Feeding baby with solids is exciting and important for parents as your baby going to take a first steps towards a healthy eating habits that will last for a lifetime. Here I have provided information on when to start solids, how to introduce solids and solid food charts for babies of age 6-12 months. You can use this as guide to feed your baby in the first year.
Bookmark this page for future reference as i will be updating this post on a regular basis with more information about feeding solids to baby in the first year. Click on each thumbnail image or the link given below for the respective post or recipes. Please refer to the notes section given at end of this post for the points to remember when following this solid food guidelines.
How to introduce solids to your baby?
- I have grouped the food options on each chart based on baby’s age relative to the ease of digestibility, texture, taste and possible allergy risks for baby’s stage. It’s purely your choice to alter the same,if you want to introduce any food early, go ahead, even though it’s not listed in our chart.
- As per AAP, “there is no evidence that delaying the introduction of allergenic foods prevents food allergies”. Hence consult with your baby’s doctor about when to introduce common allergenic foods if your family has history of allergies to food, asthma or eczema.
- The quantity of food mentioned in each chart are rough guidelines only, each baby’s appetite is different and hence if your baby eat bit less or more than the amount mentioned is absolutely fine.
- All these charts are prepared to give an idea on planning meals for each month. This should not replace the advice of your doctor.
- Before planning a diet chart, please consider your baby’s body type and other factors.
- Never introduce more than 1 food at a time when introducing solids to your baby.
- Check for allergy symptoms when you introducing a new food to your baby and stop feeding your baby if you find any symptoms.
- If your baby is allergic to any specific ingredient, remove it from the recipe.
- Please avoid green chillies and red chillies at least till two years.
- Any sweetner( if the recipe calls for it) like jaggery, Palm jaggery etc can be avoided till one year. Instead sweet tasting vegetables or fruits can be preferred.
- If the recipe calls for more spices, adjust it according to your baby’s age and preference.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.
- Sugar, salt, cow’s milk and honey is not recommended until 1 years of age.