Some parents worry that their child has been drinking less milk or water since they released their feeding bottle or cup.

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However, this is a temporary change and parents should be satisfied. Young children need some time to get to know and use the new drinking cup. Once they get used to the cup, they will drink as easily and as much as they want.

We should not delay the introduction of the drinking cup and prolong the use of the bottle.

Introducing solid foods and drinking cups at the right time not only provides proper nutrition for children but is also beneficial for their motor development. Young children should start drinking from the age of 12 months, and stop using the feeding bottle after the age of 18 months. At the beginning of complementary feeding, infants gradually consume more solid foods, but their total milk intake gradually decreases. This is a good sign of weaning. Again, the “milk only” eating pattern is not suitable for 1-year-olds. They should have a sample of 3 regular meals a day and 1-2 nutritious snacks in between.

Young children no longer depend on milk as food. Milk becomes a part of nutritious foods. Parents can give children milk to drink with regular meals or snacks. You can use milk in a variety of dishes, such as porridge for breakfast, a glass of milk with a mini sandwich for a snack in the afternoon, or a milkshake. This is a practical way to breastfeed babies but to feed them solid foods. Without compromising on need.

Milk and dairy products are good sources of calcium, which is essential for bone health and growth. The health department recommends giving 360-480 ml of milk daily to children aged one to five years. In addition to milk, dairy products (yogurt, yeast), calcium mixed soy products (such as tofu, dried bean curd), extra calcium soymilk, and green vegetables are rich in calcium. As children get older, they drink less milk. Parents are advised to follow healthy eating guidelines and provide these calcium-rich foods daily.

Here are some tips for you:

Breakfast
Milk porridge
Soft cheese-filled sandwiches (eg: boiled eggs and soft cheese sandwiches, tuna cheese sandwiches)
Milk or extra calcium

Lunch

Beans
Leafy green vegetables (e.g., chowder, dried bean curd and roasted qima)

Snack option

Fresh fruit with plain yogurt
Pudding
Fruit Country Shake (Homemade Country Shake without Sugar)
Eat fruits and seeds (for example: sweet black soy soup, sweet almond soup, boiled peanuts)

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