Dear Moms, so now your baby is 6 months old and now is ready for solids intake. Many parents wait for this moment when their baby starts eating new foods as its so much fun to watch expressions on their face they make while tasting new flavours.
With the help of this 6 Months Baby Food Chart, you can decide what food you can start giving your six months baby. Also, remember WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months of age as solid foods can never replace the nutritional elements a baby receives from the breast milk, so introducing solids to your baby should be complementary. Breast milk or formula-based milk should be the major part of your 6 months old baby’s diet.
Table of Contents
- What Happens to Baby at 6 Months?
- How to know that your baby is ready for solids?
- Things to Remember before feeding to your Baby
- How Much Qty Should Your Baby Eat?
- List of 6 Months Baby Foods That Can Be Introduced
- 6 Months Baby Food Chart For Indian
- Common Symptoms of Food Allergies
What Happens to Baby at 6 Months?
At the age of 6 months, babies must have developed digestive enzymes that are needed for the digestion process of simple foods.
How to know that your baby is ready for solids?
Most babies start to show below signs by when they are six months old, but it is not necessary that even your baby shows below signs as it varies from babies to babies. Also, remember one must not feed baby solids before four months.
- Baby’s head and neck are stable and have good control.
- Shows interest in food. eg: When others are eating or look into the plate what others are eating.
- Open his mouth when you offer something with a spoon.
- Signs of hunger even after breastfeeding.
- Baby is ready to chew.
Things to Remember before feeding to your Baby
- Always sterilize the baby feeding vessels (Spoons, Bowls etc.) in hot water for five minutes to ensure all feeding vessels are absolutely clean.
- Never introduce more than one solids at a time to your baby.
- Always check for allergy symptoms when introducing new solids and note them down.
- Always follow the 3 days rule whenever you introduce new food to your baby. Wait for the results until the fourth day. If your baby shows any kind of allergy-like develops rashes, running nose, watery eyes etc. please visit the doctor immediately.
- Introduce new food only during breakfast or lunch. Avoid during at night time as it’s easy to get control over the problems in the day time.
- Start with fruit puree, as it’s easy to digest for your baby.
- Always feed solids to your baby when he is sitting. Do not feed solids when your baby is laying on its back.
- Food must be soft, properly cooked and fresh.
- Do not use salt, sugar while preparing baby’s food.
- Do not feed your baby forcefully.
How Much Qty Should Your Baby Eat?
Babies appetite vary from baby to baby So when starting with fruits or veg puree start from 1 tbsp and gradually increase to 4 tbsp.
When starting with cereals start with 2 tbsp and increase to 1/4 cup.
List of 6 Months Baby Foods That Can Be Introduced
Here I have shared a list of baby food items that are safe to include for your six months baby daily diet plan.
- Fruits: Apple, Banana, Pears, Plum, Muskmelon, Avocado, Peaches
- Vegetables: Carrot, Pumpkin, Potato & Sweet Potato
- Grains/Pulses: Rice, Ragi, Barley, Makhana, Semolina, Rajgira, Oats
- Dairy: Cheese, Butter and Ghee
- Non-veg: None
6 Months Baby Food Chart For Indian
Start from giving one meal a day to your six months old baby and gradually from 7th months you can start giving 2 meals a day.
Please remember that baby’s first food should be semi-liquid and slowly move to a thick consistency so that your baby can learn to eat. You can customize these 6 months baby food recipes based on your convenience, the taste of your baby and availability.
Week 1 Food Chart
Week 2 Food Chart
Week 3 Food Chart
Week 4 Chart
If your baby likes to have solids, then you can also feed solid food in the dinner as well.
Common Symptoms of Food Allergies
If your baby shows any kind of discomfort or any kind of below symptoms after having any particular food then stop feeding him and consult your pediatric soon. Below are some common symptoms of food allergies.
- Running nose
- Stomach pain
- Baby discomfort
The sole purpose of the 6 Months Baby Food Chart is to guide you about the food quantity and eating schedule for your 6 months baby. The sample food chart is completely based on my personal experience. You can modify the food chart based on your baby’s food likings. For example, My son likes more of mashed banana and mashed apple more than rice water or pumpkin porridge.