Once your baby completes the 6-months mark, it is the ideal time to introduce her to solid foods. An Indian baby food chart for this stage 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.
Before we get into the ideal food chart for your baby now, let’s see what are the indications that your baby is ready for solid foods:
If you see the aforementioned pointers happening with your baby, in all possibilities, she is ready for her 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 for 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.
Food chart for your growing baby now 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.
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:
Grandma’s Tip: Sooji can be included in the baby food chart now 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. 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.
• Early Morning Meal
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.
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