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 time to get 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 how much baby food for a 6-month-old is enough and what is the best baby food in India for a 6-month-old? So, in this post, I have a list of 6-month baby food charts for Indian babies and tips on how to start baby food.

FOODS THAT WILL BE BEST FOR A 6-MONTH-OLD

Many, many congratulations on your baby completing 6 months in this world. Congratulations on graduating as a breastfeeding mom.  You must wonder if it’s time to feed the baby his/her first solid food. First of all, don’t be paranoid or don’t be anxious, you’ve got this. Secondly, don’t forget to capture the moment because the occasion is really special. If you’re confused about 6-month baby food, we‘re here to help you out.

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

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Before sharing the best Indian First Foods for a 6-month-old Baby or food for a 6-month-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:

  • 6-month baby foods should be introduced one at a time. A gap of 3 days should be there 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-day wait rule” for babies. Thus, food should be tried for a minimum of 3 days before the infant is permitted to reject it. 
  • Introduce the new 6-month-old baby food only in the mornings to see how your baby adapts to 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 a sufficient appetite for milk. Remember don’t stop breastfeeding/ giving Formula Milk to the baby.
  • Always try to introduce vegetables rather 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 homemade and fresh nutritious food to your little one.
  • Avoid feeding Cow’s milk, raw vegetables, nuts, and too much salt and sugar before the age of one year.

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As your baby is ready to wean, here are the best 6-month baby food recipes for Indian babies. And trust me, all are very easy to make.

You may be interested in reading Indian Diet Plan for 6 months old baby

Best Indian First Foods for 6 Months Old Baby:

1. Cerelac

It is probably one of the most nutritious and wholesome foods for a 6- month baby. Please don’t buy it outside if you can make it at home.

Its ingredients include boiled rice, apple, and formula milk. Here’s the 6-month baby food recipe:

First, boil the rice. Steam the apple and churn the boiled rice and the steamed apple in a blender and add some formula milk in the end.

 

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 food a mother should give to her little one. Sooji (Semolina) enhances bone density, is good for the nervous system and excellent for the heart as well. This is one of the best Indian First Foods for a 6-month-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 to 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 to 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 foods for a baby. This is one of the easiest recipes and the best 6-month baby food recipes for Indian babies.

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 the cooker.
  • Add 1 cup of water and 1 pinch of turmeric in that. Close the lid of the 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 sure when you offer 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 a 6-month-old baby as it can cure stomach disorders, diarrhoea and constipation in babies. You can give an 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 heated 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 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 tablespoons)
  • 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 the 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 it 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 purees are regarded as the best Indian First Foods for a 6-month-old baby or the best 6-month baby food. Their Recipes are as follows:

6. Pureed Apple

Here’s the recipe for pureed apple:

Peel the apple, steam it, let it cool down and then boil it in the blender. Serve it in a bowl. It is one of the most common babies’ first foods, 4-6 months in India.

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 the apple.
  • Let it cool down
  • Blend it in a blender.
  • Pour it into a serving bowl.

7. Pureed Pear

Pear is another good baby food in India as it is a source of vitamins and minerals. Also, 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 the pear.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Blend it in a blender.
  • Pour it into a serving bowl.

8. Pureed Banana

Bananas are the best choice when it comes to giving to your baby as their first food. It helps in controlling diarrhoea and treating constipation in babies.

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Take off the skin of the Banana.
  • Mash it nicely with a fork/spoon or you can blend it in a 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. 

Read more: Best Foods for Weight Gain in Babies

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 a must-include recipe in a 6-month baby food chart. 

Best Indian First Foods For 6 Months Old Baby

How to prepare it:

  • Steam the ghee for 10-15 mins.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Blend it in a blender.
  • Pour it into 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 diarrhoea in babies. This is a great baby’s first food for a 4-6 month-old baby.

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 into a serving bowl.

12. Pureed Peas

Although Peas look small, they are a powerhouse of nutrients. So, it is one of the best Indian First foods for a 6-month-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 baby food in india preferred for 6-month-old babies 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 diarrhoea 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

Mixed vegetable soup is supposed to be given to your 6-month-old in the third week of the 6th month. Its ingredients include a potato, peas, and a carrot.

Oil all the vegetables and then put them in a blender to blend and then serve to the baby.

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 to your baby.

15. Sweet Pumpkin Puree

It is filled with vitamin C, iron and other nutrients essential for your baby’s diet

Ingredients:

  • ¼ sweet pumpkin
  • Water

How to prepare it:

  • Dice the pumpkin into small cubes after deseeding them and removing the pulp
  • Boil around 2 cups of water
  • Add the water and cubes of pumpkin in a blender and blend them until it comes down to a fine taste.

16. Avocado Puree:

Avocado is an excellent food for your baby, and it can be introduced as early as 4 to 6 months

of age. How to Make Avocado Puree for Babies: This puree can be made with half a ripe avocado. Cut and scoop out the avocado’s contents. Mash it well with a fork or blend it thoroughly in a blender. Check for lumps.

Nutritional Advantages: Avocado contains essential nutrients for the baby’s brain and central nervous system development. It is also high in fibre. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which help to keep infections at bay.

17. Pureed Sweet Potatoes:

Because of their sweet flavour, sweet potatoes are easier to introduce to your baby than other vegetables. As a result, pureed sweet potato is an excellent choice for Stage 1 foods.

How to Make Pureed Sweet Potatoes for Babies: Peeled sweet potato, cut into small cubes (about half-inch). In a pot, bring water to a boil and add the cubes. Reduce the heat to a low setting and continue to cook until the pieces are tender. This will take approximately 15 minutes. Place these sweet potato cubes in a food processor. Blend until completely smooth.

If you don’t have a food processor, mash it by hand with a fork or other utensil. To make the sweet potatoes a suitable consistency, you can also use milk (breast or formula).

Nutritional advantages: Sweet potatoes are high in nutrients. They contain a lot of vitamin A. They also contain vitamin C, potassium, fibre, and antioxidants.

18. Oatmeal Puree

Ingredients:

Powdered Oats – 1 cup

Water

Breast milk or formula milk – as per requirement

Banana – 1/2

How To Prepare:

  • Boil two cups of water in a pan.
  • When the water begins to boil, slowly add the cup of oat powder while stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of milk when the oats have finished cooking.
  • To give the dish a good flavour, you can add the banana paste.

19. Potato Puree

Ingredients:

Potato – 2

Breast milk/formula milk – as per requirement

How To Prepare:

Peel off the skin after washing and cut small pieces out of it.

Add the potato pieces and simmer for 1-2 whistles in a cooker with half full of water.

Use a spoon to mash the cooked potatoes after transferring them to a bowl.

Including breast or formula milk.

The delectable potato puree is ready to feed your baby.

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

Consider it a mini-6-month baby diet chart. Even if you’re looking for some other month’s diet chart, remember to follow the 3-day rule. If you notice that the baby is reacting to those foods, stop right away. Diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation, and consistent crying can be a sign. In that case, please consult a paediatrician.

What if your baby is allergic to some foods?

An allergic reaction can take the form of vomiting or constipation etc. which is a cause of concern. Stop the food you are giving if your baby shows these signs or signs of an allergic reaction, if still, these reactions persist, consult a doctor.

Food Safety Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Don’t feed solid foods to your baby through a bottle as it can cause choking. 
  • Do Supervise while your child is eating is really essential
  • Don’t feed your baby directly from the jar instead spoon some food as feeding directly from the jar can cause bacteria as it will transmit through your baby’s mouth to the spoon and ultimately to the jar
  • Do discuss with your paediatrician about the possible risks of food allergies and monitor food allergies by introducing new foods slowly while seeing the reaction of each food in the baby’s body

Is your Baby Ready for the Transition?

Readiness for solids in children depends on their own rate of development. Some signs that can show that a baby is ready for the transition to solids are sitting up with minimal support, good head control, and the baby reaching out for food from other family members

If the baby is getting started with solids, foods with a soft texture like pureed meats or beans, poultry or cereals which are iron-fortified is recommended

Weaning from breastfeeding

A Baby’s developmental readiness should be seen before deciding if you should wean your baby to a bottle or cup. If a baby around 6-8 months old is seen, they drink liquids in small amounts if someone else holds the cup for them while older babies have the required coordination of drinking fluids by themselves from the cup. If your baby is under one year or 12 months old and you are not breastfeeding him wean from breast milk to iron-fortified milk for infants.

6 Months Baby Food Chart for Indians

The order in which solid foods are introduced is up to you. However, for babies who have been breastfed primarily, puréed meats, poultry, beans, and iron-fortified cereal is recommended as a first food, as they provide essential nutrients. It is not good to introduce multiple new single-ingredient foods at the same time.

  • Early morning (7:00 am- 7:30 am) – breast milk or formula milk
  • Breakfast (8:30-9:00 am) – breast milk or formula milk
  • Mid-morning (10:00- 10:30 am) – breast milk or formula milk
  • Lunch ( 1:00- 1:30 pm) – banana puree / any fruit puree
  • Evening ( 4:00 -4:30 pm) – rice porridge with moong dal or breast milk
  • Dinner ( 6:00-6:30 pm) – breast milk
  • Bedtime ( 7:15- 7:45 pm) – breast milk

It is recommended by health professionals to continue breastfeeding after the introduction of solid foods for up to 12 months, then as desired by the mother and baby. Solid foods are a milestone for your child and should be celebrated. Children learn a healthy relationship with food when they are introduced to solid foods, and they establish a healthy eating style as a consequence. As a general rule, solid foods cannot be introduced before the four-month mark, after the sixth month you may consider giving him or her a little taste of solid food but it all depends on the infant. Carefully learn about Indian food for 6 month baby and take a step. You can always refer to the 6 Months Food chart for Indian Babies given above in the article. 

During infancy, it is critical to establish a positive feeding relationship. It is crucial to pay attention to each spoon of food that you feed your baby because a small mistake can make life difficult for your little one. You should encourage your baby to touch the food in the dish or on the spoon. This will help create a strong relationship between the baby and the food. This suggests that the baby is trying to know about what that thing is and generating curiosity in his or her mind. It is also necessary to know the cues that your baby is done eating. Head-turning is a common cue among babies.

FAQs on 6 Month Baby Food Plan

1. Which baby food is best for a six-month-old?

Cerelac, Sooji kheer, Daal ka Pani, Stewed apple, Rice cereal, Pureed apple, Pureed pear, Pureed banana, Pureed Mango, Pureed Ghea, Pureed carrot, pureed peas, chawal ka paani, Mixed vegetable soup, sweet pumpkin puree, Avocado puree and pureed sweet potatoes are some of the food items that are 6-month baby food that is nutritious and healthy and will help the child with all the vitamins are proteins that they need. 

2. What kinds of food can I feed my six-month-old?

To grow up healthy, strong, and intelligent, 6-month baby food require a daily supply of wholesome nourishment. Your baby requires more energy and nutrients than ever at around six months old since she is growing swiftly. Try blending, mashing, or soft-cooking, potato, yam, sweet potato, carrot, apple, or pear to start weaning your baby. You may also give the baby rice water and dal ka paani. This can be included in a 6 monthly baby food chart for Indians. 

3. What foods should a six-month-old avoid eating?

Foods that can be avoided in indian food for 6-month-old babies or in general could be too much salt or sugar, Nuts and peanuts some kids might be allergic to them. Children under the age of five shouldn’t be given whole nuts or peanuts since they can choke on them.

Before introducing nuts and peanuts, consult your GP or health visitor if your family has a history of allergies, including food allergies. On rare occasions, newborn botulism, a highly deadly condition, can result from bacteria found in honey that generate toxins in a baby’s intestines. Give honey to your child only after they have reached the age of one. Avoiding honey, which is a sugar, will also help prevent tooth decay.

4. How to make our kids get ready for solids?

In the beginning, let your toddler sample one food made from a single component. This enables you to determine whether your child has any food-related issues, such as food allergies. Between each new food, wait three to five days. Your youngster will soon be eating and savouring a variety of different foods, so don’t wait.

Cow milk products, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, and sesame are a few examples of foods that could cause allergies. Other cow’s milk products, such as yoghurt, can be introduced before your kid turns 12 months old, but drinking cow’s milk or fortified soy beverages is not advised until your child is older than 12 months. Discuss when and how to introduce foods containing peanuts safely with your kid’s doctor or nurse if your child suffers from severe eczema and/or an egg allergy. Your child will first find it simpler to eat meals that have been mashed, pureed, strained, or have a very smooth texture. Your toddler may need some time to get used to different food textures. Your youngster might sneeze, cough, or gag. You can introduce thicker and lumpier foods as your baby’s oral abilities advance.

It’s vital to serve your child foods that are the correct texture for his or her development because some foods can be choking dangers. Prepare foods that can be quickly dissolved with saliva and don’t need to be chewed to assist prevent choking. Encourage your infant to eat slowly by giving him or her modest meals. Always keep an eye on your youngster while they are eating.

5. Do’s and Don’ts of baby’s first food?

Food allergies, choking hazards, and the possibility of foodborne illness are among the food safety concerns for infants and toddlers. Consider the following safety advice:

Do bring up the possibility of food allergies with your paediatrician. One new meal should be introduced at a time, every few days, to give time to watch for allergic reactions. According to the most recent research, it is not necessary to wait longer than 4 to 6 months before introducing foods like eggs, dairy, soy, peanuts, and fish that could cause allergies. In fact, giving baby food containing peanuts as early as 4 to 6 months old may help to avoid developing a peanut allergy.

Don’t use a bottle to give solid foods to your infant. Contrary to common belief, adding cereal to a baby’s bottle won’t make them sleep through the night because it poses a choking threat. The following is a list of additional foods that are thought to constitute choking hazards.

Keep an eye on your kid when they’re eating. When introducing solid foods for the first time, babies should be able to sit up straight and face-front. By doing this, choking is less likely and swallowing is easy.

Instead of feeding straight from the food jar, put some food onto a different plate first. Feeding straight from the jar could compromise food safety because bacteria from your baby’s lips could get onto the spoon and then back into the meal.

6. What is the best solid food to start?

Babies may begin to chew at 6 months. Although they won’t have mastered this ability just yet, they are usually willing to get their hands dirty with some mushy, pureed foods, which will help them learn about flavour and texture. At this age, the objective is to pique your child’s curiosity and make them enthused about their food selections rather than to fill them up on full meals of solids.

In order to prevent the iron shortage and support their overall health, newborns have high iron requirements due to their rapid growth. Offer your baby iron-rich meals like infant cereal, well-cooked meat, chicken, mashed beans, and lentilsInfant oat, grain, or barley cereals spoon-fed to your baby while being blended with breastmilk or formula pumpkin puree pureed peas  Pureed carrots chopped banana Avocado mash Pureed or mashed beans Lentils mashed or pureed

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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