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|2. Here’s what they suspect about branded, factory-made baby food|
|3. Importance of proper nutrition|
In India, baby food products is a fast growing segment in the baby care category. All leading global manufacturers of baby food products recognise this huge opportunity and have set a foot in the door. One really cannot blame them considering the baby food demands of a billion strong nation which shows no signs of slowing down.
Even as brands compete to gain attention of consumers through aggressive advertising and use of organic ingredients and preservative free status, a large segment of our population prefers to continue using homemade baby food.
You now take a pause to wonder if there is a solution that could address all of the above.. Yes, there is. Homemade baby food has been around for ages and will be around for many more. Meeting the approval standards set by grandmas at home, they use ingredients that can be sourced fresh from the local market to make time – tested recipes that are guaranteed to aid weight gain, provide required nutrition and keep the baby healthy.
Proper nutrition is critical for a baby’s physical and mental development. While there are many factors like birth weight, genetics and term completion that determines weight gain pattern in babies, dietary intake of mom and baby remains a significant contributor. It is noteworthy that dietary intake is a factor that is within the control of the mother unlike a lot of other factors that affect weight gain. Healthy babies also develop better immunity that help ward off ailments which might lead to weight loss.
Having made the decision to make baby food at home, every new mom is confronted with the question of what and how to make them. It is encouraging to note the number of blogs, videos and apps dedicated to making baby food at home. The easy recipes they provide is guaranteed to turn the most hesitant of moms to nutritionist moms!
Homemade baby food may be considered essential in the first year and desirable from thereon. With the heavy bombardment of advertisements that entice our children to try out new flavours of processed food, we may not be able to influence their dietary preferences for too long. Therefore, while we have the powers, we should exercise them. Let’s also remember that investing time and effort in raising our children right can ensure a happy and healthy future for them.
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