As an infant crosses the 6-month mark, the intricate phase of feeding solids and semi-solids begins. All a parent wants is for their baby to be fed well and with the right nutritious food so that the baby enjoys to the fullest. A full tummy is a happy tummy. Similarly, a baby's tummy also needs something yummy.
The trick is how to feed highly nutritious food that's appealing as well and ghee plays a pivotal role here. It caters an amazing combination of tasty yet very healthy companion to other food items.
I, being a mother of a 1-year-old fussy eater, swear by the use of ghee in infants as well as toddler's diet. A2 cow ghee was an essential part of my pregnancy and post-pregnancy diet. Here's a list of the points that made me a pro-ghee mother:
Energy for the foundation years: The first 5 years are the formative years of a child's life. Kids grasp a lot in this time, the tremendous growth witnessed in this phase and it needs to be backed by a solid foundation of healthy eating habits. Ghee supports these growth spurts by providing oodles of energy to these young, hyperactive beings.
Immunity & digestion: The worst nightmare of a parent is their baby being unwell. It is important that immunity-providing substances are included in a baby's diet. Ghee has high butyric acid, a kind of short chain fatty acid which aids digestion and strengthens the immune system. The introduction of semi-solids can leave the baby’s developing digestive system baffled and ghee comes in handy in this phase. I mixed ghee with almost everything in my little one's diet.
Storehouse of vitamins and minerals: A2 cow pure ghee contains Omega 3 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids, minerals along with vitamins A, D, E and K. These help a toddler's body's growing needs with an all-round development. Bone development is also supported by ghee as Vitamin K helps in the production of calcium essential for bone development.
Healthy Weight gain: Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended during the 6-month period, but as weaning off takes place post 6 months, weight gain can be facilitated by consumption of ghee.
Purity: We are living in a processed world wherein food products pass through multiple processes before landing on our plates. The essence of purity is somehow subdued in this journey. However, pure A2 cow ghee is available easily offline as well as online, assuring us that we are feeding our kids something that's as unadulterated as a mother's affection.
Easily available: Ghee is a vital part of Indian households, always easily available. Whenever preparing a meal for babies it can be added instantly thereby enhancing the taste and nutritional value.
Enriches other dishes: What do I feed the baby? Will the baby like the dish? These questions are one of the many sweet challenges of motherhood. I sprinkled ghee generously on khichdi, porridge, dal, chapati, parathas, halwa to name a few which added that tasty zest to all these dishes.
I have embraced the ‘ghee way’ of parenthood and highly recommend it for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Pure A2 cow ghee is an instant hit with my daughter, I am glad to have introduced it in this crucial period. Like all good habits, we work hard to make our baby learn, let's help them hold onto this one and toddle into a healthy lifestyle. You can buy the purest ghee here.