Time flies and your little one is almost ready for his/her first birthday. During this period mothers do not need to worry much about their baby's food because during this phase we introduce the little one to eat like an adult. By this time the mother has discovered baby's likes, dislikes, appetite and so much. The baby is still dependent on the mother and it is important for the mother to take care of the hygiene and sanitation.

Always wash your hands with soap or hand wash before the food preparation.
Always wash the bottles, bowls and spoons with hot water and dry them with the help of a clean cloth. Do not use the same cloth for other purposes. This process is called 'sterilization'.
Mothers should always keep their nails short and clean.
No jewellery like rings and chains must be worn
Always freshly prepared foods should be served as fresh foods are free of bacteria
Only home-made foods should be served.
Food selection

what to give?
Vegetable soups specially green leafy vegetable soup (strain it properly), diluted fruit juices such as apple, pear etc, pureed and mashed fruits such as banana, chickoo, mashed vegetables such as carrots, potato, sweet potato, beetroot, peas, rice kanji, sago kanji, dal water, cereals and dals: all cereals and dals in ratio 3:1 . these can be soaked, sprouted, sun-dried and powdered, roti with milk or curd, boiled egg, chicken puree, fish, ghee, cows milk for cooking porridges and homemade cerelac, cheese, nuts, pure honey.

what not to give?
Shellfish, salt.

How much to give?
200g per feed along with 2 snack meals (mid-morning and mid-evening) and 300-400ml milk.

SAMPLE MENU PLANNING- (10 months old)

SAMPLE MENU PLANNING- (11 months old)

SAMPLE MENU PLANNING- (12 months old)

-Method of preparation-


Wash the cereal properly and tie it in a moist cloth and keep in a warm place till sprouts come out.
This can now be sun dried or roasted.
Remove the sprouts and powder it.
In a pan add milk, powered cereal and powered almonds (1 teaspoon sugar can be added for taste.) and cook for few minutes till thick.


Bring the water to a rapid boil.
Immerse egg in the boiling water and boil for exactly 5 minutes.
Dash in cold water, crack & enjoy.


In a pan boil the chicken until cooked.
Blend the boiled (boneless) chicken with vegetable stock and puree into a soup.
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Mix rice and moong dal and soak them in water for 10 minutes.
Drain and transfer them to pressure cooker.
Close the lid of cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Turn off the flame and let steam pressure come

Milk should be diluted with boiled cool water in ratio 2:1. The amount of water is gradually reduced so that in the course of few weeks the baby receives undiluted animal milk. - down naturally. Serve when cool. If your baby isn't keen on any of the new tastes you offer them-simply give them another go at a later date. It can sometimes take up to 10-15 attempts for your baby to accept a new food, So keep preserving! AS YOUR LITTLE ONE GROWS AND CHANGES, SO WILL THEIR TASTE IN FOOD -

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