I wonder after sleep what is that constantly hovers a new moms mind. Food. Solid, semi solid, liquid. Thick liquid, flowy liquid. Why is he eating so much? Is he fine? Oh my God! He is not eating at all today. Nazar lagi hogi.
My blog on hacks to make your children sleep was really appreciated. Thankyou friends. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, here it is
And I was asked that now sleep is sorted, what should he eat.
When my son was two days short of 6 months old, I was dancing with joy. I literally made a list of thing I would do which I couldn’t earlier as I was feeding. For 6 months I was tied to him. Pumping didn’t work for us as he abhored the sight of a bottle. Now I would go for a movie, a lavish buffet dinner, that much needed waxing and facial. I was dreaming. I could breathe freedom. Alas!
Not to my suprise. He hated food. Sweet, salt, bland. Every time we sat with a bowl of dal and had some consensus. They didn’t last long. Minutes later it would be all over me, my hair, my clothes.
Surely a new phase began. I no longer smelled of milk. Now I smelt like a pressure cooker. With turmeric marks on my face and rice in my hair. I wanted him to grow up fast. Or go back to just needing milk.
And not to forget the constant reminders as to how great every other kid is, and how other mothers don’t sing and dance to make there monkeys eat. I was practically dancing on all Bollywood numbers, hoping on rhymes just to make him open his mouth. But all in vain.
I took a breath.
Decided to take it slow.
Month 6 onwards:
Don’t be too happy already. They have no clue as to how to open their mouth when the spoon arrives. Now the trick was to teach that, remember food making it to the mouth is also a big achievement. Incase they make through those kicks and punches and heads going left and right.
1. Banana puree: I tried something different. I mashed half a banana, and added 2 ounce of pre prepared formula milk to it. Turned it into banana shake. Tasted just fine but the best part was the consistency. My baby liked the flowy shake, rather than just the banana.
2. Apple stew: tired of grating and squeezing apples. Try this.
Cut apple into small chunks. Now put it in a pan along with 4 ounce of water . Cook it till gooey and soft. Mash it with the back of a spoon. Now taste it. Bland? Add a little jaggery. This apple stew can be the game changer.
3. Semolina kheer: I was a paranoid mom. And words like gluten and lactose intolerance bugged me. So I didn’t start giving him usual milk till he was 12 months old. And cooking in it till he turned 11 months of age. So this is my little twisted kheer.
Cook a spoonful of semolina with 1/4th spoon of ghee. Roast it and as the aroma comes, add 5 ounce of water. Cook it like normal suji kheer. Once done, let it cool. Now add 3 heaps full of formula milk powder. Voilà.
I am positive that a mothers love hate relationship with packed baby food and the dilemma of how much is too much goes on forever. Just look for cues. Its never easy. But still. You don’t have an option.
I became a little leniant when he was around 9 months old. Don’t get me wrong. I was always a vigilante mother when it came to what goes in his mouth.
Masala and spicy food
Till I was in charge things were different. Now he is the boss, I succumb.
Months 8th onwards
My paediatrician was very clear that by the time the baby is 1 year old and grows up to be a toddler he must eat regular food. But how to initiate.
Prantha: I am lucky that no extra spices make there way in our food at home. So I started mashing the cooked veggies and started kneading them in a dough. Everything, be it gourd, beans, peas, pumpkin, eggplant, all the pulses. He ate what we ate. The point was just to make his palate familiar with all the tastes. I succeeded. Even though he ate less at times, yet he ate something different each time.
Now even baby’s need a treat once a while, my son loved sweet. So I’ll share two of his favourites. The first one has milk, I started preparing this when he was around 11 months old.
1. Gajar ka Halwa: not the ghee and mawa laden market one, but we had our own version. Grate a small carrot and cook it with half a spoon of ghee. Don’t overcook. It tends to become too chewy. Just soften it. Now add 5 ounce of normal milk to it. Cook it till all the milk is absorbed. Now add a little jaggery to it. Its yummy and healthy.
2. Honey loops + Chocos : a friend suggested this. And worked wonders for me as it was really great to carry while travelling too. But please ensure of any food resistance in your baby while trying it out.
Take two spoon full of honey loops and a spoon full of Chocos. I took Kelloggs. Powder them. Now add 3 ounce of preprepared formula milk to it. And yipee! Its ready to eat.
All baby’s are different and so are there taste buds. The moment I saw someone’s child eating a full banana, or taking a bottle of milk effortlessly I used to curse myself for not being a good enough mom. I constantly psyched and checked his weight. Both before poop time and after it. If somebody said how healthy he is. I rushed to the kitchen to get chillies. I know my mommy friends would understand. But my advice. Please relax. Anyways we don’t have much of an option.
Try these. And if your baby eats his food. Let me know. Happy feeding.