Are you feeding your baby enough? This question runs in every mother’s mind while holding her infant child. With weight charts becoming the governing standards that judge their efforts, every mother longs to be reassured by the numbers reflecting on the weighing scale at the doctor’s office.
If your baby is not meeting his/her weight gain milestones, do not panic. There are a number of a factors that govern weight gain and these tend to vary from child to child. Eg. Birth weight, diet of mother and baby and activity level of baby affect the weight gain pattern of babies.
As a new mother, there are some things to keep in mind while feeding your baby. Here are some tips that may help you along the way:
|Newborn baby||Breastfeeding should be on demand or every 1-3 hours. Newborns need to be woken up at frequent intervals during the night to be nursed.|
|Stage 1 (4-6 months)||Breastfeeding + By GrandMa Stage 1 product meal every 3-4 hours|
|Stage 2 (7-9 months)||Breastfeeding + By GrandMa Stage 2 product meal 3 times a day|
|Stage 3 (10-11 months)||Breastfeeding + By GrandMa Stage 3 product meal 3 times a day|
The below chart provides an indicative description of when to feed your baby/ how often to feed your baby:
Things to remember:
- When in doubt, consult an expert. Nutrition is key to your baby’s well being, so before you start anything new, it’s best to keep your doctor informed.
- Steadily increase the quantity of food introduced. Always start with 1 teaspoon a meal and gradually increase the quantity once your baby has accepted the new taste.
- Be mindful not to overfeed the baby. Look out for cues that babies give to indicate how hungry they are. Eg. an overfed baby may spit up more than usual or take longer pauses between each spoonful of food.
- Any new ingredient introduced in the baby’s diet should be continued at least for 3 days before introducing a second new ingredient. This helps in ensuring proper digestion and detecting any allergic food reactions.
- It is helpful to tune out distraction and feed in a quiet room, away from electronic or musical toys. This helps the baby build an appreciation for different food tastes and helps the parent bond with the baby, making mealtimes a more personal and pleasurable experience.
A food diet with adequate variety and nutrition is key to ensuring a healthy baby. In the modern day world with both parents at work, it is easy to rely on factory made processed baby food to meet dietary requirements of your child. But if there is a healthier alternative available, would you switch? Products from By GrandMa are made with the best ingredients that are known to suit Indian babies. The baby food products from By GrandMa uses ingredients like rice, ragi and dal, which are part of baby food recipes handed down from generation to generation. Further, they are 100% preservative free and are completely homemade. Also, they are available in conveniently sized airtight jars and can be shipped anywhere in India.
Time to take charge and make a positive difference. Shop online today and be rewarded with a healthy and happy baby tomorrow!
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