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.
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.
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:-
Pureed apples and squash mixed
Pureed peaches or soft-cooked pears.
Mashed sweet potatoes or butternut squash
Lumpy mashed peas
Unsweetened whole milk and yogurt
Banana and avocado smashed together
Veggies and fruit combos like mix massed pureed apples and spinach and peas.
7 – 9-month meal plan
Unsweetened yogurt with mashed peaches
Whole grain waffle strips
Soft scrambled eggs
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
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
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.
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.