Introducing Solid Foods to Babies 4 – 6 Month Old Baby Solid Food Charts for babies age 4 – 6 months
Introducing solid foods to your little one is a huge milestone that lays the foundation for healthy eating habits.
This is one stage that I know can be a very nerve wracking and scary for many parents. One of the most important things to remember is that there is no gold standard “right way” of starting baby on solid foods. I have compiled solid food charts to help you have an idea of what foods are safe, healthy and nutritious for your baby as you both begin the journey into solid foods. Remember, many pediatricians are recommending that babies start solids at 6 months of age
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AGE/STAGE: Babies 4-6 Months
The AAP recommends that an infant not be started on solid foods until after 6 months of age. Many pediatricians still start babies on solids around 4 months of age. This chart accommodates all ages and stages up to 12 months.
Rice and Oatmeal cereals are the least of the allergenic grains and thus most babies are started out with those cereals. You don’t HAVE to start with cereal – try avocado instead or banana.
May be served raw after 8 months old or earlier if the fruits are soft and baby does not have digestion troubles – bananas and avocados do NOT need to be cooked ever.
Always serve cooked until after 12 months old or when baby can chew well enough so that no choking hazard is present.
Always serve cooked with no pink areas – NEVER give a small baby/child raw meat or fish
NEVER replace breast milk or formula until after 12 months of age – serious health risks are possible. Never give a child under the age of 2yrs old low fat or skim milk products; whole milk is necessary.
When thinking about starting baby on solid foods and introducing solids to baby, a good rule of thumb is to “Watch the Baby – Not the Calendar”. This is true when introducing solid foods (complementary foods) for both breastfed and formula fed infants. Just because baby has turned 4 months old does not mean she must be introduced to solid foods.
How much will your 4 month – 6 month old baby eat at his first meal?
Babies will probably only eat 1/2 of a tablespoon portion of food the very first times you begin solids. Don’t expect your baby to “finish” a meal; remember this is a new experience for your baby. As your baby gets older and is eating more solids, you will gradually increase the portion sizes. Also, keep in mind that breast milk and/or infant formula are providing for the total nutrition of your baby at this stage.
Read How Much Food Should My Baby Eat page for more information.
Many parents find their babies will push the food out of their mouths on the first few tries. This is normal however it may also indicate that your baby is not yet ready for solid foods. Only you know your baby and will be able to decide if baby is truly ready for solids.
A baby’s tummy is the size of his fist – remember this as you are feeding him; it doesn’t take much food to make a “meal”!
Breast-Fed Baby Growth Charts from the World Health Organisation – Reflecting Breast-Fed Babies Growth Patterns
The charts presented are general guidelines with solid baby foods that are age appropriate. They may seem somewhat conservative in nature compared to guidelines from other sources. We show age-ranges for different foods and we have researched and compiled these charts from various medical authorities such as private pediatricians, the AAP, the AAFP and the WHO. Feel free to print the chart and ask your Pediatrician about the listings and recommendations. Our visitors say their pediatricians are impressed with our Chart’s suitability and accuracy of listings.
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Suggested Daily “Milk” Intakes for Babies age 0 to 12 months
- 0-3 Months of age: Breastfeed every 1-3 hours or Formula 18-40 ounces
- 4-5 Months of age: Breastfeed every 2-4 hours or Formula 24-45 ounces
- 6-8 Months of age: Breastfeed every 3-4 hours or Formula 24-37 ounces
- 9-12 Months of age: Breastfeed every 4-5 hours or Formula 24-31 ounces
Whole Cow Milk, as a drink, should not be introduced until 12 months of age. Learn about Introducing Yogurt and Feeding Cheese to your baby.
Table compiled from Merck Source
Related Articles on Introducing Solids to a 4-6 Month Baby
- USDA- Feeding Infants Solid Foods
- US National Library of Medicine – Infant and Newborn Nutrition
- AAP- Infant Food and Feeding
Can what you eat help attention, focus, or hyperactivity? There’s no clear scientific evidence that ADHD is caused by diet or nutritional problems. But certain foods may play at least some role in affecting symptoms in a small group of people, research suggests.
So are there certain things you shouldn’t eat if you have the condition? Or if your child has it, should you change what he eats?
Here are answers to questions about elimination diets, supplements, and foods that may help symptoms of the disorder.
What Is an ADHD diet?
It may include the foods you eat and any nutritional supplements you may take. Ideally, your eating habits would help the brain work better and lessen symptoms, such as restlessness or lack of focus. You may hear about these choices that you could focus on:
Overall nutrition: The assumption is that some foods you eat may make your symptoms better or worse. You might also not be eating some things that could help make symptoms better.
Supplementation diet: With this plan you add vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients. The idea is that it could help you make up for not getting enough of these through what you eat. Supporters of these diets think that if you don’t get enough of certain nutrients, it may add to your symptoms.
Elimination diets: These involve not eating foods or ingredients that you think might be triggering certain behaviors or making your symptoms worse.
ADHD diets haven’t been researched a lot. Data is limited and results are mixed. Many health experts, though, think that what you eat and drink may play a role in helping symptoms.
One expert, Richard Sogn, MD, says that whatever is good for the brain is likely to be good for ADHD. You may want to eat:
- A high-protein diet. Beans, cheese, eggs, meat, and nuts can be good sources of protein. Eat these kinds of foods in the morning and for after-school snacks. It may help improve concentration and possibly make ADHD medications work for longer.
- Fewer simple carbohydrates. Cut down on how many of these you eat: candy, corn syrup, honey, sugar, products made from white flour, white rice, and potatoes without the skins.
- More complex carbohydrates. These are the good guys. Load up on vegetables and some fruits, including oranges, tangerines, pears, grapefruit, apples, and kiwi. Eat this type of food in the evening and it may help you sleep.
- More omega-3 fatty acids. You can find these in tuna, salmon, and other cold-water white fish. Walnuts, Brazil nuts, and olive and canola oil are other foods with these in them. You could also take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement. The FDA approved an omega compound called Vayarin as part of an ADHD management strategy.
Continued Nutritional Supplements
Some experts recommend that people with ADHD take a 100% vitamin and mineral supplement each day. Other nutrition experts, though, think that people who eat a normal, balanced diet don’t need vitamin or micronutrient supplements. They say there’s no scientific evidence that vitamin or mineral supplements help all children with the disorder.
While a multivitamin may be OK when children, teens, and adults don’t eat balanced diets, mega-doses of vitamins can be toxic. Avoid them.
ADHD symptoms vary from person to person. Work with your doctor closely if you’re considering taking a supplement.
Elimination Diets and ADHD
To follow one of these you pick a particular food or ingredient you think might be making your symptoms worse. Then you don’t eat anything with that in it. If the symptoms get better or go away, then you keep avoiding that food.
If you cut a food from your diet, can it improve your symptoms? Research in all these areas is ongoing and the results are not clear-cut. Most scientists don’t recommend this approach for managing ADHD, though. Still, here are some common areas of concern and what the experts suggest:
In 1975 an allergist first proposed that artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives might lead to hyperactivity in some children. Since then, researchers and child behavior experts have hotly debated this issue.
Some say the idea of cutting all those things out of a diet is unfounded and unsupported by scientific evidence. But one study has shown that some food coloring and one preservative did increase hyperactivity in some children. But the effects varied according to age and additive.
Based on this and other recent studies, the American Academy of Pediatrics now agrees that eliminating preservatives and food colorings from the diet is a reasonable option for children with ADHD. Some experts recommend that people with ADHD avoid these substances:
- Artificial colors, especially red and yellow
- Food additives such as aspartame, MSG (monosodium glutamate), and nitrites. Some studies have linked hyperactivity to the preservative sodium benzoate.
Some children become hyperactive after eating candy or other sugary foods. No evidence suggests that this is a cause of ADHD, though. For the best overall nutrition, sugary foods should be a small part of anyone’s diet. But you can try cutting them to see if symptoms improve.
Small amounts of it may help with some ADHD symptoms in children, studies have shown. But the side effects of caffeine may outweigh any potential benefit. Most experts recommend that people eat or drink less caffeine or avoid it altogether. It you take medication for ADHD, caffeine can exacerbate some side effects.
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Diet for underweight toddler, baby and kids
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Top foods for weight gain in babies, toddlers and kids
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Diet for underweight toddler – Many parents worry about their children being underweight or their failure to thrive. They try to find ways to help weight gain in their children. Find where your child stands using this Growth chart calculator based on WHO standards. Most often it could be unnecessary stress, as kids usually know what they want to eat and when.
However, there can be various reasons for your child not gaining as the kid next door. One very important reason is heredity. If you or your partner or both of you were skinny as kids, it would show its effect on your kid as well. Children after two years of age would gain between 1.5 to 3 kgs per year, so do not expect too much and be hell-bent on making your child roly-poly. If your child has some eating disorder, make sure to discuss it with your tot’s doctor.
Check out diet plans for toddlers here.
Some kids are very active or have high metabolism and do not gain considerable weight despite eating well. One mistake that many parents make is to feed sugary, sweet, fat-laden items to kids in hopes of making them gain weight. This will only reduce her appetite for healthier food and it not a good option. You may introduce extra calories into your child’s regular food in a healthy way without hampering her appetite. Here are some suggestions to introduce more calories to help your child gain weight.
Foods to help weight gain in babies
- Breastmilk is the best balanced and healthy food for baby. It is also rich in fats and helps weight gain. My daughter was a small baby born at 2.7 kilograms. Her doctor suggested breastfeeding frequently and at her 3 months check up, she had caught up and was in the healthy 50 percentile on weight chart.
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Thus breastmilk is the best for your baby’s weight gain and you may continue breastfeeding your child as long as you and your baby wants to.
- Eggs are great for weight gain. You can introduce egg yolk in baby’s diet after 8 months. Doctors advice avoiding egg white till 1 year. If you are not sure how to give egg yolk to baby, check 5 recipes to introduce egg yolk in baby’s diet.
- Khichdi is a wholesome meal of lentils and rice and is great for healthy weight gain. There are plenty of variations of khichdi too. Here are 10 khichdi recipes for babies and toddlers.
- Add potatoes and other starchy vegetables in baby’s diet.
Here is a no salt Pumpkin and potato soup recipe for babies.
Foods for weight gain in Toddlers, kids
- Serve 5-6 meals to toddlers. They are very active and three meals alone are not enough to give all the energy they need. So couple of snack other than the regular meals are important. Follow below options when you are planning diet for underweight toddler
- Serve full fat milk and curd to your child. Do not skim cream out of milk. This extra fat is good for your growing child.
You may milk and curd in your child’s diet in the form of smoothies, milk shakes, lassi or curd rice.
- You could add a little ghee, butter or olive oil to your child’s dal or veggies. Start with just a few drops of ghee in baby’s food and then you may add upto 1-2 teaspoons a day to a toddler’s food.
- You may add cheese to pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. Children love cheese and it helps in weight gain. However, try and take unprocessed cheese as much as possible. Processed cheese has too much salt.
Cheesy pasta for kids
- You may also add paneer to your baby / toddler’s diet. Paneer is very good for weight gain.
- You could also add cream to soups, jam sandwiches, mashed potatoes etc. when you make these for your underweight toddler.
- Make healthy desserts like kheer or carrot halwa with full fat cream.
- Add nuts to your underweight kid’s diet. Almonds and cashew nuts can be added to your child’s cereal. Raisins can be given for snacking. Peanut or coconut chutney can be given with idlis and dosas. However, nuts should be powdered or chopped fine as they can pose choking risk. Read more on how to add nuts to your toddler’s diet.
Almonds are considered very healthy and you might remember how our mothers used to soak almonds overnight and give them early morning.
If you child does not like eating almonds straight like my daughter, make this delicious almond milk powder to kill two birds with one arrow.
- Along with nuts, you may add seeds too to your toddler’s diet. Seeds like sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, melon seeds, flaxseeds etc. are rich in healthy fats as well as fiber and protein.
- You can give peanut butter to your child. Children usually love the toasted peanut taste and it is good for them in limited quantities. You can make your own peanut butter for a healthier and more economical option.
- Avocados are rich in healthy fat and are one of the best sources of vegetarian fat.
5 healthy Avocado recipes for babies, toddlers and kids
- Add eggs and chicken to child’s diet if you are non-vegetarian. Red meat is also great for weight gain.
Jaggery or gur is a trational, non-refined sugar in India and other parts of Asia. It is commonly prepared from sugarcane juice and date palm. It is healthier than refined sugar and used in plenty of traditional recipes. Add organic jaggery to your child’s diet to add some extra calories.
- Not all sweets are bad and you can let your underweight toddler enjoy these sweet treats without any guilt.
4 Healthy sweets for weight gain in kids
- Soy milk or nut milks like almond milk or coconut milk are also great for weight gain in children, specially if your child is allergic to milk.
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- Serve variety of food items to make meals enticing for your toddler. Do not keep serving same things every day.
- Add fruits like banana, cheeku and mangoes to your child’s diet. These fruits are naturally rich in calories and are help in weight gain.
- Ragi or nachni is a very nutritious millet and it is advised to be included in diet of babies and toddlers.
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Above all, make mealtimes pleasant and not a power struggle between you and your child. Do not force her to finish everything on the plate. Ensure that your child is not getting all her calories from junk food or juice.
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