DAILY DIET CHART FOR BABIES & TODDLERS(with recipes)

Daily Diet Chart for Babies

6 months to 3 years diet chart

Most of my readers would be very happy today on seeing this post. I had been delaying the release of this post due to several technical issues and personal reasons.Many parents wrote to me asking for a diet chart/meal plan for their babies and I kept saying soon and gave them a sample. This was in WIP(work in progress) state for more than 3 months and today I let it go live.The main reason for the delay was some incompatibility issue with my blog and I personally didn’t like posting a diet chart because I usually go by “FEED ON DEMAND”. Still I made some efforts(really huge) to get this done.Hope you find them useful. Continue reading “DAILY DIET CHART FOR BABIES & TODDLERS(with recipes)”

2 years Toddlers Diet Chart -(Above two years)

2 years Toddlers Diet Chart 2 years and above daily diet chart


DAILY DIET CHART FOR 2 YEARS & ABOVE KIDS
DAY WAKE UP DRINK BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER Snack BED TIME DRINK
Monday Sathu Maavu/Multi grain porridge Bajra Paniyaram with tomato chutney Vegetable Biryani and Cucumber Raitha Adai with chutney Dry fruits burfi Plain milk
Tuesday Dry fruits milk Pongal with brinjal Gothsu Tomato rice with ladies finger curry,curd Idly with sambhar Ragi Carrot Halwa Plain milk
Wednesday Plain milk Aapam with coconut milk Carrot Bath and raitha Daliya Khicidi Kiwi Apple Smoothie Plain milk
Thursday Sathu Maavu/Multi grain porridge Instant ragi dosa Toor dhal rice with sweet potato fry and curd Roti with agreen peas masala Energy balls Plain milk
Friday ABC Smoothie Steamed rice balls/Kozhukattai Drumstick dhal mash with rice and curd Cheese Paratha and Raitha Fruit Salad Plain milk
Saturday Plain milk Instant wheat dosa with Vegetable Chutney Rice with Veg Sambhar and curd Tomato dosa Sesame Laddu Plain milk
Sunday Dry fruits milk Instant Rice Noodles with Sothi Mixed veg Korma with roti,curd Veg Poha Upma Pomengranate Juice Plain milk

 



The reason behind not having specified any timings for BM/FM or for solids is to stress on “FEED ON DEMAND”.Don’t feed baby based on your clock.Feed baby based on his/her hunger cues.

Just hover your mouse pointer on the recipe and click once to get detailed recipe.

I shall keep this updated with new recipes which I would be including in my blog. So please bookmark this page to catch up with all updates in future.

Until one year don’t replace breastfeed /formula feed with any solids.

Always have a word with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

Do consider history of family allergies when introducing new foods.

Don’t force feed baby.

Until two years kindly breastfeed/formula feed baby on demand.It is a recommendation from WHO.

Do include as many varieties as possible in baby food.

Avoid honey,sugar(palm sugar,jaggery,palm jaggery),salt,milk till one year in any form in any quantity.

I would have incorporated three day wait in early stages of diet charts. It is said to be obsolete now.So you can ignore them and just watch for allergies carefully.

The above chart has been put up to just provide an idea and this can never be an alternate to any medical expert advice.

Always use sterilized bowls and spoons to feed baby.

Prefer open cup and spoon to bottles and sippers.

Please don’t include any entertainment factors in meal time.Distraction feeding should never be encouraged/

Avoid offering juices/soups/very thin porridge for regular meals before one year as they are said to replace breastfeed or formula feed after eight months.

For all recipes of healthy home made baby foods please refer here

All the above points are based on my knowledge and experience.I would kindly request to have a detailed word with your pediatrician always regarding any doubts.This piece of information is just an additional supportive guideline and definitely not equivalent to any doctor’s advice.

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This chart is just to give an idea. Kindly include all fruits,vegetables,pulses,cereals in baby’s food and offer your family foods.

Kindly do not copy/reproduce any part of this content in any form.

10 months Baby Diet Chart(10 months plus to 1 year)

10 months Baby Diet Chart10 months to 1 year daily diet chart


10 MONTHS PLUS TO 1 YEAR
DAY BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER SNACK
Monday Kara Kuzhi Paniyaram

or Idly

or Dosa

or Roti

Rice with spinach

and veg stir fry

or Sambhar rice with curd

or Sesame rice with

spring onion curry and curd

or Vegetable Pulao

with Cucumber raitha

 

Steamed dosa with chutney or

Instant Millet Idiyapam with stew or

Cabbage Paratha or

baby Corn Kathi rolls

Carrot Kheer
Tuesday Pongal with chutney

Or Bread Upma

or Poha Upma

or Ragi Roti

Tomato rice

with ladies finger curry

Idly with sambhar

or Moong Dhal Chilla or

Ragi Pancake

or Wheat pancake

Water melon salad
Wednesday Aapam

with coconut milk

/Vegetable Stew or

Ragi Pancake or

Wheat Dosa or

beet root Dosa

Bitter gourd curry,

dhal and rice

Daliya Khicidi

or Instant Idiyappam or

Moong dhal Dosa or

Bread Upma

Chopped cucumber
Thursday Instant ragi dosa

and carrot Kheer

or Turnip paratha

or Mix veg Pasta

or Seeralam

Urad dhal rice

with carrot stir fry

Roti with

aloo mutter gravy

or Cheese paratha

or Bottle gourd dosa

or Instant Wheat dosa

Banana Slices
Friday Steamed rice balls/

Kozhukattai and

Kambu Idiyappam or

Varutha Paruppu Suraikkai Adai/Lauki Chilla

 

 

Drumstick dhal mash

with rice and curd

Lentils Dosa

with shallots chutney or

Green Peas Dosa or

Steamed Ragi Cake/Puttu or

Brown rice Adai

Cooked peas
Saturday Idly with

drumstick sambhar or

Multigrain Roti or

Multigrain dosa or

Cauliflower stuffed dosa

Cabbage curry

and rice with curd

Tomato dosa

with coconut shallot chutney

or PlantainPith Dosa

or Green gram dosa or

Kara Kuzhi Paniyaram

 

Chopped Apple
Sunday Instant jowar dosa with garlic chutney

or Green gram dosa

or Ragi roti

or Daliya Khicidi

Mixed veg Korma with roti/rice, curd Veg Rice khicdi or

Gobi MasalaRoast

or Red poha Upma

or Tomato Pasta

Pomengranate Juice

BREASTFEED/FORMULA ON DEMAND TILL ONE YEAR COMPLETION is mandatory.

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FAQ’s:

How much will my baby eat in this month?

Baby might have a maximum of 5 spoons thick porridges/mashed food/family foods.Always breast feed or formula feed 40 minutes before offering solids.This will ensure that solids only complement breastfeed/formula feed and doesn’t replace breastfeed or formula feed till one year. Offer as much as the baby wants. There is no upper or lower limit set for the quantity.The decision on quantity should be made by the baby only.

Which part of the day/When should I feed solids to my baby?

Anytime whenever the baby demands would be my answer ideally. Initially figuring out baby’s hunger or following the cues may be difficult but it is not tough for a parent to understand it. Few suggest noon timing to introduce new food. But it is absolutely depends on you and your baby.

How should I offer food to my baby?

If you follow traditional weaning you can use your hands/spoon to feed your baby. If you follow BLW baby would be sitting and handling food by himself/herself. Whichever method you follow to ensure that baby is sitting while eating/being fed solids. Ensure that your hands are washed well and all bowls/spoons are totally sterilised. If you are following the traditional method of weaning and have been feeding baby so long it is the right time to encourage baby to self feed.Place a plate in front of the baby and serve the family meals.Initially baby will not grab and eat.But slowly with lots of mess and loads of trial baby will eat like a pro and surprise you. Be patient and allow baby to self feed.This is very important to encourage self-feeding. If this is not done ,we might have to run behind them always during meal times even till their teen age. SELF FEEDING IS NOT HARMFUL.LET BABY TOUCH AND EXPLORE FOOD.LET IT GET MESSY RATHER THAN GETTING FUSSY LATER.

What should I offer in this month? 

Anything that the family eats or any vegetable/fruit puree or any home thick porridges can be offered without salt ,sugar,honey and milk till one year. It can be a piece of dosa or a fruit stick or paneer cubes or crumbled eggs or anything. There is no time limit for introducing any food.My doctor denied me when I had asked her should I delay the introduction of raw carrots/millets beyond 10 months.She said introduce anything and everything that the family eats before 10 months.(Except sugar,salt,honey and milk).This is what is recommended by WHO & AAP too. Hence none of the diet charts I have given will not have any specifications on what ingredient/food should be introduced in which month.You have to be just careful/watchful/cautious while introducing common allergens like nuts,mushrooms,milk products(ghee/paneer/cheese), eggs and always consider your own family history of allergies before proceeding with any new food. No more separate cooking for baby is required.

Why should I not give animals milk but give all milk products before one year? or Why are curd/cheese/paneer/ghee allowed before one year but not milk?




The proteins in animals milk is an overload to baby’s kidneys and might damage those tiny ones. Cow’s milk is for the calf and not for humans is what I believe.It is deficient in vitamins and Iron ,so early introduction might lead to iron deficiency. The same applies to any animals milk.Babies below one year cannot digest any animal milk except mother’s milk and formula. Babies can digest curd/yogurt when compared to milk because the lactose in milk is converted to lactic acid in curd/yogurt .When it comes to cheese/paneer the complex proteins/enzymes are broken down and all whey proteins are washed away in the cheese making process. So babies can digest milk products but not any animal milk before one year.However kids with cow’s milk protein intolerance might not digest/will be allergic to even milk products.

My baby turns his/her head and refuses food.I feel so upset.I have tried various foods.What should I do?

Do not be panicked dear parent. It is absolutely okay for a baby to refuse food and go without eating even a pinch of solid on a day.Baby might not want to eat at that time or baby might not like that particular food/texture you served or baby was not hungry then. You can try after some time or offer food to baby to handle by himself/herself.Let them explore and get messy.It is no harm.Make them a part of family meal.They will learn from others and begin eating.As long as baby is active/hydrated(urinating enough and not constipated) and not sick ,please don’t worry much about not eating/refusal of food. As long as they are breastfed/formula fed please don’t force them to eat when they refuse.The more you force the more tougher would your meal times. I strongly believe babies get all emotions and feelings from their parents.So if you are going to be mad/angry/sad/fearful about your baby’s hunger strike ,baby will also carry the same emotions/feelings and go more cranky and fussy. Don’t force feed.Today you might be very happy of feeding your child a good quantity but later child will become fussy and will start hating meal times.So relax!Breathe in !Breathe Out and try later . I know it is easy to say this but very tough to bring it into practice. I have also been through all these stages of madness and all roller coaster rides. Don’t stress yourself and the baby. Just go with the flow.

Babies refuse food/change their food habits

  • When they are not hungry/they don’t feel like eating just like adults
  • When they are likely to fall sick
  • When the environment changes
  • When new people arrive
  • When they are teething
  • When they are undergoing a growth spurt
  • When they decide to go on a hunger strike(Yes they do even for days together)
  • For no reason at all(To just make my MOMMA/DADA MAD)

For other do’s & don’ts kindly refer here.I have given detailed pointers.




Notes:

 

The reason behind not having specified any timings for BM/FM or for solids is to stress on “FEED ON DEMAND”.Don’t feed baby based on your clock.Feed baby based on his/her hunger cues.

Just hover your mouse pointer on the recipe and click once to get detailed recipe.

I shall keep this updated with new recipes which I would be including in my blog. So please bookmark this page to catch up with all updates in future.

Until one year don’t replace breastfeed /formula feed with any solids.

Always have a word with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

Do consider history of family allergies when introducing new foods.

Don’t force feed baby.

Until two years kindly breastfeed/formula feed baby on demand.It is a recommendation from WHO.

Do include as many varieties as possible in baby food.

Avoid honey,sugar(palm sugar,jaggery,palm jaggery),salt,milk till one year in any form in any quantity.

I would have incorporated three day wait in early stages of diet charts. It is said to be obsolete now.So you can ignore them and just watch for allergies carefully.

The above chart has been put up to just provide an idea and this can never be an alternate to any medical expert advice.

Always use sterilized bowls and spoons to feed baby.

Prefer open cup and spoon to bottles and sippers.

Please don’t include any entertainment factors in meal time.Distraction feeding should never be encouraged/

Avoid offering juices/soups/very thin porridge for regular meals before one year as they are said to replace breastfeed or formula feed after eight months.

For all recipes of healthy home made baby foods please refer here

All the above points are based on my knowledge and experience.I would kindly request to have a detailed word with your pediatrician always regarding any doubts.This piece of information is just an additional supportive guideline and definitely not equivalent to any doctor’s advice.

Image Coutesy:123rf.com



7 months Baby Diet Chart(7 months plus)

7 months Baby Diet Chart:

daily diet chart for 7 months plus babies



EIGHTH MONTH – WEEK 1

DAY MEAL CHOICE SNACK CHOICE REST OF THE DAY
Monday Nil Banana Mashed BM/FM on demand
Tuesday Nil Banana mashed BM/FM on demand
Wednesday Rice Porridge Apple Banana Pear Mashed BM/FM on demand
Thursday Rice Porridge Apple Banana Pear Mashed BM/FM on demand
Friday Rice Porridge Apple Banana Pear Mashed BM/FM on demand
Saturday Rice Porridge with RBG ABC Mashed BM/FM on demand
Sunday Rice porridge with RBG ABC Mashed BM/FM on demand

 




 

EIGHTH MONTH – WEEK 2

DAY MEAL CHOICE SNACK CHOICE REST OF THE DAY
Monday Rice Porridge with RBG ABC Mashed BM/FM on demand
Tuesday Rice Porridge with Urad dhal Melon mashed BM/FM on demand
Wednesday Rice Porridge with Urad dhal Melon Mashed BM/FM on demand
Thursday Rice Porridge with Urad dhal Melon Mashed BM/FM on demand
Friday Rice Porridge with moong dhal ABC Smoothie BM/FM on demand
Saturday Rice Porridge with moong dhal ABC Smoothie BM/FM on demand
Sunday Rice Porridge with moong dhal ABC Smoothie BM/FM on demand





 

EIGHTH MONTH – WEEK 3

DAY MEAL CHOICE SNACK CHOICE REST OF THE DAY
Monday Ragi Porridge Mashed Carrot BM/FM on demand
Tuesday Ragi Porridge Mashed Papaya BM/FM on demand
Wednesday Ragi Porridge Mashed banana BM/FM on demand
Thursday Ragi Porridge Mashed Chikku BM/FM on demand
Friday Ragi Porridge Mashed Apple BM/FM on demand
Saturday Ragi Porridge Mashed Avocado BM/FM on demand
Sunday Whole Ragi Porridge Mashed Beet root BM/FM on demand

 




 

EIGHTH MONTH – WEEK 4

DAY MEAL CHOICE SNACK CHOICE REST OF THE DAY
Monday Whole Ragi Porridge Carrot Kheer BM/FM on demand
Tuesday Whole Ragi Porridge Ragi Carrot Halwa BM/FM on demand
Wednesday Whole Ragi Porridge Sabudana Kheer BM/FM on demand
Thursday Whole Ragi Porridge Sweet Potato mashed BM/FM on demand
Friday Ragi+Rice porridge Turnip Soup BM/FM on demand
Saturday Ragi+Rice porridge Beet root Soup BM/FM on demand
Sunday Ragi+Rice porridge Daliya Kheer BM/FM on demand





 

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FAQ’s:


How much will my baby eat in this month?

Baby might have a maximum of 5 spoons thick porridges/mashed food/family foods.Always breast feed or formula feed 40 minutes before offering solids.This will ensure that solids only complement breastfeed/formula feed and doesn’t replace breastfeed or formula feed till one year. Offer as much as the baby wants. There is no upper or lower limit set for the quantity.The decision on quantity should be made by the baby only.

Which part of the day/When should I feed solids to my baby?

Anytime whenever the baby demands would be my answer ideally. Initially figuring out baby’s hunger or following the cues may be difficult but it is not tough for a parent to understand it. Few suggest noon timing to introduce new food. But it is absolutely depends on you and your baby.

How should I offer food to my baby?

If you follow traditional weaning you can use your hands/spoon to feed your baby. If you follow BLW baby would be sitting and handling food by himself/herself.Whichever method you follow ensure that baby is sitting while eating/being fed solids. Ensure that yours hands are washed well and all bowls/spoons are totally sterlised.

What should I offer in this month? 

Anything that the family eats or any vegetable/fruit puree or any home thick porridges can be offered without salt ,sugar,honey and milk till one year. It can be a piece of dosa or a fruit stick or paneer cubes or crumbled eggs or anything. There is no time limit for introducing any food.My doctor denied me when I had asked her should I delay the introduction of raw carrots/millets beyond 10 months.She said introduce anything and everything that the family eats before 10 months.(Except sugar,salt,honey and milk).This is what is recommended by WHO & AAP too. Hence none of the diet charts I have given will not have any specifications on what ingredient/food should be introduced in which month.You have to be just careful/watchful/cautious while introducing common allergens like nuts,mushrooms,milk products(ghee/paneer/cheese),eggs and always consider your own family history of allergies before proceeding with any new food. Stop offering porridges/purees/soups for regular foods from this month

Why should I not give animals milk but give all milk products before one year? or Why are curd/cheese/paneer/ghee allowed before one year but not milk?

The proteins in animals milk is a overload to baby’s kidneys and might damage those tiny ones.Cow’s milk is for the calf and not for humans is what I believe.It is deficient in vitamins and Iron ,so early introduction might lead to iron deficiency. The same applies to any animals milk.Babies below one year cannot digest any animal milk except mother’s milk and formula.Babies can digest curd/yogurt when compared to milk because the lactose in milk is converted to lactic acid in curd/yogurt .When it comes to cheese/paneer the complex proteins/enzymes are broken down and all whey proteins are washed away in the cheese making process. So babies can digest milk products but not any animal milk before one year.However kids with cow’s milk protein intolerance might not digest/will be allergic to even milk products.

My baby turns his/her head and refuses food.I feel so upset.I have tried various foods.What should I do?


Do not be panicked dear parent. It is absolutely okay for a baby to refuse food and go without eating even a pinch of solid on a day.Baby might not want to eat at that time or baby might not like that particular food/texture you served or baby was not hungry then. You can try after some time or offer food to baby to handle by himself/herself.Let them explore and get messy.It is no harm.Make them a part of family meal.They will learn from others and begin eating.As long as baby is active/hydrated(urinating enough and not constipated) and not sick ,please don’t worry much about not eating/refusal of food. As long as they are breastfed/formula fed please don’t force them to eat when they refuse.The more you force the more tougher would your meal times. I strongly believe babies get all emotions and feelings from their parents.So if you are going to be mad/angry/sad/fearful about your baby’s hunger strike ,baby will also carry the same emotions/feelings and go more cranky and fussy. Don’t force feed.Today you might be very happy of feeding your child a good quantity but later child will become fussy and will start hating meal times.So relax!Breathe in !Breathe Out and try later . I know it is easy to say this but very tough to bring it into practice. I have also been through all these stages of madness and all roller coaster rides. Don’t stress yourself and the baby. Just go with the flow.

Babies refuse food/change their food habits

  • When they are not hungry/they don’t feel like eating just like adults
  • When they are likely to fall sick
  • When the environment changes
  • When new people arrive
  • When they are teething
  • When they are undergoing a growth spurt
  • When they decide to go on a hunger strike(Yes they do even for days together)
  • For no reason at all(To just make my MOMMA/DADA MAD)

For other do’s & don’ts kindly refer here.I have given detailed pointers.

Notes:

I have gradually changed the texture of food from puree to mashed in this chart because puree should not be given




Notes:

 

I have gradually changed the texture of food from puree to mashed in this chart because puree should not be given beyond 7 months. Babies should be introduced with various foods and various textures as early as possible. By porridges I mean thick and non-flowing porridge. The consistency of kheer/porridge/soup should be thick and should be served with a spoon and not flowy & runny.

The reason behind not having specified any timings for BM/FM or for solids is to stress on “FEED ON DEMAND”.Don’t feed baby based on your clock. Feed baby based on his/her hunger cues.

Just hover your mouse pointer on the recipe and click once to get detailed recipe.

I shall keep this updated with new recipes which I would be including in my blog. So please bookmark this page to catch up with all updates in future.

There is no norm/rule to introduce puree in the sixth month. You can offer any family food without salt/sugar/honey and milk.

Until one year please don’t replace breastfeed /formula feed with any solids.

Always have a word with yourpaediatriciann before introducing any new food.

Do consider the history of family allergies when introducing new foods.

Don’t force feed baby.

Until two years kindly breastfeed/formula feed baby on demand.It is a recommendation from WHO.

Do include as many varieties as possible in baby food.

Avoid honey, sugar(palm sugar, jaggery, palm jaggery), salt,milk till one year in any form in any quantity.

I would have incorporated three day wait in early stages of diet charts. It is said to be obsolete now. So you can ignore them and just watch for allergies carefully.

The above chart has been put up to just provide an idea and this can never be an alternate to any medical expert advice.

Always use sterilized bowls and spoons to feed baby.

Prefer open cup and spoon to bottles and sippers.

Please don’t include any entertainment factors in meal time.Distraction feeding should never be encouraged/

Avoid offering juices/soups/very thin porridge for regular meals before one year as they are said to replace breastfeed or formula feed after eight months.

For all recipes of healthy home made baby foods please refer here

All the above points are based on my knowledge and experience.I would kindly request to have a detailed word with your pediatrician always regarding any doubts.This piece of information is just an additional supportive guideline and definitely not equivalent to any doctor’s advice.

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6 Months Baby Diet Chart-(After 180 days/6 months)

6 Months Baby Diet Chart:six months plus babies daily diet chart

The following are the points to be considered before introducing solids to babies.

  • Your baby must have completed six months of age/180 days. This is the prime condition and mandatory condition unless there is a special medical reason for early introduction.
  • Your baby should be able to sit with support in upright position for atleast few minutes.
  • Your baby should have gained head and neck support.
  • Your baby should be able to swallow food. If baby is not ready baby would push out the food out of the tongue.

The below are the usual signs which are wrongly interpreted for readiness

    • Baby expects frequent and continuous feeds than usual.
    • Baby becomes fussy and cranky to accept breastfeed/formulafeed
    • Baby waking up more often in sleep and demanding feed.
    • Baby drooling on seeing other family members eating.
    • Baby trying to grab what you eat
    • Baby beginning to suck fingers

Please don’t be misled by the above points. Early introduction of solids will lead to several problems later .

 

Click here to read in detail about how,when to introduce solids to babies .I have written in detail about all the do’s and don’ts of solid foods introduction.

 

SEVENTH MONTH(After 180 days/6 months) – WEEK 1

DAY MEAL CHOICE REST OF THE DAY
Monday  

Carrot Puree

BM/FM on demand
Tuesday Carrot Puree BM/FM on demand
Wednesday Carrot Puree BM/FM on demand
Thursday Apple Puree BM/FM on demand
Friday Apple Puree BM/FM on demand
Saturday Apple Puree BM/FM on demand
Sunday Carrot Puree BM/FM on demand
SEVENTH MONTH -WEEK 2
DAY MEAL CHOICE REST OF THE DAY
Monday Carrot Puree BM/FM on demand
Tuesday Carrot Puree BM/FM on demand
Wednesday Avocado Puree BM/FM on demand
Thursday Avocado Puree BM/FM on demand
Friday Avocado Puree BM/FM on demand
Saturday Papaya Puree BM/FM on demand
Sunday Papaya Puree BM/FM on demand
SEVENTH MONTH – WEEK 3
DAY MEAL CHOICE REST OF THE DAY
Monday Papaya Puree BM/FM on demand
Tuesday Pear Puree BM/FM on demand
Wednesday Pear Puree BM/FM on demand
Thursday Pear Puree BM/FM on demand
Friday Water melon Puree BM/FM on demand
Saturday Water melon Puree BM/FM on demand
Sunday Water melon Puree BM/FM on demand
SEVENTH MONTH – WEEK 4
DAY MEAL CHOICE REST OF THE DAY
Monday Beet root Puree BM/FM on demand
Tuesday Beet root Puree BM/FM on demand
Wednesday Beet root Puree BM/FM on demand
Thursday Potato mashed BM/FM on demand
Friday Potato Mashed BM/FM on demand
Saturday Potato Mashed BM/FM on demand
Sunday Banana Mashed BM/FM on demand

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FAQ’s:

How much will my baby eat in this month?

Baby might have a maximum of 2- 3 spoons of puree/porridges/mashed food/family foods.Always breast feed or formula feed 40 minutes before offering solids.This will ensure that solids only complement breastfeed/formula feed and doesn’t replace breastfeed or formula feed till one year. Offer as much as the baby wants. There is no upper or lower limit set for the quantity.The decision on quantity should be made by the baby only.

Which part of the day/When should I feed solids to my baby?

Anytime whenever the baby demands would be my answer ideally. Initially figuring out baby’s hunger or following the cues may be difficult but it is not tough for a parent to understand it. Few suggest noon timing to introduce new food. But it is absolutely depends on you and your baby.

How should I offer food to my baby?

If you follow traditional weaning you can use your hands/spoon to feed your baby. If you follow BLW baby would be sitting and handling food by himself/herself.Whichever method you follow ensure that baby is sitting while eating/being fed solids. Ensure that yours hands are washed well and all bowls/spoons are totally sterlised.

What should I offer in this month? 

Anything that the family eats or any vegetable/fruit puree or any home thick porridges can be offered without salt ,sugar,honey and milk till one year. It can be a piece of dosa or a fruit stick or paneer cubes or crumbled eggs or anything. There is no time limit for introducing any food.My doctor denied me when I had asked her should I delay the introduction of raw carrots/millets beyond 10 months.She said introduce anything and everything that the family eats before 10 months.(Except sugar,salt,honey and milk).This is what is recommended by WHO & AAP too. Hence none of the diet charts I have given will not have any specifications on what ingredient/food should be introduced in which month.You have to be just careful/watchful/cautious while introducing common allergens like nuts,mushrooms,milk products(ghee/paneer/cheese),eggs and always consider your own family history of allergies before proceeding with any new food.

Why should I not give animals milk but give all milk products before one year? or Why are curd/cheese/paneer/ghee allowed before one year but not milk?

The proteins in animals milk is a overload to baby’s kidneys and might damage those tiny ones.Cow’s milk is for the calf and not for humans is what I believe.It is deficient in vitamins and Iron ,so early introduction might lead to iron deficiency. The same applies to any animals milk.Babies below one year cannot digest any animal milk except mother’s milk and formula.Babies can digest curd/yogurt when compared to milk because the lactose in milk is converted to lactic acid in curd/yogurt .When it comes to cheese/paneer the complex proteins/enzymes are broken down and all whey proteins are washed away in the cheese making process. So babies can digest milk products but not any animal milk before one year.However kids with cow’s milk protein intolerance might not digest/will be allergic to even milk products.

My baby turns his/her head and refuses food.I feel so upset.I have tried various foods.What should I do?

Do not be panicked dear parent. It is absolutely okay for a baby to refuse food and go without eating even a pinch of solid on a day.Baby might not want to eat at that time or baby might not like that particular food/texture you served or baby was not hungry then. You can try after some time or offer food to baby to handle by himself/herself.Let them explore and get messy.It is no harm.Make them a part of family meal.They will learn from others and begin eating.As long as baby is active/hydrated(urinating enough and not constipated) and not sick ,please don’t worry much about not eating/refusal of food. As long as they are breastfed/formula fed please don’t force them to eat when they refuse.The more you force the more tougher would your meal times. I strongly believe babies get all emotions and feelings from their parents.So if you are going to be mad/angry/sad/fearful about your baby’s hunger strike ,baby will also carry the same emotions/feelings and go more cranky and fussy. Don’t force feed.Today you might be very happy of feeding your child a good quantity but later child will become fussy and will start hating meal times.So relax!Breathe in !Breathe Out and try later . I know it is easy to say this but very tough to bring it into practice. I have also been through all these stages of madness and all roller coaster rides. Don’t stress yourself and the baby. Just go with the flow.

Babies refuse food/change their food habits

  • When they are not hungry/they don’t feel like eating just like adults
  • When they are likely to fall sick
  • When the environment changes
  • When new people arrive
  • When they are teething
  • When they are undergoing a growth spurt
  • When they decide to go on a hunger strike(Yes they do even for days together)
  • For no reason at all(To just make my MOMMA/DADA MAD)

For other do’s & don’ts kindly refer here.I have given detailed pointers.

Notes:

I have gradually changed the texture of food from puree to mashed in this chart because purees should not be given beyond 7 months.Babies should be introduced with various foods and various textures as early as possible.

The reason behind not having specified any timings for BM/FM or for solids is to stress on “FEED ON DEMAND”.Don’t feed baby based on your clock.Feed baby based on his/her hunger cues.

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There is no norm/rule to introduce only puree in sixth month.You can offer any family food without salt/sugar/honey and milk.

Until one year don’t replace breastfeed /formula feed with any solids.

Always have a word with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

Do consider history of family allergies when introducing new foods.

Don’t force feed baby.

Until two years kindly breastfeed/formula feed baby on demand.It is a recommendation from WHO.

Do include as many varieties as possible in baby food.

Avoid honey,sugar(palm sugar,jaggery,palm jaggery),salt,milk till one year in any form in any quantity.

I would have incorporated three day wait in early stages of diet charts. It is said to be obsolete now.So you can ignore them and just watch for allergies carefully.

The above chart has been put up to just provide an idea and this can never be an alternate to any medical expert advice.

Always use sterilized bowls and spoons to feed baby.

Prefer open cup and spoon to bottles and sippers.

Please don’t include any entertainment factors in meal time.Distraction feeding should never be encouraged/

Avoid offering juices/soups/very thin porridge for regular meals before one year as they are said to replace breastfeed or formula feed after eight months.

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All the above points are based on my knowledge and experience.I would kindly request to have a detailed word with your pediatrician always regarding any doubts.This piece of information is just an additional supportive guideline and definitely not equivalent to any doctor’s advice.

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