my baby is 14months old she refuse to eat anything and drinks only little milk and need breastfeeding evertime and becomes very cranky.

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you need to limit her milk feeds and alternate them with solids. Keep a gap of minimum 2 hours between her milk feed and solid feed, so that she is hungry and accepts solids. Start with a spoon or so and gradually increase the amounts of feed according to her acceptance. Introduce only one food at a time, let her have it for 3-4 days and then introduce another food. Initially keep the consistency pouring/flowing and then thicken it according to her acceptance. Keep seasonings very mild, as babies don't generally like very strong flavours. From one year of age you should start with three meal pattern, i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner along with two snacks. 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. Give cereals like rice with dal/khichdi form, porridges, small bites of chapatti, pasta, upma, idli etc. Dals /legumes well cooked. Start with mashed and bring to regular consistency as the toddler starts chewing. Finger foods like cutlets, hard boiled eggs, small sandwiches, rolls, whole fruits. Small pieces of foods that can be handled with spoon or fork. Veg desserts like carrot /pumpkin/ghia halwa. Spinach/carrot burfi. Hope this helps.

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