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Suggest diet for 6 month old baby

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Dr. Arun

Pediatrician, Pulmonology

Practicing since :2003

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Posted on Wed, 27 May 2015 in Child Health
Question: I would like to know about the diet which I can give to my 6months old son. Kindly suggest me best and healthy food items or other things which generally available at home and we can give him and in how much quantity.
Answered by Dr. Arun 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
start once or twice daily for first month

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing to us.
Frequency :
After 6 months you need to start weaning foods apart from breastfeeding.
For next one month : 1-2 times other foods (rest breast or formula feeding)
From 7th month : 2-3 times other foods , increase to 4 from 8th month and 5 from 9th month.
After that 6 times food, plus breastfeeding.
As you can see you shouldnot stop breastfeeding , taper it down slowly.
After one year day time food plus night breastfeeding.


1. You can start weaning foods like rice gruel or kheer or boiled apple and boiled vegetables or cerelac, etc. Initially for one month give only once or twice a day. Rest should be breastfeeding and formula.
3. Exact quantity varies from baby to baby.
Don't force feed every time. The moment he refuses to feed wait and try again after an hour or so.
4. Feed in calm and dark place to avoid distractions.
5. After 7 months gradually add home available foods ( low salt Low spice )like idli, kitchdi,dhal rice, etc in soft form (mashed with hands)
6. Add oil or ghee to each food item.
7. Avoid cows milk till 1 year.


Almost liquid like till 7 months,
Semisolids from 8 months
Soft Solids from 10 months
Egg yellow from 8 months, white from 1 year
Fruits and vegetables all types in plenty ( atleast two servings each per day )

Let me know if you need further assistance.
Wishing your baby good health.
Dr Arun

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