Guide to starting solid food for babies

I am a proud mom of my adorable toddler, and over the time, I have realized that preparing the right food for your lil one can sometimes be challenging. Based on my experience and the tips shared by my family members and doctors, I have put together a baby food segment. You can find basic recipes by age on my blog. I have tried my best to highlight the right age for each food recipe that I post. This section is purely based on my experience, and I would always recommend that you check with your pediatrician before you introduce any new food to your baby. Additionally, some pediatricians may not recommend making your own vegetable or fruit puree, in special cases, for instance if your baby was born premature. Do check with your pediatrician before starting to make homemade food for your baby. My baby was born a few weeks premature, and hence the doctor wanted us to first start with store bought Gerber vegetable and fruit puree, until he got used to the basic fruits and vegetables, so I started giving home made vegetable and fruit puree only after 8 months of age

Here are a few guidelines that I followed when I started with solid food

  • 6 months to 9 months
    • First food to introduce to baby: Rice cereal ( I started off with Gerber rice cereal)
    • Before starting any new food, always wait for 3-4 days to make sure that your baby does not have any allergic reaction
    • After rice cereal, I introduced fruits, followed by yellow vegetables, and then green vegetables
    • Examples of first fruits: apple, banana, pear, prunes, peach
    • Examples of first yellow vegetables: carrot, squash, sweet potato
    • Examples of first green vegetables: spinach, green beans, green peas
    • Once baby is used to the vegetable and fruit puree, you can mix it with the rice cereal
    • Apart from fruits , one serving of yellow and one serving of green vegetable everyday was recommended by our pediatrician
  • 9 months to 10 months
    • Oatmeal cereal
    • Puree of white rice, tur dal/moong dal with a dash of ghee and few crystals of salt
    • Can add a tsp of rasam, dal, sambhar or any curry that you prepare to the rice, dal puree
    • Finger foods: Boiled and cut carrot, boiled green peas, baby crackers
    • Full fat yogurt made at home or a branded baby yogurt recommended by doctor like YoBaby
    • Rice noodles
    • Rice balls made with very little spice and salt (Kuzhakattai)
    • Soft idly
    • Soft dosa
    • Upma with finely chopped veggies or vegetable puree
  • 10 months to 12 months
    • Ragi-whole wheat cereal
    • Can introduce fruits like pineapple, muskmelon, grapes boiled and pureed after peeling
    • Can introduce foods like upma, pasta, roti, white bread
    • Can introduce sambhar rice, rasam rice, or any vegetable curry and rice, provided they are made with mild spice and salt
    • Can introduce vegetable soups
  • Citrus, tomato puree, honey, eggs, milk was only recommended after the baby turned a year old
  • 12 months +
    • Can introduce tomatoes, citrus – orange, lemon
    • Can introduce berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
    • Can introduce whole milk, ice-cream, smoothies
    • Can introduce eggs in the diet
    • Can introduce any food that we eat at this stage, but we still need to limit the sugar and salt intake
    • Some interesting foods that you can introduce for your toddler:

Well, these were a few guidelines that I followed. I will be posting the recipes mentioned above for all ages soon. Keep watching this space for recipes. You can check out this section for the recipes:

Currently there are a handful recipes for toddlers, but I will soon be updating this space to add recipes for all age categories (6 months, 9 months, … )

Note: The information here is meant to serve as a guide and resource for starting solid foods for babies. It should not be be substituted for the provision or practice of professional healthcare advice and help. Always check with your pediatrician before introducing a new kind of food for your baby


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