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Infant diet meal plan

What the chart of Nine months child?
(March 1, 2011)

Initially, breast milk forms an essential component of an infant diet. This begins at birth and continues till the baby is about 4 months old. Breast feeding still continues along with certain supplements which are suited for infant nutrition. After sometime the child shows readiness for solid foods and this is time when he or she is weaned off breast milk. During this time simple, solids foods may be given to the child.

Soon after that the child becomes ready for most adult foods. Infant nutrition and feeding requires careful planning. Breast milk is the ideal food for a young infant as it is packed with nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. Enzymes that help in digestion are also contained in breast milk. Breast milk even contains antibodies which enhance the baby’s immunity and provides protection from various infections and illnesses. In some cases, the doctor may prescribe supplements for babies that are fed on breast milk alone. In most cases, the baby obtains all the nutrition it needs from the mother’s milk itself. As the child grows, the frequency of breast feedings will reduce as the baby consumes more milk at each feeding.

Mothers who are unable to breast feed their babies may use formula feeds. The transition time for babies on formula is usually slower because the milk is processed by the body much slower.

After about 6 months, the child will be ready for complementary foods. There are many options available for infant food and it can sometimes get confusing especially for first time mothers. It is advisable to consult an infant diet chart in order to understand the child’s needs. An infant diet should be suitable for the age and development of the baby. An infant nutrition chart can be obtained from your pediatrician. This is also helpful in case of babies born prematurely. Such babies require special care and attention with regard to diet. It is important to remember that cow’s milk, goat’s milk and soy milk are not suitable for babies as they strain the kidneys. Solid foods should not be introduced too early as the child may develop allergies, diarrhea or obesity. Foods should be introduced gradually and the quantities must also be slowly increased. This will help to rule out possible allergies. Some good baby foods to begin with include cooked and mashed carrots, beans and peas. It is advisable to consult a doctor regarding infant nutrition guidelines.

Between 12 and 24 months of age, the baby will undergo a transition. These toddler years are when children learn to consume table food and experience new textures and tastes. During this time the toddler diet should incorporate a variety of foods. A healthy toddler diet is essential because at this age children can be picky about food and may also be reluctant to try out new foods. The toddler diet plan should provide about 1000 to 1400 calories per day depending on the size, age and activity level of the child.
Submitted by R B on March 1, 2011 at 01:01


Infant diet meal plan 

Continue to wean your child with breast milk or an iron and calcium fortified infant formula. Add four or more tablespoons of cereals, soft vegetables and mashed fruit a couple of times every day. Moreover you can also add protein foods which can include thoroughly cooked and strained or finely ground chicken, boneless fish, veal etc.  You can also introduce the child to yogurt and egg yolks; most children under the age of 12 months have a high chance of being allergic to egg whites, hence egg yolks are safer.

You may also feed the child soft finger foods such as soft fruit, cooked vegetable pieces, pasta or whole grain biscuits dunked in milk. As you are feeding the child, allow the child to pick up and pluck bite sized pieces of foods, as an encouragement to eating on his or her own.

Diluted fruit juice can also be added to the diet. However take care to see that the juice has been freshly squeezed and is not part of a canned or tinned product. Do not attempt to offer foods that have a chance of getting stuck in the throat, such as types of dried fruits and nuts, popcorn, carrot and celery sticks, grapes, sweet corn, candies, beans or large pieces of vegetables and fruits. 

Submitted by C N on April 9, 2008 at 12:40


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