Your baby’s nutrition is one of your primary concerns as a parent. You naturally want only the
best nutrition to support your baby’s growth – both physical and mental, during infancy. So
we put together a list of the best foods to introduce your baby to during the weaning period.
When Do You Start Weaning?
- Start weaning once your doctor gives you the go-ahead. This will depend on your baby too – if she can sit up, support her head well. Watch if your child is ‘mouthing’ – it is the tendency to grasp objects and put them in the mouth out of curiosity.
- Always start with simpler foods like whole grains and cereals – rice cereal, dal water, or ragi are great options.
- Move from a liquid form to thicker paste-like forms, and then introduce more solid and semi-solid foods. Eventually, you can introduce finger foods, which your baby can herself pick up, and are in small pieces, making it easy for her to start chewing.
- Introduce one new food at a time and wait for 2-3 days before introducing another new food – this helps you check for any allergic reactions.
5 Best Foods For Weaning
Thin and clear vegetable soups are easy for your baby to swallow, while also providing your little one with a good amount of vitamins and minerals from the vegetables. Make sure you sieve the soup to remove any bits that could be difficult for your baby to chew.
2. Soft Fruits
Bananas, boiled and mashed apples, chikoo, and other soft fruits can easily be mashed to a semi-solid form, which is easier for your baby to chew and swallow. They ensure a steady source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Make a thin porridge-like mix with cereals like rice or ragi. It should not be too thick as your little
one should be able to swallow it easily. Cereals are a nutrient-dense source of iron, zinc and
vitamins for your little one.
Pureeing vegetables like carrots, potatoes, lentils, and beans can make them easier for your baby to chew and swallow as they will be in semi-solid form. Initially, introducing these in puree form will be a good way to ensure that your child receives all the nutrients as well as the exposure to the taste of vegetables.
5. Eggs And Chicken
Around the age of 8-9 months, you can start introducing your baby to non-vegetarian foods, provided these foods are eaten regularly in your household. Make sure you introduce them in small quantities as they are high in protein, too much of which can be tough on your baby’s developing digestive system. Make sure these foods are properly cooked.
Of course, there’s no strict rule about the best foods for your baby. Every baby is different in the
foods they eat. However, do make sure that you follow your baby’s hunger cues and avoid
force-feeding, as it can lead to stomach discomfort, indigestion and colic pains, and also
disrupts your baby’s natural cues of fullness and hunger.
The aim of weaning your baby is to initially add to the nutrition from breast milk, and eventually
wean your baby off breast milk completely. Consult your pediatrician for better advice on how to
make this transition a smoother and less stressful process.