||Most babies double
their birth weight in the first 5 - 6 months, then the growth rate slows a little .
||Continue to breast feed
or use iron fortified formulas for the first year.
||Feeding should be on a
routine meal time schedule which hopefully coincides with the family's meal time.
new solid foods like moong dal khicdi and add vegetables gradually. While feeding with
spoon, place the food at the back of the tongue. A gap of a week or 10 days should be
given before a second semi-solid diet in the form of over riped bananas or stewed apples
||A multi-vitamin and an
iron preparation can be added now, as per the doctors suggestion. By the time the child is
nine months of age, a third semi-solid diet that is wheat based in the form of rava or
suji can be introduced.
||Train an infant to
drink water in a glass or a cup.
||Give biscuits or pieces
of roti or chapati or bread for the child to chew. Avoid giving food that causes choking
like peanuts, popcorn, whole beans, carrot sticks etc. Always supervise the baby while
||If there is a strong
history of food allergy, limit or avoid highly allergic foods like eggs, strawberries,
chocolates and seafood until the baby is a little older.
||At this age babies are
getting ready to teethe so they may gnaw of anything and everything.