There exists no major differences in a food chart between an 8 month old and an 11 month old baby. The only difference being the foods that were introduced with skepticism at the 8th month have now become a part of the regular menu for the baby which is 11 month old. The baby now consumes a lot of solid food and creates much less fuss in consuming regular food. In fact the infant now enjoys and accepts the changes with delight rather than making a scene. And even if the baby takes time adjusting to diet changes do not panic. Some kids take a little time adapting the changes. As parents all we need to do is to have patience and make sure the child has the right nourishment that will encourage the development of the child.
The diet chart stated below gives a fair idea of the haves and have not’s the parents must keep in mind while preparing a diet chart for an 11 month old. Just because your child is almost a year old that doesn’t not mean is okay for you to skip breastfeeding your baby. Breastfeeding forms a very important part of the menu for the infant till he is 12 month old.
Start the week with breast milk early in the morning, followed by dalia khichdi for breakfast. Parents should keep in mind that mid-mornings should be kept as time when the infant consumes breast milk. Lunch can be something as simple as rice with plain dal preceded by breast milk at mid-morning. Fruit of any kind is the best kind of snack during early evening. Make your child have paneer dosa for dinner and breast milk at nighttime.
Start the weekday with breast milk early in the morning. Followed by vegetable dosa or idli for breakfast. Mid-morning food cravings must be satiated with breast milk. Lunch should homemade curd rice followed by a cooked carrot or a potato salad for the evening snack. Oats and banana porridge for breakfast and finally ending the day with mommy’s milk.
It is a great time to introduce fun foods like macaroni and cheese. Incorporate them in the breakfast menu after the early morning breast milk meal. Continue lunch with similar Moong dal khichdi, snack time can be banana pancakes (which is a great hit among toddlers) and dinner can be even more exciting with stuffed parathas. All of these should be fed keeping in mind the mandatory breastfeeding sessions at mid morning and before the child goes to bed.
Follow the early morning breastfeeding routine. Use ragi in dosa batter or make a green gram dosa for breakfast. Feed the little one breast milk between lunch and breakfast. Keep lunch to a simple menu of rice and mild sambar followed by apple carrot soup for the evening snack. Maintain the carbohydrate intake by substituting rice with roti along with a mild vegetable curry followed by breastmilk before bedtime.
Follow the early morning breastfeeding routine. Use ragi in dosa batter or make a green gram dosa for breakfast. Feed the little one breast milk between lunch and breakfast. Keep lunch to a simple menu of rice and mild sambar followed by apple carrot soup for the evening snack. Maintain the carbohydrate intake by substituting rice with roti along with a mild vegetable curry followed by breast milk before bedtime.
Maintain the early morning schedule of breast milk. Later serve your child wheat pancakes or wheat dosa for breakfast. Either of Mixed rice or idli/ steamed dosa for lunch or dinner, snack time meal can be full glass of apple milkshake. And needless to say mid-morning and before bedtime meals should be kept to breast milk only.
Kick start the weekend with a bread omelet preceded by the breastfeeding session in the morning. Wait no longer to serve the mashed ghee rice along with egg bhurji. Your child is old enough to enjoy and digest proteins comfortably. Let him have a glass of fruit smoothie with curd as an evening snack followed by any kind of variety dosa for dinner. But do remember to maintain the breastfeeding regime during mid-morning and just before nighttime.
Have your child taste upma after the early morning breast milk on a Sunday morning. Lentil rice is a good choice for Sunday lunch only after you have breastfed your child in between lunch and breakfast. Repeat crumbled paneer as an evening snack if your child enjoys it. Dinner can be bread upma followed by nighttime breastmilk just before the child sleeps.
As much as you enjoy feeding your child solid foods and have him enjoy eating them. Do not forget to carefully mash the foods before you serve it. It is true that most kids by now have developed teeth that help them chew but it is always safer to carefully mash the food or cut them into fine pieces to prevent your child from choking on it. Good luck and happy parenting !
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