6-12 Months Baby Food Chart

6-12 Months Baby Food Chart

DIETARY REQUIRMENTS OF A NEWBORN 

Breast feeding is the most appropriate and natural methods of upbringing a child. Exclusive breast feeding is sufficient for the first 6 months, but after that complementary food should be introduced to meet the increasing requirements of a growing child.  

Healthy babies, start showing signs of the desire to start eating solids. They can hold their head up and swallow. They will reach out to food that piques their interest. They start chewing on anything. Babies crawl towards the food they like around 8 to 10 months. 

Observing such indicators really helps a mother while introducing solid food to the baby and helps in weaning.  

However, it is important to remember here that breast feeding post 6 months is a healthy indicator of the relationship between the mother and the child. It is not necessary to stop breast feeding as the baby starts eating. Weaning should be very organic to the mother and the child.  

DIET AT 6 MONTHS  

 EARLY MORNING  BREAKFAST  MID MORNING LUNCH  EVENING SNACK  DINNER  
MON Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits. Mashed fruit – banana, apple (peeled and semi-boiled)  Breast milk or formula food  Mashed fruit depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
TUES Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits  Mashed fruit – banana, apple Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or vegetable depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
WED Breast milk or formula feed  Semi- liquid cereal (rice, pulses, dry fruit) Mashed, boiled vegetable – carrot Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
THURS Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal  Mashed vegetable – carrot Brest milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
FRI Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Mashed vegetable – carrot Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SAT Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Mashed fruit – banana, apple Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SUN Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Mashed fruit – banana, apple Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  

TIPS: 

  1. If 6th month is the first time the child is being introduced to solids, it is best to take it slow. 
  1. Do not experiment too much. Do not force your child to eat.  
  1. Introduce single ingredient dishes at a time. 
  1. Try gauging the reaction of the child for the food. 
  1. The child will still want breast milk more often. Continue to feed as per the child’s interest. 
  1. Small portions of the above-mentioned food items should be enough – ½ a cup of cereal, 5 to 6 spoons of mashed fruit or vegetable. 
  1. Avoid cow milk. 
  1. Make sure to mix the cereal with a few drops of breast milk so that it is easy to swallow.  
  1. Some kids may not be able to swallow in upright position. They can be made to lie down and fed with a spoon, at least in the 6th month.  
  1. Boil the apples and carrots.  Mash them and then feed accordingly. 
  1. Check the stool frequently. Check the stomach for bloating or hardness. 
  1. Children usually have a keen sense of what is good for them. Allow their instincts to prevail. 

NUTRITIVE REQUIREMENTS AT 6 MONTHS OF AGE: 

  1. Vit D supplementation is essential at this age. Ensure exposure to early morning sunlight for 20 minutes. Vit D is essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build stronger bones.  
  1. By this age the child will start teething as well. So do not reduce the amount of breast milk. Feed as per the child’s requirement.   

DIET AT 7 MONTHS  

 EARLY MORNING  BREAKFAST  MID MORNING LUNCH  EVENING SNACK  DINNER  
MON Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits. Mashed fruit – banana, apple (peeled and semi-boiled)  Breast milk or formula food  Mashed fruit depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
TUES Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits  Mashed fruit – banana, apple Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or vegetable depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
WED Breast milk or formula feed  Semi- liquid cereal (rice, pulses, dry fruit) Mashed, boiled vegetable – carrot Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
THURS Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal  Mashed vegetable – carrot Brest milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
FRI Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Mashed vegetable – carrot  Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SAT Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Mashed fruit – banana, apple Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SUN Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Mashed fruit – banana, apple Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  

TIPS: 

  1. Do not experiment too much. Do not force your child to eat.  
  1. Introduce single ingredient dishes at a time. 
  1. AVOID SALT AND SUGAR. 
  1. The child will still want breast milk more often. Continue to feed as per the child’s interest. 
  1. Small portions of the above-mentioned food items should be enough – ½ a cup of cereal, 5 to 6 spoons of mashed fruit or vegetable. 
  1. Avoid cow milk.  
  1. Make sure to mix the cereal with a few drops of breast milk so that it is easy to swallow.  
  1. Boil the apples and carrots. Mash them and then feed accordingly. 
  1. Check the stool frequently. Check the stomach for bloating or hardness. CHECK FOR ALLERGIES TO FOOD. 
  1. Children usually have a keen sense of what is good for them. Allow their instincts to prevail. 
  1. Just because one food is liked a lot, ensure that large quantity is not fed. At this age the baby has a small stomach and digesting solids will take time. 
  1. Avoid complex carbohydrates or too many pulses.  
  1. Add a spoon of ghee to the cereal. It is a healthy fat and good for strong bones and a healthy gut. 

NUTRITIVE REQUIREMENTS AT 7 MONTHS OF AGE: 

  1. Vit D supplementation – ensure exposure to early morning sunlight for 20 minutes. Vit D is essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build stronger bones.  
  1. By this age, the child will start teething as well. So do not reduce the amount of breast milk. Feed as per the child’s requirement.   

DIET AT 8 MONTHS  

 EARLY MORNING  BREAKFAST  MID MORNING LUNCH  EVENING SNACK  DINNER  
MON Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits. Mashed fruit – banana, apple (peeled and semi-boiled)  Breast milk or formula food  Mashed fruit depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
TUES Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits  Mashed fruit – banana, apple Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or vegetable depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
WED Breast milk or formula feed  Semi- liquid cereal (rice, pulses, dry fruit) Mashed, boiled vegetable – carrot/bottle gourd Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
THURS Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal  Mashed vegetable – carrot/bottle gourd Brest milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
FRI Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SAT Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Juice – orange Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SUN Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Juice – orange  Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  

TIPS: 

  1. By now the baby will start forming habits. Continue with the same to avoid confusion and to keep it simple for the baby’s digestive system. 
  1. Do not experiment too much. Do not force your child to eat.  
  1. Introduce single ingredient dishes at a time. 
  1. AVOID SALT AND SUGAR. 
  1. The child will still want breast milk more often. Continue to feed as per the child’s interest. 
  1. Small portions of the above-mentioned food items should be enough – ½ a cup of cereal, 5 to 6 spoons of mashed fruit or vegetable. 
  1. Avoid cow milk.  
  1. Make sure to mix the cereal with a few drops of breast milk so that it is easy to swallow.  
  1. Boil the apples, carrots or peas, mash them and then feed accordingly. 
  1. Check the stool frequently. Check the stomach for bloating or hardness. CHECK FOR ALLERGIES TO FOOD. 
  1. Children usually have a keen sense of what is good for them. Allow their instincts to prevail. 
  1. Just because one food is liked a lot, ensure that large quantity is not fed. At this age the baby has a small stomach and digesting solids will take time. 
  1. Avoid complex carbohydrates or too many pulses.  
  1. Add a spoon of ghee to the cereal. It is a healthy fat and good for strong bones and a healthy gut. 

NUTRITIVE REQUIREMENTS AT 8 MONTHS OF AGE: 

  1. Vit D supplementation – ensure exposure to early morning sunlight for 20 minutes. Vit D is essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build stronger bones.  
  1. By this age, the child will start teething as well. So do not reduce the amount of breast milk. Feed as per the child’s requirement. 
  1. Iron supplementation might be advised by the physician at this age – to ensure better digestion. It is not compulsory, as long as the mother is eating well and is lactating.   

DIET AT 9 MONTHS  

 EARLY MORNING  BREAKFAST  MID MORNING LUNCH  EVENING SNACK  DINNER  
MON Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits. Mashed fruit – banana, apple (peeled and semi-boiled)  Breast milk or formula food  Mashed fruit depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
TUES Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits  Mashed fruit – banana, apple Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or vegetable depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
WED Breast milk or formula feed  Semi- liquid cereal (rice, pulses, dry fruit) Yoghurt  – ½ cup Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
THURS Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal  Mashed vegetable – carrot Brest milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
FRI Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Yoghurt  –  ½ cup  Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SAT Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Juice – orange Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SUN Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Juice – orange  Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  

TIPS: 

  1. By now the baby will start forming habits. Continue with the same to avoid confusion and to keep it simple for the baby’s digestive system. 
  1. Do not experiment too much. Do not force your child to eat.  
  1. Continue giving single ingredient dishes at a time. 
  1. AVOID SALT AND SUGAR. 
  1. The child will still want breast milk more often. Continue to feed as per the child’s interest. 
  1. Small portions of the above-mentioned food items should be enough – ½ a cup of cereal, 5 to 6 spoons of mashed fruit or vegetable. 
  1. Avoid cow milk.  
  1. By now you can maybe introduce curd or yoghurt to the child. It is a good source of gut bacteria. 
  1. Make sure to mix the cereal with a few drops of breast milk so that it is easy to swallow.  
  1. Boil the apples, carrots or peas, mash them and then feed accordingly. 
  1. Check the stool frequently. Check the stomach for bloating or hardness. CHECK FOR ALLERGIES TO FOOD. 
  1. Children usually have a keen sense of what is good for them. Allow their instincts to prevail. 
  1. Just because one food is liked a lot, ensure that large quantity is not fed. At this age the baby has a small stomach and digesting solids will take time. 
  1. Avoid complex carbohydrates or too many pulses.  
  1. Add a spoon of ghee to the cereal. It is a healthy fat and good for strong bones and a healthy gut. 

NUTRITIVE REQUIREMENTS AT 9 MONTHS OF AGE: 

  1. Vit D supplementation – ensure exposure to early morning sunlight for 20 minutes. Vit D is essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build stronger bones.  
  1. By this age, the child will start teething as well. So do not reduce the amount of breast milk. Feed as per the child’s requirement. 
  1. Iron supplementation might be advised by the physician at this age – to ensure better digestion. It is not compulsory, as long as the mother is eating well and is lactating.   

DIET AT 10 MONTHS  

 EARLY MORNING  BREAKFAST  MID MORNING LUNCH  EVENING SNACK  DINNER  
MON Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits. Mashed fruit – banana, apple (peeled and semi-boiled)  Breast milk or formula food  Mashed fruit depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
TUES Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits  Mashed fruit – banana, apple Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or vegetable depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
WED Breast milk or formula feed  Semi- liquid cereal (rice, pulses, dry fruit) Mashed, boiled vegetable – carrot/bottle gourd Mashed rice with veggies. Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
THURS Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal  Mashed vegetable – carrot/bottle gourd Brest milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
FRI Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SAT Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Juice – orange Mashed rice with veggies. Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SUN Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Yoghurt   Breast milk or formula feed Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  

TIPS: 

  1. Do not experiment too much. Do not force your child to eat.  
  1. Continue giving single ingredient dishes at a time. 
  1.  Continue to feed as per the child’s interest. 
  1. Small portions of the above-mentioned food items should be enough – ½ a cup of cereal, 5 to 6 spoons of mashed fruit or vegetable. 
  1. Avoid cow milk if the mother is lactating.  
  1. Introduce rice – mashed with a boiled vegetable, as a second full meal once or twice a week and observe.  
  1. Make sure to mix the cereal with a few drops of breast milk so that it is easy to swallow.  
  1. Boil the apples, carrots or peas, mash them and then feed accordingly. 
  1. Check the stool frequently. Check the stomach for bloating or hardness. CHECK FOR ALLERGIES TO FOOD. 
  1. Children usually have a keen sense of what is good for them. Allow their instincts to prevail. 
  1. Just because one food is liked a lot, ensure that large quantity is not fed. At this age the baby has a small stomach and digesting solids will take time. 
  1. Avoid complex carbohydrates or too many pulses.  
  1. Add a spoon of ghee to the cereal. It is a healthy fat and good for strong bones and a healthy gut. 

NUTRITIVE REQUIREMENTS AT 10 MONTHS OF AGE: 

  1. Vit D supplementation – ensure exposure to early morning sunlight for 20 minutes. Vit D is essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build stronger bones.  
  1. By this age, the child will start teething as well. So do not reduce the amount of breast milk. Feed as per the child’s requirement. 
  1. Iron supplementation might be advised by the physician at this age – to ensure better digestion. It is not compulsory, as long as the mother is eating well and is lactating.   

DIET AT 11 MONTHS  

 EARLY MORNING  BREAKFAST  MID MORNING LUNCH  EVENING SNACK  DINNER  
MON Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits. Mashed fruit – banana, apple (peeled and semi-boiled)  Breast milk or formula food  Mashed fruit depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
TUES Breast milk or formula feed  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits  Mashed fruit – banana, apple Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or vegetable depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed  
WED Breast milk or formula feed  Semi- liquid cereal (rice, pulses, dry fruit) Mashed, boiled vegetable – carrot/bottle gourd Mashed rice with boiled carrot.   Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
THURS Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal  Mashed vegetable – carrot/bottle gourd Brest milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  
FRI Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SAT Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Juice – orange Breast milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  
SUN Breast milk or formula feed  Semi liquid cereal Juice – orange  Mashed rice with boiled carrot.   Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed  

TIPS: 

  1. Do not experiment too much. Do not force your child to eat.  
  1. Continue giving single ingredient dishes at a time. 
  1.  Continue to feed as per the child’s interest. 
  1. Small portions of the above-mentioned food items should be enough – ½ a cup of cereal, 5 to 6 spoons of mashed fruit or vegetable. 
  1. Avoid cow milk if the mother is lactating.  
  1. Continue mashed rice as a second full meal once or twice a week and observe.  
  1. Make sure to mix the cereal with a few drops of breast milk so that it is easy to swallow.  
  1. Boil the apples, carrots or peas, mash them and then feed accordingly. 
  1. Check the stool frequently. Check the stomach for bloating or hardness. CHECK FOR ALLERGIES TO FOOD. 
  1. Children usually have a keen sense of what is good for them. Allow their instincts to prevail. 
  1. Just because one food is liked a lot, ensure that large quantity is not fed. At this age the baby has a small stomach and digesting solids will take time. 
  1. Avoid complex carbohydrates or too many pulses.  
  1. Add a spoon of ghee to the cereal. It is a healthy fat and good for strong bones and a healthy gut. 

NUTRITIVE REQUIREMENTS AT 11 MONTHS OF AGE: 

  1. Vit D supplementation – ensure exposure to early morning sunlight for 20 minutes. Vit D is essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build stronger bones.  
  1. By this age, the child will start teething as well. So do not reduce the amount of breast milk. Feed as per the child’s requirement. 
  1. Iron supplementation might be advised by the physician at this age – to ensure better digestion. It is not compulsory, as long as the mother is eating well and is lactating.   

DIET AT 12 MONTHS  

 EARLY MORNING  BREAKFAST  MID MORNING LUNCH  EVENING SNACK  DINNER  
MON Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits. Mashed fruit – banana, apple (peeled and semi-boiled)  Mashed rice with boiled veggies and yoghurt    Mashed fruit depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk 
TUES Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk  Semi-liquid cereal – warm – made with rice, pulses, dry fruits  Mashed fruit – banana, apple Rice with a mashed veggie Mashed fruit or vegetable depending on the child  Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk 
WED Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk  Semi- liquid cereal (rice, pulses, dry fruit) Mashed, boiled vegetable – carrot/bottle gourd Mashed rice with boiled veggie and yoghurt  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk 
THURS Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk   Semi liquid cereal  Mashed vegetable – carrot/bottle gourd Brest milk or formula feed  Mashed fruit or veggie  Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk 
FRI Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk   Semi liquid cereal Mashed fruit or veggie  Vegetable soup  Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk 
SAT Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk Semi liquid cereal Juice – orange Vegetable soup   Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk 
SUN Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk Semi liquid Cereal Juice – orange  Mashed rice with boiled veggies Mashed fruit or veggie Breast milk or formula feed or cow milk 

TIPS: 

  1. Continue giving single ingredient dishes at a time. 
  1.  Continue to feed as per the child’s interest. 
  1. Small portions of the above-mentioned food items should be enough – ½ a cup of cereal, 5 to 6 spoons of mashed fruit or vegetable. 
  1. Avoid cow milk if the mother is lactating. If the mother has stopped lactating, cow milk can be introduced, or formula feed can be continued. 
  1. The frequency of a second full meal can be increased. Vegetables like peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes can be introduced. 
  1. Make sure to mix the cereal with a few drops of breast milk so that it is easy to swallow.  
  1. Boil the apples, carrots or peas, mash them and then feed accordingly. 
  1. Children usually have a keen sense of what is good for them. Allow their instincts to prevail. 
  1. A third full meal is avoidable, because the digestion is slower at night.  

NUTRITIVE REQUIREMENTS AT 12 MONTHS OF AGE: 

  1. Vit D supplementation – ensure exposure to early morning sunlight for 20 minutes. Vit D is essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build stronger bones.  
  1. By this age, the child will start teething as well. So do not reduce the amount of breast milk. Feed as per the child’s requirement. 
  1. Iron supplementation might be advised by the physician at this age – to ensure better digestion. It is not compulsory, as long as the mother is eating well and is lactating.   

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