Introducing new foods to growing baby (from 0-12 months)

A few people acquaint semi- solid food with their infant following 6 months, some begin after completion of 4 months and a couple of people want to begin it following 7-8 months. It is constantly fitting to talk about with your infant’s pediatric in regards to food plan before acquainting any new food with your child.

Here are some tips how to feed your baby according to month by month chart:

Food for new-born babies

– What to feed

Food for new-born babies is breast milk or baby formula to meet all their nutritional needs.

Breast milk is best for babies and formula milk is recommended only as a substitute as if mother’s breast milk is not sufficient for the baby or if it feels hungry even after having mother’s feed.

– Feeding Tips

You ought to build child’s eating regimen as infant’s digestion system is developing. Stomach size is the measure of infant’s clench hand.

– Food Chart

Food Chart for Breastfeeding Babies


Time (Hours)


Birth to 1 month

Every 2 hours

60–120 ml

1 to 4 months

Every 2 to 3 hours

120-210 ml

Food Chart for Formula Babies


Time (Hours)


Birth to 1 month

Every 2 hours

60-120 ml

1 to 3 months

Every 2 to 3 hours

120-150 ml

3 to 4 months

Every 2.5 to 3.5 hours

150-210 ml

Foods for babies between 5-6 months

At this stage, your new-born baby’s milk or formula consumption will increase (up to one litre in a day). You will likewise see that your infant will begin giving the signs like:

• Showing interest in food (staring at your food)

• Put a spoon in her mouth and see if she can open and close mouth around the spoon

• Can sit with back support on chair

• Seems hungry after sufficient breastfeed (crying, uneasiness, thumb sucking)

• Baby’s neck is stable

– What to feed

• Mashed banana and apple

• Well cooked, pureed and strained carrot and sweet potato

• Pulse soup after boiling pulse in sufficient water (water of moong dal)

• Breast milk or formula milk

– Feeding Tips

The first food must be a single grain food. You ought to keep a gap of no less than three days between two new foods. Test with little amounts. Also, watch out for any hypersensitivity.

In the event that you see any allergies then stop that specific food and converse with paediatric in regards to conceivable cures of sensitivity. On the off chance that your infant declines to eat whatever you are putting forth then don’t force, simply try it next day.

Semi-solid foods for babies between 6-8 months

At this point, your child’s first teeth will develop. Your little one will begin to crawl and his/ her digestive system will start developing.

You ought to present new food while your child is occupied in exploring the world. At the moment, the baby is busy doing more physical activities, so they will need some solid food along with milk.

– What to feed to baby

• Iron-fortified cereal like rice, oats mixed with milk

• Breast milk or formula

• Vegetable pureed (completely cooked) like sweet potato, carrots, squash, beans and potato.

• Fruit Pureed like banana, peaches, pears, plum, mango. Mix two fruits together to taste it better.

• Rice water after boiling rice in clean and filtered water. Give your baby just strained water.

• Pulse soup after boiling pulse in sufficient water.

• Small portion of Tofu or cheese

• Unsweetened yogurt from low-fat milk (very small quantity)

– Feeding Tips

Bringing solid foods into your baby’s eating routine doesn’t intend to breast milk or formula; these are the most essential source of supplements for your infant.

Never compel your baby to eat somewhat more. Solid intake will increment slowly.

Solid foods for 8-9 months babies

Your infant as of now began crawling and sitting without support. They are more dynamic and occupied with their plays. They may refuse to eat as they are busy playing and exploring. This is the time when you need to be active and alert to keep an eye if they are eating enough to carry on with their adventure.

– What to feed

• Vegetables: completely cooked/steamed: Carrots, beans, broccoli, onion, peas, sweet potatoes and cauliflower and onions.

• Breast milk or formula

• You might like to introduce wheat, kuttu (buckwheat) at this stage. (If your baby has any kind of food allergies then talk to your doctor)

• Try foods like tofu, cottage cheese, fish, and egg yolk.

• Fish and eggs can be allergic. So whenever you introduce it into your baby, monitor your child for any signs of allergic reactions. In the case of any allergies, talk to her paediatric immediately.

• Fruits: Apples, banana, dates, grapes, mango, kiwi, plums, peaches, pears, litchi.

• Introduce new grains and millets in your baby’s diet. Try with rajgira(amaranth), jau(barley), ragi(finger millet), til (sesame), pasta along with rice & oats.

• You can mash any soft fruit (banana or apple). You can cut grapes into small pieces and give it to your baby. Don’t ever give her whole grapes. It may choke in her throat.

– Feeding Tips

At this stage, your child may begin to reject food. Try not to force them. Simply attempt it again after some time.

Complete food for 10-12 months baby

Presently your infant’s taste buds are developing. They will love to try and taste new foods and flavours.

As of now, you will know what your baby likes and dislikes are. Preparing food will be easy now as there will be no more mashing and pureeing.

Try to give different foods of varied shapes, colour and textures. They love that a lot. Try different forms and also introduce spices to enhance their taste buds.

– What to feed

Vegetables: potato, sweet potato, carrots, squash, peas, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, tomato, spinach, capsicum

Fruits: banana, pear, apple, peach, papaya, melon, grapes, kiwi fruit, mango, plum, litchi

Dairy: Low-fat yogurt and cheese

Pulses: Rajma(kidney beans), White Channa(chickpea), green peas and lentils

Cereal and grains: Jowar(sorghum), bajra(Pearl millet), oats, rice (white/brown), ragi(finger millet), jau(barley), wheat, kuttu(buckwheat), rajgira(amaranth) and pasta

Khichdi: by mixing rice & pulses together.

A Little bit of spices.

Non-veg: Fully cooked egg yolk, egg white, fish and meat

– Feeding Tips

You can start feeding the baby the same meal that you have prepared for yourself as after the age of one they are able to digest anything.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: