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Diet plan for 13 months old child

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My daughter is 13 months old, she started taking solid but she doesn't like same food evreyday. From 1 month, I started giving her chicken in pureed form,boiled egg, egg poach, Soyabean nuggets. Mainly her diet is in veggie and I find it difficult for her what wud be todays menu. Could you please give a diet plan which would be nutritious as well as tasty
Posted Tue, 5 Feb 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Grace Abraham 28 hours later

Below are the few points, which you can consider in planning diet for your daughter:

1.     After one year, the child should be started on variety of foods so that it develops tastes.
2.     Cow or Buffalo's milk can be given along with seasonal fruits and vegetables.
3.     Gradually let the child start getting used to foods made for the family, in terms of taste as well as consistency.
4.     Start giving her new food but only one at a time and see if your child likes it and is not allergic to it.
5.     Do not give your child like popcorns or nuts, which have chances of choking the food pipe.
6.     Instead of breast feeding start giving your child whole milk so that it fulfills the need of fats in his body.
7.     Feed your child 5-6 times a day in small proportions.
8.     Do not give your child soft drinks, chocolates or any other processed foods that would make her addictive and harm her as these things contain harmful chemicals.
9.     Encourage your child to eat fruits. Seasonal fruits are very healthy and nutritious.

Sometimes it is a little confusing as to what you should give your child and when. To solve the confusion you can refer to the diet plan given below and follow it with your child.

In the Early Hours -      Start the day of your child with a cup of full cream milk.
Breakfast     - For breakfast the parents can give any of the following things to their child.
•     ½ cup cooked XXXXXXX
•     ½ or 1 stuffed paratha with a stuffing of vegetables or paneer.
•     ½ cup suji upma.
•     ½ or 1 small Cheela / dosa stuffed with vegetables to give it a colorful look.
•     1 small idli.
•     Poha.

Brunch -      For brunch you can give their children a cup of juice or a bowl of fruit chat.

Lunch -      Lunch should include all the important nutrient XXXXXXX dishes. For lunch the parents can give any of the following things.
•     1/2 cup daal with a chapatti or ½ cup rice.
•     ½ cup vegetable biryani.
•     ¼ cup of daal, a small chapatti and some seasonal vegetables.
•     Any paneer based veggie with a chapatti or ½ bowl of rice.
•     Minced Meat with rice & vegetables cooked together- ½ cup

Snacks -      You can give your child a small bowl of fruit salad or a cup of vegetable soup or a glass of milkshake of your child’s favorite fruit or you can make fruit smoothies.

Dinner -      For dinner you should give your child something light and easy to digest food. Following is the list of dishes that you can give your child.
•     ½ cup vegetable khichri with curd.
•     ½ cup of soya granules along with a chapatti and some veggie.
•     Dosa with chutney and sambar.
•     Vegetable cutlets.
•     Aloo paratha with butter or curd.

Parents should give their child all types of vegetables & fruits to eat so that their child learns to eat everything.
They should try and make the dishes colorful by adding different colored vegetables as children love to eat colorful things.
You can also make different shapes of chapatti to encourage your child to enjoy while eating.
You can boil carrot or Beetroot, blend it with idli batter and steam them. Colourful idli will be very attractive for children.

Hope I answered your Query.

Grace Abraham
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