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MUST MY BABY BE INTRODUCED TO SOLIDS? IF YES, HOW?

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We moms know that breast milk is a complete nutritional package for a baby until the age of 6 months to 12 months. however, supplemental foods are best given during these ages, because:

1. At this time, breast milk is no longer sufficient to benefit the growth and development of a baby. Depending on a baby's height and weight he or she may need more calories for growth.
2. Babies will obtain more calcium to help strengthen their growing bones and teeth.
3. Babies begin to show an interest in other foods, so its better to introduce new foods to them at this time. Also, when introducing these new foods a parent may be able to note any food allergies. Doctors often recommend serving one strained vegetable at a time for several days so that any reactions can be noted and addressed.
4. Babies are able to strengthen their ability to chew and taste other foods.They should be put to test sooner than later.
5. The digestive system in a baby is ready to take in semi-solid foods.

From when a baby is 6months, the amount of milk your baby will drink increases by this age to about 32 ounces per day.  Your baby's tummy may be full, but she will be hungry since her body is growing and she needs more calories. In order to tackle this, introduce a bit of rice cereal at dinner-time. Every baby has different needs; talk with your pediatrician about introducing solids to your child.

Once you have introduced solids, the next thing is tackling the issue of getting your child to eat fruits and vegetables which is very important.

Since most kids find it hard eating fruits and vegetables, considering the nutritional value; Try these ways of increasing your child’s intake of fruit and vegetables:

1. Put their favourite vegetables in scrambled eggs, or on top of a home made pizza. Make it look very attractive and colourful.
2. Give carrot sticks, slices of pepper and peeled apple/ pineapples for snacks.
3. Mix chopped or mashed vegetables with Indomie, rice, mashed potatoes or meat sauces.
4. Mix fruit (fresh) with yoghurt or ice-cream for a tasty dessert.
5. Try making soups such as okro/ogbono and add bitter-leaf. Bitter-leaf has a lot of health benefits.
6. You can make burgers or sandwiches for older kids, slip in shredded veggies. Your child won't notice.
7. Make fresh smoothies using fresh fruits, you can always add your baby's yoghurt for sweetening; please stay off sugar.








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