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Meal Plan For 6-9 Month-Old Infants

Meal Plan For 6-9 Month-Old Infants

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As your bundle of joy reaches 6 months of age, complimentary food in the form of mashed or pureed becomes a part of their daily nutrition intake. These soft lumps or puree food help the baby to develop chewing skills and strengthens the tongue, which aids in speech development.

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Additionally, a baby begins to develop control over the head and neck muscles at the age of 3 or 4 months. By 6 months, infants gain strong head to neck control, which helps them accept solid food. The digestive enzymes are also developed which aids the digestion process.

Along with solid foods, continue feeding breastmilk as it is a vital source nutrition for the baby.

How to Introduce Solid Foods?

Start the day with breastfeeding your baby. After 1 ½ or 2 hours, feed your baby a preparation of mashed fruits, vegetables or grains. The enzymes in fruits aid better digestion in babies.

For week one, prepare diluted purees of mashed fruits or vegetables and gradually thicken it. When introducing new food to baby's, you can follow the 3-day wait rule. For example, for breakfast feed the baby mashed banana and continue it for three days in a row. This will help identify if the food is agreeing or causing problems. If it causes allergy, diarrhoea, etc. consult your paediatrician. It is recommended to introduce new foods for breakfast or lunch rather than late in the evening. If there is an allergic reaction it is easier to avail medical help during the day.

The quantity advisable is ¼ to ½ cup after breastfeeding at a frequency of 2-3 times a day, with 3-4 breastfeeds per day.

A Meal Plan For 6-9-Month-Old Infants

Week 1

Day 1

Wakeup: Start the day by breastfeeding the baby

Breakfast: Prepare an apple puree in the consistency of a sauce. In fruits, you can feed Bananas 3 to 4 times a week, while Apple and Chickoo can be fed daily. Avocados too can be fed daily or 3 to 4 times in a week. Feed Pear 3 to 4 times a week and Papaya 4 to 5 times.

Lunch: If your baby adapts to solid foods during breakfast, you can feed dal soups for lunch. Alternatively, stick to breastmilk for week 1.

For the rest of the day: Breastfeeding will help to meet the needs of the baby.

Day 2

Wakeup: Start the day by breastfeeding the baby

Breakfast: Feed mashed banana puree.

Lunch: Prepare mashed rice and potato or carrot puree.

For the rest of the day: Breastfeeding will help to meet the needs of the baby.

Day 3

Wakeup: Start the day by breastfeeding the baby

Breakfast: Mashed papaya or Suji (Semolina) halwa.

Lunch: Prepare apple ragi porridge or peas and carrot puree.

For the rest of the day: Breastfeeding will help to meet the needs of the baby

If you are following a 3-day wait rule for the first few weeks, then repeat the meals three days in a row.

During this period, introduce nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, cereals, grains, pulses to your baby’s diet. You can also incorporate fortified baby cereals that are rich in vitamins and minerals. If you have a family history of intolerance, allergy or identify that a particular food is not agreeing with your baby, consult your paediatrician, immediately.

As your baby grows, his food requirements will change. When your baby falls in 9-12 months bracket, remember to introduce him to the right food.

 

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