Food Chart for 6 Months Old Baby

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Indian Baby Food Chart: 6 Months Old

Has your baby just turned 6 months?
You must be thinking about what food to feed your 6 months old as she was on exclusive breastfeeding yet.
In that case, this Indian Baby Food Chart (present later in the post) will come in handy.
Touching 6-month mark is a very important milestone in the life of a child as well as the mother. Though every moment is amazing with the baby but this one is truly special, especially from foods point of view. This is the time when you actually realize that your little sweetheart is growing faster than you’ve thought. Being fed solely on breast milk, she will now be introduced to the other foods.
Ironically, it is also a time of extreme anxiety for most of the mothers. Amidst the advice from fellow mothers and elders in the family, there are so many questions hovering in the mind.
What should I give my child to eat first?
How will my baby react to the changes?
How much should I give?
So on and so forth….
To help those new mommies and rescue them from this brainstorming, you can find an Indian Baby Food Chart for 6 months old in the middle of this post. But before we reach the chart, let’s begin with a few good tips on introducing the solid food.

Tips for Introducing Solid Foods to 6-month-olds

• While introducing the new food, give only a small quantity of the food item. Gradually increase the quantity per day.
• Follow a 3-day trial rule which says –
– Feed a food item using the above tip for 3 regular days.
– Try the next food after that for the same duration.
It will let you know that which food, just introduced to the baby, suits your baby’s palette. Also, this will allow your baby to learn different tastes and develop interests for them.
• Keep noting the foods which are already introduced to the baby. Also, take the note of date (to check whether you are following the 3-day trial rule). By doing this, you can check, which food your child is allergic to!

Best Foods for 6 months old

Following the above tips while preparing and feeding food to your baby, here are the best foods which you can serve her –
• It is good to start with the lightest food so Fruit Puree will be perfect. You can make the banana, apple or pear puree for giving the chart a good start as they are sweet and delicious in nature.
carrot puree
• To continue adding new food, grains like rice or green grams (The Moong for Indians) are excellent. You can feed them to the baby as they easy to digest, in the form of thin watery puree. You can use boiled and cooled water or breast milk to make the puree.
• Avoid giving beans as it can cause colic/gas problems in babies. Also, do not give broken wheat (Daliya) as it is hard to digest.
• You can also introduce a vegetable puree after grain. Puree or juice of vegetables like carrot and bottle gourd are also good starters.
• Other fruits that you can gradually introduce in Puree form are papaya, Chikoo (Sapodilla), ripe avocado and orange.
• Other vegetables that you can introduce to your 6-month-old baby include mashed potato, sweet potato, and pumpkin puree.

Planning Food Schedule for the 6-months-old Baby

While making a food schedule for your baby, remember the few important points given below:
1. 3 days rule for new food trial – whenever you introduce a new food item, introduce one at a time to test if the baby has allergy or reaction to that particular food. Do not introduce more than one new food at a time.

2. Start with one spoon quantity of any new item then go on increasing it day by day.

3. Once you start giving food, start with one spoon adding another spoon to it on daily basis (in total, e.g. if on the 5th day you are feeding 2 different foods to your baby then combined 5 spoons of those foods should be fed to baby).

6 Month Old Baby Feeding Schedule with Sample Foods

feeding schedule of a 6 months old baby

In a similar way introduce 2 new foods in the week 2.
This time take a combination of vegetable puree and lentil soup. Try and keep fixed timings of giving the baby solid foods.
This will help the baby accept them comfortably. Later maybe during week 3 or week 4 you can also introduce powdered oats cooked in milk or the Indian favorite Sooji Kheer (semolina cooked in milk).
Babies should not be given food which contains salt and sugar till they turn 1year old. While introducing any new food, keep an eye for any signs of discomfort in your baby, vomiting, loose motions or constant crying. This might be indications of allergy to the food introduced. You can reintroduce that particular after a couple of months. Read more about introducing solids here
Not every baby will be comfortable with the sample food chart so take it easy on your baby. Always consult your doctor before you start solids for baby. It’s good to get confirmation from the doctor for diet plan for the baby.
Diet for 6 Month Old Baby is still the breastfeeding majorly. So, please do not think that introduction to solids is a replacement of even part of breastfeeding.
The new solid food will cover the growing demands of your little one. But do not discontinue breastfeeding. Try to feed baby 2-2 times in day and night hours until she reaches the mark of 2 years. Read this article to understand how long you should breastfeed your baby and how to stop it at the right time.
Having a right food chart for a 6-month-old baby is necessary as you need instructions for introducing the child to the solid food. Otherwise, the wrong diet, food or schedule may cause visits to doctors and bad health for the kid. So, save the chart and Feed happily!!!

In a similar way introduce 2 news foods in the week 2. This time take a combination of vegetable puree and lentil soup. Try and keep fixed timings of giving the baby solid foods. This will help the baby accept them comfortably. Later maybe during week 3 or week 4 you can also introduce powdered oats cooked in milk or the Indian favorite sooji kheer (semolina cooked in milk).
Babies should not be given food with any addition of salt and sugar till they turn 1year old. While introducing any new food, keep an eye for any signs of discomfort in your baby, vomiting, loose motions or constant crying. This might be indications of allergy to the food introduced. You can reintroduce that particular after a couple of months.

Not every baby will be comfortable with the sample food chart so take it easy on your baby. Always consult your doctor before you start solids for baby. Its good to get confirmation from doctor for diet plan for baby.
Diet for 6 Month Old Baby is still majorly breastfeeding. So please do not think that introduction solids is replacement of even part of breastfeeding. The new solid food will cover the growing demand of your little one.

Happy Feeding!!!

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11 Comments

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  2. Ramit Yadav on

    My girl is one year old but she don’t eat anything. I have tried almost every method to feed her some solid things but everything is a waste. What’s the best way to encourage her for eating solid things? I am very stressed because of her eating habits. Please help.

    • Sapana

      Hi Ramit,
      Every baby goes through this phase once in first year after starting solids. Tell your wife to not to refuse her breastfeeding, babies do it because they start understanding how they are getting away from their favorite food gradually. The best way to make a baby eat the solid food is letting her sit with you at meal and eat with you. You can keep her porridge or soup in your plate and let her play a bit with it when you are having food. This is best way to teach them baby led weaning too which is healthier and better option over feeding food to her. Try adding garlic, cumin powder, ghee kind of flavorful ingredients if baby is older than 7 months.Once baby turns 1 year old, you try to feed her regular foods made for adults (just without chilly and spices)

  3. I have started giving ragi porridge to my seven-year-old girl. Am I doing the right thing? Also, let me know what are the best recipes or food products that I can give her.

  4. My baby is 08 months old and he is not gaining weight. I tried adding dal and fruits but all efforts are waste. Which is the perfect diet for him that provide complete nutrition? Please suggest

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