Most parents misunderstand weaning as coaxing the baby to give up the breast or bottle milk. Weaning basically means the gradual transition of a babys diet from milk to other forms of nourishment.
To Do and not to Do during weaning:
- Wash hands before handling food to avoid bacterial contamination.
- Cook meats thoroughly to ensure all bateria is destroyed.
- Reheating of food must be done properly. If reheating liquids, bring it to a rolling boil.
- Do not leave food standing around for long periods at room temperature before feeding baby. Place leftovers in the fidge once food has cooled and remember to cover the food.
- Do not keep unfinished foods once they have been served. Due to saliva contamination, food will turn bad quickly.
- Once weaning gets underway, keep baby adequaetely hydrated with enough fluids in form of water, fruit juices and soups.
- Fried foods are not advised to be fed to infants before 10 months.
- Do not add salt or other salty seasonings and sauces into baby weaning food. The natural salt present in foods is enough to meet the needs of baby. Additional salt can affect the kidney which are yetto be developed.
- Avoid sugar as it pumps up calories with no positive effect on nutritients. This can pave the way for childhood obesity and dental problem as a result of sweet tooth.
- Do step by step with love and patience so that it is a much fulfilling experience for both mother and child.
Feed your child right
-The first nutritient guide for Asian parents by Lynn Alexander & Yeong Boon Yee