Do you worry that your baby is not gaining weight properly? A study says that 85 % of Moms fret over their baby’s weight and are always searching for healthy weight gain foods for their babies. By the way, look at the baby, not the scales.
So what is a worried mum to do?
Try introducing every new food every week, be patient, don’t expect immediate weight gain. Till the baby is exclusively breast fed, breast milk helps best to gain weight.
That being said, here are some super healthy weight gain food for babies.
If you are breastfeeding then breast milk is the best choice up to 1 year and after 1 year, cow’s milk can be given.
Instead of fatty foods, high calorie energy dense foods increases weight without increasing the bad fat in the baby. If high calorie non nutritious fat foods (like ice cream, chocolates, processed food) are given, then it will create poor eating habits which will be difficult to change later.
Banana can be given to infants after 6 months of age. Banana is rich in dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin C and very good source of Vitamin B6, and is a energy dense nutritious food.
Sweet Potatoes are an excellent first food for the baby. It can be given from 6 months of age. Sweet Potatoes are very low in saturated fat, high in dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamin B6 and very high in Vitamin A and C.
Chicken can be introduced after 8 months of age. Chicken is rich in niacin, phosphorous, magnesium, Vitamin B6 and B12, also it is rich in cholesterol too, so the chicken can be given once a week to babies.
Another food that indirectly causes weight gain in babies is Oats. Oats is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in manganese, magnesium, thiamine and phosphorus. Oats is the only cereal containing legume like protein.
Potato makes an excellent first food for babies. It has a soft consistency, is easily mashable and is also the least allergenic food.Start with a small quantity as some babies may develop tummy upset due to gas. The potato is rich in minerals, vitamins and also an assortment of phytochemicals such as carotenoids and natural phenols. Potatoes are best known for their carbohydrate content, with a medium sized potato containing about 26 gms.
Eggs can be given after 8 months of age. Start with the yolk first, and introduce the white later as the proteins in the white yolk tend to cause allergies in children.
Eggs are high in proteins and saturated fat. They can be boiled or scrambled, or used in pancakes, egg rice, egg pudding or French toast. Check out a list of egg recipes for babies and toddlers here.
Hope this list of healthy weight gaining foods for babies goes a long way in dissipating your worries about your baby’s weight gain!
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