A Nutrition Guide for your 6-month-old- the 6 month baby food
Babies grow really fast; blink your eyes and they'll be walking on their own, blink again and they'll be off to college. It seems that fast. Of course, you can't control time but what you can control is how healthily they grow, and in case you need help with the same, you can always look up for tips on BabyBerry, a handy baby care app, which includes guides on nutrition during pregnancy along with age-wise nutrition chart for babies for when you have welcomed the baby into your world.
Importance of Proper Nutrition- Nutrition chart for babies
You shouldn't even doubt the importance of proper nutrition. All human beings- whether a child, a young adult, or a 50-year-old- need adequate nutrition to lead a healthy lifestyle. Other than that, it also helps in:
- Achieving growth and developmental landmarks timely
- Stronger immune system
- Better physical as well as mental health and improved memory power
- Fighting Obesity and/or other metabolic dysfunctions
Essentials in 6 month baby food
At the 6 month mark, your baby's nutrition requirements exceed more than just breast milk and he/she is ready to be introduced to solids and complimentary foods.
As per best parenting apps android, here's a list of complimentary foods that you can feed your baby:
1. Cereals and Grains
- Iron-fortified Barley, Oatmeal or Brown Rice
- Pureed or mashed sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, green peas, spinach etc.
- Pureed banana, pears, avocado, applesauce etc.
- Boiled and mashed dals, lentils, legumes, and certain meats.
- Plain yoghurt
- Breast Milk
Foods to absolutely avoid
- Cow's Milk
Points to remember while feeding your 6 month old baby the 6 month baby food
- When you start with one type of veggie, fruit, or cereal, give only that for a few days, and then move on to the next food. This way you can be sure if your child is allergic to that or not.
- Always start with yellow veggies before moving to green veggies and fruits.
- Bottle-feeding is still a no-no as it can lead to tooth decay. Spoon feed the mashed food instead.
- You can use a pacifier if your baby wants to suckle but at a time when they are not hungry and let it not lead to habit formation.
- Use a small sized, soft spoon and feed in small quantities.
- Introduce your baby to recommended new foods with a gap of at least 2 days to develop their taste and accomplish nutrition requirements.
- Always feed fresh food to your baby. In case, you have made a little more, do not forget to cover the container.
- Avoid any food sitting on the table or in the refrigerator for more than 2 days.
- Avoid sugar and/or salt.
Some babies spit out food first few times, which is completely normal. Wait for a few days and try feeding them solids again although avoid force-feeding- give it a little time. Secondly, closely watch out for allergic reactions to specific food items. For example, if your baby suffers from sudden rashes, diarrhea, or vomits, he may be allergic- consult experts on the baby health record app or baby care app or your doctor to be made aware and to avoid anything untoward.