my baby is 1 year 7 months old. I am a bit worried about his eating routine. he gets up between 9:30 to 11:00 am. After getting up I feed him milk and after about one to one and a half hour gives him breakfast. Then after 3-4 hours of getting up he used to sleep for 2-3 hours while taking milk and after waking up in the late afternoon at about 4:00-5:00 pm he used to have lunch and then milk and then dinner. From the last few days he has delayed his 2-3 hours nap that he used to had after consuming milk. he takes milk and then starts playing in the meantime taking 2-3 bites of apple and then after 2-3 hours again takes milk and then sleep delaying his lunch to 6:30 pm. I m really worried about this routine. please suggest what and when should I feed him like how many times milk and when fruits and when meals. thanks in advance.

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Answer:
milk should be restricted to 500-550 ml maximum in a day, so that the child doesn't fill the stomach with milk only. Keep enough gap between his feeds, be it solid or milk to ensure that child is hungry. From one year of age you should start with three meal pattern, i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner along with two snacks. Introduce one new food at a time, let the child accept it and gets used to it for few days. Wake the child earlier, so that his meals are not delayed. Introduce another new food only after a week. Do not introduce new foods back to back, it may confuse the child and would lower his acceptance. Try and keep the consistency thin to semi solid, depending on child's preference and swallowing/chewing capacity. You can give porridge of suji, sagi, dalia, rice flakes, ragi etc. Kheer of apple, rice etc. halwa of suji, atta, pumpkin, gajar, sweet potato etc. Khichri, upma, soft scrambled egg yolk, soups, mashed veggies, chapatti, rice,idli, dosa, uttapam,fruits etc.

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