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. Here is a look at the foods you can introduce this month:
- 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 baby, like tying on the bib, putting him in his chair, etc.
- Continue to breastfeed on demand
6 Months Baby Food Chart – with Indian Recipes
Day 1 – The best choice for a baby’s first food is fruit. Start with 1 tablespoon of Apple puree once a day.
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 4 – You can now introduce a new solid, a vegetable. You can start with carrot, by giving 1 tablespoon Carrot Puree once a day.
Day 5 – Increase to 2 tablespoon of carrot puree twice a day.
Day 6 – Increase to 3 tablespoon of carrot puree twice a day.
Day 7 – Go with apple puree in the morning and 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 somewhere during mid morning and early afternoon ,around 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.
|Monday||Carrot Puree||Rice Cereal|
|Tuesday||Rice Cereal||Apple Puree|
|Wednesday||Barley Cereal||Rice Cereal|
|Thursday||Potato Puree||Barley Cereal|
|Friday||Banana Puree||Potato Puree|
|Saturday||Rice Cereal||Banana Puree|
|Sunday||Potato Puree||Barley Cereal|
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.
|Monday||Apple Puree||Ragi Porridge|
|Tuesday||Barley Cereal||Carrot Puree|
|Wednesday||Pear Puree||Rice Cereal|
|Thursday||Barley Cereal||Pear Puree|
|Friday||Sweet Potato Puree||Apple Puree|
|Saturday||Pear Puree||Sweet Potato Puree|
|Sunday||Potato Puree||Ragi Porridge|
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||Apple Puree||Boiled Dal|
|Tuesday||Boiled Dal||Banana Puree|
|Wednesday||Avocado Puree||Ragi Porridge|
|Thursday||Rice Cereal||Avocado Puree|
|Friday||Bottle Gourd Puree||Oats Cereal|
|Saturday||Oats Cereal||Bottle Gourd Puree|
|Sunday||Avocado Puree||Barley Cereal|
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.
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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
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.
Post Updated on – 21.02.2019
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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.