Feeding a baby with solids is exciting and vital for parents as your baby will take the first step towards 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 aged 6-12 months. You can use this as a guide to feeding your baby in the first year.
Bookmark this page for future reference, as I will update this post regularly with more information about feeding solids to the baby in the first year. Click on each thumbnail image or the link below for the respective post or recipe. Please refer to the notes section at the end of this post for the points to remember when following these solid food guidelines.
When should Baby start on Solids?
How to introduce solids to your baby?
Solid food chart for baby's First year:
- I have grouped the food options on each chart based on the baby's age relative to the ease of digestibility, texture, taste, and possible allergy risks for the baby's stage. It's your choice to alter the same if you want to introduce any food early, even though it's not listed in our chart.
- As per AAP, "no evidence 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 a history of allergies to food, asthma, or eczema.
- The quantity of food mentioned in each chart is a rough guideline only. Each baby's appetite is different, so if your baby eats a bit less or more than the amount specified is okay.
- All these charts are prepared to give an idea of planning meals for each month. It 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 one food at a time when introducing solids to your baby.
- Check for allergy symptoms when introducing new food to your baby, and stop feeding your baby if you find any signs.
- Remove it from the recipe if your baby is allergic to any specific ingredient.
- Please avoid green chilies and red chilies for at least two years.
- Any sweetener( if the recipe calls for it), like jaggery, Palm jaggery, etc., can be avoided until 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 are not recommended until one year of age.