As your dear little one touches the 6-month milestone, it is time for them to step into the world of delicious and nutritious solids. At this stage, your little one’s tummy is strong enough to enjoy some delicate food and subtle textures. Here we bring to you a splendid collection of food ideas from simple to advanced for 6 to 12 month olds.
Here’s is a Food Chart for your baby.
Introducing solid foods to your baby is a huge milestone.
Note:The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a baby’s main source of nutrition should be Breast Milk until at least 6 months of age. However, based on the child’s readiness, many parents start their baby on a solid food at 4 months of age. Thus, we have included it in this simple food chart. Make sure that you consult your child’s pediatrician before introducing any new food to your baby.
Points to consider before introducing solids
Babies younger than 6 months old have feeble digestive systems which are still in development. Exclusive breastmilk or formula is the only safe food for new-borns until the half year mark. Though you are preparing to feed your baby an assortment of purees, remember that breastmilk or formula is still needed in copious amounts to supplement solids until their first birthday.
Before you begin feeding your little one food, you must take care to sterilize the utensils you use to prepare food, very thoroughly. Sterilize all bowls, feeders and spoons before use.
Here are some healthy and yummy recipes for your child. Click on the name of the recipe that you like.
Baby Food Chart with Recipes (6-12 Months)
Scroll down for a LIST OF ALLERGENS and GAS CAUSING FOODS TO AVOID FEEDING YOUR BABY
Try not to feed solids for dinner. Feed your baby a fruit or vegetable puree in the evening instead.
You can start giving your baby a combination of 2 solids (2 fruits, rice and dal etc). Continue feeding your baby banana and avocado as well.
|Jowar and Banana Sheera|
|Apple Carrot puree|
|Baby’s First Apple Puree|
|Baby’s first Khichidi|
|Sweet Potato Porridge|
|Potato Beans and Pea puree|
|Sweet Potato with Pumpkin soup|
|Healthy Red lentil and Vegetable Soup|
|Mini Banana idly|
|Moong dal soup|
|Pear, Raisin and Apple Brown Rice|
|Apple and Oats Porridge|
|Flavour packed cooked vegetables with dal and rice|
|Baby’s First Steamed Veg Puree|
|Mango Rice Pudding|
|Stewed fruit puree|
Once your baby reaches this age, he/she may start eating 3 meals of solid foods in a day. He/She may also enjoy evening snacks.
|Chickpea and coriander puree|
|Wheat Banana Dosa|
|Mini Apple pancakes|
|Suji and mixed vegetable khichidi|
|Carrot rice with Green Bean puree|
|Super Quick Pumpkin and Potato Mash with rice|
Once your baby is around 9 months old, you can introduce a lean meat like chicken.
|Baby Oatmeal Uthapams|
|Sweet potato risotto|
|Carrot chicken with sweet potato in Olive Oil|
|Warm chicken soup|
|Soft Vegetable Pulao|
|Steam Cooked Veggies|
|Bread and butter pudding (Sugar free)|
|Brown Rice with Soft Chicken and Veggies|
|Ghee rice with egg|
|Papaya and Melon Swirl|
|Yummy Chicken and potato soup|
|Macaroni / Pasta with tomato puree or cheese|
|Mixed Vegetable Soup|
You can introduce your baby to fish. But be extremely careful while feeding and make sure that every single fish bone has been removed.
|Special Olive Oil Omelette|
|Apple Chicken Nuggets|
|Poached fish and potato|
|Spinach and Paneer (cottage cheese) pasta|
|Blueberry Strawberry shake|
|Creamy sweet corn and carrot rice|
By now, your baby is almost ready to eat adult food. You can introduce small amounts of spices to your baby’s food.
|Healthy carrot rice balls|
|Baby friendly Bread and Potato(Alu) tikkis|
|Mashed rajma with rice|
|Eggplant, Beetroot and okra infused rice|
|Vegetable stew with rice|
How will these foods help your child??
Cereals, grains & Pulses :
- Did you know that cereals have almost 60% – 70% starch? This makes them an excellent source of energy.
- Rice is almost an an allergen-free food.
- Very easy to digest.
- Extremely nutritious.
- Good source of vitamins
- Vegetables like carrot are high in Vitamin A and Beta Caratone.
- Veggies are an extremely good source of Fiber for your little one.
- Milk is considered as a “SUPER FOOD” due to it’s high content of all vitamins and minerals.
- Building and maintaining tissues and organs.
- Muscle development.
- Building immunity.
- Certain kinds of fish
Whenever you introduce a new food to your baby, it is always advisable to follow the four-day-wait technique.
Morning or early afternoon is generally the best time to introduce a new food.
GAS CAUSING FOODS TO AVOID FEEDING YOUR BABY
Some foods break down very slowly, thus causing gas in your baby.
Try not to feed these foods at night.
- Citrus Fruits