Weight gain is usually a big deal for new mums. They spend time feeding their toddler expecting that the routine results in a chubby baby. It’s almost an obsession for some new mothers. But some babies are genetically lean.
So the appearance of your child isn’t a correct indicator of how healthy the child is. Instead, a body mass index (BMI) can be used to determine body weight.
If you want your baby needs to put on some weight, below are nutritious Nigerian foods for weight gain.
1. Boiled rice with milk
To prepare rice pudding for your baby, all you need is rice and milk. Wash the rice and put it in a pot, add salt and boil until tender for 20 minutes at least. Mix in the milk and cook for another 30 minutes until it thickens. You can sweeten with a little bit of honey if the child is above one year old. Stir at intervals as it cooks.
2. Yam and beans porridge
The more readily available beans in Nigeria are white beans and brown beans. Brown beans are most recommended, but be sure your child doesn’t have a bean allergy. Beans are a great source of iron, calcium, fibre, vitamin B, and protein which is great for muscle gain. When combined with white yam, giving your baby tighter muscles with its vitamin C supports healthy bone and fibre that keeps your baby full for an extended period. Cook really soft and use little pepper or cook the beans alone as porridge. Boil the beans until it is very soft to make it easier to swallow. Fry some onions and crayfish in red (palm) oil. The red oil shouldn’t be too much. Then add some seasoning and stock cubes and mix well.
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3. Mashed Irish potato
Mashed potatoes are great for your baby’s weight gain since potatoes being rich in carbohydrates. Peel the potatoes and cut them into pieces. Pour into the pot with water and boil for 15 minutes. Mash alongside egg yolks. You can add a little milk before serving.
4. Corn pap
Corn pap is a great weight-gain food. Millet, maize, and corn are all used to make this pap. It’s one of the fastest baby weight gain foods. Note that this food is only recommended for babies above six months. Guinea corn is rich in cellulose and proteins like calcium, iron, copper, and B-vitamins which all combine to ensure growth in your baby. Serve with milk to give it an even greater taste.
5. Plantain porridge
Mashed plantain porridge is easy to prepare. Plantain is a good source of vitamin A and C, wonderful in maintaining body mechanisms, helping the body develop well. Also, it is a high-fibre food, aiding your baby’s gain weight. To prepare, unwrap the back of the plantain, slice into pieces and pour in a pot. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes add vegetables and simmer.
If you are concerned that your baby weight is dropping it might be because your baby is not even eating at all. Feeding babies solid food is very difficult and requires a lot of attention and energy. So feed the child yourself if you’re suspecting that he or she doesn’t eat well.
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