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What food your baby should enjoy at 6 months?

Alternative Text By: Dr. Pradnya Salve | June 25, 2018

World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of your baby’s life to provide optimal nutrition and health benefits. Whether your baby is breastfed or formula fed, solid foods should be introduced only after completion of six months of age. Once solid food is introduced, a mother should focus on breastfeeding baby till one year. Post this period, you can wean off baby when both you and baby are ready.

Introducing your little bundle of joy to solid food is a very exciting milestone for both of you – parents and baby. By offering solid food you are introducing your offspring to a whole new world of food and flavors, helping them to establish healthy eating pattern that will be beneficial for their rest life.

First foods

First foods

Your baby’s first food can include mashed or finely cooked fruit or vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, carrot, apple or pear. Other soft fruits like melon can be offered directly. Rice cereals mixed with baby’s regular milk (breast milk or formula preferably) can also be offered as first foods.

Finger food

Finger food

As soon as baby starts solids, provide them with finger food like small pieces of soft ripe banana or steamed carrot or any other fruit or vegetables, steamed (where ever required) and cut into bite sized pieces. Let them touch and explore the texture of food and encourage self-feeding.

Next food

Next food

If babies are taking the above type of foods well, then you can offer other soft variants of food items like pulses and legumes. Babies can also have soft cooked meat such as chicken, mashed fish (check carefully for any bones), pieces of roti, hard-boiled eggs-given in mashed form etc. Make sure all food items are cooked properly before putting it onto baby’s plate. Most parents start only with purees first but that is completely optional. At six months, babies can handle a variety of soft textures and finger food; it can be minced, mashed or shredded. In fact, if your kid is getting mostly purees, after nine months, he/ she might have trouble transitioning to eating regular food.

Points to remember

  • Never leave baby alone while drinking or eating
  • Solid food should not be introduced before six months
  • Do not add salt to any kind of baby food
  • Sugar should be fed to babies only in its natural form like in fruits or vegetables
  • Introduce one food at a time so that the baby can get used to the different tastes and textures
  • Refrain from force feeding
  • If a particular food is refused, wait a few days and try again

Most important: all babies are different and they take time to develop liking for certain food items. So don’t fuss over if your baby is not eating any particular food. Mix and match and you’re to find something that the little munchkin likes.

The information shared in the article is indicative in nature. You should consult your medical practitioner before following the suggestions in this article. Each Individual is different & may react differently to the suggested measures.The author, publisher, company & its officials disclaim any liability in connection with the use of this information.

This content has been certified by our panelist Dr. Rajiv Chhabra

Dr. Rajiv Chhabra

20 years of experience

Consultant - Paediatric & Neonatal Intensivist Head of Department - Paediatrics Artemis Hospitals

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