Weaning Food Recipe (4 to 6 months)

Here is your weaning recipe guide for a 6 month old baby.

Mothers wait for so many months and finally the little one arrives. This special period is full of joy and excitement which the mother cannot express in words. Weaning is the introduction of semi-solid and solid food (breast feeding continues) and this is a period when the baby is ready to explore the world of food. This period is exciting as well as difficult for the mother as they have many questions in their mind about when to start weaning, what is the best food for their baby and the never-ending list.

Mothers always express their love and care to the little ones through food. Feeding their little ones strengthens the bond between the mother and the baby. In India, many communities celebrate this occassion as 'annaprashan'. This period is very important and it is necessary to supply all vitamins and minerals through diet because maximum growth and development takes place during this period. The body weight increases to 2 times at 5 months and the brain size also increases during this period.

Mommies always want to give their babies the best. Here are important guidelines which will help the mothers and decrease their worries.

The most important point to keep in mind is 'HYGIENE'. Babies are very sensitive and more prone to infections that is why special care should be taken. The baby is completely dependent on the mother and it is important for the mother to maintain the hygiene.

When to Start?

1. It is the most confusing question for all the mothers. When to start? What should be given? What should be avoided?

2. It is best to exclusively breast feed for first six months. If the breast milk is less or the baby is on formula milk then four months is the right time.

3. The ideal time to start semisolid food is when baby is ready to sit up, swallow and eat ant taste other food.

4. The baby's stomach is ready to digest food and the baby has good appetite and accepts food readily and there is more activity in the child

Signs of hunger!

1. Smacking or licking lips or crying.

2. Opening and closing mouth

3. Sucking on lips, tongue, hands, fingers, toes, toys, or clothing.

4. Trying to position for nursing, either by lying back or pulling on your clothes.

5. Hitting you on the arm or chest repeatedly.

6. Moving head frantically from side to side.

What to give?

1. Fruits: diluted apple juice, non-acidic juices like pear, peach, thin puree of these fruits can be made after stewing the fruits.

2. In cereals: rice water, dal water, puree of rice and dal.

3. Vegetables:non gas forming vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, well boiled green peas, French beans in a thin puree.

What not to give?

1. wheat, oats, barley, nuts as it may lead to choking, cow's milk, citrus fruits like orange, sweet lime etc., eggs, chicken, fish, jaggery, honey, sugar, salt, biscuits, breads, cheese, butter.

How much to give?

1. Start with 2 teaspoons per meal (start with 1 meal only) along with 800 ml of breast milk. If your child is comfortable with it and seems to enjoy the new taste it can be increased gradually from 1 to 3 meals.

2. When your little one is 4 to 5 months old it is best to give only clear liquids and once when the baby is 6 months old you can start with thin pureed foods. So your 6 months baby will have clear liquids + pureed foods.

Sample Menu planning (4 months)

Timings

Recipe

Ingredients

Amount

Quantity

 

8 AM.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/ 10 tablespoons

 

10 AM.

Apple juice

Apple

+

Water

½ cup peeled and grated

+

½ cup/ 50 ml water.

40ml juice/ 2 table spoons

Non-acidic, easy to digest.

12 PM.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/ 10 tablespoons

 

2 PM.

Dal water

Moong dal

+

Water

2 tablespoons

+

For cooking

50 ml/ 3 tablespoons

Good source of protein.

4 PM.

Ragi kanji

Ragi

+

Water

1 tablespoon

+

3/4th cup/ 75 ml water

50 ml/ 3 tablespoons

Good source of iron and calcium.

6 PM.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/ 10 tablespoons

 

8 PM.

Rice kanji

Rice

+

Water

1 tablespoon

+

3/4th cup/ 75 ml water

50 ml/ 3 tablespoons

Good source of

re-hydration during diarrhea.

10 PM.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml

 

Sample Menu planning (5 months)

Timings

Recipe

Ingredients

Amount

Quantity

 

8 AM.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/10 tablespoons

 

10 AM.

pear juice

Pear

+

water

¾ cup peeled and grated +

¾ cup/ 75 ml water

75ml juice/ 5 table spoons

Non-acidic, easy to digest.

12 PM.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/10 tablespoons

 

2 P.M.

Dal water

Masoor dal

+

water

3 tablespoons

+

For cooking

75 ml water/5 tablespoons

Good source of protein.

4 PM.

Rice kanji

Rice

+

water

2 tablespoon

+

1 cup/100 ml

75 ml water/5 tablespoons

Good source of

re-hydration during diarrhea.

6 PM.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/10 tablespoons

 

8 PM.

Sago kanji

Sago

+

water

2 tablespoon

+

1 cup/ 100 ml

75 ml water/5 tablespoons

 

10 PM.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/10 tablespoons

 

Sample Meal planning (6 months)

Timings

Recipe

Ingredients

Amount

Quantity

 

8 A.M.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/10 tablespoons

 

10 A.M.

Thin Stewed apple

Apple

+

water

½ cup peeled and grated +

1 cup/ 100 ml

50ml/ 3 tablespoons

Fiber in apple (pectin) helps to maintain the bowel regularity.

12 P.M.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/10 tablespoons

 

2 P.M.

Dal water

Moong dal

+

Water

3 tablespoons

+

For cooking

100 ml/ 6 tablespoons

Good source of protein.

   

Water

For cooking

   

4 P.M.

Thin Stewed pear

Pear

+

water

½ cup peeled and grated +

1 cup/ 100 ml

50ml/ 3 tablespoons

Fiber in apple (pectin) helps to maintain the bowel regularity.

6 P.M.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/10 tablespoons

 

8 P.M

Rice kanji

Rice

+

Water

2 tablespoon

+

1 cup/ 100 ml

100 ml/ 6 tablespoons

Good source of

re-hydration during diarrhea.

10 P.M.

Breast milk/ formula milk

   

150-200 ml/ 10 tablespoons

 

 

METHOD OF PREPARATION

1. KANJI-RICE/RAGI/SAGO

Kanji is a mother's all-time favourite recipe. It is simple and quick to prepare and a healthy option. It is the best food when the baby has diarrhoea (loose motions) as it prevents dehydration and maintains electrolyte balance.

Soak the rice overnight.

It should be dried in sun or roasted on a pan/tawa and grind it into powdered form

Now in a pan add this powder and water. (as mentioned above for each age group)

Cook well and strain.

 

2. APPLE/PEAR JUICE

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But this is one fruit babies have trouble digesting in its raw from till they are 6 months old. So, apple/ pear juice is a wonderful way of introducing apples/pears to your baby's diet.

Boil water (as mentioned above for each age group) in a pan. Add it to the apples and keep aside for 10 minutes.

Strain it to obtain the juice. Serve lukewarm.

 

3. DAL WATER (MOONG/MASOOR)

This is a nourishing food and an ideal one to start with as its texture is similar to that of breast milk. The water has been strained as babies cannot digest whole cereals and pulse before the age of 6 months. It is best to give it unstrained after your little one is 6 months old.

Soak the dal in water and pressure cook it in ½ cup of water for 2 whistles.

Add an additional 1/2 cup of water to the cooked dal and liquidise it in a blender.

Strain the cooked dal and serve.

 

4. STEWED APPLE/PEAR

As the baby is now 6 months old he can be given stewed apple or pear but the consistency should be very thin. This is another very interesting way of adding fruits to your baby's diet.

Peel and grate the apple/pear

In a pan add the grated apple/pear and add water.

Cook till the fruit is completely cooked.

Strain it and serve.

 

FACT TIME:

1. Did you know?

Babies push their tongue out for milk and therefore they might push the first few tastes of solid food back out until they realise what to do?

Your baby may love being introduced to solid food, and then again, they may not. Try giving your baby a taste of foods a few times a day to get them into a routine and used to solids.

2. Food refused? : If your baby isn't keen on any of the new tastes you offer them – simply give them another go at a later date. It can sometimes take up to 10-15 attempts for your baby to accept a new food, so keep persevering! As your little one grows and changes, so will their taste in food.

 

Also read more about: Weaning Food Recipe: 7 to 9 months, 10 to 12 months, The Complete guide to Sippers and feeding Cups for your weaning babyWeaning Foods for Indian Mums: Khyati's Checklist

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Comments (38)



V Sunitha

Your diet chart for kutties are good and useful thank you mam

Kajal Verma

helpful tips

Aiswarya Shankar

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Poonam

good & useful tips thanks

Roop Preet

really helpful

Meghna Tailor

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Khyati Rupani

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Varsha Sibal

can i give peach to my 6 month old baby...if yes then how

Asavari Wani-Kathar

I wish I knew this before

Richa Kaushik

This is so well written.

Sakshi Kaur

Thank you so much

Preeti Munka

well explain n its really helpful for us

Twinkle Vishrani

Well planned and good info

Foram KModi (Slimpossiblediet)

This is so well written.

manju asrani

This is so well written.

Sindhuri Gautam

This is so well written...I was so confused on how and when to give solid food .. thank you so much

navi bansi

nice tips
very informative

Sonali Prajapati

I wish I knew this before

Tanu

very useful tips. helped me a lot while weaning

Suma Battula

This is just in time

Sonal Sharma

This is just in time

princy

My lil one is turning six months and this is very useful for me...

kakali

Very useful

Shilpa

Thanks mam.so much useful and informative

Suchi Charitha

Very helpful thank you

Amardeep Mann

Thank u fr giving complete diet chart for kids...

vaishali

This is so well written.

Trupti

Very helpful.. thanks

Trupti

This is exactly what I was looking for.

zanub khan

I am exclusively breastfeeding my baby.can I start semi food when she enters 4th month or not

Bijal Gala

This is so well written.

Vasundhara B S

This is so well written.

Aarti jani

It is ok to give food with BM to 4 months baby???

Susethira Ramamoorthy

This is so well written.

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