Guide For Introducing Baby Food

Starting sold food and preparing a diet routine is very important for mothers and they should know when to start solid food and which foods should be given to their 6-12m babies. 

There is no certain rule which food should be introduced as the first food but make sure you always start with a small quantity of sold liquid food that can be prepared with breast milk or formula milk. It is important to introduce new food to your baby one at a time and wait for 3 to 4 days to see and observe how the baby digests and response to the new food. Here is a Pakistani baby food chart that can help and guide a mother regarding the baby food plan.

Please note:

  • You must know that pediatricians recommend introducing solid food to babies at 6 months.
  • Sometimes babies show interest in food at 5 months this means they are ready and can begin taking solid foods.
  • Breast milk is the best food for babies till 6 months. 

Pakistani baby food plan can be followed for 12 months you can continue to add other foods slowly in their diet.  Always start with 1-2 tablespoons of the food and then increase the quantity of the food up to 3oz or 1/4th of pureed food.

From 8 months, you can increase the size of the food to 4oz or more than half a bowl. The taste can be adjusted according to the baby’s preference. At the age of 10 months, babies start showing interest in eating more and therefore you can give them 4 meals with milk intake.
Babies usually like pureed form of food till 12 months. Oatmeal is the best cereal that helps babies to strengthen their bones.  Lentils and pulses are also a good option for soft baby food. While giving finger foods, you must make sure that you cut the food in small chunks in order to avoid choking. Water should also be given at the age of 6 months. 

By 1-year, babies must have three meals a day along with 2 to 3 small snacks. Formula or breast milk should be given as a complement to a meal but not as a meal itself. Cow’s milk and fruit juices can be introduced at the age of 1 year.

Foods to avoid:

You should avoid giving the following foods to infants:

  • Cow’s Milk
  • Honey
  • Fruit Juices
  • Sugar/salt
  •  Egg whites
  • Nuts, Popcorn, Grapes, Almonds

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