Nothing feels better to see your toddler grow and take a new step. If your child has turned 6 months old, it’s time you bring in some changes in your young one’s food. As your child grows, the eating habits and nutrient intake also need to vary. It is very important, as parents, to understand the meals suitable for toddlers and enhance their growth process. As the child turns 6 months old, it is time to introduce semi-solid food. You can start with food likes cereals, oats and light rice recipes. It will be easy for the kid to chew and also easy on his tummy.
Every toddler is different and so are their responses when it comes to food. Some show affirmative response when you try to feed them something different and some are not very adaptive to food except breast milk. As a parent, you need to understand and look for some signs that your little one show, which tells you that it’s time you, give them some solid food. Some of the signs are: can hold their head up on their own, sits well in a highchair, gaining weight, can close their mouth around a small spoon and so on. When you notice such signs, it’s time to introduce them to solid food.
Now the question arises what shall be included in the meals for toddlers. There is a constant worry that recipes for kids should be nutritious as well as tasty. Here are some fun recipes for toddlers which are enjoyed by many:
1. Yam/ Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are widely available and highly recommended for toddlers around the world. High in nutrition, fine taste and easy to digest, Sweet Potatoes are easy to make and you can prepare them as you want. The suggested recipe is to boil the sweet potatoes and mash them. Once they cool down, you can feed it to your little one in small quantity. The dish is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, Phosphorous, Magnesium and Iron which are essential for the growth of kids.
2. Oatmeal for 6 months old and above
Oatmeal is one of the most bankable food dish when it comes to diet for kids. Oats can be cooked easily by mixing it with milk which will help the kids to digest better. Also the oatmeal for kids can be easily procured from markets as a finished product. Oats are high in fiber, calcium and proteins.
3. Rice Cereal
Rice meal can differ as per your preference. But usually the doctors suggest brown rice for kids. All you need to do is grind the rice and convert it into a power form. Once the powder is made, you can take a cup of milk and heat it in a fan. Once the milk starts to heat up, add the rice powder and keep stirring it. You can add some fruits in small quantity as well to make it tastier. Whisk it for some time and then let it come down to a temperature suitable for your kid.
4. Carrots/ Peas/ Green beans
All these vegetables are easy to digest for kids and high in various nutrient value. You can chop them finely and feed your kids in small quantities. These vegetables are a good start to introduce you toddler to vegetables.
There are a lot of other toddler food ideas as well and it depends on the taste and preference of your kid. One should be very careful about the diet for kids as the formative years are the most crucial and every single meal counts and add to your child’s health. So choose the right meal for your toddler and enhance his growth the best in your capabilities.