As your baby has completed 6 months, it is the right time to introduce baby to solid foods. The 6 months baby food chart should be a combination of semi-solid foods and solids. It is important to go slow and keep your baby’s food preference in mind.
Nurse or bottle feed your baby first and then offer your little one solids. It is important to remember that breastmilk or formula milk still continues to be more important than solids at this age.
Here's how you should divide your baby's feeding schedule on a daily basis with breast milk, formula milk and also some essential semi-solids:
It is important to mention that some babies may be allergic to certain baby food items (especially those with a family history of food allergies). Thus, it is essential to follow the three-day rule to start baby food. Introduce only one food at a time and check for three days, if your baby is comfortable, then you are good to introduce the next one.
6 months baby food chart should include vegetables, fruits, cereals, grains, protein, and dairy. Food must be home cooked, pureed, or mashed and should be easy to digest. Initially, she will consume only 1-2 tbsp, once a day. Do not force feed and give your little one some time to get used to it.
-Vegetables such as pumpkin, potato, carrots, sweet potato, green peas, french beans are healthy options that can be included in the food chart for 6 months old baby. These veggies should be well steamed and can be given in puree or mashed form. Start with very dilute purees and gradually thicken them as your baby gets used to it.
-Fruits such as banana, apple, papaya, chikoo, apricots, prunes, mango, peaches are necessary for the overall growth and development of your baby. Make sure it is one fruit at a time. Fruits can be given in puree or mashed form as well. You can also boil or steam the fruit, following by blending or mashing it.
-It is the perfect time to introduce water into your baby's diet. Make sure to boil the water thoroughly before feeding your baby.
-Include cereals in the food chart as nothing can be healthier than oats, rice, and barley. For oats or barley, you can boil them and add formula or breast milk and add a fruit of your choice.
-Cook the rice properly, mash it and then add formula or breastmilk to it. Alternatively, you can also cook the rice and few vegetables together in a pressure cooker and then mash the mixture to a fine paste.
-Sooji can be included in the baby food chart as it is highly nutritious and easily digestible. Dry roast the sooji and add water/milk to it. Vegetables such as pumpkin, potato, carrots, sweet potato, green peas, french beans are healthy options that can be included in the food chart for 6 months baby. These veggies should be well steamed and can be given in puree or mashed form. Start with very dilute purees and gradually thicken them as your baby gets used to it.
There are lots of foods which can be prepared quickly and provide essential nutrients to 6 month old baby. Some of these homemade recipes for 6-months-old baby food are listed below which you can try out :
Breastmilk should be given to your baby in the morning.
You can feed your baby with fruit or vegetable puree for breakfast.
Cereals and grains like rice, oats, barley, etc. should be given in the pureed or mashed form, mixed with vegetables for lunch.
For evening snacks, you can choose between fruits or vegetables in puree or mashed form. Alternatively, you can breastfeed your baby.
You can opt for a rice puree or a vegetable puree for dinner.
In between, keep breastfeeding your baby as and when required.
As suggested before, be careful while introducing any new solid food to baby as it may cause allergic reaction and could cause diarrhoea, rashes, vomiting etc. In case of any allergic reaction, immediately stop the food that have been given to baby. Seek medical assistance if required.
Also do not compromise on breastmilk as it is considered as the main source of nutrition for the baby.
Always remember 3 day rule to introduce solid food to 6 month old baby - One food at a time and check for three days