In the 5th month and 6th month, solid feeding was restricted to only twice per day. By the time your baby completes the 7th month, she would have already sampled most of the foods and can take solid feeds thrice a day.
This is the time where you should introduce a lot of varieties in her diet, as she will become easily bored with the food and play becomes more evident.
Introduce her to an array of food in a playful way so that she enjoys her food. With the same ingredients flavor the food items artfully so that meal time becomes a pleasure time.
If you possess all the below items handy, making food for your little one will be over in a jiffy.
Must Haves for Feeding Solids
1. Pressure Cooker
A small Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is ideal. It is advisable to use stainless steel rather than aluminium. You can make khichdi, steam vegetables and fruits, and even sterilise baby spoons and smaller items.
2. Food Processor
A baby food processor contains all the requisites for making baby food like sieve, masher, cups, spoons, juicer, grater etc. You can also use utensils you are already using but take care to sterilise all the utensils properly before feeding the baby.
Check out the Food Processor collection Here.
Sterilizing the utensils used for making and feeding baby food is of paramount importance. You can either use a Sterilizer or boil the utensils in hot water before using them.
4. Blender or Mixie grinder
This is a must have product in your kitchen for making baby food. Please use a separate mixie jar for making baby food as in Indian households we use the mixie to blend all types of masalas.
5. Potato Masher
Many of my friends suggested Potato Masher, works great to mash and puree baby food.
6. Baby High Chair
Baby high chair is also another important requisite, as it helps your baby support her back. Also if the baby is seated in a high chair, the mom can easily feed the baby with minimal mess to clean.
Check out our detailed guide on High Chair vs Booster Seat. We also share the list and features of baby feeding chairs popular with Indian mothers.
7. Feeding Bowls and Spoons
Either you can use Feeding Bowls available in the market or your traditional silver cups, but make sure that the baby feeding spoons are soft tipped.
7 Months Baby Food Chart
Basic Rules for Feeding your 7 Month Old Baby
1. From the 7th month onward you can start feeding thrice a day as proper breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Now also breastfeeding is the major source of nourishment for the baby, so please do not quit breastfeeding. The feeding times can be around 9 am, 1 pm and 5 pm
2. The quantity of each feed in this month will be roughly the size of your baby’s fist and in terms of liter around 90 to 100 ml.
3. The consistency can be little thick and should stay in the spoon without spilling off.
4. While feeding juice varieties, limit consumption to 4 – 6 ounces.
5. Always feed a baby seated and not in sleeping position.
6. Sterilize all the utensils that are being used for cooking and feeding.
7. Please follow the 3 Day Rule before introducing any new food.
I have structured the charts in such way that the baby is gradually introduced to heavier diets, so I would advise you to follow the same order.
|Monday||Rice Cereal (HM)||Plain Khichdi||Apple Puree|
|Tuesday||Oats Porridge||Plain Pongal||Vegetable Soup|
|Wednesday||Sooji Kheer||Carrot Khichdi||Pear Puree|
|Thursday||Barley porridge||Plain Ghee Rice||Banana Puree|
|Friday||Oats Kheer||Flavoured Pongal||Grape juice|
|Saturday||Brown Rice Upma||Ragi Porridge||Carrot Beet Soup|
|Sunday||Potato Puree||Tomato Khichdi||Chickoo Puree|
|Monday||Apple Oats Porridge||Pumpkin Khichdi||Grape juice|
|Tuesday||Brown Rice Kheer||Sweet Pongal||Beet Potato Puree|
|Wednesday||Apple Cereal Porridge||Pepper Ghee Rice||Carrot Puree|
|Thursday||Homemade Cerelac||Spinach Khichdi||Apple Pear Puree|
|Friday||Wheat Dalia Porridge||Masala Pongal||Snake Gourd Puree|
|Saturday||Idlis||Potato Khichdi||Apple sauce|
|Sunday||Oats Upma||Vegetable Rice||Orange Juice|
|Monday||Ragi Sheera||Plain Khichdi||Louki Puree|
|Tuesday||Oats Banana Porridge||Palak Khichdi||Chickoo Puree|
|Wednesday||Rice Cereal (HM)||Pongal||Sweet Potato Puree|
|Thursday||Home made Cerelac||Ghee Rice||Carrot Potato Puree|
|Friday||Steamed Dosa||Mixed Veg Khichdi||Grape Juice|
|Saturday||Ragi Porridge||Flavoured Pongal||Vegetable Soup|
|Sunday||Rice Kheer||Louki Khichdi||Apple Sauce|
|Monday||Wheat Almond Porridge||Tomato Khichdi||Apple Pear Puree|
|Tuesday||Oats Kheer||Masala Pongal||Carrot Juice|
|Wednesday||Wheat Cereal||Pumpkin Khichdi||Pear Puree|
|Thursday||Ragi Kheer||Pepper Ghee Rice||Beet Puree|
|Friday||Steamed Dosa||Ash gourd Khichdi||Chickoo Puree|
|Saturday||Sooji Porridge||Sweet Pongal||Potato Puree|
|Sunday||Brown Rice cereal||Vegetable Khichdi||Grape Juice|