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Q:

Hi, my baby is 7 months old. When can I start giving her any form of oil and ghee. And when can I start giving her small finger food (potato or carrot sticks).



You can add ghee in the food. It's very good for babies. Just avoid adding in very large quantity. Daal & khichdi tempered with ghee, or veggies fried in ghee, or Sooji ka halwa/porridge prepared in ghee are few options. You can add some ghee separately in her daal rice or oats . Finger foods can be introduced now as well. Just make her eat infront of you. Their gums are very strong, so they don't actually need teeth to chew.

Tagging other moms for their insights Rebecca Prakash

Hey dear ghee and other stuffs after one year . Potato sticks you can give now..
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Sania Bhushan AMRITA MALLIK

Yes you can give a drop of ghee in vegetable puree. It helps to improve immunity. Yes potato and carrot sticks also u can give. Carrot sticls can be given raw. But not potato. U have to cook the potato.

Thank you so much 😊

Ghee n oil should be given after one year n small finger foods like potato n carrot sticks can be given now.But potato should be boiled n carrot be given raw

Hi you can offer ghee and oil from 6 months itself, good fats are very important for babies.

FOR ALL MOMMIES STARTING SOLIDS FOR THEIR LOS There are 4 criteria that HAVE to be met most importantly before starting solids.;
1. Baby must have completed 180 days/6 Months;
2. Baby must be able to sit unsupported for a few seconds;
3. Baby must have lost tongue thrust.;
4. Shows interest in food;
Once baby meets ALL the criteria, only then you may start solids.;
Please remember that for the baby’s first year, bm/fm is the main source of nutrition. Solids are not to be used to make the child “fatter/gain weight/fuller/sleep better”; This is because their digestive tracks are still not mature enough to process food completely so they may not be able to extract nutrition fully from solids. However, having said that, it doesn’t mean you should not feed them healthy options. This is the practice period which will set the pattern for their eating habits in the long run... so avoid force feeding, distraction feeding, giving junk food or masking tastes of things; No animal milk, salt, no sugar/jaggery/honey till the baby completes 1 year. Even post that if you can avoid, please do.; Before every solids meal, give bm/ff (about 20-30 mins before); Continue to breastfeed as normal and don’t replace a feed session with solids.; When you introduce solids introduce everything individually first, be it fruit or vegetable or cereal.; 6th month - 1 meals;
7th Month-2 meals;
8th Month- 3 meals;
9th month- 3 meals and a snack if needed;
10th Months- same; as above and give snacks as per demand.;
If you are doing traditional weaning, then steam instead of boiling before pureeing; Start with breakfast and observe any reactions.; Offer variety. Don’t give the baby the same thing for several days Don’t be alarmed if baby doesn’t eat more than a few grains or a bite in the initial days, it’s normal.; Follow the baby’s cues when it comes to quantity. If baby persistently refuses then don’t force.;
Introduce without spice first so baby can taste everything in its natural form.