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Foods for 6-9 months old baby

Foods for 9-12 months old baby

Yayyy! Your baby is now of 6 months age, it's time to start giving semi-solid and liquid diet. Therefore, presenting some quick, simple and most importantly, homemade baby food recipes to you. Hope you all will find it useful.


Before moving ahead with the recipe, there are the certain important things which should be kept in mind while cooking food for your little one. They are

  • Initially, keep the serving in small quantity, as this new eater needs only 4-5 tablespoons to enjoy mamma's hand-cooked food.


  • There are certain foods which are allergic in nature. So have a look at these food items before serving them to your baby.

  • It is generally recommended that a baby should consume only mother's milk until the age of six months. Therefore, even after the age of six months start with semi-solid and liquid food. Do not start solid food from the first day as it may lead to food allergies or any eating disorders. Moreover, the digestive system of a baby is not that matured to easily digest any solid from the first day.


  • Remember, your baby should sit in an upright position or may be in slanting/reclining position to prevent choking of foods.


6-9 Months old

When you are ready to introduce food to your little munchkin, then always make sure that it has to be simple and single-ingredient food. This will help you to identify the food allergies (if occurs) after the consumption. Moreover, it will also help your baby to digest it easily without getting affected with constipation.


PEAS PUREE

This recipe is great for working moms. It is simple and easy to cook and fiber-filled peas make good for baby's first food. Peas are the great source of protein, vitamin and both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fresh pea pods are an excellent source of folic acid which is beneficial for the neurological development.


Now let us have a look into its recipe.


Take fresh and green peas. Wash them in a clean water and strain them. Steam them in a sufficient level of water to make them tender and soft. Once done with steaming process, let them cool and then put them in a blender and blend them till the consistency becomes smooth. Transfer them in the serving bowl and feed this peas puree to the baby.


CARROT PUREE

These naturally sugary, and crunchy carrots are the best first foods for your baby. Carrots are highly beneficial for health as it is loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants. All these compounds of carrot are important for the cell and the body fluid.


The recipe of carrot puree goes like this.


Take fresh carrots. Wash, peel and cut them lengthwise. Further, cut them into the half. Steam these carrots in a pressure cooker until two whistles. And if you are using a large pot to cook, then wait for 6-8 minutes, so that the carrots become soft and tender. Once done, then put these soft carrots into a blender and blend them until the consistency becomes smooth. You can also add water to get the required consistency. Now carrot puree is ready to be served.


WHEAT DALIA PORRIDGE

Wheat Dalia is a broken/cracked wheat product which is been made by crushing whole raw wheat into the smaller pieces. This Dalia is relatively low in fat and calories but a great source of iron (contributes to the formation of red blood cells which carry oxygen), protein (helps to fight infection, and keeps the body healthy), and fiber (promotes the health of digestive system).


The quick and simple recipe of Wheat Dalia is like this. Please NOTE, this porridge can be after 7 months of age.


Take 2 tablespoons of broken wheat or Dalia and dry roast in it under the low flame. Once it starts emitting a nutty fragrance, switch off the gas burner's flame. Let it down to cool. After making it moderately cool, blend it into a fine powder with the help of a blender. Cook it in 1 cup of water until 10 minutes. Once done, you can add a pinch of almond powder (optional) to it. Serve this to your baby.


RICE CEREAL

The rice cereal is one of the healthy foods for your baby. This is easy to digest, gluten-free and does not create any allergic reactions too. The rice cereal is effective in treating colic pains in a baby. It is one of the trusted food for the weight gain in babies.


The recipe is shared below so that you can cook rice cereal at home.


For preparing rice cereal at home, you can take 500 grams of either organic brown rice or white rice. Soak it in water for nearly 25 minutes. Rinse the rice thoroughly and make it dry under the sun. Once it is done, dry roast the rice in a deep cooking pot. Once it becomes crisp, grind the same in a mixer-grinder to convert it in a fine powder. The homemade rice cereal is ready and you can store it in an air-tight container.


Although around this time your baby has already begun to enjoy some soft, mushy fruits and vegetables, still you should continue breastfeeding. You should nurse at least 4 to 6 times a day. Along with start giving 2 to 3 ounces (60ml to 90 ml) of water per day.


9 to 12 months

From the age of 9 months onwards, your baby is ready to enjoy eggs (preferably half-boiled to initiate), chicken soup, and other dairy products like yoghurt, cheese, etc. At this age, a baby can be introduced with some mild spices and salt in his food to enhance the taste buds. Although many of the moms believe that it is good to give spices in baby' food, still, here according to my personal experience if we do not introduce 'mild' spices now, then it would be difficult for a baby to adopt it in a later stage.


EGGS

There are several reasons to introduce eggs to your baby. It is the greatest source of protein, which provides essential amino acids to the body. Eggs are also a good source of Vitamin B12 and riboflavin. Hence, it is a healthy food for a baby whose age is 9months +.


Initially, give a half-boiled egg to your baby to eat as it is easy to chew and doesn't cause any choking hazards.


CHICKEN CLEAR SOUP

Chicken clear soup is good to serve when lukewarm. If your baby is suffering from a stuffy nose, sore throat and phlegm then this soup can act as a wonder to treat the congestion. It provides strength to the body when cooked along with vegetables like carrot and celery.


The recipe of chicken clear soup is quite simple and easy. Have a look.


Take 200 grams of boneless chicken. Wash them properly in a running tap water. Cut these boneless chicken pieces into the small size. Take 1 bowl of water and pour it in a pressure cooker and put these chicken pieces too. Add salt to taste and 1/2 (half) teaspoon of cornflour powder to it. The cornflour powder helps to make the soup thick in consistency and it also tastes good. Put the pressure cooker in a gas flame and wait for 3-4 whistles. Once done, collect the soup in a bowl and serve it lukewarm.


CURD RICE

Curd rice, which is also called yoghurt rice, is a famous food in the southern parts of India. This curd rice is when cooked with fresh ginger and garlic and sautéed in curry leaves gives out a lovely aroma as well as a healthy and a proper nutrition to your baby. This is an excellent food for the digestive system. It tastes awesome in both hot and cold servings.


Besides, it takes only 15 minutes maximum to be cooked and served. Let us have a look at its recipe.


For preparing curd rice, you need 1 cup of cooked rice. Take a saucepan, pour 1 teaspoon of cooking oil in it. Once it is sufficiently hot, put some mustard seeds and let them pop and splutter. After a minute, add 1/2 (half) teaspoon of ginger-garlic paste. Sauté them well. Now add cooked rice to it and salt as per to the taste and mix them properly. Once it starts emitting light aroma then collect this rice in a bowl and add curd to it. Make sure the quantity of the curd should not be either too less or too much (approximately 2 cups).


By this stage, your baby should be ready to eat a complete meal by sitting with his family. Between the age of 9 months to 12 months, table foods should be introduced and allow your child to have a dinner with you. By the completion of 12 months, you can start giving cow's milk on a daily basis. An ideal intake should be in between 180ml to 240ml per day. Around these three months, a recommended intake of fruits is 3 to 4 tablespoons.


"All content here, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your baby's health or the health of others."

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