Precautions when you prepare food for your baby

Wash your hands before cooking the baby food.

Ensure that the fruits, vegetables and the cooking equipments are thoroughly clean.

Throw away the unfinished food as bacteria develops easily.

Use microwave and steamer in preference to boiler, to cook fruits and vegetables, as they help to retain the nutritive value of the food.

Use wheat germ, mashed potato, whole grain cereals and cheese as thickeners.

Before introducing any non vegetarian meal make sure that the baby has accepted most vegetables and fruits.

Do test the temperature of the feed by touching the spoonful with the outside of your lips.

Avoid feeding nuts, raisins, unpeeled fruits, raw vegetables, popcorns, peanuts etc as they may choke the baby’s food pipe.

Canned vegetables should be avoided as they contain additives and sodium. Frozen vegetables are better.

Do not use bottle with larger nipple for liquid food items as it is bad for the teeth and develops unhealthy eating habits.

Eggs white may cause allergic reactions in babies under the age of one year so should be avoided.

Foods such as turnips, collards, spinach, beets etc reduce baby’s hemoglobin and hence should be avoided.

Microwave should not be used to warm up the food.

Fruits like oranges, pineapples and tangerines should be avoided due to their high acid content as it may be harsh on the baby’s digestive track.

Do not keep feeding your baby every time; make a proper schedule for feeding.

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