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I had never been so unsure about my decisions until i became a mom. Specially, if you are raising your first born, then every day is a new challenge and one has to think a lot about checks and balances. After couple of months, when post-partum stress subsides, a different kind of world beckons us. To choose the best alternative from a vast sea of options is not an easy task. From clothes to pediatrician, from formula brand to diaper brand, the task is uphill. The well-wishers do chip in with their valuable inputs but ultimately the decision has to be yours. The responsibility and accountability can be sometimes frightening.
It was very much there in my priority list from the very beginning that i wanted to inculcate good eating habits in my child. Isn't it what every mom wants? Following are some excerpts from my experience of making a child healthy food eater-
Say no to "Processed food"-
I know, it's a bit tricky as preparing baby food is time consuming but this is essential to give a great start to a child, during his/her formative years. The processing part robs the food-stuff of very essential nutrients and same food-stuff can never come close to a balanced diet.
Introduce veggies early-
fruits first or veggies first is a common dilemma. I opted for veggies as they are tough to crack (not literally though). You may get advice on this but take a stand, the early you start, the better would be the acceptance. I started feeding veggies to my girl at six months. Introduce veggies like carrots, beetroots, potatoes, cauliflower,tomatoes, etc. Go for the boiled puree form with a hint of salt and few drops of ghee/oil. Initially, the baby may dislike it, but perseverance here is the key.