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6-Month-Old Baby's Food Chart And Recipes

Know what food and diet will support your little one's growth and development.


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A 6-month-baby food chart allows parents to understand how to introduce solid foods to children and what are the suitable options. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all babies start solid food once they turn six months. Before this age, breastmilk can provide complete nutrition to them.

So, when you start introducing food to babies, you should remember that they cannot eat a lot initially, and breastmilk will be their primary source of nutrition. Gradually, you may try to replace the feed with some solid food.

Refer to the post to understand various food options that may be introduced at six months, the precautions you should take while preparing the food, and some simple but interesting recipes.

Food Ideas For 6 Months Baby

The first foods offered to a baby are called stage 1 baby food. They are pureed and strained so that the little ones can gulp and digest them easily. They are low on allergy grade.

However, consult a pediatrician before introducing any new food to your little one.

Below are some of the best foods for a six-month-old baby:

1. Milk

Continue breast milk or formula for your baby as it is the main source of nutrition for babies until one year (1). Breastfeed every two to three hours or on demand. Alternatively, offer 24-37 ounces of formula milk every day.

Quick tip

Ensure that you feed your baby their first food only after they have breastfed or between nursing sessions. This practice will help your baby to continue breastfeeding as much as possible (2).

Related: 9 Easy Breast Milk Recipes For Babies And Tips For Cooking

2. Stage 1 fruits

Apples, avocados, apricots, bananas, mango, nectarines, peaches, papaya, pears, plums, prunes, chikoo, pumpkin and kiwi pulp make great first foods for a baby. Remember to include fruits in mashed or puree form only.

3. Stage 1 veggies

Babies can digest boiled and mashed vegetables such as beans (green), carrots, sweet potato, squash, green peas, potatoes, baby marrow, butternut, and pumpkin.

4. Water

Give boiled and cooled-to-room-temperature water to your baby at least thrice a day. Give water after the meal and not in between the feed as it may reduce the total food intake.

5. Cereals and pulses

Cereals and pulses such as rice, barley, oats, and lentils provide essential nutrients like proteins and minerals to the growing babies. Cook these items until they are soft and mash them.

Related: Rice Cereal In Bottle: Safety, When And How To Introduce It

6. Meat

You can add pureed and stewed poultry, and fish (less in mercury) to your baby’s diet. Ensure to remove bones while serving these foods.

Quick tip

Don’t give your baby processed meats such as hams, salami, or sausages, as they are low in nutritional value and high in salt content (1).

Confused what to give and when? Write down the baby’s feeding schedule and pin it up to make things easier for you.

Food Chart For Six-Month Baby

You may design your baby’s food chart on these lines:

Wake up time

      • Formula or breast milk. Continue breastfeeding for the rest of the day.

Breakfast (7:30 to 8am)

      • Fruit mash or vegetable mash

Lunch (11:30 to 12:30pm)

      • Cereals such as rice, barley or oats

Snacks (3:30 to 4pm)

      • Fruit or vegetable purees

Dinner (6 to 7pm)

      • Veggies, fruit mix or grains

Remember that you are preparing the chart for your reference only. You need not have to strictly stick to a schedule. Offer milk and solids in an order that is convenient to you and acceptable to your baby.

However, make food so tasty that your baby would not mind eating it at any time of the day.

Recipes For Six-Month Baby

Try these baby food recipes for your 6-month-old and let him taste the yummy and nutritious meals.

Breakfast/Snack Recipes

1. Apricot puree

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You will need:

  • 1 pound dried apricot
  • 2 cups pear, white grape juice or apple juice

How to:

  1. Boil the ingredients in a saucepan. Then cook in simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer the contents into a blender and blend well.
  3. Add in more juice to get thinner consistency or add cereal to thicken it up.

Related: 7 Health Benefits Of Apricot (Khubani) For Babies And Recipes To Try

2. Apple sauce

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You will need:

  • 1 apple (peeled, cut into slices)
  • 2 cups water

How to:

  1. Boil the apple slices in a saucepan. The slices need to immerse in water.
  2. Once done, mash the apple slices. Add water to get the desired consistency.

3. Banana puree

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You will need:

  • 1 ripe banana (peeled and diced)

How to:

  1. Blend the banana in a food processor or mash in a bowl.
  2. Heat the mashed content for 25 seconds for added softness.
  3. Add milk or water to make it thinner or cereal to thicken it.

4. Mango delight

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You will need:

  • 1 ripe mango (peeled, de-seeded, chunked)

How to:

  1. Blend the mango chunks in a food processor.
  2. Add in breast milk or formula milk to achieve desired consistency.

Lunch Recipes

5. Rice cereal

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You will need:

  • 1/4 cup rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp formula or breast milk

How to:

  1. Wash the rice and cook it in a saucepan or pressure cooker.
  2. Mash the cooked rice and add formula or breast milk.

6. Barley apple porridge

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You will need:

  • 1/4 cup ground barley
  • 3.5 cup water
  • 2tbsp formula or breast milk
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed apple

How to:

  1. Boil water in a saucepan and add barley.
  2. Cook in simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add apple slices and cook on low heat for two minutes.
  4. Puree the contents using a hand blender.

Related: Barley For Babies – Everything You Need To Know

7. Oatmeal cereal

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You will need:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • ¼ cup ground oats
  • 2tbsp formula or breast milk
  • ½ banana sliced

How to:

  1. Take a saucepan, add water and bring it to boil. Add oats and cook in simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Once done, add bananas and mash well. Add formula or breast milk to get the desired consistency.

8. Baked apples

You will need:

  • 1 apple (peeled, cored)

How to:

  1. Spread butter on the cored apple and put it in a pan containing water.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F and place the pan in it.
  3. Bake the apple for 30 minutes.
  4. After baking, mash the apples to desired consistency.

Dinner Recipes

9. Pumpkin puree

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You will need:

  • 1 medium sugar pumpkin (cut in half and De-seeded)

How to:

  1. Scoop out the seeds from the sugar pumpkin halves and drain the pumpkins with water in a baking pan.
  2. Bake for 40 minutes in the oven preheated to 400°F. Once the halves turn soft, scoop the squash meat and puree it in a food processor. Add water to achieve a smooth consistency.

10. Green beans puree

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You will need:

  • 1 cup fresh beans

How to:

  1. Transfer the beans into a pan and place it in a steamer basket.
  2. Steam until tender. Keep a check on the water level.
  3. Once done, puree the contents in a blender and bring it to a smooth consistency.

11. Carrots puree

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You will need:

  • 1 carrot (sweet, peeled, cut)

How to:

  1. Transfer the carrot slices into a steamer pan containing water. Steam until the carrots turn tender.
  2. Place the contents into a blender and puree them. Add water if needed.

12. Vegetable combo

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You will need:

  • 1/8 cup fresh beans
  • 1/8 cup peas
  • ¼ cup summer and zucchini squash
  • 1/8 cup chopped carrots

How to:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a pan and add enough water.
  2. Cook until tender and puree the contents in a blender.
  3. Add water to get the desired consistency.

With such interesting recipes, it is likely that your baby would love her new diet. But you cannot feed her beyond small quantities just because she has developed a liking for it.

How Much Should A Six-month-old Eat?

Start with servings of 5-10ml or one-two teaspoons and increase the amount gradually. The baby may eat just half a spoon initially. Do not force-feed them.

Also, moving to solids is not easy as you need to be careful not to choke the baby or hurt their tummy with heavy foods. Take enough care not to harm the baby when you are feeding solids.

Heat food to lukewarm. Avoid heating it in the microwave as it creates pockets of heat that can burn the baby’s mouth. Instead, keep the food bowl in a bigger bowl of boiling water to heat it.

Related: Cow Milk For Babies: Right Age, Benefits And Side Effects

Caution While Preparing Stage 1 Baby Food

  1. Do not give cow milk to babies under one year. Also avoid honey, since it may contain spores that cause botulism.
  2. Never give slices of fruit or other finger foods to six-month-old because it could choke them.
  3. Refrain from store-bought baby foods as they are usually extremely sweet, acquainting the baby to a taste for sweet foods instead of healthy natural foods.
  4. Introduce one fruit at a time and check for any allergic reactions. Follow a four-day-wait rule in between two new foods.
  5. Feed your baby in a calm and pleasant environment.
  6. Prepare baby food in steel or glass containers. Say no to plastic containers, even if they are food-grade.
  7. Offer water in a sterile glass or steel cup, but not in a sipper or feeding bottle.
  8. Avoid biscuits as they contain refined flour, preservatives, and added sugar.
  9. Wash your hands before feeding your little one.

Quick tip

When buying cereal for babies, choose single-ingredient iron-fortified infant cereal, such as rice, barley, or oats. Don’t offer adult cereal to your baby, as it has lower iron content (1).

Most babies can begin eating solid foods from six months of age. For example, you may include rice, apple, oatmeal, meat, fish, and sweet potato in easy-to-swallow puree and mash forms in your six-month baby food. Initially, serve the baby one to teaspoons of baby food and watch the signs of food intolerance and allergies. Once the baby adjusts to the taste and digestibility of these single-ingredient foods, you can feed them multiple ingredients dishes, such as a vegetable combo.


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The Best First Foods for Babies 6 to 9 Months – Happiest Baby

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  • Best Baby Foods at 6 Months
  • Best Baby Foods at 7 Months
  • Best Baby Foods at 8 Months
  • Best Baby Foods at 9 Months

You've spent the first six months of your baby's life making sure that they are nourished with breastmilk or formula. As they grow and thrive, you might notice that your little sprout shows you some signs that they are ready to graduate from the bottle or breast to solid foods. If your baby can sit up and hold their head up, that's a great first sign! What's more, if they bring objects to their mouth and show an interest in what you are eating, your curious kiddo might be ready to start eating solid foods.

But what should you feed your baby? Here’s a list of perfect starter foods for your baby from ages 6 to 9 months.  

Best Baby Foods at 6 Months

At 6 months, babies may be starting to chew. Though this skill won’t be mastered just yet, they are typically ready to get messy with some mushy, pureed eats—helping them learn about flavor and texture. At this age, the goal is not to satiate your baby with full meals of solid foods but rather to get your child curious and excited about their culinary options. 

Because babies are growing so fast, their needs for iron are high to prevent iron-deficiency and support their overall health. Offer your little one iron rich foods like—infant cereal (read up on why you may want to skip rice cereal), well-cooked meat, poultry, mashed beans, and lentils. To keep your baby safe from choking, avoid adding solids like cereal to baby bottles.

Here are some great first foods for Baby to try:

  • Infant oat, grain, or barley cereals mixed with breastmilk or formula and spoon-fed to your baby
  • Sweet potato puree
  • Squash puree
  • Pea puree
  • Carrot puree
  • Mashed banana
  • Mashed avocado
  • Mashed or pureed beans
  • Mashed or pureed lentils
  • Pureed meats (beef, chicken, or turkey)
  • Soft, falling apart meats (salmon, beef, chicken, turkey)

Check out more of our favorite first food purees. Or, if purees aren’t your thing, read up on how to start baby-led weaning.

Best Baby Foods at 7 Months

By 7 months old, your baby will probably be eating more solids but not enough to replace breastmilk or formula as their primary source of food. The goal for this month is to keep introducing solid foods to your baby. What's fun is by 7 months, you can get more creative with mixing flavors and adding textures.

Here are a few nutritious and delicious food combos to try with your baby:

  • Peas pureed with breastmilk (or formula), sweet potatoes, or squash
  • Kale pureed with blueberry, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, pears, or bananas
  • Apples pureed with cauliflower, carrots, pears, prunes, or beets
  • Beef pureed with broccoli
  • Chicken pureed with carrots and potatoes
  • Chickpeas pureed with bananas, apples, or sweet potato
  • Sweet potatoes pureed with red bell pepper

Seven months is also the perfect age to start giving your baby a plate, bowl, and plastic utensils so they can begin to practice feeding themselves. If your baby is teething, you can place frozen chunks of fruit in a sieve feeder/mesh bag that allows them to gnaw on the fruit without choking. Learn more about helping your baby use a fork and spoon!

Best Baby Foods at 8 Months

By 8 months, your baby is likely eating more solids and relying a little less on milk as a primary meal (though it’s still where they get the bulk of their nutrition!). And they’re probably having lots of fun learning how to use their hands to feed themselves. Something else to consider: Babies should be exposed to potential allergen foods (like peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and fish) before their first birthdays to help prevent future food allergies. Starting at 6 months of age, peanut butter is safe to introduce as long as you are comfortable giving it to your baby.

In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans says that babies can begin having these foods when they start eating solids. But many families often feel more comfortable waiting to introduce these foods until around this age. Of course, consult with your little one’s pediatrician if you have concerns about potential allergen foods.  

Here are some foods to add to your repertoire:

  • Whole eggs, scrambled
  • Nut butter thinned out with water and mixed with cereal (nut butters are sticky and can cause choking)
  • Fully cooked fish, like salmon or tuna 
  • Full-fat yogurt

Here are some preparation ideas:

  • Well-cooked (think over-cooked until falling apart) pasta such as elbows or alphabet shapes 
  • Mashed meat with mashed or ground vegetables such as peas and potatoes or kale and squash
  • Rainbow on a plate: Using tiny pieces of soft, strained, pureed, and mashed food options, look for a variety of colors to offer. Some fun options could include banana, avocado, sweet potato, peas, blueberry, raspberry, cheese, and chicken. 

Best Baby Foods at 9 Months

Though there’s a greater variety of foods babies eat now, formula or breastmilk continues to be their primary source of nutrition until age 1. At 9 months old, babies get more comfortable with self-feeding and eating the foods their families enjoy. After all, eating solid foods is a sensory wonderland of texture, smells, and tastes. Not to mention all that fun making messes with those adorably curious fingers. 

As you begin to focus on meal planning for your baby, there are few things to keep in mind:

  • Babies need four to five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. A serving size for a 9-month-old is less than a quarter cup.
  • "Eat the rainbow" is excellent advice because it gives your baby exposure to lots of different fruits, vegetables, grains, and starches. 

Here are a few menu ideas to help meal plan for your baby…

Breakfast Ideas for Babies

These morning meals pack a nutritional punch—and don’t forget to check out all of our favorite breakfast ideas for babies:

  • Soft fresh fruit cut up in small pieces (think: banana, raspberries, or blueberries)
  • Whole-grain waffles or pancakes
  • Unsweetened oatmeal made with breastmilk or formula combined with cut-up and cooked apples and pears or banana slices. (It is essential to steam the apples or pears to make them soft enough for your baby to mash with their gums.) 
  • Full-fat yogurt mixed with mashed or pureed berries such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries 
  • Soft scrambled eggs
  • Veggie frittata

Lunch Ideas for Babies

  • Spread hummus on soft crackers or bread
  • Grilled cheese sandwich with cooled tomato soup
  • Macaroni and cheese with cooked veggies like peas and carrots mixed in
  • Pizza bites with chopped bits of spinach in the sauce and melted shredded cheese
  • Quesadilla made with pureed spinach, squash, or beans

Snack Ideas for Babies

Babies this young won’t likely need to snack too much (remember, breastmilk or formula will provide the majority of your little one’s nutrition). Still, it’s not a bad idea to have snacks on hand for when your mini muncher needs something to eat that’s not quite a meal. A few baby snack ideas:

  • Apple and carrot slaw
  • Cheese slices
  • Full-fat plain yogurt
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Avocado slices
  • Muffins made with fruits, veggies, and/or whole grains
  • Fruit and veggie pouches
  • Sugar-free, whole-grain cereal, like plain Cheerios

Dinner Ideas for Babies

To help your baby get and stay excited about eating solid foods, serve a version of whatever the family is having for dinner. Remember to steam or mash, grind or chop foods into appropriate softness and sizes to prevent choking. Some baby dinner ideas:

  • Pasta with softened vegetables
  • Well-cooked rice, soft veggies, and chicken
  • Baked sweet potato with butter or cheese
  • Beans or lentils served with rice and veggies
  • Flaky fish served with steamed zucchini

There are endless variations on what you can serve your baby for dinner. As long as your baby is safe and happy, try to encourage lots of food exploration! 

You must not feed any child under the age of 1 year honey, cow’s milk, juice, hard foods like candy, raw vegetables, popcorn, or sticky foods like peanut butter, as these each present choking hazards. 

Learn more about feeding your baby:

  • The Happiest Baby Feeding Guide
  • The Benefits of Homemade Baby Food
  • The Best Store-Bought Baby Food



  • Unlocking Opportunities in Food Design for Infants, Children, and the Elderly: Understanding Milestones in Chewing and Swallowing Across the Lifespan for New Innovations. Journal of Texture Studies, August 2017
  • Complementary Feeding: A Position Paper by the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) Committee on Nutrition, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, January 2017
  • Infant Formula Feeding Practices Associated With Rapid Weight Gain: A Systematic Review, Maternal & Child Nutrition, July 2018
  • Solid Food Introduction and the Development of Food Allergies, Nutrients, November 2018 
  • US Department of Agriculture: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider.

diet for a 6-month-old baby with breast and artificial feeding, an approximate menu for a week in the table, a diet for a day

Published: 02/10/2021

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Author of the article: Ponomareva Yulia Vladimirovna

Pediatrician, candidate of medical sciences, allergist-immunologist

Changes in a child in the first year of life are very rapid, and each month is not like another. The 6-month milestone is very important, it is largely evaluative and transitional. By this age, most babies have doubled their birth weight, are about 15 cm tall, and some babies have already erupted their teeth. The age of 6 months is also transitional in terms of nutrition. Breast milk or an adapted formula is still the basis of the diet, but with the beginning of the second half of life, all children, without exception, should begin to receive complementary foods. Despite the general graph of growth and weight gain and indicators of psychomotor development, the status and diet of children at 6 months can be very different. nine0003

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  1. The first feeding of 6 months
  2. The start of complementary foods at 4-5 months
  3. The second half of the life
  4. for a week for a child at 6 months

The first feeding of

If the baby is healthy and breastfed, and his mother eats a full and varied diet, exclusive breastfeeding is possible until this age. Cereal complementary foods in this case are preferable to start. This is due to the high energy and nutritional value of cereals, the ability to significantly enrich the baby's diet with a delayed start of the introduction of complementary foods. nine0003

However, the rate of expansion of the child's diet in this situation will be accelerated. Before the 8th month of life, it is necessary to introduce all basic food groups into the baby’s menu, since in the second half of the year the need for additional intake of nutrients and micronutrients is very high. Another reason explaining the importance of the rapid introduction of complementary foods is the formation of immunity of the immune cells of the intestine to ordinary food. If a child is introduced to these foods at the age of 4-8 months, the risk of developing food allergies has been proven to be reduced. nine0003

Complementary feeding starts at 4-5 months

In today's life, the nutrition of a nursing mother, unfortunately, is not always complete. Therefore, for most breastfed babies, complementary foods already need to be introduced from 5 months in order to prevent deficient conditions.

If a child is bottle-fed, then by the 4th month of life, the baby will not have enough adapted formula alone, and in this group of children, the timing of the introduction of complementary foods usually shifts a month earlier than in breast-fed babies. Accordingly, by 6 months, children will have vegetable puree and gluten-free porridge (buckwheat, corn and rice) in their diet. In the first half of life, monocomponent meals are used (that is, from one type of grain and vegetables), prepared on the basis of water, breast milk or an adapted mixture. nine0003

Fruit puree and juice can be another possible complementary food for children under 6 months of age without allergy symptoms. In a child with a risk of developing or manifesting allergies, the timing of the introduction of fruit complementary foods is shifted to the 8th month.

Second six months of life

Children over 6 months of age can supplement their diet with cereals containing gluten. First of all, these are oatmeal and wheat porridge, and then multi-cereal dishes with the addition of other cereals (millet, barley, rye). If the child does not have any manifestations of allergies, milk porridge can be included in the menu at this age. Bebi Premium industrial baby food products include specially prepared milk that is safe to use in healthy babies in the first year of life. nine0003

From the age of 6 months, the baby's diet is expanded with such important products as meat and cottage cheese. These products are a source of high-quality protein, fats, and are also rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus. Pediatricians and nutritionists recommend introducing meat and cottage cheese as part of combined dishes based on a fruit and vegetable and / or grain component in a ratio of 1 (cottage cheese / meat): 4–5 (fruits / vegetables / cereals).

To enrich the diet with polyunsaturated fatty acids in the second half of the year, the menu includes vegetable oil in the amount of 3–5 grams per day, which can be added to the complementary food dish. The volume of each feeding is approximately 150-170 ml, and the child can already stand up to 3.5 hours between meals. nine0003

In the table below, we offer a menu of 6 months for a week for a child who started receiving complementary foods at the age of 4-5 months, and by the time the second half of life begins, dairy-free gluten-free cereals, vegetable and fruit purees have already been introduced into his diet.

1st day

0065 50
Lunch (12.30) vegetable soup with beef, olive oil 100/30/3
compot of drocked 9006, 9006 9
Afternoon snack (16.00) Plum puree with cottage cheese 60/40
Breast milk/formula 60 062
food reception menu ml/g
Early morning breast milk/mixture 150
Milki & Bashas Breakfast (09 cherry Bebi Premium» 100
0065 Breast milk/mixture 150
children's soluble cookies "BEBIKI" Classic
Bebi Premium Kids Instant Herbal Tea 50
Bedtime 065 Breast milk/formula 150

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Baby food at 6 months


  • 1 Rules for compiling a menu at 6 months
    • 1.1 Age and readiness
    • 1.2 What can you feed a baby at 6 months
      • 1.2.1 Vegetable
      • 1.2.2 Kripyanoy
      • 1.2.3 A fermented milk
  • 2 Approximate menu in 6 months
  • 3 dosages and volumes
  • 4 Ready food
  • 5 kitchen assistants
  • RecipesAt the age of 6 months, the baby will not have enough breast milk alone and will need other, more adult foods. And then the menu of a child of 6 months will have to be diversified. Ph.D.
  • 9.1 Menu for baby 6 months: new meals
  • 9.2 Menu for baby 6 months: new diet
  • 9.3 Menu for baby 6 months
  • 10 Introduce complementary foods according to the Rules
  • 11 Differences in complementary foods for children for GV and IV
  • 12 dietary diet for the first time
  • 13 of the feeding table for the week
  • 14 Recipes for the baby
    • 14. 1 Vegetables
    • 14.2 Meat puree
  • 15 Dr. Komarovsky's alternative opinion
  • The first six months after childbirth flew by with troubles and joys, like a few days. Mom already knows exactly what diet should be followed during breastfeeding so that the baby does not experience discomfort. With artificial feeding, through trial and error, mixtures are selected that are suitable specifically for your child. nine0033 But now the baby is six months old, and it's time to change the menu: it's time for the first complementary foods. After all, the child grows, and at the same time his need for various useful substances grows. In order for the process of accustoming to the adult menu to be comfortable and without unnecessary “surprises”, you need to think over the child’s diet at 6 months in advance.

    Rules for compiling a menu at 6 months

    At first, the main task of introducing cereals, vegetables or kefir is not so much to fill the lack of nutrients, but to train the entire digestive system of the child. After all, for half a year the children's body received and digested exclusively breast milk / an adapted mixture. And now the kid will have to try and learn completely new tastes and types of food! nine0003

    Therefore, it is extremely important not to rush and do everything according to the rules.
    It must be said that fruit juice is not considered complementary foods, but a food supplement. According to the rules, it is added to the menu even before the start of complementary foods: at about five months. Start with apple juice, as the least allergenic. Then they gradually give a taste of pear, plum, apricot juices.
    The same additives include cottage cheese, baby biscuits, crackers, butter, yolk, meat. In addition to juice, which is given even before the first complementary foods, other nutritional supplements are administered in parallel with the main meal. nine0003

    Age and readiness

    For healthy babies on breastfeeding, complementary foods are included in the menu from 6 months, for artificial babies - about two weeks earlier. In addition to age limits, there are other signs of readiness for changes in the daily menu:

    • the baby's weight, which was recorded at birth, has doubled;
    • the child sits well, holds his head confidently;
    • may spit out something he doesn't like or turn his head away from unwanted food;
    • nine0019 knows how to take food with his lips from a spoon, does not choke on food.

    What can you feed a baby at 6 months

    Let's say you saw that the baby is ready to try unknown food. Decide what food you will start with. Three options are possible here:


    Recommended from 6 months for babies and from 5 months for artificial babies. Start with zucchini, broccoli or cauliflower. Orange vegetables (carrots and pumpkin) are added with care to avoid an allergic reaction. nine0003


    Babies are advised to introduce porridge into the menu from 6.5-7 months, formula-fed babies - from 5.5-6 months. Buckwheat is considered the best option for porridge for the first feeding - it is rich in iron and is easily digested. Then they offer other gluten-free cereals: rice, oatmeal. Semolina is not given to children under the age of one.


    Basically, kefir and cottage cheese begin to give from 7.5 months with HS and from 6.5 - when fed with adapted mixtures. Kefir is purchased low-fat, made especially for kids, in small packages. nine0003

    Sample menu at 6 months

    A 6-month-old baby's diet when choosing vegetable complementary foods might look like this:

    • 6-7 am: 180 ml of mother's milk/adapted formula;
    • 10 am: 150-170 g vegetable puree with 1/4 mashed boiled egg yolk and 30 ml fruit juice as a food supplement;
    • 2 pm: 140 ml milk/formula plus, after an hour and a half, 40 g fruit juice;
    • at 6 and 10 pm the baby sucks mother's milk or receives 180-200 ml of milk formula. nine0020

    According to medical regulations, a six-month-old baby should normally eat about 1000 ml of food per day. This means that in each of the five daily meals, the volume of products should reach up to 200 ml. These are average data so that parents understand the approximate amount of food in one serving.

    Doses and volumes

    An important rule is that new food is always given before mother's milk or formula. If you do the opposite, then a well-fed baby is likely to refuse to eat an unusual dish. nine0003

    Dosages in the menu of a 6-month-old child on breast or artificial feeding have one important distinguishing feature:

    • a baby, after feeding from a spoon, supplements the meal with mother's milk in unlimited quantities, that is, eats as long as he has a desire;
    • an artificial baby needs to be supplemented with the amount of formula laid down according to the norms.

    Komarovsky says about complementary foods that the second feeding can be replaced, in which kefir and cottage cheese are given instead of milk. So they fed before, when dairy kitchens still existed. Today, mothers have a choice: start complementary foods with kefir or with seasonal white-green vegetables (zucchini, potatoes, broccoli, squash). nine0003

    Daily dosages look like this:

    1. On the first day, 3-4 teaspoons (15-20 ml) of 1% kefir are given, and then supplemented with milk or a mixture (180 ml). If you decide to start with vegetables, start with one teaspoon of vegetable puree, doubling daily until it reaches 150-180 g.
    2. If the child responds normally, then on the second day the dose is doubled - 30-40 ml plus 155 ml of formula/mother's milk.
    3. By the third day, the baby eats 60-80 ml of kefir, and then eats up 100 ml of milk. nine0020
    4. By the fourth - it reaches the norm of 120-160 ml.
    5. After reaching the main dosage, start adding curd. First - it will be one teaspoon (10 g). I must say that many children spit out pure cottage cheese. In this case, it can be mixed with fruit puree.
    6. Feeding by the sixth day consists of the following products: kefir - 150 ml, cottage cheese - 20 g, mother's milk or mixture - 15 ml.
    7. Complete replacement of one feeding with kefir and cottage cheese (150 ml and 30 g, respectively) occurs by the seventh day. nine0020

    For a complete replacement, the volume of kefir should reach 150-160 ml, and cottage cheese - up to 30 g. These figures are stored in the menu until the seventh month.
    As you can see, it takes about a week to gradually introduce a new product to the menu. Although some pediatricians advise stretching the process even more: start with half a teaspoon of a new dish and bring it to a full serving in two weeks.
    By the end of the sixth month, they try to introduce porridge from cereals in milk into the menu. Suitable cereals are rice, oatmeal or buckwheat. nine0003

    The scheme for introducing porridge is the same as in the case of kefir. Porridge is advised to replace one of the evening feedings. Start with 3-4 tablespoons of the product, bringing up to 180-200 ml of the finished milk-cereal mixture.

    Ready meals or homemade food

    Milk and cereal mixtures of industrial production are additionally enriched with various vitamins, iron, they do not need to be boiled, which greatly facilitates the mother's work. On the other hand, in the wake of the general distrust of factory products, my mother is calmer when she personally prepared porridge for her pet according to the recipe. nine0003

    In case of intolerance to cow's milk proteins, special dairy-free cereals are selected for the baby. And if mom cooks herself, then the cereal is boiled in water.

    When purchasing porridge from any manufacturer, carefully study the composition: it should not contain sugar, cow's milk, lecithin, vanillin. Moreover, there is no place in baby food for preservatives, flavors and flavor enhancers.

    As for fruits and vegetables , products for ready-made factory purees are grown in clean fields, raw materials for baby food are carefully selected and certified. Is it possible to be sure of the safety of vegetables and fruits bought at the market or in the supermarket? Where did they grow up, how were they processed, will they harm the child? These questions can only be answered if these are plants from your own garden. Otherwise, it is better to stop at ready-made high-quality baby food. nine0003

    Kitchen helpers

    Three household appliances: steamer , blender and multicooker will definitely need the mother of a six-month-old toddler.

    Meals for a 6-month-old baby should have a uniform (homogeneous) consistency so that the baby can easily swallow them. And here the blender will become an indispensable assistant to mom.
    So that vegetables do not lose their beneficial properties and retain their taste, they are cooked according to the recipe in a double boiler or stewed in a small amount of water. nine0033 And from bananas and apples baked in a multicooker, you get a wonderful puree.
    If you decide to cook your own cereals, then coffee grinder will come in handy. With its help, buckwheat and rice groats, oatmeal are crushed.

    In addition to kitchen appliances, special feeding accessories are useful. When using them, the baby can sit at the table with the rest of the household, thus joining the family meal.

    Convenient and useful feeding assistants:

    • special chair with table. The design is conveniently adjustable in height, and safety belts are provided for safety;
    • bib (bib) will help clothes stay clean, after eating there will be no problems with changing clothes, which babies do not like so much;
    • utensils made of silicone or soft plastic do not injure children's gums, do not break, and are easy to care for.

    Many mothers appreciate the convenience of such a device as a kitchen scale. After all, they help to accurately measure the amount of products indicated in the recipes, and the dishes always turn out “excellently”. nine0003

    Delicious and healthy recipes

    When inventing different recipes, remember that the child must "get acquainted" with all the ingredients of the dish in advance. This is necessary to track possible negative reactions to any product.

    You can diversify the children's menu in different directions: vegetable dishes, fruit treats, soups, dairy-free and dairy-free cereals, meat purees .

    Vegetable recipes

    • Wash 100 g of cauliflower and place on the multicooker rack. After 15 minutes of steaming, chop the cabbage with a blender and cool;
    • to prepare pumpkin puree, cut the product into cubes and steam for 20 minutes, then grind with a blender, cool. Carrot puree is prepared in the same way;
    • the baby will surely like carrots with milk prepared according to this recipe: chop the boiled vegetable into a puree, add 4 tbsp. l. hot milk, a few drops of olive oil, and simmer the mixture on fire for 1-2 minutes; nine0020
    • mashed potatoes recipe looks like this: peeled potatoes are soaked in water for about 12 hours to remove starch. Then the potatoes are boiled, rubbed through a sieve, diluted with milk to a liquid puree and stewed on the fire for another minute or two;
    • if the baby has tried different vegetables, then you can cook a whole assortment: 100 g of zucchini, half a carrot, a potato. Diced products according to the recipe are cooked in a double boiler for 20 minutes. Ready vegetables are put in a blender, add half a glass of hot water, a teaspoon of olive oil. Then everything is crushed and cooled to room temperature. nine0020

    Cereal recipes

    • Corn and rice porridge can be prepared without milk. Rice is pre-ground in a coffee grinder. Add 3 tablespoons of cereal or cereal flour to a glass of boiling water. Rice is cooked for 10 minutes, corn grits will take about half an hour until it is completely softened.
    • Milk porridges are cooked from whole-grain gluten-free cereals: rice, oatmeal, buckwheat. They are washed, poured with water two fingers above the level of the cereal - and boiled until tender. The finished porridge is ground through a sieve or whipped with a blender. Then bring to the desired consistency by adding hot milk. After that, the recipe recommends boiling the mixture for 2-3 minutes and adding a little oil. nine0020

    • Juices are prepared with a juicer or fruit is rubbed on a fine grater and squeezed through gauze. Additional sugar or water is not needed.
    • For puree, fruit is grated or ground in a blender and stewed with 2-3 tablespoons of water for 1-2 minutes.

    Soup recipe

    Two original recipes for soups diversify the baby's menu:

    • for fruit and vegetable soup, 2 apples and a carrot are cut into large cubes. The cuts are poured in a slow cooker 1-1.5 cups of water and cooked in the “quenching” mode for half an hour, and then crushed with a blender to a puree state; nine0020
    • the recipe for a delicious pumpkin soup with milk will be as follows: cut and boil 100 g pumpkin and 1 carrot. Then add a quarter of the boiled chicken yolk to the vegetables and beat everything with a blender. Add 150 ml of milk, butter, a little salt - and bring the mixture to a boil.

    Drinks on the menu

    At 6 months, the baby already needs water. It is more convenient to buy special water for babies, packaged in large bottles. During the preparation of baby food, purified water is also used. nine0003

    In addition to water, according to the rules of a healthy diet, the baby can be given juices. Fruits for them are chosen, according to the area of ​​\u200b\u200bresidence. At the beginning it can be apples, then apricots, plums or pears. Juices are not diluted with water, do not add sugar. They are offered in a small amount (40-50 g) after the baby drinks the right amount of milk or mixture.

    Water can be given from a bottle, but it is better to teach a 6-month-old toddler to drink from a cup.

    Video about complementary foods

    Complementary foods are discussed in the studio of the most famous Ukrainian pediatrician. When complementary foods can harm, what to do if the baby refuses "adult" food - look for answers to these and other pressing questions in the "School of Dr. Komarovsky". nine0003

    At the age of 6 months, the baby will not get enough breast milk alone and will need other, more mature foods. And then the menu of a child of 6 months will have to be diversified. Ph.D.

    It is one thing to know about the problems of a child's nutrition "theoretically" and quite another to deal with them in practice. How to organize baby menu 6 months ? At what time, in what form and in what quantity should they be offered? These questions often confuse moms and dads. We hope that the sample menus for a growing child, which we begin publishing in this issue, will become the model that will help you create an individual menu for your baby. nine0003

    By by 6 months, the child has noticeably grown up, become more active and active. He is interested in objects that fall into his field of vision, carefully examines them, more and more often makes guttural, melodious sounds, repeating them with different intonations. The child's emotional reactions have become much richer: he joyfully smiles at his mother, father, other people whom he often sees, and is alert at the sight of strangers, reacts to the intonation of adults. Of course, you are still breastfeeding your baby, but the composition of breast milk can no longer fully meet his needs. And that means it's time to think about complementary foods. nine0003

    6-month-old baby's menu: new dishes

    If a breast-fed baby develops normally, then up to 4-6 months he does not need any additional food, including fruit puree and juices. This also applies to those children who are prone to allergies while breastfeeding: if the pediatrician does not reveal any lack of nutrition in a child of 6 months , then complementary foods are introduced at the usual time, taking into account individual food tolerance. nine0003

    “Artificial” children quickly begin to experience a lack of a number of substances necessary for normal growth and development. Consequently, the need for additional nutrition in children of 6 months appears somewhat earlier. Therefore, new products in the form of juices, and then fruit puree, are introduced into their diet at about 3.5 - 4 months. Children who receive formulas made on the basis of soy protein or protein hydrolyzate (this happens in the case of an allergy to cow's milk proteins) experience a lack of animal protein earlier than others. Therefore, meat puree from twice boiled meat is introduced into their diet already at 5 - 5.5 months. In case of intolerance to beef, veal, whose proteins are similar in composition to cow's milk proteins, it is recommended to use lean pork, horse meat, rabbit, turkey or chicken meat, as well as baby food containing horse meat or pork. However, these products should be administered to children with allergies carefully, always taking into account individual tolerance. nine0003

    6-month-old baby's menu: a new diet

    At at 5 months old, baby should be fed not 6, but 5 times a day with intervals of 3. 5 hours and a 10-hour night break. Complementary foods are best given at lunch (about 13 hours), and if for some reason it is inconvenient, then at any other feeding, except for the first and last. In this case, it will be easier for the child to wean from the first feeding (at 6 o'clock in the morning), and overeating at night is harmful for children as well as for adults.

    A non-dairy product should be offered before breastfeeding or formula feeding while the baby is still hungry and attracted to food. Start small (a few drops of juice, half a teaspoon of puree or cereal). Within 10 - 12 days, gradually bring the amount of food to the desired volume (for complementary foods, this volume is about 150 grams). In order for a child to learn to swallow thick food, it is necessary to feed him with a spoon patiently and carefully; it is desirable that the baby's first spoon be soft (for example, silicone). nine0003

    If the child does not like the dish, do not insist; forced feeding is unacceptable!

    First let the child get used to one dish and only after that enter the menu of the child of 6 months another into . When introducing a new type of complementary food, first try one product, gradually increasing its amount, and then gradually “dilute” this product with a new one. For example, vegetable complementary foods can be started with half a teaspoon of squash puree. During the week, give the baby only this puree, gradually increasing its volume. After a week, add half a teaspoon of mashed peas to the zucchini puree. Continue to gradually increase the volume of the mixture of zucchini and peas, etc. nine0003

    Complementary foods should be started either with porridge or vegetable puree. In cases where the child has signs of rickets, anemia, food allergies, we advise you to start with vegetable puree. The composition of puree for children with food allergies must include only green and white vegetables (zucchini, cabbage, green beans, peas, potatoes). Since potatoes have rather high allergenic properties, their amount should not exceed 20% of the total mashed potatoes. For the preparation of puree, both natural (including frozen) vegetables and canned vegetables for baby food of the above light-colored vegetables. Vegetable oil (sunflower, corn, olive) is added to vegetable puree - preferably refined and deodorized.

    Menu for a 6-month-old baby with insufficient body weight, as well as children who often spit up, porridge can be given as a first complementary food. In the diet of healthy children, porridge is usually introduced after vegetables. It is better to start with gluten-free milk cereals (buckwheat, corn, rice). In this case, preference should be given to cereals for baby food industrial production, which are prepared from environmentally friendly raw materials, enriched with vitamins, mineral salts (including iron) and do not require cooking. Even if your child is healthy, he does not have signs of an allergic mood and you prefer to cook porridge yourself, it is advisable not to use whole cow's milk for making porridge until 8 months. It can be prepared with breast milk , the mixture that the baby is fed with, if necessary, with water. Many industrial cereals already contain milk powder in their composition, you can also give them at 5-6 months. In the early days, 5 percent porridge is prepared (5 grams of cereal per 100 grams of liquid): the porridge should be liquid - such that it pours from a spoon. Gradually cook the porridge thicker. Butter can be added to the finished porridge (from 5 months) and 1/4 of a hard-boiled egg yolk (from 6 months). nine0003

    For children suffering from intolerance to cow's milk proteins, the second complementary food - dairy-free porridge - is introduced from 5 months. It can be buckwheat, corn, rice, oatmeal, barley porridge (the range of cereals is selected individually). When purchasing ready-made porridge, pay attention that it does not contain powdered cow's milk. Porridges are prepared on water or on a specialized mixture that a child receives (based on soy or protein hydrolyzate).

    Baby menu 6 months

    To explain which menu for a child of 6 months is recommended for children of this age, we decided on a few examples that will help you navigate in compiling a menu specifically for your child.

    Option 1. If your baby was exclusively breastfed until 5-6 months of age and was growing and developing normally, now is the time to start introducing new foods into his diet. Depending on the individual characteristics of the child, the doctor's recommendations and your personal wishes, it can be juice, fruit or vegetable puree. When the child is prone to allergic reactions as the first, new for child of product in some cases, vegetable puree can be recommended (with half a teaspoon, gradually increase the serving volume to 150 g). After 2 - 3 weeks after this, the child can be offered another new product. A month after the baby began to receive new foods, his menu may look something like this:

    A child who has celebrated the first six months of life can already receive complementary foods. Moreover, some formula-fed babies have already tried several types of vegetables and cereals by this age. How to properly feed a child at this age, what should parents remember? We have collected in our material the recommendations of specialists on the introduction of complementary foods to children at 6 months of age who are breastfed and formula-fed. In addition, they separately described the rules for feeding babies in need of corrective nutrition. nine1395

    We introduce complementary foods according to the rules

    According to pediatricians, complementary foods for breastfeeding children should be introduced starting from the 24th week, that is, at the 7th month, not earlier. Otherwise, there is a risk of problems with the tummy, since the gastrointestinal tract of the crumbs is not yet ready to receive food other than mother's milk.

    However, there are general rules for introducing complementary foods for each baby:

    • A new meal should be given before the baby receives the usual portion of milk. It is best if the mother feeds the baby with a spoon. It is important to ensure that the food is warm, because the child is used to such food. nine0020
    • Feeding your baby should start with a minimum portion - from half a teaspoon or even less. The next day, slightly increase the dose and bring it back to normal in a week or two. The next type of product can be introduced in a shorter period of time - in 5-7 days. During this time, it is necessary to monitor the reaction of the child - to control the stool, allergic manifestations. At the slightest suspicion of an allergy, you should immediately stop giving a new food.
    • Do not mix several types of food in one serving. First, the child should receive mashed potatoes from one type of vegetable or cereal. nine0020

    The introduction of any new type of food should begin with one product

    • It is always better to introduce complementary foods in the morning. This will make it possible to better control the reaction of the body to a new product.
    • Any new product should be introduced when the baby is healthy.
    • The first cereals should be cooked on gluten-free cereals - buckwheat, rice, cornmeal. You should not add milk to the porridge, you can dilute it with a mixture that the baby is used to. nine0020
    • It is better to choose hypoallergenic vegetables - broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower.
    • If the child is underweight, it is best to start feeding him porridge. Vegetables are the best food for those children who suffer from constipation.

    Differences in complementary foods for breastfeeding and IV babies

    However, today some pediatricians have a different point of view. Dr. Komarovsky believes that the timing of the introduction of complementary foods should not depend on the type of feeding. In his opinion, in those days when baby food was slightly diluted cow's milk, pediatricians tried to introduce other products into the child's menu as early as possible in order to provide him with the necessary amount of useful substances. nine0003

    Dr. Komarovsky states that modern infant formulas are almost identical in composition to human milk, which eliminates the need for early complementary foods.

    Modern formulas are almost identical in composition with breast milk

    Diet when introducing complementary foods for the first time

    At 6 months, when complementary foods are introduced, the baby should be transferred to 5 meals a day. The interval between feedings should be approximately 4 hours. Recall that pediatricians recommend introducing a new dish in the morning. It is convenient to schedule so that complementary foods fall on the second or third feeding of the day. Next, we will consider the most optimal diet by the hour and an approximate menu for a child at 6 months (for more details, see the article: the diet of a child at 6 months who is bottle-fed). nine0003

    1 feeding 6-00 Formula or breast milk
    2 feeding 10-00 Complementary food + formula and milk, or regular feeding
    3 feeding 14-00 Complementary food + formula and milk, or regular feeding
    4 feeding 18-00 Milk or formula
    5 feeding 22-00 Milk or formula

    It is better not to offer bread to a baby before 7 months

    Not all products can be offered for testing to a six-month-old baby. Allergens, hard-to-digest foods, and much more are excluded. Do not give crumbs crackers, cookies and dryers until he is 7 months old. In order not to make a mistake in choosing new dishes, study the information provided in the feeding schemes.

    Feeding charts for the week

    In the first table is the nutrition plan of a formula-fed baby who has been receiving complementary foods since 4 months. It is believed that by this age he has already tried cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, zucchini. In addition, the baby is already familiar with rice, buckwheat, corn porridge, apple. During this period, it is time to introduce meat - in our example, it is a rabbit. nine0003

    Day After sleep Breakfast Lunch Dinner For the night
    Monday breast milk (GM) or formula (C) rabbit puree* with rice zucchini puree, applesauce GM/S GM/S
    Tuesday rabbit with corn porridge cauliflower, applesauce
    Wednesday rabbit with buckwheat broccoli, applesauce
    Thursday rabbit with rice pumpkin, applesauce
    Friday rabbit with corn porridge zucchini, applesauce
    Saturday rabbit with buckwheat cauliflower, applesauce
    Sunday rabbit with rice broccoli, applesauce

    *On the first day, the mass of puree is 3 g. The amount is doubled daily until the maximum dosage is reached - 50 g.

    The second table contains an approximate menu for a 6-month-old formula-fed child who has been receiving complementary foods for four weeks, i.e. from 5 months - we get acquainted with a new cereal - in our example, this is rice, because buckwheat was introduced earlier. By analogy, another cereal can be offered.

    Day After sleep Breakfast Lunch Dinner For the night
    Monday breast milk (GM) or formula (C) buckwheat zucchini puree GM/S GM/S
    Tuesday rice* and buckwheat cauliflower puree
    Wednesday rice and buckwheat broccoli puree
    Thursday rice and buckwheat zucchini puree
    Friday rice and buckwheat cauliflower puree
    Saturday rice and buckwheat broccoli puree
    Sunday rice zucchini puree

    *On the first day, the volume of rice is 3g. Every day, the amount is doubled until the maximum dosage is reached - 170 gr., while the proportion of the previous porridge (buckwheat) decreases proportionally. nine1395

    Buckwheat porridge is great as a complementary food for a six-month-old baby for breakfast. Let's make a menu by week 28, that is, when the child has tried 4 different products. In this example, complementary foods began with vegetables, they have all been tried and are now offered to the baby for lunch, and for breakfast we get acquainted with the first porridge - buckwheat.

    Day After sleep Breakfast Lunch Dinner For the night
    Monday breast milk (GM) or formula (C) buckwheat* + supplement GM/S zucchini puree GM/S GM/S
    Tuesday buckwheat + supplement GM/S cauliflower puree
    Wednesday buckwheat + supplement GM/S broccoli puree
    Thursday buckwheat + supplement GM/S zucchini puree
    Friday buckwheat + supplement GM/S cauliflower puree
    Saturday buckwheat + supplement GM/S broccoli puree
    Sunday buckwheat zucchini puree

    *On the first day, the volume of buckwheat is 3 g. The amount is doubled daily until the maximum dosage of 170 g is reached, while the proportion of supplementary feeding with formula / breast milk is proportionally reduced. nine1395

    Recipes for babies

    We have prepared several recipes for the correct preparation of dishes for a child from six months. Check if you know the basic ways to process food for crumbs. Our recipes contain general recommendations for preparing vegetable purees, cereals, soups and meats. It is important not to forget that you are cooking the baby, and not to use a lot of salt - it is better to do without it altogether. Instead, it is allowed to flavor the dishes with oil - and the baby will be happy to eat what is offered. nine0003


    Vegetables must be washed, peeled and washed again before cooking. Then they are cut into pieces and steamed for as long as needed until soft. After that, the mass is rubbed through a sieve, or crushed in a blender. The resulting puree can be slightly diluted with vegetable broth, or with a mixture that the baby is used to. It is not recommended to salt the puree, you can only add a couple of drops of vegetable oil.

    Porridges are ideal for feeding a baby at 6 months. At home, they are prepared in two ways, and you can choose the one that seems more convenient:

    • Porridge in a coffee grinder. For this method, you need to take a well-washed cereal and dry it to get rid of moisture. Then grind in a coffee grinder to a powder state. Pour this powder into boiling water, stirring with a spoon. The porridge will turn out to be homogeneous and tender in texture, and it will take quite a bit of time to cook it. To simplify the process, you can grind the cereal in advance and use it as needed.

    Porridge for a six-month-old baby should be of a homogeneous consistency, without lumps

    • The second method involves a long boil. Rinse the groats, add water and cook for about an hour. Then cool, grind - a strainer or blender will help. Add a little water or baby formula to the mass and bring to a boil.

    Meat puree

    Meat can be included in the crumb menu if complementary foods started at 4 months. Otherwise, the meat sample should be postponed until 8-9 months. For starters, you should use rabbit meat, turkey or chicken fillet, and beef are also suitable. Cooking meat for children up to a year is easy. You need to cut it into pieces, pour water and cook until fully cooked. After that, cool, pass through a meat grinder twice. Some people like to grind in a blender. Dilute with vegetable broth or water, bring to a boil. Then pour in a couple of drops of vegetable oil. nine0003

    Pediatricians do not recommend giving soup to a 6-month-old baby unless he is an artificial baby and has started solid foods at 4 months. What soups are allowed to cook crumbs? If you decide to cook soup for a baby, it is worth remembering that you need to cook food on vegetable broth or water. Also, for a 6 month old baby, the soup should contain only a couple of ingredients and a little oil. A little later, you can try adding cereals to the soup - first rice, buckwheat, then barley and corn.

    Cauliflower and zucchini puree soup - great for lunch

    1. Cauliflower and zucchini puree soup is a good first introduction to these dishes. For him, you need to take zucchini and cauliflower in equal parts (50-60 g each), pour a glass of water and cook until tender. After that, wipe the ingredients, add the broth in which they were cooked, bring to a boil again. Remove from heat and add half a teaspoon of butter.
    2. Rice soup with broccoli (or cauliflower) and zucchini is the next step for feeding babies. To prepare it, you first need to boil 1 tablespoon of rice. Separately, boil 150 g of cauliflower and 50 g of zucchini, pour the vegetable broth into a separate bowl. Wipe rice and vegetables, dilute with broth, put on fire, bring to a boil. Add butter or vegetable oil. nine0020

    Doctor Komarovsky's alternative opinion

    According to the WHO, in the diet of a six-month-old baby, in addition to milk and formula, only cereals and vegetables can be present. It all depends on the characteristics of a particular baby - his weight, health status. However, the famous pediatrician Dr. Komarovsky has a different opinion - he believes that it is best to start with kefir.

    The fact is that kefir is a close relative of milk and the baby's digestive system will cope with this product in the best way. Kefir contains lactic acid bacteria and fungi that positively affect the functioning of the intestines. In addition, this drink does not burden the liver, contributing to high-quality digestion. nine0003

    Kefir is very useful for babies

    Kefir should be offered to the baby to drink in the morning, once a day, carefully monitoring the body's reaction to a new product. First, you can offer the baby 2 teaspoons of kefir, increasing the portion day by day. Over time, kefir should replace one of the daily meals. The volume of the drink should be approximately 150 ml.

    As soon as the baby gets used to kefir, you should wait a week and you can start offering him cottage cheese, which should be added to kefir.

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