Is cerelac an essential food to be included in 9 months old baby

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Answer:
No it is not an essential food AND No one food is complete in all nutrients, excepting Breast Milk. Breast milk is the most important food for baby till 1 year of age. As all different foods have some vital nutrients present hence it is always advisable to have variety in the diet. Infant cereals will provide only carbohydrates unless it is fortified with some nutrients. Hence include variety like coloured fruits and veggies, variety of grains and millets, like atta, ragi, jowl, bajra, besan, moong dal powder etc. plus give variety of dairy like, milk, cheese, paneer, curd. If your baby is taking non veg then include whole egg, chicken at this age. Lastly adding super foods like powdered nuts and seeds will make foods healthier. So in short, do not depend on one food

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