Not Just the Milky Way

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Weaning is a process of switching over a baby from an exclusively milk diet to a semi-solid and solid diet, one of the most important milestones which requires a meticulously planned way of training a child to accept newer tastes, textures and flavours. It’s not only about inclusion of new foods in a baby’s diet, but an essential step towards learning adaptability to changes in life, trusting his mother’s decisions and knowing that she is the one who knows the best for him.

A mother’s heart overflows with emotions to say -

" It was six months ago
You were blessed into my arms
As I cuddled you close to my heart
You gave my life an entirely new meaning
Within me, a ‘MOTHER’ had taken birth
You meant the whole world to me
The emotional surge was overwhelming
I lost count of hours
As I watched you with brimming eyes
As I fed you
Tears that expressed the pleasure of my ‘motherhood’
You didn’t speak, you still don’t
But I understand you
Your cries of hunger
I know my milk was what you called for
Your only food that nurtured you
Protected you from the devilish infections
The Divine Bond that got me closer to you
As if you and me were ‘one’
But look my baby, it’s time for some delicious mouth-watering surprises
See, what your mother has prepared for you…!! "

- Inchie

It takes 5-20 exposures of the same food for a child to develop taste for it. If you feel your child refuses to accept a certain food, you should plan a 5-day rigorous schedule of training him. Give him very small amounts or just 2 teaspoons of the same food 3-5 times a day. This would break his mental block for that food.

Gradually during weaning, the child understands the boundaries his mother has laid down for him keeping in view his choices too. So if weaning is planned according to a balanced diet, and the mother is firm and patient, she is going to be a proud mother of a Superhero.


WINNING WEANING:

  • Sign Language: A child learns to communicate through speech only by 2 yrs of age, so to teach him to be more expressive about his needs, he should be taught to communicate through gestures, which also improves his IQ. Five most important gestures are to be trained for:
    • I want
    • More
    • Enough
    • Hurt
    • Tired
  • If he vomits, do not change his clothes. Do not succumb to his tantrums.
  • If he clenches his lips tightly, try not to get angry, do not force. The best way is to ignore it and give no other substitute. You would find that after a couple of missed meals, you would have a hungry child on your hands. This hunger would make him accept that particular food happily.
  • Turn TV off at mealtimes. It is quite distracting.
  • Encourage eating at a table and high chair, instead of letting him running around while eating.
  • No bottle-feeding after 6 months of age!!
  • Do not allow him to nibble on chips, sweets and chocolates throughout the day.