Baby about to be six! What to feed him with?

Are you a new mother? Is your baby about to be of six months? Are you in a dilemma of how to feed him now and with what to feed? Then, you are at the correct page. Here, we are providing you with some information regarding the same.

We are living in the age of nuclear families where both the husband and wife are serving and are living far from their families. Nuclear families, basically, are the families in which husband-wife live with their two children or a single child. In such situation it becomes difficult for a new mother to feed her child after he has completed the age of six months. Till six months only the mother's milk is provided to the child but after six months what food should be given to a child becomes the problem.

In order to resolve this problem of yours we are providing you with a few food items that you could give to your child.
But before that few things should be kept in mind. These important things are :-

  1. The food should be prepared at a hygienic place

  2. It should be nutritional.

  3. It should be easily eaten by the baby.

  4. Utensils (like bowls) and other utensils including cooking and cutting utensils (like pressure cooker, knife respectively) should be clean, nicely washed and should not be rusted at any cost. Such utensils should only be used.

One more thing which is very important is that till six months the taste of the tongue of the baby is sweet because of the milk it is taking continuously from the past six months. So, at the starting the baby will not willingly intake other food items as they could change its tongue's taste. You should tackle the baby with care and love while feeding.

Following are some food items which you could give to your baby :-

1. Paste of boiled vegetables

Chop the green vegetables like guard. Boil them. Add slight salt to it. Cook it till it transforms into a semi solid paste. Cool it down to a temperature that the baby's mouth could bear. You can then give this to your baby.

2. Egg yolks

We all know that proteins are the building blocks of the body. So proteins must be included in the diet of not only babies but all the children upto to age of 14 years on a regular basis. Since, here we are talking about babies of six months so I will tell you how you could include proteins in their diet.
Boil the eggs. Peel out their outer hard calcium shell. Now remove the white boiled coating of the egg. Here comes, the yellowish part of the egg. This is called the egg yolk. Remove this egg yolk . Add a little milk to the yolk and prepare a semi solid paste by mixing the two. You can now give this to your baby as a protein supplement.

3. Pulses' water (or juice)

Pulses are yet another great source of proteins. These could also prove to be a nice supplement of the building blocks. Mix all the pulses. Add some water and a pinch of salt. Boil them. Filter the boiled pulses then, with a germless, washed filter. Cool it to a temperature that a baby's mouth could bear. Now you can feed your baby with this.

4. Cow's milk

Milk is a great source of calcium and many other nutrients that our body requires. Don't forget to give milk to your baby at regular intervals. Prefer cow's milk over buffalo's as the latter could prove to be quite heavy for a baby and could not be easily digested .

So, these are some basic food items that you could feed your baby with, after six months of its age. However, the above information is based on some personal experiences yet, I suggest you to consult your doctor before trying out these. Donot try without consulting with your doctor.


Author: K Mohan25 Mar 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

After reading this article, I was taken back to the way my self and my parents used to nurture our children during the age of 3 to 6 years. Normally my parents insist that children should not be habituated to outside food or junk food at the young age and they should feel comfortable and taste the home made food. My parents would also insist that children must be inculcated with the habit of eating on their own and we should not feed them. I have seen many mothers taking much time to feed the children and they wont eat. That means the mothers are not preparing the food to the likes of children. When the children start eating our regular food, then the taste would be acceptable to them and they eat what ever fed to them. Moreover all vegetables should be fed to the child and they should not have the preferences in later age. This way children can eat fast and wont give trouble while eating.

Author: Partha K.06 Apr 2016 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 6

A very useful article for new and inexperienced mothers, particularly those who are members of nuclear families and don't have elders to guide them. I can add some more in this regard:-
(a) For non-vegetarian families, light stew of meat (preferably chicken) is advisable.
(b) Similarly, semi-boiled eggs can be fed after consulting the doctors.
(c) Nowadays some babies show symptoms of allergies in milk. Soya milk is prescribed by doctors and nutritionists for such babies.
(d) For the babies who suffer from constipation, goat milk is a better alternative than cow milk.
(e) Steamed vegetables like ladies finger ('bhindi' in Hindi) can also be given to six month old babies.
(f) Mothers must watch the excreta/stool of their babies to understand whether the food is properly digested by the babies, or not.

Author: Swati Sarnobat18 Apr 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Useful article for the beginners. The baby now should be sufficienty fed with cow milk. You should also feed the baby with other nutritional food that can be easily digested. Rice paste is easily digestible. Liquid food consisting of extracts of dals is also recommended. Ragi liquid is also easily digestible for the baby.

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