Congratulations Mommie…! Your little bundle of joy turned 6 months old. Now your baby is all ready to start his/her first solid foods. Trying food for the first time is a big milestone for a baby. Food can be exciting for a baby and can take some getting used to. Some babies will take to it right away, others it might take a few months. Mommies, don’t forget to capture when your baby will take his first food. It will be very precious as he will make different cute expressions. I know you were waiting for this moment eagerly. Now the question arises what to feed and how to feed a baby? So, in this post I have shared Indian First Foods for 6 months old Baby and tips on how to start baby’s food.

NOTE: Introduce the solid foods only at the age of 6 months because the digestive system is not strong enough to handle. And you must continue breastfeeding/ formula milk to baby. 

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Before sharing best Indian First Foods for 6 months old Baby, let us know important tips on how to feed which are discussed below.

Important tips on how to start baby’s first solid foods:

  • New foods should be introduced one at a time. A gap of 3 days should be there in between two new foods so that if any problem develops (any food allergies in baby) it can be readily identified.
  • If a baby develops any food allergy then stop feeding that particular food.
  • So, always remember to go by the “3-days wait rule” for babies. Thus, a food should be tried for minimum 3 days before the infant is permitted to reject it. 
  • Introduce the new foods only in the mornings to see how your baby adapts that food. 
  • Never mix new foods together. Introduce them separately first to see whether the baby can digest the same or not.
  • When we introduce new food only a taste or two is sufficient for the first try. Even if the baby takes the food eagerly, small amounts should be given to keep the sufficient appetite for milk. Remember don’t stop breastfeeding/ giving Formula Milk to baby.
  • Always try to introduce vegetables than fruits because of the humans’ inborn preference for sweets.
  • Be careful while feeding your baby as some solid foods can cause constipation.
  • The parents should heat a small amount to serve the infant. The food that has been heated and not consumed should be discarded because of the possible contamination with the salivary enzymes and bacteria. Food that has been opened but not heated can be stored in the covered jar in the refrigerator.
  • Care must be taken to offer only food that the infant can chew and swallow safely.
  • Always give home-made and fresh nutritious food to your little one.
  • Avoid feeding Cow’s milk, raw vegetables, nuts, too much salt and sugar before the age of one year. You may be interested in reading- Foods unsafe for your baby (below the age of 1 year)

As your baby is ready to wean, so here are Best Indian First Foods for 6 months old Baby. And trust me, all are very easy to make.

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Best Indian First Foods for 6 months old Baby:

1. Homemade Cerelac:

This is one of the most nutritious and healthy baby food. This food will help in gaining baby’s weight as well. Don’t buy ready-made cerelac when you can easily make it at home. 

 

Ingredients:

  • Boiled Rice
  • Apple 
  • Formula milk

How to prepare it:

  • Boil the rice. 
  • Steam an apple for 10-15 mins then take off its peal.
  • Churn rice and apple in a blender. 
  • Add formula milk according to the desired consistency.

2. Sooji Kheer

This is another best first foods a mother should give to her little one. Sooji (Semolina) enhances bone density, good for nervous system and excellent for heart as well. This is one of the best Indian First Foods for 6 months old baby.

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

Ingredients:

  • Sooji (2 Tablespoon)
  • Water (Double the amount of Sooji)
  • Desi ghee (1 Tablespoon)
  • Almond powder (crush the almonds in a jar)
  • Apple puree (for taste as sugar is not added)

How to prepare it:

  • Dry roast Sooji in a pan. 
  • Boil water in another pan. 
  • Add Sooji in boiling water and make sure that there are no lumps of Sooji. 
  • Add desi ghee to it. 
  • Add almond powder to it. 
  • Switch off the flame. 
  • If you wish you can add apple puree in it. Or you can add Breast milk or Formula milk to make it runnier. And it’s ready to serve it.

3. Dal ka Paani

Dal ka Paani is one of the best weaning food for a baby. This is one of the easiest recipe and best Indian First Foods for 6 months old baby.

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

Ingredients:

  • Yellow Moong Dal (2 Tablespoon)
  • Water (1 cup)
  • Turmeric (1 pinch)

How to prepare it:

  • Soak the dal in water for 15-20 min.
  • Now put the soaked dal in cooker.
  • Add 1 cup of water and 1 pinch of turmeric in that. Close the lid of cooker.
  • Cook for 2-3 whistles and then switch off the gas stove.
  • Open the cooker after its pressure is released on its own.
  • Pass this dal water through the sieve so that your baby can easily consume that smooth soup now. 
  • Make it sure when you offer to your baby Dal Paani is not so hot.

4. Stewed Apple

Apple is “Food of Gods” as it has many advantages. Again, it is one of the best first foods for 6 months old baby as it can cure stomach disorders, diarrhea and constipation in babies. You can give apple to your little one in its stew form.

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Peel and cut an apple into small pieces. Wash them off.
  • Now in a bowl, take fresh water, put this sliced apple into it and keep it in low heat flame.
  • Boil them till they become soft so that they can be completely mashed.
  • Once done, let it be cool. Now, serve it to your baby.

5. Rice Cereal

This is again considered by most of the mothers as their baby’s first grain food. Rice should be offered first to avoid allergies.

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

Ingredients:

  • Brown Rice Powder (Grind rice powder well in a blender) (2 tablespoon)
  • Water (1/2 cup)
  • Breast Milk / Formula Milk

 How to prepare it:

  • Take 1/2 cup water and let it boil.
  • Put Brown Rice Powder in boiling water and stir it gently so that the rice doesn’t stick to pan.
  • Stir it until it becomes thick and creamy in texture.
  • Turn off the gas and let it cool down a little and add Breast Milk / Formula Milk when you offer to your baby.

You can give your baby Fruits Puree in their first foods such as Apple Puree, Pear Puree, Banana Puree and Mango Puree. All these Puree’s are regarded as best Indian First Foods for 6 months old baby. Their Recipes are as follows:

6. Pureed Apple

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Steam the apple for 10-15 mins.
  • Take off the peel of apple.
  • Let it cool down
  • Blend it in a blender.
  • Pour it in a serving bowl.

7. Pureed Pear

Pear is another good first food as it is a source of vitamins and minerals. Also, the babies can easily digest it. 

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Steam the pear for 10-15 mins.
  • Take off the skin of pear.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Blend it in a blender.
  • Pour it in a serving bowl.

8. Pureed Banana

Banana is the best choice when it comes to give to your baby as their first food. It helps in controlling diarrhea and treating constipation in babies. 

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Take off the skin of Banana.
  • Mash it nicely with a fork/spoon or you can blend it in blender until it is smooth. Now, serve it to your baby.
  • For extra creaminess, you can also add Breast Milk/ Formula Milk.

9.Pureed Mango

Mango helps in brain development, healthy eyes, better digestion and weight gain in babies. 

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Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Mash the mangoes nicely.
  • Mash it with a fork/ spoon. Now, serve it to your baby.

You can also give  your baby Vegetable Puree in their first foods such as Ghea Puree, Carrot Puree and Peas Puree. Their Recipes are as follows:

10. Pureed Ghea (Bottlegourd)

Ghea is the powerhouse of nutrients so it is considered as the best Indian First Foods for 6 months old baby. 

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Steam the ghea for 10-15 mins.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Blend it in a blender.
  • Pour it in a serving bowl.

11. Pureed Carrot

Carrot is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It is also good for disturbed bowel movement hence it is a remedy to stop diarrhea in babies.

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Steam the carrot for 10-15 mins.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Blend it in a blender.
  • Pour it in a serving bowl.

12. Pureed Peas

Although Peas look small but it is a powerhouse of nutrients. So, it is one of the best Indian First Foods for 6 months old Baby. Although it can cause gas in a baby, so be a little careful. And yes, always remember to go by the “3-day wait rule” for babies.

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Steam the peas for 10-15 mins.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Blend it in a blender.
  • Pour it in a serving bowl.

13. Chawal Ka Pani (Rice Water)

Rice water is again one of the best Indian First Foods for 6 months old baby as it is a good source of essential nutrients. It can be given once during the daytime to babies as frequent consumption of rice water can lead to cough and cold as rice is cold in nature. It is also a remedy to stop diarrhea in babies.

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Take ½ cup of uncooked rice and rinse it properly to remove impurities and dirt.
  • Now soak the rice in water for 20-30 minutes.
  • After soaking it drain out the water and bring this rice to boil in 2 cups of water.
  • Boil it till 20 minutes.
  • Sieve the rice water in a soup.
  • Turn off the gas and let it be cool. Once it gets lukewarm serve it to your baby.

14. Mixed Vegetable Soup

You can also feed your baby mixed veg soup in third week of 6 months.

Ingredients:

  • Potato
  • Peas
  • Carrot

How to prepare it:

  • Boil the Veggies in water.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Blend all the veggies together.
  • Sieve it and serve it your baby.

NOTE: These recipes are just an idea, you can make it in whichever way you want to.

So, these were 14 best Indian First Foods for 6 months old Baby. Just remember to go by the “3-day wait rule” for babies.

Happy Parenting!

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About Isha Ahuja

I am Isha Ahuja, Nutritionist and Weight Loss Consultant. I am blessed with an angel who is 3 years old. In all the stages of my life till date I feel “PARENTING” is the toughest of all. This is the stage where every single parent wants the best for their tiny ones. No matter what professional/non- professional backgrounds we belong to when we become a mommy its altogether a new journey and a new research that we have to start be it breastfeeding, weaning, toilet training and everything related to upbringing of a baby. So, here I am to share my experiences and advises with the new parents which can help you all in raising your tiny ones and giving them the best what they deserve.

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