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Your ten month old baby - some common concerns which may be of interest to you.
  Why are some children fussier than others? My ten month old baby is proving to be such a fussy eater at this age and I am worried.
  Is my 10 month old baby ready for cow's milk?
  Please explain the importance of prebiotics and probiotics in my baby's diet. Should I be incorporating that into my ten month old baby's meals?
  I see a lot of books and even doctors seem to talk about percentile charts. What are these charts?
  How much sleep do babies generally need? I am curious to know if my ten month old baby is sleeping enough.
  When my ten month old baby has fever, how do I take her temperature and please advise me on the do's and don'ts when a child is has a temperature.
  While it is good to allow older babies to feed themselves, I am at my wits end when I see the mess my ten month old baby creates. Please, is there anything I can do to prevent messiness?
  My ten month old daughter has just started taking her first steps. Should she start wearing shoes, what kind of shoes should I be looking for?
  We are vegetarians. What kind of food is suitable for my baby?
  Is this a good time to introduce fish to my baby? She just turned 10 months old.

We are vegetarians. What kind of food is suitable for my baby?

Extra care should be taken when a baby is on a vegetarian diet because key nutrients like iron may get compromised. A vegetarian diet can suit a growing baby if your baby gets her adequate supply of B12, calcium, zinc, iron and protein. A diet with no meat, poultry or fish but one that has milk, eggs and other dairy products will satisfactorily provide the nutrients such as B12. Another concern is protein - ensure the menu is varied and interestingly filled with protein-rich foods such as chickpeas, tofu, beans, lentils, baked beans, nut and seed spreads and dairy products such as boiled eggs and milk.

Fortunately many common foods can add up to reach adequate protein limits for your little one. Good sources of iron in a meat-less diet come from dried fruits, fermented foods such as tempeh and tofu, iron-fortified cereals, spinach to name some, and when combined with vitamin C rich foods such as broccoli and fruit juices, iron absorption increases. As for zinc, it promotes growth and development in older babies and toddlers and aids in immunity and in the healing of wounds. Generally all kids easily get their zinc from plant-based foods. However vegetarian diets contain foods such as whole grains and legumes in higher quantities and these are high in phytic acid. And phytic acid inhibits the absorption of zinc. One good method to combat this problem is to soak legumes and grains overnight and then discard the soak water.


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