In the first two years, your child will learn to sit, stand, walk, run, talk—and eat. Learning to eat also involves developing a taste for new flavors and textures and building the kinds of skills needed to become a healthy diner & not a finicky one, which is essential to be done before your child reaches the age of 2.
Long-term studies show that eating habits established in infancy (whether healthy or unhealthy) influence choices throughout childhood, adolescence, and even adulthood. It’s a lot easier to foster these habits in your newborn baby or toddler now than to fuss about it with a 10-year-old.
Here’s how you can help your kid become confident and comfortable around all kinds of food.:
Basic Tips for Feeding your 6 Month Old Baby :
- ◾ You can make any of the purees or porridge runny by adding breast milk or formula milk
- ◾ Thicker purees will help add calories
- ◾ Follow a routine to feed the baby, like tying on the bib, putting them in their chair, handing them a spoon, etc.
- ◾ Continue to breastfeed on demand.
6 Months Baby Food Chart
Day 1 – Fruit is the best choice for a baby’s first food. Start with 1 tablespoon of apple or banana puree once a day.
Day 2 – Increase to 2 tablespoons of apple/banana puree twice daily.
Day 3 – Increase to 3 tablespoons of apple/banana puree twice daily.
Day 4 – You can now introduce a vegetable like a carrot & give 1 tablespoon of carrot puree once a day.
Day 5 – Increase to 2 tablespoons of carrot puree twice a day.
Day 6 – Increase to 3 tablespoons of carrot puree twice a day.
Day 7 – Go with any fruit puree in the morning and vegetable puree in the evening.
Continue with the same timings as earlier, with two solid meals daily. You can introduce some new grains, fruit and vegetables this week. You can customise these meal plans to your baby’s convenience and routine. It’ll take at least two months to completely finish the portions you give them, so don’t try to force feed the remaining food on the plate & try to be patient.
However, do consider the risk of food allergies. You can’t be sure if your baby is allergic to any food, so always follow the 3-Day Rule before introducing any new food to your baby. This will also help you rule out any foods that are causing indigestion in your baby.
How do you know that your baby has an allergy to a particular food?
If a food doesn’t suit your baby, your baby may present with the following symptoms:
- ◾ Diarrhea
- ◾ Constipation
- ◾ Vomiting
- ◾ Rashes
- ◾ Incessant Crying (due to stomach pain)
10 Months Baby Food Chart
As your baby completes 10 months, you notice that they’re more and more disinterested as mealtime approaches. This is the perfect stage to introduce them to :
- ◾ Cauliflower
- ◾ Eggs
- ◾ Fish
- ◾ Meat
- ◾ Brinjal
Here are a few things to remember during this month :
- 1. No need to give them puree from now onwards.
- 2. Offer lots of finger foods as meals and snacks.
- 3. Try to bring them to a schedule but be responsive to their hunger pangs too.
- 4. Continue to breastfeed – it is still an essential source of nourishment for baby.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is meant as a guide and does not replace professional medical advice. You should always discuss your baby’s dietary requirements with your doctor.
Few organic foods that you can introduce your baby to :
- 1. Sprouted Ragi and Carrot Porridge
- 2. Organic Rice & Moong Khichdi Mix
- 3. Dry Dates Powder - Natural Sweetener
- 4. Sprouted Sathumaavu Powder / Sprouted Health Mix for Babies
- 5. Sprouted Ragi, Almond & Date Porridge
- 6. Bajra and Pumpkin Seeds Porridge
- 7. Dry Fruits & Seeds Powder for Kids
- 8. Whole Wheat, Almond & Dates
What have you tried on your babies? Please let us know in the comments below.