What is the diet plan for 6 months plus babies?

What is the diet plan for 6 months plus babies?

Starting solid food can be exciting for you as well as your baby. Studies have shown that starting solid food around the age of 6 months is most beneficial. (but never before 4 months).

At this time, you will continue with the breast milk and the formula which provides essential nutrients and provides hydration, at the same time exposing your baby to a different world of wide flavours and nutrients. This is one of the most influential periods for the development of a baby’s taste.

At around 6 months old, giving your baby just a few tablespoons of food 1 to 3 times a day is sufficient. You should advance the texture once your baby is comfortable. Begin with thin, pureed food,  then move to lumpy mashed foods, followed by finely chopped foods. Also, introduce a single ingredient at a time. Continue for 2 to 3 days and see if your baby is allergic to it or not and then continue for one week.

Iron: This is important for the prevention of iron deficiency anemia, which will affect growth and development if left untreated. It is an important component of red blood cells which is found most often in meat products, but, it can also be found in foods like oatmeal, spinach, fortified cereals, and pureed beans.

Calcium: This is very important for bone and tooth health, blood clotting, neuron messaging, hormones, muscle contraction (including the heart) and also other processes. A very good source of calcium for your babies includes breast milk, infant formula, yogurt, pureed leafy greens like kale, collard and spinach as well as pureed beans.

DHA: It is critical for brain growth and healthy development. This is an unsaturated omega 3 fat which is found in oily fish such as salmon, rainbow trout, sardines. Breast milk will enrich infant formula and other enriched foods.

Choline: It is important for cell functioning and will support brain health. For the babies who are just starting the feeding process, pureed collards, spinach, cauliflower are good sources of choline. Pureed spinach works best with some combination of food like apples, oats, and avocados. Later you can make it soft, chopped when the baby is ready for a new texture.

Protein:

This is an important component for our hair, skin, muscles, blood, and bones. Most of us take protein-rich food, so it is important to introduce protein-rich food to the baby. For now, breast milk and formula are a good source of protein, but for first foods pureed meat and poultry, yogurt, pureed beans, quinoa, and pureed tofu. When the baby is ready for advanced textures, softly cooked flaky fish is a very good source of protein.

weaning food for 6 months plus babies

Also make sure, when your baby is less than 1 year it is all about introducing a variety of flavours and textures and keeping it fun.

6-month meal plan:-

Breakfast:

Mashed avocado

Oatmeal cereals

Pureed apples and squash mixed

Pureed peaches or soft-cooked pears.

Lunch:

Mashed sweet potatoes or butternut squash

Pureed apples

Lumpy mashed peas

Unsweetened whole milk and yogurt

Quinoa cereals

Dinner:

 Banana and avocado smashed together

Barely cereals

Parsnip puree

Tropical medley

Veggies and fruit combos like mix massed pureed apples and spinach and peas.

7 – 9-month meal plan

Breakfast:

Unsweetened yogurt with mashed peaches

Oatmeal cereals

Whole grain waffle strips

Soft scrambled eggs

Lunch:-

Soft cooked whole grain pasta with some olive oil and parmesan cheese

Slivers of turkey with peace

Unsweetened applesauce and shredded or cubed cheese

Cottage cheese with ripe and diced apricots

Dinner:

Soft cooked silvers of chicken with steamed carrots

Grounded beef or ground turkey and soft-cooked pasta and tomatoes

Small chunks of low mercury fish like cod

Soft steamed chunks of green beans or broccoli

food groups for 6 months plus baby

At the age of 9 months, your baby should be eating foods from all the food groups and should be able to handle small soft pieces of finger foods. Have fun and pay attention to your baby’s cues, and let your baby set the pace while giving your baby healthy foods that contain important nutrients to set standards for healthy eating patterns.

Remember that letting your baby eat solids at this age is only letting them explore more and more flavours and textures.

Summary:

Foods are rich in Iron, Calcium, Choline, DHA, and Protein.

Giving your child different colours of foods is to make them explore more and more flavours and textures.

Starting solid food can be exciting for you as well as your baby.

Iron

Calcium

DHA

Protein

Mashed avocado

Oatmeal cereals

Pureed apples and squash mixed

Malathi

Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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