Food Chart for Six Month Old Baby

Posted on Apr 9 2013 - 9:45am by Sangeetha Menon

Cooking for my cute customer always makes me happy and the happiest when she finishes off what ever I prepared for her :). Here is an insight of the various foods that could be introduced for a 6 month old baby.

Remember : Always follow the golden rule before providing new foods to your baby. Also as we have to follow the seven/ four day rule we can introduce not more than 5-6 new foods. So I have provided the days with various options. Please customise it as per your requirements/ comfort.

Grains/Cereals/Pulses : Oats, Barley, Rice,Semolina (Rava/Sooji),Split yellow gram (moong dal) , whole green gram. Wheat could be introduced during the last week of 6th month

Fruits : Apples, Peach, Banana, Avocado, Plums, Chickoo, Pear, Dates

Vegetables : Carrots, French Beans, Sweet potato, Beetroot, Sweet Pumpkin

Non Veg : None

Dairy : None . Avoid giving cow’s milk as the main drink till your little one is 1 year old. Stick to breast milk or formula till then.

Here is an ideal food chart prepared by me for my baby when she was 6 months old. You can try any of the foods provided in terms of breakfast , lunch and dinner. Try giving a different food everyday and let her enjoy the new flavors. You can take the printout of the food chart for six month old baby by clicking here

FOOD CHART FOR 6 MONTH OLD BABY

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

Apple puree

Carrot beetroot pureeKanji pani/gruel

Pear puree

Beetroot pureeLentil soup with vegetables

Avocado puree

Mixed vegetable soupOats with dates puree

Banana puree

Suji porridge with vegetables

Lentil soup

Sweet potato mash

Rice with veggies soup

Barley water

Chikoo puree

Carrot puree

Sweet potato puree

Sweet potato and lentil mashSuji porridge with banana puree

Apple carrot puree

Breast milk or Formula should be a part of baby’s daily intake. If you are following the chart mentioned above, you can give BM/FM at 11.30 AM, 3.30 PM, 5.30 PM, 8.00 PM and till the baby sleeps.

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Sangeetha is the owner of Bumps n Baby and a super cool mom of a 2 year old princess. Her life revolves around diapers, laptop and kitchen these days as she is mastering the art of multi-tasking .

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  1. Nafzina January 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM - Reply

    as u hav mentioned in d food chart abt dinner, lunch n bf.wt shud b d tymngs fo each?..is t ok if I gve ma 6 mnth old champ hs fud afta 6pm??..coz I hv heard ppl sayng try to feed b4 6..wt r d ryt tymng??

    • Sangeetha Menon January 29, 2015 at 9:16 PM - Reply

      Nafzina, Its completely ok. Introduce one food at a time and check for the next 3 days for allergies or rashes. Then introduce the next food. Continue this. You can give food after 6 pm too. But do not introduce new foods post evening as it would be difficult if the child develops allergies at night.

  2. chaitali January 19, 2015 at 5:12 PM - Reply

    Hii Sangeetha

    Thanks to your chart, my son will enter 6 months…
    We started with apple puree,lentil soup and carrot beetroot juice since 20 days as per my paed consent..
    Now he is bored with apple puree,
    I added pomogranate but still he dont like at all
    Can u plz guide me which other fruits are good?
    Banana is not suiting him

    • Sangeetha Menon January 20, 2015 at 5:21 PM - Reply

      Chaitali,

      Pear, sweet potato,papaya are other options to start with.

      • Chaitali January 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM - Reply

        Wow
        Good to see you live back…

        Thanks for ur reply,can you guide me for timings for 6 months old baby
        Currently i m giving
        9 am carrot beet soup
        11 am milk
        1:30 lentil soup
        5 apple juice

        7 rice pani

        But he gets morehungry at night time esp around 9:30-10,thoughi give milk
        His intakes gets double of the whole day
        Canu guide me what could be dinner l
        Time for him and whatwill be suitable foodat that time?

        • Sangeetha Menon January 29, 2015 at 4:14 PM - Reply

          Chaitali,

          Since its winter, babies do feel hungry at night and they might have trouble sleeping too. You can give dal and sweet potato mash/chikoo puree for dinner by around 8.30 pm. Please make sure your baby is burped well after the feeds.

          You can introduce sweet potatoes during the day and after some days introduce sweet potato lentil mash at night. Pls check for allergies everytime.
          Curb the gas of the lentil sweet potato mash by adding powdered jeera and give cumin water for baby.

          Here is the link :

          http://www.bumpsnbaby.com/sweet-potato-lentil-mash/

  3. Nafzina January 19, 2015 at 3:06 PM - Reply

    can u pls share d recipe of oats with dates puree??

    • Sangeetha Menon January 20, 2015 at 5:25 PM - Reply

      Nafzina,

      Soak 2-3 dates in a little water overnight. Strain or puree it the next morning . Cook oats and add the pureed dates in it. Oats with dates puree is ready. Hope this helps :)

  4. Nafzina Naufal January 19, 2015 at 9:27 AM - Reply

    hey…I came ova ua blog searchng for a food chart for ma lil 1…n hre I ended up wt a perfect 1..thnkz alot..ders a bundle of info hre..n I hv 1 doubt, wud b vry hlpful if u answered. .my baby s 6 month old..wt kind f oats shud we gv hm..is d normal oats wt we adults eat..lyk Quaker oats???

    • Sangeetha Menon January 19, 2015 at 12:29 PM - Reply

      Nafzina,

      Yes normal oats like quaker can be used. make sure its blended properly to avoid choking.

      You can also powder oats and keep in a bottle for baby’s food.

      • Nafzina January 19, 2015 at 12:42 PM - Reply

        thnkz alot dea..n love to ua lil 1..

  5. Priyanka January 4, 2015 at 8:17 PM - Reply

    Hi Sangeetha, I am new in ur blog.. And surprised to find every detailed answer of my never asked questions.. I just fall in love with ur blog… Its so much helpful.. I am a mom of 5 & half month old baby girl.. I was sarching for some food chart to start solid, lucky me I had found urs, and I am much impressed.. I have few more things to ask,
    1. My baby is totally breastfeed one, can I introduce feeding bottol for water or fruit juice at her 6th month?
    2. Can I use steel spoon to feed my 6 month baby, or will I buy a soft silicon spoon?
    3. Is it necessary to sterilize bowl and spoon before every feed?
    And the last one,
    4. How long will I give boiled water to my baby? We use water from Aquaguard.
    Plz give me answers if u can make time.

    • Sangeetha Menon January 5, 2015 at 10:18 AM - Reply

      Priyanka,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      1. Yes after 6th month you can start giving water with a glass or juices. Try to avoid feeding bottle if you havent introduced
      2. You can use steel spoon
      3. Yes its necessary to sterilize before every feed
      4. You can use boiled cooled water till she attains 11 months. After that you can continue using Aquaguard water.

  6. reega george January 1, 2015 at 4:33 AM - Reply

    i used to add sugar to purees and formula for taste.will it afect my child babdly

    • Sangeetha Menon January 1, 2015 at 5:35 PM - Reply

      No babies are not supposed to have sugar or salt till they attain 11-12 months. If you had given in the past, its ok you can stop now :)

  7. reega george January 1, 2015 at 4:09 AM - Reply

    hi sangeetha..thank you soo..much for ur blog…im a working mom.and i was feeding my baby with cerelac and formula feeds very often…thank you so much for ur home made food recepies ….my baby is 6 months old…is it ok to give ghee to him,,will he digest

    • Sangeetha Menon January 1, 2015 at 5:33 PM - Reply

      Reega,

      Yes its completely fine. You can add 1/4th of a spoon to start with then gradually increase to half a spoon :)

  8. mayura December 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM - Reply

    Hi
    Sangeeta finally found ur site my son is 6 months old and I strared giving him mashed rice,oats with milk, apple and banana puree ur oats with dates receipe sounds interesting can I give him tomato puree also

    • Sangeetha Menon December 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM - Reply

      Tomato is acidic and might cause rashes. You can wait till 8 months or try now and constantly check for allergies or rashes of any kind.

  9. Rekha Sreekumar December 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Reply

    Hi Sangeetha,
    My baby boy has started his 6th month… I am giving him raagi diluted with formula milk, once a day after his morning bath… What else can I give him @ this point.. Can I give solids twice a day… Like one like now, and one in the evening time ?

    Please reply

    • Sangeetha Menon December 14, 2014 at 8:09 AM - Reply

      Rekha,

      If you have started with ragi with formula milk continue for 4 days. Then satrt another food at another time for next 4 days. Meanwhile look for allergies or rashes with the new foods introduced.

      You can get a variety of options from our food chart and you can refer to this link too: http://www.bumpsnbaby.com/15-first-foods-baby/

      • Anitha December 31, 2014 at 12:02 AM - Reply

        Hi Sangeetha,
        My daughter hasmitha completed 6 months and abut to complete 7.she was 5kg at 5 month and last month 29 she was 5.8kg and today she was 5.5 when v check inclinic.i am.giving her nestum 2-3 scoop mrng and mix veg kanji afternoon(rice pwder,half carrot,two beans,1 slice beetroot,two slice of sweet potato ) in cuker fpr two whistelse with pinch of salt and half spoon pf ghee. Dinner cerlac or nestum in between bm.
        But she reduces shud i feed her more often.please advise. Other than that she active tring to crawl..

        • Sangeetha Menon December 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM - Reply

          Anitha,

          Are you a working mom? Just wondering why instant foods from the start itself?

          Replace all the nestum with home made foods pls if possible. Introduce a variety of tastes and always check for allergies.

          Babies do find the same foods boring like us :P , try to add more flavors too. Weight will start increasing, dont worry.

          Her fussiness would go away too. If your baby is taking 4-5 spoons it is more than enough for one feed. If she accepts more feel free to give more.

          Refer to these links too : http://www.bumpsnbaby.com/15-first-foods-baby/

          http://www.bumpsnbaby.com/tactics-make-fussy-eater-eat-properly/

          • Anitha December 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM -

            Currently i am in maternity leave.i give home made red rice kanji,puzhangal arisi+potukadalai kanji in which i add veg as mentioned in prev mail.But doctor said in last visit can give cerlac thats the reason i feed nestum or cerlac twice a day at times stage one.i gave ragi kanji in btw but due to rain i stopped that.so shud i stop nestum??
            Also i cudnt feed her by making her sit because she cannot hold her body without support mpre than 15-20,sec so.making her lie down in soft pillow some what height and feeding her.is this position is wrong or pblm for weight loss

          • Sangeetha Menon December 31, 2014 at 3:13 PM -

            Its ok if you feed in sleeping position. It cant cause weight loss.

            Try to restrict nestum for emergencies. When you can always go for home made foods which are healthy and nutritious.

            You can also read the foods for weight gain in babies : http://www.bumpsnbaby.com/top-15-foods-weight-gain-babies-kids/

            Keep feeding what she likes, she will def. put on, dont worry :)

  10. Anitha November 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM - Reply

    Hi Sangeetha,
    I recently viewed your site, really helpful and aounds great.My daughter completed 5 months.she is premmie born on 32 weeks with 1.58kg and currently 5kg..in this 4 to 5 month she keep on fluctuating from 4.5 to 5 kg..she hasnt increased weight this month fully.Doctor said its normal as for she is active and suggested to start solid foods like red rice kanji,rice cereal nestum,puzhangal arisi with pottukadali,carrot,banana..i am very much worried about her weight as elders say she is smalk for 5 months..how to proceed with kanji shud i give watery now?? Even if i fried and grind red rice i feel its not powedry .please help and suggest me how can she increase weight..should i change or should have any nutrious food to give bm..many times she avoid and turning up face when i try to feed her.

  11. Veena October 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM - Reply

    Dear Sangeetha, my bAby is completed 7 months. I am following your chart and am really thankful to you.

    Can you tell me what to cook oats with dates ?

    Thanks
    Veena

    • Sangeetha Menon October 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM - Reply

      Veena,

      Soak 2-3 dates in a little water overnight. Strain or puree it the next morning . Cook oats and add the pureed dates in it. Oats with dates puree is ready. Hope this helps :)

  12. Indu September 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM - Reply

    Hi sangeeta

    Thanks for the wonderful post.

    All fruit purees are made after steaming, right ?.

    Banana and apple i did after steaming.

    Indu

    • Sangeetha Menon September 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM - Reply

      You can steam pear, apples etc. Bananas you can steam or not its completely fine. How old is your baby?

  13. Lakshmi September 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM - Reply

    Hi
    My daughter is just turned 5month old..so can i start solid for her.. if yes.. which is the best food to start to her.. and pls give month wise meal plan for baby

  14. Richelle August 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM - Reply

    Hi Sangeetha,

    Thanks for the food chart..really helpful…Especially for a first time working mother like me…Would like to know how much milk should a six month baby intake..He is Exclusively breastfed for five nd half months after which i have started semi-solids with him…As i have joined back work i can only breastfeed him at 8 a.m then at 1 p.m in the afternoon and after i return from work at 6.30 p.m…He doesnt like formula milk…Please suggest…

    • Sangeetha Menon August 21, 2014 at 7:07 AM - Reply

      Richelle ,

      Thanks for commenting.

      For a 6 month old baby , breastfeed as and when your baby demands as there is no actual measurement .

      Your breastfeeding routine is fine and good . If your baby is formula fed , 500-900 ml a day cane be required .

      Since its breast milk and we cant measure as you are directly feeding routine set by you is completely fine and correct.

      Have you thought of expressing breast milk ? It can work well as you are a working mom.. You can read about my experience here : http://www.bumpsnbaby.com/need-know-expressing-breast-milk-feeding-storage/

  15. jayavanti Satrasala August 2, 2014 at 11:39 PM - Reply

    Hi sangeeta,
    My baby is 9 months old baby b his weight is 7 kg only and that is also constant from last two months…
    Pls suggest me solid food which can help my baby increasing weight.
    Also pls guide me how to provide different kind of taste as he does not like eat to eat n takes lots of time.

  16. Amna May 28, 2014 at 7:08 AM - Reply

    Hi Sangeeta,

    My daughter is six months old and i started giving her yogurt and rice cereal as first foods. I couldn’t find yogurt in your chart. Is it safe to give yogurt? she likes it a lot.

    Amna

    • Sangeetha Menon June 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM - Reply

      Hi Yougurt is fine if your baby is okay and digesting it well. We wait for 8 months to start yogurt usually but its completely fine if your baby accepts it :)

  17. naz May 17, 2014 at 4:09 PM - Reply

    Hii…nice blog u hv there…i hv been told by my doc to make my lo food gluten free..cud u pls help n ths…i m confused..

    • Sangeetha Menon May 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM - Reply

      Hi Naz , how old is your baby ..

      • naz May 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM - Reply

        She z 6.5 months old..

  18. Latika May 6, 2014 at 4:04 AM - Reply

    Sorry,whenever he eats banana he gets constipated ..

    • Sangeetha Menon May 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM - Reply

      Oh is it ? Please refrain from giving bananas then …

  19. Latika May 6, 2014 at 4:01 AM - Reply

    Hi sangeetha, im totally in love with your food chart,it helped alot..my son is 5 months and 3 weeks i have started fruits and rice cerelac to him with a formula and rest of the times i give him breast milk..my son gets when he eats banana so what can i do can u help in this.. And can tell me how to prepare veg soup and sweet potato and lentil soup.. Thanks

  20. Pinkal May 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM - Reply

    Hi,

    Hope you and ur kid is doing well. I m mother of twin boys who have just turned 6 months old. And your blog has been a great help in understanding how to introduce solids to them. My only confusion is if I follow seven day rule maximum 4 varieties can be introduced in a month but your chart shows more than ten food items. Can u plz guide me on this

    • Sangeetha Menon May 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM - Reply

      Hi Pinkal ,

      You are absolutely right .. I have given a variety of food ideas so that you can try out the ones suitable for your baby :)

  21. teena April 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM - Reply

    Hi sangeetha,

    Plz share suji porridge with beans re ipe. I have made suji porridge for her but how to add beans coz this would be the first veg i’ll be introduciing to her.plz tell wht care needs to be taken. Thereafter plz tell the recipe of rice with mix veg recipe. This is something new n m excited to give her.

    • teena April 11, 2014 at 11:41 AM - Reply

      No reply:(

    • Sangeetha Menon April 14, 2014 at 4:06 PM - Reply

      Dry roast sooji and keep aside. In a pressure cooker , add some ghee and add beans,carrot and green peas. Sautee it well. Now add turmeric powder and salt. Add the roasted rava and mix well. Once coated well, pour water and preesure cook upto 3-4 whistles. Once cooled blend it into a puree.

    • Sangeetha Menon April 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM - Reply

      In a pressure cooker crackle mustard seeds in ghee and oil. Add onions and chopped veggies. Add tumeric , jeera and salt. Add the rice and roast it well. Now add water and pressure cook until its done .. Mix rice with veggies is ready.. You can now blend it to a puree..

  22. Srija Prem January 24, 2014 at 8:49 PM - Reply

    Hi Sangeetha

    Thanks ton for this wonderful blog. As a new mom it helps me a lot to take care of my LO.

    • Sangeetha Menon January 24, 2014 at 9:01 PM - Reply

      Thanks Srija and glad that you liked Bumps n Baby

  23. Aparnamanish January 13, 2014 at 7:55 AM - Reply

    Hi ! Sangeetha…thank you so much for this food chart with variety food..I have a food chart for my baby..but was searching for variety foods n your chart helped me alot.

  24. chitra December 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM - Reply

    plz share the receipe of suzi porridge with banana puree.

    • Bumpsnbaby December 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM - Reply

      Hi dry roast sooji with ghee for about 2 minutes .. Cook with milk / water until cooked . Switch off the gas . Add banana puree to it and mix well. Its ready to be served :)

  25. reshma shabeer December 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM - Reply

    thank u so much sangeetha

  26. reshma shabeer November 29, 2013 at 6:21 AM - Reply

    hi sangeetha
    hw u n ur family?anshika is doing good rt?

    wel dear i want to ask abt apple puree.can i cook with peels on or shud i remove it?coz all the good things present on the skin.
    planning to make a milk shake with apple banana n dates.is that ok for my angel?or does it affect her digestion?

    • Bumpsnbaby November 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM - Reply

      Hi Reshma ,

      Wash and clean the apples and steam with skin .. Peel off the skin once it is cooked , deseed it and then blend it to a milkshake. You can make mixed fruits milkshake..

  27. chitra November 21, 2013 at 5:38 PM - Reply

    hi

    i m new here but i tottly in love with your site.
    it is very helpful and i got various food ideas from ur chart.
    but plz share the receipe of suzi porridge with banana puree.
    Also want to know that which veggies can i give for my 6 month old baby as mix veggies and wich fruits can mix for mix fruit puree.

    thanks

  28. reshma shabeer November 21, 2013 at 2:07 PM - Reply

    oops
    sorry dear i havnt seen the puree.

    • Bumpsnbaby November 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM - Reply

      Hi Reshma ,

      Soak 2-3 dates in a lil water overnight. Strain or puree it the next morning . Cook oats and when almost cooked add the pureed dates in it . Oats with dates puree is ready.

  29. reshma shabeer November 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM - Reply

    hi sangeetha
    hw's anshika?

    i didnt get abt oats n dates?as porridge?dates syrup?or cooked dates?

  30. Mlk Santhosh November 14, 2013 at 9:14 AM - Reply

    Hello Sangeetha …

    Great Job for the bumpsnbaby … then about the diet for six months old baby .. how can u have different food for each day… its said to introduce one food at a time n then check for likes and problems !! how come all in one week menu is right ??

    • Bumpsnbaby November 14, 2013 at 11:24 PM - Reply

      Hi , Welcome to Bumps n Baby. You are absolutely right .. The chart given can guide you in terms of which foods to introduce .. Moms can choose the ones that they find comfortable and start giving them .

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