As your baby reaches the six-month mark, you have a major milestone awaiting you – when your little bundle of joy will transition from exclusive breastfeeding to solid foods to meet the nutrition needs of their growing-at-a-lightening-speed body. For most parents, the first few weeks after this transition are spent in getting their babies used to solids. In all likelihood, by the time you establish a solids feeding routine for your little one, you’d be looking at a 7-month-old baby's food list. From here on, offering them nourishing but easy to digest foods in small quantities and at regular intervals is vital.
Here is a guide to a 7-month-old baby's food list to help you set an interesting and varied menu for your little one:
Lentil Soup or Moong Dal Ka Paani, as it is referred to colloquially, is one of the first solid foods introduced to a baby. As you put this granny-endorsed item on the 7-month-old baby's food list, make sure you thicken the consistency so it is filling enough to satiate you baby’s hunger until the next feed.
Another time-tested preparation to put on your 7-month-old baby's food list is sooji ki kheer. Dry roasted semolina cooked with milk and sugar, it is a dish that most babies love to gorge, thanks to its sweet taste and soft texture. That it is filling, nourishing, and quick to make is what makes it a favourite among parents too.
What could be a better powerhouse of nutrients than fruits! However, you can’t add them as it is to your 7-month-old baby's food list, as they are not ready to chew and swallow fruits yet. You can incorporate them in your baby’s food menu in either mashed or pureed form. Bananas, peaches, mangoes, Sapodilla or Chikoo, kiwis, and papayas are some of the best fruits to start with.
Just like fruits, vegetables too can be added to the 7-month-old baby's food list in mashed form. Steam veggies like carrot, potato, sweet potato, peas, or whatever seasonal vegetables are available to you, are healthy baby food. Mash them either using a fork or an electric grinder, depending on the texture of the vegetables, add a little milk or water to get a semi-solid consistency, season lightly with salt, and you have the perfect lunch for your baby.
This one is another classic that must feature on your 7-month-old baby's food list. As opposed to mashes or purees where the fruits are served in raw form, here you need to steam the apples to bring the crunchy, grainy texture to an easy-to-swallow pulpy consistency. Babies usually love the sweet-tangy taste of steamed and pureed apples. And it is a great source of vitamins and fibre. So, that’s a win-win.
Eggs, as is well-known, are a rich source of protein and definitely something you should consider introducing your baby to. However, the tricky part is to decide in what form eggs should be added to the 7-month-old baby's food list. Boiled eggs are usually too dry for babies’ liking and omelettes or sunny side ups too heavy for their tiny tummies. The best way is to offer them a scramble of one egg white at a time. Most babies take a liking to the soft, squishy texture of scrambled eggs.
Once you have drawn up your 7-month-old baby's food list, the next important step is to establish a feeding routine. Your baby should eat five small meals in a day – breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, evening snack, dinner, besides regular breastfeed, to get a well-rounded dose of nutrients.