Becoming a parent is one of the biggest joys. But the inherent responsibility often creates a lot of tension for the parents. The biggest worry is whether they are feeding the right things in the right proportion and how it will affect their baby’s health. The baby is unable to express their likes and dislikes, so the parent often is confused about what the child is comfortable with. It is often a trial and error situation that leaves the parent in a dilemma.
Every mother you know will have a different version of how to feed your baby, what to feed your baby, when and how much to feed her based on personal experiences. The advice is generally good, but you should try and stick to your own personal experiences. After all, it’s your baby and you know her best. Let us try and understand what suits the baby at the various stages in life. Breast milk is the best thing you can give her for at least the first year of life.
General food habits of 4-6-month-olds
Here is a food chart that will help you understand what foods you can prepare for your baby. It also gives you a fair idea as to what you feed her when.
|Early morning||Breakfast||Mid- morning||Lunch||Afternoon||Dinner||Late night|
|Mon||Breast milk/formula||Banana puree||Breast milk/formula||Moong dal soup||Breast milk/formula||Ragi porridge||Breast milk/formula|
|Tues||Breast milk/formula||Cheeku puree||Breast milk/formula||Pureed khichdi||Breast milk/formula||Suji kheer||Breast milk/formula|
|Wed||Breast milk/formula||Apple sauce||Breast milk/formula||Carrot mash||Breast milk/formula||Rice gruel||Breast milk/formula|
|Thurs||Breast milk/formula||Suji halwa||Breast milk/formula||Pumpkin puree||Breast milk/formula||Sweet potato kheer||Breast milk/formula|
|Fri||Breast milk/formula||Sweet potato mashed||Breast milk/formula||Masoor dal soup||Breast milk/formula||Dal puree||Breast milk/formula|
|Sat||Breast milk/formula||Rice cereal||Breast milk/formula||Pumpkin and carrot mashed||Breast milk/formula||Moong dal soup||Breast milk/formula|
|Sun||Breast milk/formula||Avocado puree||Breast milk/formula||Lauki puree||Breast milk/formula||Suji Kheer||Breast milk/formula|
The best thing to feed the baby until 4 months of age is breast milk. Most paediatricians will suggest you not to start any solids till the age of 6 months. But do remember, the best way is to watch the baby not her age. You can start the baby on soft and easily digestible foods like mashed bananas, avocadoes and yoghurt at 4 months. You can also start with pre-cooked baby food available in the market with the advice of the Doctor.
The other option is to give lentils cooked in plenty of water. It is best to avoid solid lentils and just start with the watery part.
Rice and oatmeal are the safest cereals that you can give your baby. They are easily digested and have low allergic reactions as compared to other grains. Just cook them till they are super soft. It is not a good idea to give your baby salt or sugar in the first year of life.
The other things you could give your baby at this age are a little fruit juice and pureed fruits. It should be about a teaspoon at 4 months and can be gradually increased to about half a cup till 6 months. The best fruits to give are bananas and avocadoes in mashed and raw form. Cooked and pureed fruits that can be given to a baby are apples, pears, peaches and other soft fruits. It is not a good idea to give highly acidic fruits like citrus, strawberries and grapefruit.
Grapes are best avoided the whole as the baby might choke. You can peel and mash the same if you are keen. Fruits are a good source of soluble fibre and Vitamin C. More fruits can be introduced as the baby grows older.
It is not a good idea to start too many vegetables at the four-month stage but you can slowly start pureed vegetables like carrots, peas and potatoes from the sixth month. Again do remember that too much fibre is also not recommended for babies of that age. The mantra is to go slow. Test the tolerance and then add a little more. Weaning is a slow and steady process. Your baby’s tastes develop at this time. Introduce new foods with caution and stick to a general plan.
The general consensus remains that you should start solid food in a soft pureed state only at 6 months, but if otherwise advised by a paediatrician you can start with the foods mentioned above. The health of the digestive system at this age is fragile and you should be careful in starting with age-appropriate food. If your baby seems unwilling to eat something, try a couple of weeks later. It is a sign that she is not ready to start weaning.
How much to feed your child?
Every mother thinks that her child is underfed. The matter is of grave concern to her. But in most cases the fears are unfounded. Your baby’s tummy is only as big as his fist. So the amount of food that goes into it is only a teaspoon or so at this age. Never expect your baby to finish her meal at this stage.
I have spent many an anxious day when my 5-month-old refused a single spoon of food! But as long as the baby is active and playing happily it should be perfectly alright.
This is a time to help her grow her repertoire of foods. Give every new food a few days to settle in. If the baby has issues like loose motions, constipation or even vomiting after eating something, do not repeat the food till a later age.
Grandma knows best. If you have an older lady whom you trust it might be helpful to take tips from her about what to feed your child. Many a time store-bought baby food can be lacking in nutrition and it is a better option to feed the baby indigenous food items like poha, sooji upma, kanji, kheer and so on.
Understand your child’s preferences
Let the taste of each food develop. The child and you are on a journey of experimentation. Choose foods that suit your baby as every baby feeds uniquely. In fact, you should avoid spicy and heavy food while you breastfeed your baby as most of it is passed to the baby and may upset her stomach. Most of the feeding pattern of the baby is demand-based at 4 months. You should feed the baby as and when required. This can be slowly increased and brought into a routine and the baby grows older.
Do not fret if your baby does not like solids at the beginning. Every taste needs to be developed. Watch the readiness of the baby and proceed with foods slowly. Always use your instincts, you know your baby best. Do not hesitate to take the help of the paediatrician to plan the baby’s meals. The doctor is your best guide.
The cardinal rule of parenting is that there are no rights and wrongs. Everything you do is the best for your baby and a mother’s instincts are never far from the mark. Enjoy this phase of motherhood. Every day is a new day at this age and your baby is growing so fast! Do not miss this time to savour the beauty of motherhood in fretting about unnecessary things.
My daughter is 3 years old she is ready to all food items except rice, dhall. Please give some suggestions to make my child to eat.
My baby is just 1 months yesterday. She has trow out from nose just twice.. All though, it has not happen again since the last time. But I was concerned. Pls, kindly guard us.
Namita Choudhary says
My kid is 5 year old how I can prepare food chart for him so that he gets all essential vitamins and minerals in his food and how duration should be there in each meal.
My daughter is 14 months but she is not having any solid.she only eat food in puree form if I tried to give her banana(little mashed or mashed chapati she starts vomiting or stuck small pieces in her mouth. Pls suggest how i give her solid.
This is very helpfull chart i love it …. and one thing my baby is 10 months and before he was very weighty and good but now he is loosing his weight even though his daily food eating and everything is same as before … if u have any suggestion then plz give me he is around 12 kgs is it ok or not ..
Team Babygogo says
Its better if you reach out to a proper Pediatrician rather than, medicating him by yourself. Thanks for your feedback.
Your baby boy or baby girl must be thrice of her/his weight at the age of 1 year that comes around 9-10 kg for a normal baby.
If its more you need to make it controlled.
hi. thanks for sharing such an informative article . My boy is now 2 years old but he doesn’t eat food with interest rather we force him to eat one or two chunks. He takes milk while sleeping every 3 hours at night and one time during afternoon nap. He is highly active and talkative baby though. What should i do to ensure he gets complete nutrition?
I hope that after a year you got along with your kid but if not, I can recomend you some blogs like parental-love.com or pickyeaterblog.com. Also if you are looking for some recipes this one is good – https://www.myfussyeater.com/25-best-finger-foods-babies-toddlers/ – here you will find very delicious meals, which you can prepare for whole family. I’m still using a guide from the first one, there are food shedules for different ages, information about nutritions and many more informations.
Plz share feeding schedule with tym gap btw feeds n type of food to be given yo 18 months old as my baby doesnt eat nythng..he hardly eats few spoons thrice a day
My Daughter is just 8 kgs now at 11 months. Please share some good weight gaining food chart to follow.
Monika Aggarwal says
Let me know the trick of feeding by 2 year old baby .he’s totally moody in term of eating . Have tried different food also but he does not want to we eat .Kindly let me know some tricks which help me in making him eat
My baby i s 19 months old, please suggest diet for her, she always munch on marie biscuits with milk, she always get cold and cough, is there any way to improve her immune system.
My baby is 10 months old. Pls share the food chart – with time intervals for babies of 10 months and older?
Team Babygogo says
Please find the required information here-
I would like to know is giving solid food to baby really that harmful. I remember talking to a friend mom earlier who said she began giving semi-solid foods when her child was nearly 3 months old. Please tell me more about this.
Team Babygogo says
Yes, Dear, giving Semi-solids to your baby is definitely harmful. Giving Semi solids or solids to your baby below the age of 6 months can damage your baby’s underdeveloped digestive systems. So try avoiding this. Happy Parenting. 🙂
Subrata maity says
I needed quantity of food & water consumed per feeding or a day
This is an awesome read loaded with relevant information.
My daughter is 7 months old. You have shared the food chart – with time intervals only for babies upto 4 months. What about babies 4 months and older? Please share chart until baby starts eating normal food what adults eat.
Thanks in advance.
The all tips are so easy or very needfull for every child thanks
Tanya Mutreja says
Glad that you liked them. Happy Parenting! 🙂
MOHAMMED K BELLO says
Thats wonderful article. When i read it, it explored me on how to take care of my new born baby from the grass root. Neha Goyal you have done an excellent job
Hi my baby boy was complete 9momths Moe I was giving him formula milk (lactogen) and also some solid food to him but he was not plumpy he look like little lean but he was active plz sugest me the good chart to him
Tanya Mutreja says
What’s the weight of your baby? If it is normal to his age then there is no need to be worried about it.
Please help me… My 1 year baby boy weight is 8kgs only… He looks like very thin body… I’m worried about my baby…what to do… Please help me…
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siddhartha ahluwalia says
This is one of the best articles I have come across for baby foods. Kudos to you Neha for sharing your experiences in a succint and delightful manner.
Veda nvs says
I fully agree with you. Nice article. Very useful