Which food is safe for six months babies? And how they are healthy?
I know these questions have definitely popped into your mind once your angel turns six months!
Yes, we all know how excited we, mothers, always are when our little ones are cute six months babies. But, once we are there, we are totally confused and freaked out. Cereals or fruits or veggies? We just can’t decide the starter food.
Being a new mother, I can totally relate to all these mixed feelings. And therefore, to help all those confused moms with the same, here I present some of the best foods for six months babies and how to make them as well.
Let’s get started…
Being a rice-lover I just couldn’t wait to introduce rice to my little angel! Being high in water content and enriched with carbohydrate, mashed rice always tops the list. Mashed rice is in fact, not just filling and healthy but is also easy-to-digest. Here’s the procedure.
- Take around 1/4 cup of rice. Wash thoroughly for at least four to five times.
- Cook or pressure-cook in plain water till it’s soft.
- Take out when it’s already hot. Mash it with fork or spoon.
- Sprinkle a pinch of salt to taste.
For better taste, add mashed potatoes.
The next favourite of my girl, potato puree, like rice, is not just healthy but also high in water content and easily digestible as well. Like rice, potatoes too provide the required carbohydrates and energy that six months babies require during this developmental phase. Check out how to make it.
- Take a medium-sized potato.
- Peel it and cut into four pieces.
- Wash the pieces thoroughly for at least three-four times.
- Boil it till soft.
- Mash it with a fork or spoon.
- Gradually add breastmilk/formula milk or water to attain a considerable consistency.
- Sprinkle a pinch of salt (optional).
Optional- For better taste, add a very tiny amount of butter.
Rich in Vitamin A, C and Folate, apple purees can also be a great choice if you are eager to introduce fruits. Apart from being easily digestible and rich in pectin fibre, that help with constipation, apples are also rich in folate and several minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium. Yes, they are that healthy!
- Peel an apple. Core and cut it into thin slices.
- Place them in the pressure cooker with a water level that just covers it.
- Pressure cook it till it becomes tender.
- Don’t throw the excess water. Instead, use it for making the puree.
Like apples, bananas too, are rich in Vitamin A and C and folate. Also replete with calcium, selenium, potassium and phosphorus, I just can’t skip out bananas when I am talking about introductory foods for six months babies! Replete with slow-releasing sugars, mashed bananas can be an excellent choice as portable baby food. Apart from filling the tummy, bananas also help with constipation as well as diarrhoea.
- Peel a ripe banana. NO COOKING!
- Blend it in a food blender or food processor.
- Just take the banana and mash it.
- To further thin it up, add breast/formula milk or even water.
Enriched with beta-carotene, basically the plant version of Vitamin A, carrots can also be an excellent introductory food. Also, being mildly sweet, six months babies can even love it, thus making your weaning period a fun affair.
- Peel a carrot and wash it thoroughly in water.
- Remove its greens and dice them into small slices.
- Boil them till they are soft and tender.
- Drain the excess water and again rinse it.
- Blend it in your food processor or blender till it gains a smooth consistency.
- Add water to attain a smoother consistency, if required.
You can serve carrot puree alone or can even mix with other veggies like sweet potatoes, green beans and lentils.
Papaya Puree/Mashed Papayas
The flesh of ripe papayas is quite easy to swallow. Besides, papayas are also enriched with Vitamin C, soluble fibre, folate and beta-carotene. They also consist of enzymes that further help in digestion, thus regulating a healthier digestive system.
- Wash the whole papaya even before you peel it.
- Peel it and cut it two halves, lengthwise.
- Scoop out the seeds within using a spoon.
- Again, cut one-half breadthwise and slice it into cubical pieces.
- Wash these sliced pieces thoroughly.
- Next, put these slices in a blender and blend it until they are smooth.
- To gain the right consistency, add water if needed.
- After washing the sliced pieces, just take a fork and mash them.
- If required, add water.
Sweet Potato Puree
Coming in two kinds that include orange-fleshed along with creamy fleshed, sweet potatoes easily gain a prolific rank among the best introductory foods for six months infants. Being an excellent source of fibre, Vitamin C and potassium, sweet potatoes are often loved by babies. For many, the orange-fleshed one gains an upper hand though, as they comprise of beta-carotene.
- Wash a medium sized potato under water.
- Peel the skin off cut it into a half. Dice the half further to form small cubical chunks.
- Wash these pieces again.
- Boil the chunks for around 15 minutes till they are soft.
- Drain the excess water and again wash these boiled pieces.
- Blend them in a blender or food processor.
- Add water to gain the right consistency.
Enriched with Vitamin C, A, folate, niacin, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium, avocados can be an ideal choice for boosting your child’s complete system.
- Wash the avocado.
- Peel it and take the pit out of the fruit.
- Cut the fruit’s meat.
- Mash it directly with a fork.
Avocados are like bananas, which means you don’t need to cook them.
Constipation in babies is quite a common yet troublesome affair. If your baby too, suffers from it, then choosing pears as one of the introductory foods can be great. Pears are enriched with Vitamin A, folate, Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. That means your baby’s bowel movements and the entire system can be in a good state.
- Wash a pear and peel it.
- Cut it thoroughly intro small chunks so as to avoid those seed portions.
- Steam them until they are tender and soft.
- Place them in a blender and puree it until it turns smooth.
- Add water if required.
Khichri or Rice with lentils
And of course, how can any Indian household miss out khichri! What makes it an excellent introductory food is the combination of rice and lentils. Rice helps in providing energy while lentils or “dal” helps in providing six months babies with the much-needed protein. Not only the combination makes a healthy choice but also wholesome for your baby.
- Mix equal proportions of white/brown rice with yellow moong dal. (Personally, I prefer white rice.)
- Wash them thoroughly for about 5 minutes.
- Take a half medium sized boiled potato that is cut into cubical pieces.
- Mix rice, dal and potatoes in a cooker.
- Add a considerable amount of water, till it covers the ingredients.
- Pressure cook it till 5 whistles.
- Simmer it for again 5 minutes.
- Switch the flame off and the let the steam escape on its own.
- Take it out from cooker and mash it.
- Blend it in a blender to attain a smoother consistency.
Serve it warm
For better taste, you can add more vegetables like carrots and peas.
More Tips For A Healthy Weaning Phase
Introducing and preparing new foods for six months babies can be an exciting ordeal. However, before doing the same, always make sure to follow these tips as well.
- Consult with your paediatrician regarding the new foods. If possible, let him/her provide you with a food chart.
- Before continuing any food, maintain a three-day gap. This is recommended to check out any kind of allergy.
- Never EVER force-feed your baby. The first feed can confuse your baby after a long six-month milk phase.
- Avoid adding oil, spices, salt and sugar. If at all required, add just a pinch of salt to avoid blandness.
- And, most importantly, DO NOT abruptly stop feeding milk. Even after six months, milk, especially breastmilk continues providing the most required nutrients that your baby needs.
So, that’s it, moms! Start these foods and let us know which of these introductory foods for six months babies is your angel’s favourite. Also, if you know about some more foods that I have missed out, don’t forget to leave them in the comments below.
Let’s spread the knowledge and, of course, happiness!