Foods that make babies gain weight fast

15 Foods to Make Baby Gain Weight – Cafe Baby®

  • by Jeannie Marrugo
  • Mar 10, 2022

If you need to add foods to Baby’s diet to help them in gaining weight, be sure to add these to your grocery list or to your next Café Baby order. Sometimes every extra calorie counts in their tiny bellies. 

If your child needs to be on high calorie fortified infant formula or breast milk, please talk to your pediatrician first. You need to know the right recipe to prevent an excess intake of nutrients to prevent constipation and dehydration.

1. Avocado

Avocados are a sugar-free healthy choice that contributes 2.5 grams of monounsaturated fat and 0.5 gram of polyunsaturated fat per 25-gram serving to Baby's diet. 

2. Kidney Beans

Kidney beans are a plant-based protein, or non-heme iron source, rich in most B-vitamins, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain two that are commonly deficient in babies: folate and iron.

3. Eggs

Not only are eggs a prime source of the best-quality proteins after breast milk, but one egg contains thirteen essential minerals like copper, zinc, selenium, calcium, iron, cholesterol, fat, fatty acids, and vitamins like vitamin D, B12, E, choline and folate.

4. Bananas

Bananas are loaded with nutrients like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, and vitamin B6 and can help babies gain weight by increasing calorie density.

5. Mango

Mangoes are rich in fibres and digestive enzymes, which means Baby won't have any trouble going number two. Mangoes are very low in fat but contain lots of good calories which can help Baby gain weight.

6. Lentils

Lentils are low in sodium and saturated fat, and high in potassium, fiber, folate, and plant chemicals called polyphenols that have antioxidant activity.

7. Ground Meat

Did you know it's important to add iron- and zinc-rich foods to Baby's diet? At about six months of age, Baby starts to run out of their natural iron stores that they were born with. Ground meats are an important source of heme iron, which is more easily absorbed into the body than non-heme iron (plant-based protein). 

8. Whole Milk Yogurt

The best option is plain, unsweetened, pasteurized yogurt (regular or Greek) made from whole milk and containing "live cultures. " Yogurt made from whole milk is best for Baby because they need the calories and fat in full-fat dairy products.

9. Full-fat Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese has plenty of healthy fats and protein, plus some B vitamins, calcium, selenium, and zinc. To avoid loads of salt, look for options that are:

  • Pasteurized
  • Low in sodium (ideally less than 100mg sodium per serving)
  • Made from whole milk
  • Without added preservatives or sugars

10. Mashed Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes provide nothing but good calories, making it a healthy food option for Baby. The high amount of calories in sweet potatoes help in weight gain and physical development in children.

11. Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes might be mostly white, but that doesn’t mean they don't contain nutrients. They are are a source of fiber-rich carbs, which are one of the best sources of fuel for Baby’s brain. 

12. Mashed Butternut Squash

The Omega-3 fats that are found in butternut squash are present in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, and this is what helps to reduce inflammation.

13. Peanut or Almond Butters

Nut butters can be a source of fibre, protein and healthy fats, as well as minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamin E. If you're worried about food allergies, check out our blog series about starting solids and allergies. 

14. Fresh Goat Cheese

Fresh goat cheese has lots of protein and healthy fats, plus calcium, copper, iron, and vitamins A, B2, and B6—essential nutrients to power your baby’s growth. When selecting goat cheese for Baby, look for a cheese that is:

  • Pasteurized
  • Low sodium (less than 100mg per serving)
  • Whole fat

15. Cooked Quinoa

Quinoa is a good source of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. It's also a great source of Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, which are good for Baby's brain and eye development.

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Best foods for weight gain in babies & toddlers (0 to 3 years)

This post has been updated with a new list of weight gaining recipes at the end of this post for toddlers – above 1 year old. Many readers have been asking for suggestions on best foods for weight gain in babies & toddlers. I have shared the tips that one can follow. If you are a new reader to this blog and have reached here looking for weight gaining foods or recipes for your little heart, please read this food chart for babies above 8 months.

I suggest following the recipes on the post as well for a good weight gain. I would also suggest to read the comments before posting your query here as similar queries may have been answered in the comment section below.

If you are looking for a food chart for baby around 6 months, you can refer this post on solids for 6 months baby.

Best foods for weight gain in babies & toddlers (0 months to 3 years)

1. Breast milk is one of the best foods for babies under 6 months to gain weight. Since mother’s milk is more nutritious than any other foods, it is good to exclusively breastfeed babies for the first 6 months.

If a baby is breast fed, mum needs to eat more nutritious foods to have enough milk supply and to increase the quality of milk.

To increase the milk supply in lactating mothers’ foods like milk, lentils (DAL), garlic, flax seeds (alasi in hindi or avise ginjalu in telugu), chickpeas (chana), almonds, whole grains, methi leaves, methi seeds, dill leaves (sabbasige soppu in kannada), fennel seeds (saunf), cumin (jeera) have been proved to be beneficial. One needs to include these in their diet moderately.

At least 2 protein rich meals and a breakfast should be included in the diet of a lactating mother. For vegetarians lentils / dal is a best protein rich food.

Chickpeas can be enjoyed by mums having babies older than 3 months. If using they need to be soaked overnight, soft cooked with turmeric and other Indian spices to prevent vata dosha.

Traditionally gond ke laddu, dry fruits ladoos and copra ladoos were eaten by lactating mothers to improve the quantity and quality of breast milk. Here are some protein rich ladoos which you can try after consulting your elders.
Gond ke laddu
Dry fruits ladoo
Copra ladoo (or dried coconut ladoo)

Here is a simple homemade powder for increasing milk supply in lactating mothers. Dry roast equal quantities of cumin and fennel seeds till they turn aromatic. Cool them and grind to powder.

Mix ½ tsp powder in ½ tsp warm ghee and consume 30 minutes before food 2 to 3 times a day. Desi ghee works best. This can be consumed for 2 weeks, followed by a break for 4 to 5 days and then repeat the cycle.

This also helps to reduce colic in breastfed babies. A small portion of ajwain/ carom seeds can also be included.

2. There is also a wide population of women who are unable to breast fed due to medical or professional reasons, yet their babies tend to grow well in terms of height and weight. For babies who are not breast fed, Formula milk has been proved to be of great help.

If your baby is over 6 months and you intend to stop breastfeeding, then choose a good formula milk with the help of your pediatrician. Formula milk is mostly balanced and has adequate nutrition which may not be available in dairy milk.

Formula milk helps to gain good weight in most babies, but one needs to be patient in trying out what works best for your baby. Many women express that formula milk is not good and hence should choose dairy milk.

Both have their own pros and cons. In the recent years, cows raised in farms are not grass-fed and are mostly on hormones either in their feed or injected to produce more milk. So it may be more unsafe than the formula milk.

A thorough research is conducted before any formula milk is sold in the market. So as a mother, you are the right person to choose between cow’s milk vs formula milk.

For babies above 12 months, fresh dairy milk can be used. Do not use milk that comes in tetra packs for babies and toddlers.

3. Foods like potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, dal, ghee, ragi, almonds, yogurt, eggs and milk help the baby to gain weight. Please take a pediatricians’ suggestion before you start any of these foods. As always follow a 3 day test rule.

How to make mashed potato for baby ?

Always choose hard potatoes that do not have any sprouts grown over them. Sprouted or soft potatoes are not healthy to use.

Wash and peel off the skin of the potato. Cook potato in excess water either in pressure cooker or a rice cooker steam basket or in a pot. It should be soft cooked.

While it is still hot, take it to a feeding bowl and mash it to soft. Add the potato stock that was left after cooking to make smooth puree. using a small steel glass you can easily mash it.

Add a pinch of ajwain and ghee and serve it warm. The same way you can also make mashed sweet potato for baby. Best time to serve these is for breakfast or lunch.

It can also be cooked along with rice to make a rice potato khichdi. You can find the recipe of sweet potato here (new post)

How much potato or sweet potato for baby?

7 months baby – 1 tbsp 2 to 3 times a week
8 to 10 months – 2 tbsp. 2 to 3 times a week
10 to 12 months – 3 to 4 tbsp. 2 to 3 times a week
toddlers- use your judgement . Can be served 5 times a week to daily.

Serve potato or sweet potato at least 2 to 3 times a week with little ajwain powder and ghee. Avoid when baby has tummy upset, colic or spit ups.

Moong dal and urad dal help a lot to gain weight in babies & toddlers. Urad dal is a power house of nutrients, high in calcium and protein and also EFA , essential fatty acids that help to develop the brain. So Idli is a very healthy food for babies.

Using urad dal make idli and serve with mild rasam or dal ka pani and ghee.This can be fed daily. You can find the recipe of soft idli here and a rasam recipe for babies here.

Include dal preferably moong dal or tuvar dal in lunch or breakfast every day. Do not mix dal with yogurt or milk. Just a simple vegetable dal rice khichdi works great for babies in gaining weight.

If your baby tends to get bored, change the vegetables used in the khichdi to give a different taste. You can find the recipe of dal khichdi here

Ragi porridge also helps to gain weight, it also strengthens the bones, teeth and helps for the overall development. Here is a complete post on how to introduce ragi to babies and how to make sprouted ragi flour for babies.

Yogurt and homemade paneer are also a good choice for babies over 8 months to gain weight. Serve yogurt alone or with brown rice and white rice in equal quantities.

I always used to make one cup curd separately for both my babies since it is not recommended to serve cold yogurt from the refrigerator. Also avoid serving in the evening or night.

how much yogurt/ curd to serve for babies ?

2 tbsp homemade unsweetened yogurt/ curd can be fed to 8 to 10 months baby, 2 to 3 times a week (avoid during winters)
4 tbsp can be fed to a 10 to 12 months baby. 3 to 4 times a week (avoid during winters)

Eggs also help babies to gain weight. Prefer boiled eggs instead of scrambled eggs. There is a loss of nutrition in scrambled eggs especially the protein content.

you can find the recipe of homemade curd here.

How to feed egg to baby ?

Make a hard boiled egg. Remove the yolk and take small portion of it and mash it with a pinch of cumin powder, add very little water and mash the egg to blend it well with water. It should become a smooth paste.

how much egg for 7 months old baby ?

For a 7 months baby – Start feeding a tsp of the above said mashed egg yolk. It can be served 2 times a week.
For 8 months baby – a tbsp and then increase the quantity.
For 10 months baby – by the end of 12 months a baby can eat the entire mashed yolk.

Include banana, papaya, apple, pear and chikoo (sapota). Serve banana at least 4 to 5 times a week. We give the small variety banana to babies. Avoid it when baby has cold and phlegm.

Serve a warm apple sauce or apple oats when the baby has cold and congestion. Banana helps to gain weight and most fruits helps to digest foods better since they contain natural digestive enzymes.

The nutrients from other foods are better absorbed by the body when a good amount of fruits are consumed (the right way).

Follow the rule, of feeding fruit alone without mixing with other foods at least once a day. Strictly do not serve fruits and milk together.

4. Ghee also helps to gain weight – How much ghee to serve for babies and toddlers ?

Start with only few drops a day when you introduce ghee to your baby. Try using organic and grassfed or desi ghee. Desi ghee can be found in ayurvedic stores or can also be bought online.

If you notice symptoms like coughing, itchy eyes or rubbing eyes or rashes stop it. Try with a new brand or try with homemade ghee. If your baby or toddler do not like the flavour of ghee, I suggest making ghee at home.

Just add few curry leaves towards the end when you make ghee at home, it adds a good aroma.

Excess usage of ghee may suppress the baby’s appetite, so use only as needed, a mother is the best judge. I followed the following measures for my babies and no cheese or butter was given to them.

If using butter then reduce the proportionate amount of ghee from the below mentioned quantity.

7 months ½ tsp ghee divided among 2 servings – start with only a few drops of melted ghee
8 months ¾ to 1 tsp ghee divided among 2 servings
10 months 1 to 1 ¼ tsp ghee divided among 3 servings
12 months on wards 1 to 1 ½ tsp ghee divided among 3 servings

Some babies may not digest fats in ghee well especially if formula milk, cheese, or butter are already a part of the diet. You can try with only half of the above quantity.

5. Can i use almonds / badam for my baby?

Experts advice not to introduce nuts to babies until 1 year as they may end up with severe allergies. So i would suggest waiting until your baby turns an year old especially if there is an history of allergy in your family.

However i have used almonds from 8 months for both my babies. Those who would like to try may start with almonds since these are the only kind of nuts that are slightly alkaline (apart from chestnuts).

Alkaline foods help us to keep our body healthy and energetic. Always try using soaked almonds. Soaking also increases the alkaline nature and hence digest well.

Soaking for about 5 to 6 hours also helps to peel the skin. They can be ground with little water and then used to cook baby foods like oats, ragi, rice etc.

6. Physical activity

Allow the baby to crawl freely, do not restrict your babies to prams or rocking chairs. Being physically active helps babies feel hungry in time. They are less fussy and eat or drink well.

Burping is very important as it helps to relieve the babies from colic and they tend to drink better. Gently Burp before feeding, in between the feeds, Burp after the feed. Keep the baby in upright position for at least 15 minutes after a feed.

Foods for weight gain in toddlers (above 1 year)

Breakfast menu
Pesarattu with ghee
Idli with ghee (1:2 proportion) – use search box for idli recipe
Soft thick dosa with boiled mashed potato
Chick pea / chana soup
chana dosa (with steamed mashed carrots)
moong dal soup
carrot milkshake
oats uttapam (use carrot for topping, follow method 2)
jowar dosa: you can make uttapam with carrot topping. Jowar makes bones strong and helps to gain good weight.
ragi mudde with rasam or any soup.
paneer paratha – no stuffing, good finger food too for snack in the evening
Boiled egg – boiled eggs have more nutrition than scrambled eggs. So try serving boiled egg with mild flavorings like pepper, cumin powder, ajwain and salt.

Suggestions from experienced mothers are welcome and highly appreciated to enhance this page.
Disclaimer: Please check with a pediatrician before you follow any of the tips or foods mentioned in this post.

My Heartfelt Thanks to all the Readers who have been consistently sharing with us their personal experiences with their babies, this has helped many new mothers to understand the baby food patterns and other food related issues.
Wishing a Wonderful Motherhood to all the MUMS

20 foods that can get you better in no time

All of these foods are incredibly healthy: some contain a lot of the right fats, some are rich in calcium, vitamins or fiber. It is imperative to include them in the diet, but with a caveat - a little bit. Below is a list of 20 diet foods that you need to be careful with, otherwise you will see a plus on the scale.

1. Avocado

This fruit is really very useful - it contains a lot of polyunsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins, which positively affects the cardiovascular system, skin and hair condition. However, remember that an avocado can contain up to 350 calories and snacking on this fruit can be more caloric than even the main meals. Do not allow yourself more than a quarter of a fruit if you are trying to lose weight.

2. Curd

Great source of protein and calcium! But you shouldn’t get carried away with it - frequent use of cottage cheese, and especially at night, causes swelling and cellulite. This is due to lactose, which is found in all dairy products and is a simple carbohydrate. And it acts on the appearance of "orange peel" in the same way as an eaten cookie or candy. So if cellulite is preventing you from living a happy life, why not experiment and give up this product for at least a month?



Not only are seasonal fruits (especially in summer!) a perfect substitute for dessert, but they also serve as an excellent source of vitamins. In addition, fruits are high in fiber. But don't forget about the ubiquitous simple carbohydrates! Once in the body, our favorite bananas, cherries, peaches, nectarines, pineapples raise blood sugar levels, thereby causing a surge in insulin. It transforms simple carbohydrates into fat cells, which disrupt our weight loss plans. Therefore, include fruits in your diet only in the morning and control their amount. Also, don't combine them with other foods. The best solution is to eat a serving before training - this way you will get a boost of energy and burn extra calories.

4. Omelet

Great breakfast and snack! After all, egg white is perfectly absorbed by the body and contributes to the formation of muscle mass. However, here you need to be more careful. First, keep an eye on the number of eggs (1-2 pieces per serving will be enough). Secondly, do not get carried away with the filling. An omelet can harm the figure if you “load” it with sausage, bacon, cheese and sauces. Use more green vegetables: green beans, peppers and fresh herbs. Then the omelet will remain useful both for the body and for the figure.

5. Cheese

Like its dairy "brother" cottage cheese, cheese contains calcium and protein, but their abuse can affect the figure, because cheese contains up to 40% fat and 300-400 calories per 100 g. If the rejection of this product overshadows your life, give preference goat cheese and cheese.

6. Dry breakfasts

Yeah, we also heard about wonderful breakfast cereals that help you lose weight and energize you for the whole day. That's just the sugar that they may contain will not help to part with those extra pounds. So firstly - read the composition before buying. Second, replace cereal with bran whenever possible. You can buy them in the diet section of supermarkets and pharmacies. Of course, they are not so tasty, since they do not contain additives, but their fibers will help cleanse the body, improve digestion, well, they certainly will not harm the figure.

7. Coffee

Not all coffee is the same! This is what we are talking about now, in which syrup, sugar, heavy cream are added. And all this together. In this case, the calorie content of the drink will reach 300-400 calories (the same amount is contained in such a good serving of pasta with vegetables). What to do? Choose black coffee, try to avoid sugar. Well, or replace it with a natural sweetener - stevia.

8. Smoothies

The perfect drink for everyone. But with smoothies there is an important rule: do not overdo it. And do not add sugar, syrup, chocolate, ice cream, sweet yogurt to it. Remember that the correct portion of a smoothie should not exceed 300 ml. For the perfect snack, mix green vegetables and fruits in a blender, add water and ice - such a drink will purify the blood and give a real vitamin boost.

9. Dark chocolate

This product is really very useful - it contains flavonoids, which have a positive effect on the functioning of the cardiovascular system. But dark chocolate is even a little more caloric than milk chocolate: 100 g - as much as 546 calories. For the period of active weight loss, give up all types of sweets. Well, if it’s really hard, make a portion of hot chocolate (only milk and cocoa powder without sugar!) Or a chocolate candy (date + dried apricots + cocoa powder without sugar).

10. Dried fruits

The danger lies in the fact that a serving of dried fruit is 4-6 times more caloric than a serving of fresh fruit. Without thinking about it, you can eat 300-400 calories and not even notice. Use dried fruit only in extreme cases, like as a pre-workout snack. And if you have a choice, always opt for fresh fruit over dried fruit.

11. Nuts

There are more than enough benefits in nuts: protein, vitamins B and E, omega-3 - the list does not end there. However, the calorie table will tell you why it is better to limit the consumption of nuts during the period of weight loss - 100 g of any nuts contains from 500 to 650 calories, while they so easily enter the mouth ... Watch yourself!

12. Wine

Here, as elsewhere, the rule of moderation again applies. A glass of wine will improve heart and brain function, while two glasses contain over 212 calories. Measure the amount of the drink of the gods with a measuring cup, drink no more than 150 ml of dry wine at dinner.

13. Juices

Packaged juices have been on our black list for a long time (as well as processed meat). However, it is sometimes difficult to refuse freshly squeezed juice. Choose the one that contains the pulp - so along with the pleasure you will get a good portion of dietary fiber, which will cleanse the body. However, you do not need to abuse them - one glass of freshly squeezed orange can contain up to five pieces of this fruit.

14. Sushi and rolls

It would seem that they contain everything only useful: nori seaweed, rice, fish, seafood. But! Firstly, we, to our deep regret, do not live by the sea and cannot eat raw fish, so salmon rolls are most likely a lightly salted or smoked product. Secondly, when preparing rolls, many add mayonnaise and soft cheese, and this is plus a few hundred calories per serving. And finally, high-calorie white rice. Do you want delicious rolls? Cook your own, avoiding the addition of at least white rice and cheese. And don't get carried away with soy sauce - it also contains a lot of salt.

15. Energy bars

Great for snacking before a high-intensity workout, run or bike ride. And only in these cases. The sugar and simple carbs that most bars contain will help you complete your workout, but if you eat them and stay in front of the computer, nothing good will happen.

16. Sandwiches

Everything is extremely simple here. We exclude white bread, sauces, sausages and fatty cheeses. Add whole grain bread, baked meat, tuna, lettuce and vegetables. If you want to achieve a quick result - exclude bread, use a lettuce leaf instead.

17. Salads

Same mechanism as with sandwiches. Do not overload salads with croutons, cheese, sauces, butter and salt, and then the dish will be dietary and healthy.

18. Tofu

Tofu contains calcium, iron, a lot of protein and only 50-70 calories per 100 grams, but there is a catch here too. The fact is that tofu, like a sponge, absorbs all the fat that will be contained in the dish, so it is better to eat it separately. If you add cheese to a salad, make sure that the amount of oil does not exceed one tablespoon.

19. Bread

Do not be fooled by the labels on the product packaging. If you want bread - read what's in the composition. And don't be surprised if you find yeast, margarine, and a bunch of everything else there.

20. Yogurt

Focus on plain yoghurts (strawberry-flavored ones can contain about 3 teaspoons of sugar per serving) and eat them with fresh berries or fruit.

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Foods that make children gain weight quickly

Tips for moms

What foods make children gain weight better?

Being underweight can have a negative impact on the health and well-being of a child. There are many foods with a high energy value that contribute to rapid weight gain.

Nuts and cereals are healthy foods that make children quickly gain weight


Include in the children's menu:

  • Durum wheat pasta with grated cheese and olive oil;
  • Nuts;
  • Dried fruits - plums, raisins, figs;
  • Porridges from peas, corn;
  • Potato.

Remember that baby food should be not only high in calories, but also healthy. No need to feed the child with fried meat, sweets and other harmful products. A large amount of carbohydrates can form a wrong attitude towards food in a baby from childhood, which will lead to obesity in the future.

What is the right diet for a child to gain weight?

Getting a list of foods that make kids gain weight fast is only half the battle. You need to know exactly how to use them correctly, from what age you can add certain dishes to the children's menu.

  • If your child is 1-2 years old, be sure to include different cereals in his diet. They are easily digested, quickly saturate, enrich with essential nutrients and vitamins. In addition, cereal porridge is a source of healthy carbohydrates, the use of which contributes to weight gain. You can cook cereals from buckwheat, rice, oatmeal, peas, corn.
  • Children from 2 years of age can safely be given high-calorie foods - meat, fish, potatoes. Steam, try to fry foods in a pan using vegetable oil as little as possible.
  • Instead of sweets, offer your child dried fruits and nuts, natural candied fruits, which can be prepared from almost any fruit and even from seasonal vegetables.

Do not buy fast food for your child, trans fats will lead to weight gain, but digestive and endocrine system disorders will follow.

If the product contains a lot of carbohydrates, supplement it with a side dish of fresh vegetables and herbs.

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