Indian baby food chart along with a list of 60 Indian baby food recipes. Thanks to the readers who led me to this post on Indian baby food chart. Before I take you to the details of the food chart and the food recipes, please be informed that this post is based on my experience. I have honestly expressed my views and opinions on healthy baby weaning so that it could be helpful to new mums. Please read the comments below before posting your queries since similar queries may have been answered.
Well, some of my tips might look like old wives tales since they are based on Ayurveda, but I do trust them in growing healthy and happy babies. However I suggest consulting your elders or pediatrician before you follow any new foods or tip that have been mentioned here.
For the past several years, I have been consistently sharing & updating baby recipes especially for a good weight gain. You can find all the latest recipes or ideas on the baby toddler recipes section.
Readers who have been asking for suggestions on foods to gain weight, please check this detailed post on best foods for weight gain in babies & toddlers.
This Indian baby food chart is a generalized chart suitable for most babies, however i suggest you to use your judgement whether to include or not, certain ingredients in your babies diet based on your babies allergies, intolerance, appetite, likes and dislikes. I have tried to link most Indian baby food recipes that i have posted earlier on this blog, many were written almost 3 years ago and are updated regularly with new tips based on the readers reviews. If i have included any red chili or pepper powder, do skip them.
This Indian baby food chart was developed by me based on what i fed my 2 kids, whose birth weight was 3.3 kgs and 3.4 kgs. The ideas were basically drawn from the health and baby weaning booklets that were given to us during our visits to the singapore clinics & hospitals and few from clinics in bangalore. I feel this chart is also suitable to babies who were preterm born or were underweight, however i suggest mums with such babies to consult a pediatrician if you are skeptical about these foods.
This post will be updated, to include tips and other information. you can leave a comment here if you want to know anything specific which will be answered. Please feel free to share or discuss your experiences, views, problems that you encounter while weaning your babies in the comment section. It could be helpful to other readers, it’s through sharing we can learn.
When to introduce food to baby – 6 months to 1 year
Here is a brief guide on the right time to introduce foods. But how to introduce them can be found in the recipe posts. Example: Oats or oatmeal – I have mentioned clearly how to choose them and the kind you can use and how to prepare it for a baby.
You can find a a detailed baby food chart for 6 months old baby here along with recipes.
This Indian baby food chart and the baby food recipes have been developed for a good weight gain in babies.
Indian baby food chart for babies above 7 months or from 8 months
|Wake up – 6 am|
|Milk – (skip milk if baby wakes up after 8 am, make a milk based breakfast from breakfast section)|
|Breakfast – 7.30 to 8 am|
|One of the following:
Quick fix breakfast (for 8 to 18 months):
|Mid-morning – 10 to 10.15 am|
|One of the following:
or 2 tbsp of fresh homemade plain curd / yogurt (3 times a week, avoid when the baby has cold & phlegm, prefer room temperature. As the baby grows you can increase the quantity)
|Lunch – 11.30 to 12.30 pm||
Soak them for about 2 hours in warm water before cooking. Use hulled foxtail millets known as thinai arisi/ korra biyyam/ navanakki- for babies above 10 months.
For a lighter meal, if the baby has colic
|Mid noon – 2.30 to 3 pm|
|Fruits or steam cooked mashed veggies|
|Evening snack -5 to 5.30 pm|
|One of the following:
|Dinner – 7 to 7.45 pm|
|Bed time – 8.30 to 9 pm|
|Large serving of Milk. Make sure there is a gap of at least 1 hour 30 mins in between the completion of dinner and milk. For babies above 12 months: If the baby is still hungry after the milk, can feed some light crackers.|
Related post: how to make ragi flour for babies or toddlers’ porridge
Suggestions from experienced mums and healthcare professionals are welcome to enhance this chart.
Tips to increase the appetite in babies,
Try to serve fruits 1 1/2 to 2 hours before a meal,they tend to make the infant feel hungry naturally. Do not serve fruit with a meal.
Do not mix fruits with dairy especially milk, It leads to indigestion.
Babies need exercise, let them play and crawl or run around , don’t confine them to a small area. For toddlers / babies who can walk, A small walk in the neighborhood before a meal can make them hungry.
If you have a very fussy baby, avoid milk in the early morning and serve milk based breakfast mentioned in the table
Serving bread or any other baked stuff to babies, leads to colic or bloating due to the ingredients like baking soda, powder, yeast etc. Limit the crackers or biscuits to only once a day, avoiding is however better.
I have updated this post with these summer drinks for babies & toddlers. Hope they will be useful.
|Hydrating summer drinks for babies|
|One of the following: Please ensure you avoid sour fruits as babies tend to get more colic during summers with sour fruits. Do not add sugar or salt, if mentioned in the recipe please skip. Do not mix fruits with curd or milk.|