If you’re looking for ways to include high calorie foods in your baby’s diet, check out these healthy and easy Weight Gain Recipes for Babies Under One.
Ever since I started this blog, weight has been the number one concern with Moms – not their own weight, but their baby’s! Whatever the child’s age, this one problem has been constant, and while we’ve already shared lots of information regarding expected baby weight and weight gain, there were still queries regarding what to feed the baby.
The result of these questions was ‘The Chubby Cheeks Cookbook‘, an exclusive book on recipes for weight gain from babies to toddlers. Besides these, we also have a range of nutritious weight gain products in our store, specifically designed with babies and young children in mind. And now to give you an extra hand, we’ve drawn up a list of 50 weight gain recipes for babies under one, including healthy weight gain foods in different formats, so you can make whatever your baby is likely to enjoy.
Important: Please follow the age recommendations on each recipe and avoid salt, sugar, honey or cow’s milk for babies under one. When trying to increase your baby’s weight, please use our standardized weight charts to ensure that your baby is indeed underweight, else you may be setting the stage for obesity in later life. In case of severely underweight babies, please consult your pediatrician to rule out any medical concerns.
50 Weight Gain Recipes for Babies Under One
(The following recipes are suitable for babies aged 6 months and above)
1. Apple puree is a popular choice for weaning babies and when combined with pear into an Apple and Pear Puree, it becomes a naturally sweet and healthy weight gaining recipe.
2. Bananas are an excellent choice for weight gaining as well as for regulating bowel movements. This Apple and Banana Puree from Parent Guide combines the benefits of apples and bananas in one dish.
3. You can’t go wrong with this Green Peas and Potato Puree, where two weight gaining super foods come together to create a nice, creamy mash. Peas are rich in protein, calcium and iron while potatoes are an excellent source of potassium.
4. Pumpkins have a natural sweetness to them which is why they’re popular with babies! Try out this Pumpkin Puree recipe to make the most of this interest and add on some healthy calories.
5. This Ragi Flakes Porridge is a great weight gaining recipe for babies over 6 months, as long as you skip the sugar. Instead, opt for fruit purees or applesauce to sweeten the porridge naturally.
6. Our grandmothers did something right when they fed us porridge made of Raw Kerala Banana Powder! Packed with carbohydrates and potassium, this is something that is a must have for babies over 6 months.
7. One of the most popular traditional baby foods, Sathumaavu Porridge is the perfect way to add calories to baby’s diet along with loads of nutrients and healthy fats.
8. When your baby is ready for some texture in her food, opt for this Ghee Rice recipe that’s easy to make, easy to feed and versatile enough to customize with vegetable puree or chicken puree.
(The following recipes are suitable for babies aged 7 months and above)
9. While ragi in itself is a nutritious and weight gaining food for babies, adding moong dal to the mix takes it a notch higher. Try out this Ragi Moong Dal porridge to get the benefits of both ingredients.
10. We know that green peas are a good idea for adding calories to your baby’s diet, so why not make it better by feeding her this Buttered Peas Puree from Archana’s Kitchen?
11. Pumpkins are easily available in all Indian states, and are a household favorite. Make it your baby’s favorite too by feeding her this nutritious Pumpkin Soup. Be sure to skip the salt and add some spices instead.
12. These Sooji Potato Pancakes from Yummy Tummy Aarathi are soft, yummy and perfect for weight gaining in babies. You can skip the veggies for young babies and avoid the salt completely.
13. Need a healthy breakfast recipe that’s both nutritious and will keep baby full for a while? Check out this Banana Oats Pancake recipe that combines weight gaining foods like Kerala bananas and oats.
14. When your baby is ready for finger food, make these Multigrain Pancakes or Adai Dosa and break it into small pieces. Just be sure to avoid the salt and make the pancakes soft enough for baby to chew with her gums.
(The following recipes are suitable for babies aged 8 months and above)
15. If you have kids at home, then a jar of Dry Fruits Powder is a must have! You can add this nutritious mix to practically any dish – porridge, kheer or smoothies – and it’ll only add to the flavor, healthy calories and nutrients.
16. Besides banana puree or applesauce, Dates puree is also an excellent way to sweeten baby food, while also adding those valuable healthy calories. Check out the recipe from Yummy Tummy Aarathi to make this versatile puree.
17. Potatoes and cheese are both considered healthy weight gaining foods for babies, and they come together in this yummy Potato Cheese Mash recipe from Bumps and Baby!
18. If your baby likes paneer, this Paneer Vegetable Puree is an excellent way to sneak in some veggies! Just make sure to cook the paneer and vegetables just right so you don’t end up with rubbery paneer and mushy veggies!
19. Apple and chicken make a nice, flavorful combination, and is popular with young kids. Bumps and Baby have taken this combo and added sweet potato, making this Chicken, Apple, Sweet potato mash a deliciously healthy recipe.
20. Many Moms have trouble feeding their babies eggs, but this Egg Yolk, Avocado and Sweet Potato Puree from Buona Pappa should solve that problem, since it’s so creamy and hearty!
21. Dal is quite an underrated food in most Indian homes, but it’s a great way to add some protein to your baby’s diet, especially if you’re vegetarian. Check out this simple Dal and Vegetable Mash from Tarla Dalal which can be customized with your choice of veggies.
22. If your baby is ready for some desi food, we’d recommend this mildly spiced Indian Chicken Puree – her first step into the world of curries! Keep it a little chunky for older babies to practice chewing.
23. If your baby is a fan of food that’s less spicy and on the sweeter side, this Chicken and Apple Puree from Buona Pappa may be a better hit with her. The combination of apples and chicken adds protein, nutrients and of course, healthy calories!
24. This Strawberry Chia Seeds Oatmeal from Baby Foode is a ‘loaded’ oats dish, containing oats, strawberries and the calorie and protein-rich chia seeds! Skip the honey and opt for date syrup instead.
25. Tarla Dalal creates a winner of a weight gaining recipe by combining jowar, ragi and dates in a protein, calcium and iron-rich Jowar Ragi and Date Porridge. This makes a great breakfast to start baby’s day on a healthy note.
26. If you’re looking for finger food recipes that also contribute to weight gain, these Egg Yolk Ragi Pancakes are a good choice. Packed with protein-rich ragi and eggs, these pancakes are a breeze to make and soft enough for young babies to munch on.
27. These Herbed Potato Bites aren’t just a great finger food for young babies, they’re also a good snack for kids while watching TV or lazing around! They’re easy to make and are a healthy alternative to French fries. Just skip the salt when making for babies.
28. If you’d like a snack that’s a little more hearty, try these Pan Fried Paneer Cubes. The best part is that these can easily be customized to suit your baby’s taste.
29. This Mixed Vegetable Soup is an excellent way to ensure your baby gets all her nutrients, hydration requirements and calories in one go, especially in summers when she’s not in a mood to eat much. Skip the salt so your little one can eat it without trouble.
30. Add some protein to your regular vegetable soup by including dal in it. Our Vegetable Moong Dal Soup is filling enough to make for a full meal, and not just a soup to begin your dinner!
31. Khichdi is something Moms all over India make, at some point or the other. When making for your baby, try this Oats Khichdi that’s a welcome savory change from regular sweet oatmeal or porridge.
32. This Broken Wheat Moong Dal Khichdi from Archana’s Kitchen is a filling meal that’s perfect for helping baby sleep well all night after dinner! The ghee increases the heartiness of the meal while adding calories.
33. Kerala bananas aren’t good just in powdered form – the ripe version is also ideal for weight gaining! This Kerala Banana Ghee Fry from GK Food Diary is easy to make, with just ghee and bananas for babies under one year.
34. Tarla Dalal has the perfect balanced meal in this Oats Vegetable and Brown Rice Khichdi. Using the pressure cooker, you can cook it to make it as mushy as you like. Skip the salt, with everything else, the babies won’t miss it!
35. Here is an easy Banana Omelette recipe that gives your baby a naturally sweet breakfast option! For older babies, you can try serving this with a dosa for a good dose of carbohydrates too.
36. You’ve tried a fruit omelette, now it’s time to go for a vegetable omelette! The best part about this Egg Yolk Vegetable Omelette is that you can customize it any way you want, making it a light snack or a full fledged meal.
37. It’s not just food that can help in weight gain, drinks can too! The Lemon Bowl has a delicious looking Avocado Blueberry Baby Smoothie that contains multiple weight gain ingredients like avocado, oats yogurt, flax seeds and more!
38. Did you ever think you could make muffins with just three ingredients? Well, Healthy Little Foodies have done it, with their Fruity Egg Muffins recipe, perfect for babies over 8 months!
39. If your little one is constantly eyeing your plate and trying to grab your food, it’s time to give her a treat! These Sweet Potato Banana Bites from The Lean Green Bean are delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free.
40. If your baby liked the recipe above, here’s another one you can try – Carrot Oat energy balls from My Kids Lick the Bowl. With ingredients like oats, sunflower seeds, dates and carrots, these balls are little powerhouses of nutrition and healthy calories!
41. Little one clamoring for dessert! Feed him a nice and thick Ragi Banana Halwa, specifically designed for babies under one! This recipe has no sugar, salt, honey or cow’s milk, containing only natural goodness with ragi and banana.
42. This Avocado Cream Dessert from Homemade Baby Food Recipes is something that will tempt adults too! With the natural creaminess of avocado and banana, this desert is perfect served chilled or frozen in summer.
43. Kheer doesn’t have to be a festive treat – this Oats Kheer recipe is something your baby can have every day! Packed with the weight gaining benefits and nutrients of oats, this is much more than a simple dessert.
44. When it gets hot, baby needs something to cool her down, and this Mixed Fruit Ice Cream from Homemade Baby Food Recipes is a good choice! Customize it to include the fruits you like, but we think avocados and bananas are a must have!
(The following recipes are suitable for babies aged 10 months and above)
45. If you’d like a simple meal that’s easy and comforting for baby when she’s not in the mood for anything new, then this Vegetable Dalia Khichdi is your best bet!
46. Get your little one used to eating greens on a daily basis by trying out this Green Khichdi recipe from Evergreen Recipes! Packed with green peas and potato, this is a super weight gaining recipe! Skip the salt for babies under one.
47. Store bough biscuits and cookies are never a good idea for a snack, especially when you can easily make them at home! These Sathumaavu Veggie Crackers are made of real veggies and you can skip the salt and baking soda for your baby.
48. If the whole family’s enjoying a Chinese meal, don’t let baby feel left out! Offer her this Paneer Vegetable Fried Rice that’s got protein from paneer, carbohydrates from rice and nutrients from vegetables.
49. Once your baby is used to plain chicken puree, you can start introducing her to a combination of flavors, like this Chicken Vegetables Meal from Made for Mums.
50. Not all puddings have to be laden with sugar! This Egg Pudding is a sugar free recipe that’s perfect for babies under one. So now they can enjoy a healthy treat and maintain their weight at the same time!
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