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Toddler South Indian Veg Food

toddler is a child 12 to 36 months old. The toddler years are a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development. So its important to focus on their food habits during this period.

Also the tastes and further food habits develop from how and what we introduce to these kids in this age. This makes it all the more crucial. For working moms its very tough to manage the food requirements of this age kids.

I am giving here 2 important charts/plans both need to be implemented cohesively so that it makes the mother’s life simple.

Chart 1: Daily time line of feeding

SL No What When
1 Wake up drink 6 AM t0 7 AM
2 Breakfast 8 AM to 9 AM
3 Mid-day snack 10:30 AM to 11 AM
4 Lunch 12:00 Noon to 1 PM
5 After sleep Drink 3:30 PM to 4 PM
6 Evening Snack 5PM to 5:30 PM
7 Supper 7PM to 7:45 PM
8 Late Night Drink 9 PM/Mid Night

Important things to note here:

  1. If the kids wake up later than 8 AM then club the Wake up drink with breakfast by making a milk based oats porridge etc as break fast so that the milk intake will not be disturbed.
  2. Apart from juices, milk or fruit, do not feed any thing after 7: 30/7:45 PM. This creates digestion issues to the toddlers.

Chart 2: Weekly Food Plan

Sl No What Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 Wake up drink Full cream Milk
2 Breakfast Carrot Idly
3 Mid-day snack Banana
4 Lunch Kichidi with Curd
5 After sleep Drink Apple Milk shake
6 Evening Snack Suji halva
7 Supper Rasam Rice
8 Late Night Drink Fruit Juice

I have written sample foods for a Monday. You can make some thing like this for the entire week. Plan to prepare it on every Sunday,  for the coming week and put up on your refrigerator door. Then on its easy to follow.

Some points to remember while creating this chart

  1. Every day 2 varieties of fruits and 5 varieties of veggies should be included in the diet.
  2. Create a balance by using rice, roti, oats, ragi etc as staple food on each day so that you can create a balanced diet for your baby.
  3. use full cream milk and fresh fruits and fresh juices. No canned juices.

Once you make this plan, it helps to order the groceries as per this every alternate day so that you always give fresh veggies to the baby.

Happy feeding. Enjoy !!!

What to feed? Please check these sites to get an idea on what kind of food items can be prepared for your loving baby. All these are guidance only. You have to come up with what your baby likes most along with balancing the protin, calcium etc intake.

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/recipes/toddler-recipes/

https://www.bumpsnbaby.com/food-chart-1-year-old/

https://indianhealthyrecipes.com/indian-baby-food-chart/

https://www.mylittlemoppet.com/indian-toddler-food-chart-with-recipes-1/

http://www.shishuworld.com/foodchart-15-months/

Also refer YouTube for so many videos on the same subject.

I have attached a sample excel which you can use it by downloading: weekly food plan

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a doctor. I am a mom . All the info here is gathered from various online sources and from elders.

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Some myths cleared : Indian schools

Writing about relocating to India.. and Irony is I have relocated back to India… Like lot of NRIs (Non Resident Indians) I was apprehensive on certain aspects of life in India. Especially the schooling of kids.

After coming back while searching for schools I realized that the schools have changed a lot from the way they were when I was going to school. Teaching methodologies are in practice. Schools are run in more professional way with proper processes.

Standardization has come in schools also. Most of the CBSE schools follow curriculum, study materials and also teaching aids prepared by XSEED company. This company has a very professional setup and it handles training/coaching and reviewing the teachers and their teaching abilities. So more or less all the schools are same…….

So how to choose a school??? My parameters were, how close the school is from home, how open and receptive are the staff etc… And like our work environment where we say more are less all top software companies are same but our liking/disliking depends on the reporting manager, the same thought process has to be applied here. Ultimately the class teacher and her chemistry with my kid matters most. Rest all are more or less same in the corporate schools these days.

I liked that process and standardization have come in sports and physical Training. All the schools are outsourcing this part to a single company. This company not only supplies sports material to schools, but also the sports trainers. So standardization there also………

All in all, I am happy for this change and feel this is a right decision to move back to India and no regrets wrt to kids education.

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