Weaning your baby could be a daunting task particularly when your baby is a picky eater and rejects the food that you had prepared with a lot of effort and zeal. Don’t feel low; here are some easy hacks for weaning your baby that could not only relieve your stress but also ensure that the baby is getting the right nutrients.
When you begin weaning your baby, just start with only one or two spoons a day or at a time. This would allow you and your little one to slowly adapt the transition and ensure that both of you have the energy required for starting a new thing. With time, you could slowly increase the serving so that the baby’s appetite increases gradually. In addition to this, introduce one new food at a time to check for allergies and this also might be helpful for the baby to start new foods.
Use Creative Ways for Providing the Key Nutrients:
You can combine foods or look for creative ways to provide the right nutrients to your baby. For instance, you could mix fruits with cereals, or make dips if your little one enjoys dipping food. You can even make smoothies if your kid enjoys drinking more than eating. Give finger foods or serve foods in different attractive shapes so they are appealing for the kid. These are particularly useful for an elder baby that has somewhat developed chewing skills.
Be Prepared Beforehand:
One of the best ways to be prepared for weaning is that you could cook food in bulk with food processor and freeze it. You can cook a variety of food and freeze them in small servings. You can either freeze in a sectioned tray, small bottles, or pouches with the dates of packaging and expiry written on them. In this manner, you would have a variety of food at your disposal. The best way to cook the food is to steam the vegetables and fruits as steaming involves saving the key nutrients which are generally lost during the process of other cooking methods such as boiling. After steaming, you can chop, slice or blend the food as per your baby’s weaning stage and preferences. If you have a food processor with you, it can definitely save a lot of time and effort while preparing baby food.
Make and Follow a Routine:
Structure a proper routine for your baby. Ensure that your baby eats three regular meals and two snacks in between these meals. However, remember to serve the food as per baby serving which is generally a quarter of adult servings. Following a routine would ensure that the child gets the food when he is hungry and is ready to eat by the time the next meal is due.