This post is for babies who have completed 6 months and just starting their 7th month. WHO recommends 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding. It means you don’t need to offer anything except breastmilk for first 6 months. Even water is not required as breastmilk has 80% water content in it. Unfortunately, due to any medical/personal conditions, if you want to wean after 4 months of the baby, please do converse with your Pediatrician and if agreed, then here(click) are some suggestions to start weaning for 4 to 6 months baby.
- In this month, just one meal a day is enough for babies. And feed that meal, after an hour of breastfeeding. Do not skip breastfeeding just to give solids.
- Introduce 1 new food daily. Feed the meal in first half of the day, so that any allergies can be noted & treated. I feed my baby around 11 AM.
- If you are breastfeeding on demand, just 2 to 3 sips of water, post meal is enough. You shall also give few sips in the evening. No more water is required.
- Please read this post(click here) on Frequently Asked Questions to better understand about starting solid foods for babies and this post will have answers to most of your questions.
Below is my baby’s schedule. This schedule is just for your reference. Please don’t try to fit your baby in this schedule. Let your baby decide his/her schedule to nap. And you choose a wise time (to feed solids) that suits you and your baby.
6 months baby schedule
|6 - 9 AM||Sleep|
|9 - 9.15 AM||BM|
|10.15 - 10.30 AM||Bath|
|10.45 - 11 AM||Solid food|
|11.30 AM-12.30 PM||Nap|
|12.30 - 12.40 PM||BM|
|1.55 - 2 PM||BM|
|2 - 5 PM||Nap|
|5 - 5.10 PM||BM|
|7 - 7.30 PM||Nap|
|8.30 - 8.45 PM||BM|
|9 PM - 12 AM||Sleep|
Baby food consistency – Watery food or soups are not advised for babies as they fill their tummy in place of breastmilk and offer less nutrition. Likewise watery porridges or purees are not recommended for the same reason. As baby eats little food, offering thick food with dense nutrition is a wise choice. Still, Indian Pediatricians recommend to start with watery food for first 2 to 4 days and then move to purees & porridges and then gradually change textures for a smooth complementary feed. Use potato masher to mash the food instead of mixie as mixie makes the food too smooth and do not give chance to experience different textures of food. Using mixie for a long time makes the baby to swallow food rather than trying to chew. I know they don’t have teeth to chew but still babies have strong gums and they can very well chew with it. Believe me, babies can chew from the very first week of solids. Do not underestimate their ability !! Give them soft textures this month – pureed, grated, masher-mashed, hand-mashed, fork-mashed. The pics in the below food chart are actual bowls that I fed my baby daily on her 7th month(running). Hope you will get a better idea on the food texture if you see those pics.
Food chart – Below is the food chart that I offered to my baby after completing 6 months/180 days. You might have different opinions about it. This chart is just for your reference. You can get ideas from it. This chart was prepared based on the guidelines provided by my pediatricians in India and in USA. If you don’t wish to start with watery food(for first 4 days), you can very well start with apple puree on day 1. US doctors say, “You can even start with a meat :)”.. The call is yours. We can give anything that we eat to a baby, is what they say. But just minus salt, sugar, honey & cow’s milk till baby’s first birthday.
Once you prepare the food, try to feed it fresh to babies. Add little ghee to baby’s food for better absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Make sure ghee is melted & mixed for proper digestion. Click here to read some tips on cleaning veggies & food feeding tips.
6 months baby food chart
|Day 1||Apple water||Click here for recipe|
|Day 2||Carrot water||Click here for recipe|
|Day 3||Dal water/Paruppu thanni||Click here for recipe|
|Day 4||Greens water/Keerai thanni||Click here for recipe|
|Day 5||Boiled Apple puree||Click here for recipe|
|Day 6||Carrot puree||Click here for recipe|
|Day 7||Boiled pear puree||Click here for recipe|
|Day 8||Mashed banana||Mash well with fork or hand. Click here for tips and to check for banana varieties to feed as per age.|
|Day 9||Finger millet milk porridge/Ragi paal kanji||Click here for recipe|
|Day 10||Mashed Avocado||Just scoop out the pale green part in the middle, mash with a fork and feed.|
|Day 11||Pumpkin Puree||Click here for recipe|
|Day 12||Raw apple puree||Take a piece of apple 🍎 without skin and grate it using a fine grater or just grind it in mixie.|
|Day 13||Finger millet milk porridge / Ragi paal kanji||Click here for recipe|
|Day 14||Rice + Fried gram(Pottukadalai) + carrot kichdi||Click here for recipe|
|Day 15||Broccoli puree||Cut 🥦 florets with tender stem parts.. Don’t add thick stems.. Wash using hot water + turmeric.. In a pan, add lil ghee, sauté florets for 30 seconds, add water and cook closed until it’s cooked well..Once cooked, Mash well with potato masher.. Use water just till florets are half immersed so that once cooked, there are not much water left.. U need a tbsp of water left while mashing, else it will be too dry.. Make sure there is no stem left without mashing..|
|Day 16||Beetroot puree||Method 1 - cut one circular disc of beet and pressure cook for 3 to 5 whistles depending on the thickness of the beets with half-immersed water.. And then mash well with potato masher..
Method 2 - finely grate the beets and cook in a closed pan with water till immersing level in medium flame until cooked soft..In both methods, finally add ghee and mix well until it melts.
|Day 17||Pear puree||Take raw but well-ripened pear 🍐 - Remove skin and mash it with potato masher.. Pear that we get here in USA will be so juicy and sweet..|
|Day 18||Potato puree||Boil whole potato 🥔 for 5 to 6 whistles in the pressure cooker.. In a pan, mash it with hand and add little water + ghee, keep it on stove in high flame for 2 mins to make it moist enough to feed the baby..|
|Day 19||Finger millet milk porridge/Ragi paal kanji||Click here for recipe|
|Day 20||Rice + fried gram(pottukadalai)+ spinach kichdi||Same as the one I shared on day 14 .. Just replaced carrots with finely chopped 10 spinach leaves without stem..Didn’t cook closed.. Used lil coconut oil to sauté greens before adding water.. U shall use the cooked rice that u eat daily, mash it well and mix with cooked spinach and feed the baby.. As I am yet to introduce our regular Matta rice to her, I made this with porridge powder..|
|Day 21||Cooked chayote squash/ chow chow||Took 15 bite-sized pieces of chow chow. Cooked soft with water till half immersing level in a closed pan. Hand-mashed while feeding.. Water will be let out while hand mashing it .. I fed the water to her and skipped giving normal water post feed .. You shall add a spoon of cooked dal to this bowl..|
|Day 22||Carrot + rice + moongdal kichdi||Click here for recipe|
|Day 23||Toordal rice/Paruppu sadham||Used the dal that I cooked along with turmeric powder + asafoetida + tomato for my sambar .. Mixed with Matta rice that I cooked for us.. Mashed using potato masher, added lil ghee and fed..|
|Day 24||Finger millet milk porridge/Ragi paal kanji||Click here for recipe|
|Day 25||Avocado + Banana mash||Fork-mashed Avocado 🥑 and banana 🍌|
|Day 26||Barley porridge (Filtered)||Click here for recipe|
|Day 27||Sweet potato puree||Click here for recipe
I just pressure cooked(2 whistles), peeled and used the outer soft part.
|Day 28||Red poha porridge / Aval kanji||Wash & soak a tbsp of red aval for 20 mins. Mash it well with hand and cook in low-med flame with 1/4 cup water, lil ghee and a pinch of roasted cumin/jeera powder(Make a batch of this powder as it comes handy in prepping baby food)..Cook for 5 mins until it thickens. Feed warm.|
|Day 29||Wheat milk porridge/Godhumai paal kanji||Click here for recipe|
|Day 30||Sago + Urad dal porridge||Click here for recipe|