My daughter is 1yr 1 month old. She is not properly having her food. Sometimes she eats well, sometimes she doesn't. She wakes up at 10. 30 morning. I'm giving her breakfast at 11. Lunch by 3 and dinner by 8. No snacks yet. How long to take the gap between 2 foods? I tried to wake her up early, but in vain. What should I do? Please help.

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Updated on Mar 05, 2017

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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 her 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. Keep a gap of two hours minimum. Introduce one new food at a time, let the child accept it and gets used to it for few days. Introduce another new food only after a week. Do not introduce new foods back to back, it may confuse the child and would lower her 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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