's information in paper and at times I did my research online but I didn't get enough time to do that as well...Today my baby is going to be 13 months old ,but still I am very careful to make food in such a way that it is easy to digest and nutritious for her .

So,instead of researching online always I have gathered information as to what kind of foods are easy to digest or gentle on a baby's digestive system .

Here are the best food  for baby that is safe and "go to" to help with digestion and good health :

Best Vegetables for babies :

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1.Butternut Squash - is full of antioxidant,fiber and vitamins .It is easy to digest for infants and hardly cause any allergy .It improves the immune system,it's beta carotene content provides good eye sight,has anti-microbial properties,has anthelmetic properties meaning it controls the worm issues in infants .Once cooked it has a smooth texture which is easy to eat for babies as well.

2.Sweet Potatoes - are full of Vitamin C,D,B6 and is a good source of iron,potassium,magnesium and supports a healthy immune system and full of fiber.Once cooked it is also soft and easy to eat and digest for babies.

3.Broccoli - is full of fiber and helps in digestion,prevents from any allergic reactions,has iron,boosts immunity ,prevents chronic diseases etc.Broccoli should be best steamed than boiled as it loses its vitamin C content otherwise.

4.Parsnip - is full of fiber, protein, anti-oxidants, minerals, iron,magnesium,potassium etc.Parsnips helps with digestion ,good immune system and overall growth.


5.Zucchini - is also full of fiber,antioxidants,other nutrients .It's skin is also healthy to eat. 

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6.Potatoes - are easy to digest ,nutritious and filling. 

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7. Eggplant - is very nutritious for baby as it has folate,Vitamin A,Vitamin C and fiber .Eggplant is best introduced at the age of 8 months.It helps in having regular bowel movements in babies .Small eggplants are less bitter and should be peeled and cooked .

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8.Carrots - are easy to swallow and digest ,plus it is sweet in taste and full of health benefits like it's good for eyes ,immune system .However, because of a chemical ,nitrate, it is best to introduce carrots from 6 months onwards ,though store bought carrot baby food for babies younger than 6 months is considered safe.

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9.Peas - are sweet to taste and relieves constipation in babies.

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10.Green Beans - are full of Vitamin A ,fiber,boosts immune system .

Those were some vegetables that's good and safe for babies to avoid any digestion problem .Now its turn for the fruits ..

Best fruits for babies :

1. Apple - Apple puree/Apple sauce is very easy to digest , builds immune system and relieves any constipation.

2.Bananas- Bananas are also easy to swallow and digest.They are good for diarrhea and constipation.

3.Pears hardly produce any allergy and are full of fiber,Vitamin C,potassium.

4.Peaches are very sweet,soft and full of Vitamin C.

5.Papaya is good for digestion,kills intestinal worms,relieves constipation etc .

6.Apricots are high in Vitamin A and C and full of fiber.

7.Blueberries are full of fiber,vitamins and antioxidants and best given around 8 months of age.

8.Cantaloupe are best introduced around 10 months .It is full of vitamin C,Vitamin A,Beta carotene etc.



Other than these,

1.Rice is gluten free and doesn't cause any allergy like a possibility in wheat,oatsbarley etc.It is also filling .

2.Meats provide enough iron .Breast milk doesn't produce any iron and baby's iron content in the body starts depleting by age 6 months.

3.Fish provides Omega 3 fatty acids  that is good for brain development,immunity development,vision,mood and overall health.However babies should avoid shellfish and eat only mercury free fish like salmon etc.

4.Yogurt provides probiotics that helps in the smooth functioning of the digestive system like prevents diarrhea,boosts immunity,strong bones,vision and brain development to name a few.

5.Lentils are a good source of proteins ,vitamins and minerals which should be given from 8 months onwards .Some lentils can cause gas but a few like yellow mung beans are easy to digest when cooked and mashed.

So these are some apt food for baby that will give some peace of mind to us and the baby ,now all you have to do (you might be already like myself) is roll your sleeves ,get into your kitchen and cook some delish homemade baby foods for the apple, pears, bananas of your eyes - your adorable baby..😍

Like Julia Child said," You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces just good food from fresh ingredients." .... 

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31 May 2018

Baby's Diet :Feeding guide from 4 months to 12 months|All about Baby's solid food

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities ." ~ Eda J LeShan
I realized, making a baby,then waiting for her/his arrival,then taking care of the baby well so that he or she grows up to be a healthy person in and out is not a child's play .Every step is crucial,challenging ,testing and needs a good preparation ahead for it can otherwise get stressful especially if you are like me taking care of the baby all by yourself .Ignorance is not a bliss here and knowledge is certainly the power !!

Everyone around you will throw their expert piece of advises on everything related to a baby every now and then ,internet is also flooded with information and can be helpful when needed but I believe we must most importantly rely on a good pediatrician for the actual guidance and also follow our baby's cues undoubtedly .Atleast that's what I do !!

Once baby is born ,every mother struggles with learning the tricks and tips to breastfeed her baby or the alternative,the formula milk to the baby .Once the baby gets a good latch on and mother is producing enough milk or like me who struggled there as well,had to feed formula as well at times ,once you know how much you are suppose to feed the baby and how often  as per doc's instruction and baby's liking ,it becomes a tad smooth process..You get a rhythm and for a few months it is same thing over and again but once the baby is 4-6 months ,the story changes ....

The pediatrician will inform you if baby is ready to take solid foods from 4-6 months period and in my case, my baby girl was gaining weight properly and doctor suggested to give her solid right from 4th month .My baby's doctor would always give us print outs regarding what to give to baby and what not to.It was helpful !! As my baby hit a milestone month by month,the type of solid food intake also kept on changing .So,I gathered all info about the solid food to be given to baby from month to month and I always referred to it whenever I needed to make homemade foods for my baby ,sometimes all info would be out of my reach .

So,I  wanted to note it here in my blog which will be handy for my (fingerscrossed) next baby in future 😉 as my little girl is already a year old now and share with you all as well especially new mamas like me who are full of questions and doubts ...Hope these guidelines will be helpful !

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This picture is little blurred .I apologize for that ...I am glad I could make this pic atleast in the first place .You see,now my time is all at my little princess's service .Nowadays I am lucky if I get time to jot anything in this blog and will be doing so only when time permits.....As of now,something is better than nothing because writing is nirvana for me....

Coming back to the topic,

Some other feeding points to be remembered are :

  1. When starting her/his first solid food ,always give the baby one food at a time not combinations and continue for 3-5 days .This will make sure if the baby is allergic to any food or not.
  2. Begin with a teaspoon and increase slowly to a tablespoon of food.Baby should be getting cereals,vegetables,fruits,meats,proteins alongwith the required breastmilk or infant formula.
  3. Infant cereals should be fortified meaning with iron and should be given till the baby is 18 months.
  4. Salt or sugar is not needed to make homemade infant foods.Special care should be taken with producs that come in contact with soil as it can have botulism spores that may lead o food poisoning.
  5. Cow's milk is recommended only after 1 year as a meal.
  6. Honey should also be avoided till 1 year as it can lead to infant botulism.
  7. Fruit juice ,that is 100% fruit juice and  pasteurized must be given only after 6 months and about 4-6 ounces day diluted with water .
  8. Babies need very little or no water unless it is very hot weather or for diluting a food . After 12 months,2-4 oz of water can be given twice a day.
  9. Babies should be offerered varities of foods without any restrictions of any calorie intake ,fat etc unless advised by the doctor and shouldn't be forced to eat all food offered .
  10. The food must not choke the baby in any case like any dry nuts etc,.
Disclaimer:This is for informational purpose only .Aways consult with your child's physician regarding any question or concern about solid food or more and do make sure any food is not allergic to your child .Also,these are mere guidelines.Some baby will eat as mentioned or more or less as every baby is different .

I personally follow my baby's cue/lead .I make sure my baby gets good nutritious yet tasty food but it is upto my baby to accept it or eat properly .If she gestures stop,I stop and if she gestures I will eat whole and little more,I do so ,both happily without any force.

For now,her wish is my command - I will listen to her ,so that she listens to me later (touchwood!) 😀 !

25 May 2018

The mummy returns ..

                                       It's been a while away from my virtual little world huh ? 😊

I have a very good news to share ..I am a MOTHER now !!😊I am blessed with a beautiful girl who is today 1 year and 14 days old as I write 👪😊

The last post on my blog was when I was expecting my miracle baby ....Infact,May 3rd,2017 was the due date,though she refused to come out for a week ...

If there is anything I am very grateful to that eased the whole 9+ months of pregnancy journey ,that ought to be this little blog ...

It's been years we were trying to have a baby ,went through painful treatments,heartbreaks,losing friends,feeling moody ,lonely ,lost....Looking back I feel God guided me to start this blog for a purpose ...

There were days when I didn't feel like blogging,but I pushed myself to..there were times I wanted to make my blog private as I wanted to write freely ,there were times I wanted it to make it professional to make the time I spent here worth ...Well,it eventually was becoming up,close ,personal yet professional I believe ...But most importantly,it became my virtual best friend ..that allowed me to be just me..sharing my passions -writing a bit,cooking a bit,clicking a bit and then recording a.k.a making videos a bit ...Making me engaged by hook or crook for good ..

When I didn't feel like writing I made videos and I made a lot of them and when finally got pregnant ,we were nervous,scared ,anxious more than being happy because of past experiences ...It became tough for me to keep my mind calm ,even though I was doing yoga ..It was difficult even to concentrate on blogging ...My doctor advised me to do something that I enjoyed ..

I became very close to God ,I was either reading the Holy books-Bible and Gita for solace or making cooking or DIY videos ..Since I had lots of videos pending to be uploaded,with the help of my hubby and my friend Uma,I focused on creating videos ,I gave my old videos a pep up by adding a fresh intro of mine in most of the videos..It was fun...Except a product review ,every video was recorded long time back and thank God for that...It was hard for me to write well...Somehow ,I managed ..I think it can be seen in my previous or last writings/posts -something scribbled and everything scattered ..and I pre-scheduled all my posts in such a way that it gets published/posted once or twice every month automatically..I mean well distributed and my last post got published on May 3rd ,2017,which as I said before was infact the actual due date ,though my girl came out after a week ...and our happiness, "DKP" was finally born on an auspicious day as I prayed for ...

I always knew ,once my baby is here,I would like to spend time with her than anything else .Since then I have been working for my little majesty ,which has been challenging on another level yet most rewarding ....Nowadays ,when my little highness sleeps,then only I get time to do many chores at home or connecting with people and I didn't think I will be able to return back to my blog any time sooner but I just got lucky ...For now ..I am back !!

To all those women who are struggling with infertility ,wanna become mother..been there,done that,felt that...I sincerely hope and pray ,may your wish to have a baby come true soon..Lean more on God than on others,Hang on,chin up,stay strong ..

And if you know a friend struggling with infertility,be there for them ,give them their space ,give time for them to heal,if you can't help them so,PLEASE for God sake don't hurt them by words or your action ....or Karma is a bi***!! What goes around comes around!!
And be empathetic than sympathetic !!

After a heavy storm,I feel fresh and my sun is shining .........THANK YOU GOD !!

Better late than never !!

The new journey begins.............CHEERS!!