Diet/food chart for 6-8 months old infant
Your baby has touched the 6 month mark…you are soooper excited to introduce the solid food to his taste buds, and whoosh!
All your excitement drops down to zero because you realize that what you thought would be a cake walk is actually not that easy. But don’t you worry…we all sail the same boat and touch our shores happily and comfortably.
So, fasten your belt and get ready to clean the bigger mess and tolerate the bigger fuss!!
Well, the recommended age to start solids is 6 months but some parents do start it at 4-5 months as well. You should just look out for cues whether your child is ready for solids or not. Sometimes it can be as early as 4 months and sometimes even at 7-8 months! Which is completely fine, because the primary source of nutrition is still breastmilk/formula till 1 year of age.
Introducing solids is a huge milestone to developing healthy eating habits of a lifetime. There is no right way or right order. Generally we start with giving cereals first and then fruits but it can be vice versa if you and your baby likes it that ways. Just make sure to feed safe,healthy and nutritious food to your beloved.
Breast milk/Formula and other dairy products:
The best food on earth – Breast milk or the formula still continues to be the main source of nutrition for the first year and contains all the necessary nutrients. Don’t be in a hurry to replace breast milk or formula with cow’s milk till 1 year. If the baby is having breast milk then he may require a daily Vit D supplement of 7 mcg. You should ask this with your doctor.
If the baby is on formula he won’t need a vit D supplement because the formula already has the added vit D.
Can introduce yoghurt too by 7 months.
Suggested serving: Breastfeed every 3-4 hrs or 20-24 oz/600-700 ml of formula (if the baby has started taking a reasonable amount of cereals twice a day)
Cereals & Grains:
Initially it might just happen that the baby takes only 1-2 spoons of cereal. Don’t be disheartened on that, it will and ultimately has to improve. Start with really small portions once a day gradually increasing to 2 times a day. Give one food at a time and remember the golden 3 days rule, one food for 3 days and then check for reactions/digestion/taste.
The best cereals are Rice-Barley-Oats-suji-moong/masoor dal
Suggested serving: 1-2 servings once a day (1 serving include ¼ to ½ cup of cooked sheera/porridge, 1/2 cup of soup)
Avocado, apples, bananas, pear, chikoo, apricot, mango, papaya, peaches,plums,prunes, berries, cherry, kiwi, melon.
You will have to initially puree the fruits and then gradually thicken the texture. Hard fruits can be stewed, mashed and given.
Yoghurt of regular cow milk can be blended with banana, strawberry or chikoo to make a smoothie.
Suggested serving: About 5-7 tbsp of mashed fruits.
Yes, I know you want to give all the vegetables in the world to your little one, but remember to start slow. Introduce slowly, one at a time and always wash the vegetables properly with hot water, because of the harmful chemicals and pesticides used on them. Special care to leafy veggies. You can use antimicrobial cleansing agents meant for this purpose.
Carrot, cucumber, sweet potatoes,bottle gourds, pumpkin etc. Vegetables have vitamins (A, B and C), trace minerals, fibers and protein.
Suggested serving: About 5 tbsp of cooked veggies (in 1-2 servings). Try giving completely cooked veggies (avoid raw as of now). You can add veggies in khichdi,soup or try stewing them and mashing to desired consistency.
You can start introducing chicken,eggs and paneer/tofu at around 8 months. Remember to always serve cooked with no pink areas.
Introduce egg yolk first and that too properly cooked. Home made paneer of whole milk as of now.
Suggested serving: 2 tbsp mashed/pureed meat or cooked egg yolk.
Foods/drinks to avoid:
Keep fatty and sugary food and drinks at bay.
Avoid cow milk till 1 year and continue breast milk or formula. (You can make yoghurt and shakes in cow milk)
Look out for any allergy or family history for a particular allergy. Try introducing one food item at a time 3 days to look out for any possible allergy.
Remember??? “healthy growing baby” and a “healthy glowing mommy”
All the best…happy parenting!
Do share your 6- 8 month diet chart or if you want to add anything to this diet chart
Read 13 month old diet chart here
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