Meal plan for 6 to 12 months baby
Baby's Eating Milestones: Solids, Finger Foods, and More

Meal plan for 6 to 12 months baby

When a child is about to be half a year old, mothers tend to worry about feeding them solids, they want the child to have all the nutrients possible for them. The key is to remember that the main source of energy for a 6 months child is breast milk.

After crossing this milestone your child needs a variety, not to fill him but to experience the flavour, texture and aroma of the food. Here’s how to go about it.

  • Don’t force him, just let him decide what he wants. 
  • Look for their signs. A hungry baby opens his mouth to food. While a full baby moves their mouth away they push the food away.
  • Knowing if the baby is getting enough. If the baby is growing well, achieving all his milestones on time and taking some solid food (almost a few spoon) with breast milk is enough. 
  • Introducing one food in a day and continuing for a few days until you introduce another new food.
  • Consulting a dietician or nutritionist regularly. 

The best first foods can be 

  • cereals like rice or oatmeal, consistency should runny in the beginning with water. Later you can introduce breast or formula milk after a familiarity to the taste is developed.
  • pureed fruits or vegetables, preferably orange and yellow are the best first foods. Banana, potatoes and avocado are other great options as they are soft. 

The babies who don’t eat fruits and vegetables in this period wont eat them even when they get older. Some very healthy food options should be avoided

  • Honey causes botulism in infants. It shouldn’t be given before 12 months. 
  • Milk other than breastmilk or formula. Cheese and yogurt should be avoided too, and they are hard to digest. 
  • Fish have higher mercury content. Salmon, canned tuna and white fish is safe.

Meal plan: 

Breakfast may include iron packed cereal or semolina, fruits mashed, pureed or small cubed. Water 

Lunch

Minced chicken / chickpeas (mashed), boiled sweet potato (mashed), water

Snack

Any soft fruit (mashed or pureed)

Dinner

Ground beef/ lentils, brown rice, broccoli (cooked and mashed), water.

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