Although the plan was to start Tania on solids at 6 months of age, we started 15 days earlier, as she started leaping towards food and making mouthing actions when she saw us eat. The best judge for when you should introduce your baby to solids is you, yourself, however with your paediatricians guidance.
The best way to introduce solids is to start one meal at a time and introduce an additional meal every fortnight till you reach 4 meals a day.
We started with breakfast and introduced fruits as the first food category. Bananas, apples, papaya and chikoo were introduced with a gap of 3 days between each of them. These are easy to digest fruits which most babies like. We roughly mashed these fruits with a fork other than apples which we stewed and then mashed.
I strongly advocate roughly mashing the fruit as against pureeing it, as it’s easier to transition babies to table food. And if you feel, that your baby will not be able to swallow, be rest assured that they will.
Next, we introduced moong dal khichdi at lunch time. And gradually introduced other dals like tuvar, masoor and green moong dal. Everyday we used a different dal to make the khichdi. Again, we cooked the khichdi well, but never pureed it.
In the seventh month, we introduced her to vegetables through soups Read: Introducing your Baby to SOUPS and added vegetables to the khichdi as well. We also introduced her to ragi, wheat, jowar and rava. By the middle of the seventh month, we had introduced 4 solid meals which included a breakfast that consisted of rava upma, oats, ragi or jowar; lunch was vegetable khichdi , fruits as an evening snack and wheat or ragi sheera and soup for dinner.
Milk products like cheese, yogurt and cottage cheese were introduced in the eight month and fresh cows milk in the eleventh month. By nine months, we started transitioning her to table food and hence by one year we hardly made any separate food for her.
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