Start your little one’s journey into solid foods the right way with our 6 months Baby Food Chart! Includes healthy and nutritious Indian recipes too!
So your baby is 6 months old – congratulations, she’s ready to start solid foods! Many Moms eagerly wait for that moment when their little ones start eating new foods. It’s so much fun to watch the expressions on those little faces change as they taste new flavors!
Things to Remember before Weaning your Baby
Be sure that your baby is ready for starting solids by checking her physical developmental milestones. Please remember that at this age, breast milk is still the major part of your baby’s diet. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding till 6 months of age, and breast milk to complement solids for the next year or more.
Make sure you are well prepared with all the essentials for weaning your baby. Your baby’s immune system is still weak and she is vulnerable to all kinds of germ attacks. So, ensure that all your baby’s feeding utensils are absolutely clean and sterilized. If you’re confused about how to do it, then this video on how to sterilize the feeding utensils for babies should help.
Initially, it can be difficult to know exactly how much a baby should eat. You don’t really need a lot of solid food for your baby at this age. About 90 ml per feed twice a day should be enough to begin with. Before starting out, you may want to check our post on how to introduce solids to Baby for some useful tips and tricks.
6 Months Baby Food Chart – with Indian Recipes
Day 1 – Start with 1 tablespoon once a day. Best choice for a baby’s first food is fruit, as it’s sweet. Start with Apple puree, making it runny by adding breast milk or formula.
Day 2 – Increase to 2 tablespoons of Apple Puree twice a day.
Day 3 – Increase to 3 tablespoons of Apple Puree twice a day.
Day 5 – Increase to 2 tablespoon of carrot juice or carrot puree twice a day.
Day 6 – Increase to 3 tablespoon of carrot juice or carrot puree twice a day.
Day 7 – Go with apple puree in the morning and carrot juice or carrot puree in the evening.
Now that your baby has gotten used to a texture other than that of milk, you can continue with two solid meals a day. The recommended feeding schedule for 6 month old babies is 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, but you can adjust it to your baby’s liking. You can find the recipes mentioned in the chart by clicking on the links below.
|Day||11 AM||3 PM|
|Monday||Carrot Puree||Rice Soup|
|Tuesday||Sooji Kheer||Apple Puree|
|Wednesday||Potato Puree||Barley Water|
|Thursday||Dal Ka Paani||Pear Puree|
|Friday||Chickoo Puree||Carrot – Beet Soup|
|Saturday||Carrot Juice||Apple Pear Puree|
|Sunday||Pumpkin Puree||Grape juice|
Continue with the same timings as earlier, with two solid meals per day. You can introduce some new grains, fruit and vegetables this week. Get the recipes of the dishes in the chart by clicking on the links below.
|Day||11 AM||3 PM|
|Monday||Rice Cereal (HM)||Apple Sauce|
|Tuesday||Barley water||AshGourd Puree|
|Wednesday||Carrot juice||Beet Puree|
|Friday||Sweet Potato Puree||Oats Cereal|
|Saturday||Orange Juice||Bottle Gourd Puree|
|Sunday||Banana Puree||Rice Gruel|
This week, you can continue with baby’s familiar foods, and introduce some new ones. If anyone in the family has celiac disease, gluten intolerance or any kind of wheat allergy, talk to your doctor before introducing wheat. Get the recipes by clicking the links below.
|Monday||Garlic Lentil soup||Beet Potato Puree|
|Tuesday||Mashed Rice||Louki Puree|
|Wednesday||Oats Kheer||Pear Puree|
|Thursday||Carrot Potato Puree||Wheat Cereal|
|Friday||Mixed Vegetable Puree||Grape juice|
|Saturday||Barley Water||Snake Gourd Puree|
|Sunday||Carrot Juice||Sooji Kheer|
Please note that these meal plans aren’t written in stone! This is just a guide that gives you an idea about what to feed your baby, when to feed and how much to feed. You can customize these meal plans to your baby’s convenience and routine. If she doesn’t like a food, wait a few weeks before introducing it again. Be patient, don’t expect your baby to polish off the plate at every meal! It’ll take another two months for her to completely finish the portions, so don’t try to force feed the remaining food on the plate.
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:
- Incessant Crying (due to stomach pain)
What to do if your baby is allergic to a particular food?
If your baby is allergic to a particular food, stop it immediately and restart it after 2 months. At every point, be sure to follow the 3 day rule – whether introducing a new food or reintroducing an old one. You can start a “Baby Food Diary” to keep track of your little one’s favorite recipes and specific food allergies.
Please click this link for other 6 months baby food recipes Baby Food Recipes.
If your baby has recently started on solids, you might also be wondering what kind of feeding chair is best for your baby. Check out our detailed post – High Chair Vs Booster Seat: Your Ultimate Guide to Buying a Feeding Chair.
Check out our baby diet charts for other months here:
- 7 Months Baby Food Chart
- 8 Months Baby Food Chart
- 9 Months Baby Food Chart
- 10 Months Baby Food Chart
- 11 Months Baby Food Chart
- 1 Year Baby Food Chart
Post Updated on – 10.01.2018
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The information presented here is meant to be a guide and does not replace professional medical advice. You should always discuss your baby’s dietary requirements with your doctor.