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0 to 12 Months Baby Weight Gain Diet Plan, Diet Chart

Puja Sharma Vasisht
0 to 1 years

Created by Puja Sharma Vasisht
Updated on Apr 04, 2020

0 to 12 Months Baby Weight Gain Diet Plan Diet Chart
Reviewed by Expert panel

Are your worried your infant is not gaining as much weight as he should? Then read our complete guide—categorized age-wise—to know what foods you can give to your baby to push up his weight gain. With an infant, a first-time mom is always on the edge—especially regarding his weight. Is he gaining enough weight, is breastfeed enough for him, what can I do to push his weight up? —are some questions a mom is always battling with. Here, we bring to you a short and crisp blog on how to increase your infant’s weight in a healthy way. 

What Should be 0-12 Month Weight Gain Diet? 

First Six Months (0 to 6 months) Baby Diet:

Ideally, an infant gains enough weight on just breastfeeding, till the age of 6 months. So, if the infant has doubled her birth weight at 5 months, it means she is gaining sufficient weight. But in case, this does not happen, consult the pediatrician for advise as, before 4-6 months, the infant is not given any top foods.

6 to 9 Months Baby Diet - The Next 3 months Diet Plan

Once the infant starts on some solids, then certain foods can be included in his diet to specifically push up his weight. These are generally the energy dense protein-richrich foods...

  • Focus on Cereals: This means you need to give more of cereals like rice, rice flakes, suji, sago, sprouted ragi powder etc. Give it to the baby in the form of porridge, kheer or phirni
  • Increase Intake of Starchy fruits & Vegetables: Fruits such as banana and vegetables like potato, sweet potatoes should be given to increase weight. Vegetables can be boiled and mashed given with little butter/ghee on them. Similarly, a banana can be well mashed and given as it is or with jaggery powder/ mashed dates, or full cream milk
  • Egg yolk & Mutton/Chicken Stew: If your pediatrician permits introducing egg yolk, then half boil an egg yolk and add it to boiled, mashed potatoes/overcooked mashed rice. Add a teaspoon of butter/ghee to make a complete nourishing meal
  • Pulses: Best tolerated green gram/mung dal can be given boiled and well mashed with a spoon of oil/butter/ghee added to it. Around 7-8 months you can start with khichdi of both dalia/rice with dals and veggies like potato, carrot etc. add to the khichdi
  • Milk Products: Like curd/yogurt, use full cream milk to set the curd. Give with mashed banana/dates or jaggery to the infant, especially during afternoon hours. Check - Child-friendly Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

10 to 12 Months Infant Weight Gain Diet

At around this time, the baby should triple her birth weight once. If the weight gain is slower, you can focus on the following foods:

  • Cereals - besides porridge, kheer, and khichdi you can start with chapatti mashed with dal/chicken soup/scrambled egg. You can also give idli/rice with a spoon of butter/ghee. Sometimes, halwa of atta/suji can also be given
  • Fruits - instead of giving plain fruits you can give fruit yogurt, fruit in kheer, custards, fruit smoothie especially made of banana, honey and malai, milk/curd. (Provided your baby can tolerate dense foods like malai. In case of a stomach upset, please discontinue)
  • Vegetables - use more potatoes and sweet potatoes. They can be added to parantha, dosa, khichri, soups or to other vegetables. You can also make halwa of these vegetables
  • Eggs - can be given as scrambled with added milk/fresh malai, or an egg nog can be added to the soup
  • Fish/Poultry/Meat – stews and well-cooked meat, mashed, can be given to infants, provided your pediatrician agrees to it
  • Home-made Paneer - Closer to the 1st birthday, the baby can be introduced to fresh home-made paneer and mild processed cheese. You can mash paneer finely with jaggery or powdered sugar, roll it into laddoos and offer as finger foods or a quick snack to the baby. If giving cheese, do so in limited quantities as cheese is very high in salt
  • Full-fat milk-based puddings - Like rice kheer/dates and raisins (cooked and mashed) custard/vermicelli kheer/gajar kheer can be given to the baby to push up his weight. For more - Month-wise Healthy Weight Gain chart for Infants

 

Always Remember for Consistent Weight-gain in 0-12 Months Infant?

  • Only till the age of 2 years, additional ghee/butter/oil can be used for children. In case the child’s weight is on the higher side, please use these in moderation
  • Whole cream milk to be used until 1-2 years only. After 2 years or if the child is on normal weight, use toned milk only
  • While giving above foods, give only little amounts first, to check for any allergy. If there is no allergic reaction only then continue with those foods

Did you find this blog on baby diet useful? Share your thoughts and feedback with us in the comments section!

 

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Nov 30, 2015

Good one

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| Nov 30, 2015

Thanks for sharing... its very well explained.

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| Nov 30, 2015

Thanks for the useful information.

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| Nov 30, 2015

Thanks for sharing such a valuable information

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| Nov 30, 2015

Very useful information..... thanks

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| Nov 30, 2015

Really very useful information.. thnx dear.

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| Nov 30, 2015

Very valuable information and worth a share. Thanks

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| Nov 30, 2015

My kid is at 18 months and she in under weight. please suggest me some diet to make her to gain weight

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| Nov 30, 2015

Good information

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| Dec 01, 2015

my son is three yrs old and currently weighs in around 12. 9 kgs. is this normal ? i feel he should be a bit more healthy. he is very active though.

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| Dec 01, 2015

Hi dis is nancy.. I hav a major problem as .. In vry initial beginning ma baby doesnt drink milk.. No mother feed no any kind of formula milk ... I tried through many way bt she doesnt drink.. She vomit .. All d tim .. By 3 month i strtd given her semisolid food.. Lyk mashed banana mongo dal.. Bt she vomit vomit n vomit nw as she is 10month old n her weight is just 7kgs... I consult many doctors .. All her test are done bt in test evrythng is shown to be alryt bt doesn't understand whats wrong with her why dnt she eat... She cry all d time for nt to eat food.. 5out of 4 tims she vomits in a day... M all upset.. I dnt knw how to gain her weight.. Evn till nw she dnt drink milk.. Pls pls pls if any1 cn help me wid dis.. Wat should i do...

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| Dec 01, 2015

Please Guide for 14 months old to gain weight.

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| Dec 01, 2015

@Sowmya,Hi you may give the foods listed in the blog for 12 months in semisolid or solid form, whichever your child can take easily

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| Dec 01, 2015

@nancy your baby may have an acute case of acid reflux - I had the same problem with both my kids and medication helped immensely. If you are in Delhi go to dr Paramjeet Singh Kumar he was fantastic. Most other doctors don't even know what reflux is!!!

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| Dec 01, 2015

I am first time mum and my baby is of 6 months. He is lill slow in weight gain which is cause of lill worry. Feeding him home made cerelac made of all types of cereals. Also giving him rice one time. I am planning to follow the tips given in the blog. Hw often shld i feed my milk and other source of food? Please advice. TIA

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| Dec 01, 2015

Hi nancy.. try taking galact granules 1tsp in a glass of warm milk once daily.. this will improve the quality n quantity of ur milk. Babies luv breastfeeding it's just dat ur hormones r nt tolerated by ur bub.. try galact it'll surely help.. God bless

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| Dec 02, 2015

My son is almost one year. His birth weight is 2kgs n he is nw 8kgs. He eats everything and doesn't make fuss on eating Is he in his normal weight?? I haven't started outside milk except for breastfeed. Can i introduce now

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| Dec 02, 2015

Hi.. how to give fish for 10th month baby.. suggestion please

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| Dec 02, 2015

@Anusha, Hi you may maximum give 3 solid feeds alternating with milk feeds (3-5) be it yours or top feed.

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| Dec 02, 2015

@Vanaja, Your son has gained good weight as ideally a baby should triple his birth weight by one year. At one year, you can start with other milk but you continue to breastfeed him.

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| Dec 02, 2015

@Simmerjeet & Ammu, Hi, For weight gain suggestions please post your queries in nutrition section. Individualised diet plan is a paid service available at our website. Please contact helpdesk@parentune. com for this.

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| Dec 03, 2015

Hi Sravani, you may either waitt for few more months or start with very little amounts (shredded/mashed). See if the child is not getting any allergy from it. You may only then continue with it. Do procure the fish from reliable source only.

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| Dec 04, 2015

What to give to 4 year old baby girl to gain weight

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| Dec 05, 2015

@Bincy, hi, you can post your query in nutrition section.

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| Dec 05, 2015

My baby is 8 months and his weight is 6. 5 am giving him breastfeeding and cerelac but he refusing to eat too he don't have enough sleep , always use to cry Wat can I do pls do help me

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| Dec 07, 2015

@Sandhya, Hi, apart from cerelac, you can offer him other weaning foods. Keep gap between his milk and other feeds. Check for any stomach pain/colic, which may be causing lack of appetite and sleep.

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| Dec 13, 2015

Hi puja, gud info.. my daughter is 4 months old.. im breast feeding her, times when my milk secretion is low i try to give formula.. she refuses to have that.. i tried enfomil and similac.. is it advisable to give cerelac in watery consistency, when breastmilk is less for a 4 month old baby

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| Dec 13, 2015

Hi I am new mom my girl is 4 month old . She is surfing from cold from last 7 days . My problem is her weight she is not gaining weight looking week and confused not happy at all . Her weight at birth was 2. 8 kg and now she is 5. 6 kg . Dr say she is slw gainer . Tough wood she is active baby . But now she stopped gaining weight from last 2 weeks . Dr says it's because of cold . I am very very worried about her cold and weight. What to d???? Please give some suggestions.

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| Dec 14, 2015

@Sasi, please don't give cerelac before 6 months of age. You can focus on foods that help in lactation. Read the following blogs on our website- https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/8-nutrition-tips-for-breastfeeding-mothers/539 https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/how-to-increase-breast-milk-supply/584 If these too don't help and you don't lactate enough (baby weight gain slows down), then do take paediatrician's advice on starting top feed.

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| Dec 14, 2015

@ Ritika, Hi, please don't worry as your child's weight gain is good. Ideally a child doubles her birth weight by 5 months, which your daughter has already done.

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| Dec 14, 2015

Hi my baby is 4 months old... she didnt poo up to 4 or 5 days... doctor said its normal... give me sum suggestions...

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| Dec 15, 2015

Hello... my daughter is 1yr3months old & her weight is just 7. 5. Please gv me some suggestions.

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| Dec 15, 2015

@Riya, Hi you can give the foods mentioned in the blog for 10 -12 months. You can give them in more solid form.

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| Dec 15, 2015

@Valli, Hi, do as your doctor advised and you can also increase her number of feeds to increase her fluid intake.

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| Dec 17, 2015

hi puja... thanks for the food ideas... my 11 m boy gulps only blended food... simple mashed with spoon or hand, makes him throw up. He nimbles on finger food but if he takes big bite, he throws up whatever is eaten. Also he weighs 8. 5 kg (3kg being birth weight). Your suggestions please.

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| Dec 17, 2015

Very informative.. thanks dear... hope it will help to gain weight for baby...

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| Dec 17, 2015

@Jaya, Hi, you need to start with foods with texture gradually. Do give him finger foods but with caution so that he takes only small bites and doesn't vomit.

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| Dec 18, 2015

my baby is 13months old he doesn't take fluid at all, if luke water or juice given he throw the bottle. pls advise..

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| Dec 18, 2015

@Nirmala, Hi, you can give him water after every solid feed. Try using sipper/spoon/glass to feed liquids.

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| Dec 18, 2015

My baby boy was 15mths old he was not gaining weight at all and not properly walking because of of no energy I want proper dait for him for gaining wait.

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| Dec 19, 2015

Hi .,. My daughter is 13 months . She eat properly , i give her like cereals , rice , ghee , cheese , etc but not gaining weight. Her birthwt was 2. 8gm and nw she s 7. 9gms. Wat else i shud do to gain wt?

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| Dec 19, 2015

@Sudha, Hi, diet plan is a paid service available at our website. You can contact helpdesk@parentune. com for this.

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| Dec 19, 2015

@Sojimol, you can give the same foods which are mentioned in blog for 10-12 months, in a form which your daughter eats (semi-solid/solid).

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| Dec 19, 2015

Hi my babu is 4. 5months old. His birth weight was 3. 75kg. for 1st 2 months i ws giving him breastmilk as well as formula as my milk supply ws nt sufficient. After dat i m exclusively breast feeding. His current weight is 7. 5kg. Is it ok??

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| Dec 20, 2015

Hi where can I get the approx weights for the given months

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| Dec 20, 2015

@Rinki, Hi, the babies usually double their birth weight by 5 months, which your baby has at 4. 5 months. His weight gain is according to the norms.

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| Dec 20, 2015

@Shailaja, Hi, You can check with your paediatrician.

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| Dec 23, 2015

Hi, my baby is 7 months old n his weight is 8 kg, his birth weight was 4. 5 kg. Is 8 kg wt OK as per his age

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| Dec 23, 2015

Hi, my baby is 7 months old n his weight is 8 kg, his birth weight was 4. 5 kg. Is 8 kg wt OK as per his age

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| Dec 24, 2015

Hi.. My baby's birth weight is 2. 3kg. Now his weight on 9 month is 7. 6kg.. Is normal or under weight? Give some nutrition food tips for weight gain?

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| Dec 26, 2015

@Anjana, Hi, your baby's weight for his age seems okay but weight gain according to birth weight seems low.

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| Dec 26, 2015

@Bhadra, Hi, your baby has gained weight at good pace. He is not under weight.

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| Dec 27, 2015

Hi Puja. My baby is 7. 5months old and weighs around 10. 3kg(2. 8 kg being his birth weight). Is he overweight? I feed him formula once or sometimes twice a day..

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| Dec 27, 2015

Hi. My baby boy is 4 months old and his weight is 6 kg. Birth weight 3. 870 kg is my baby underweight or healthy weight gain?

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| Dec 27, 2015

My baby s 4months his weight s 5. 3 its it normal or low weight plz suggest to increase weight

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| Dec 28, 2015

@Namrata,Hi, his weight gain seems high. You may also take advice of your paediatrician on reducing the number of formula feeds.

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| Dec 28, 2015

@Gitali, Hi, his weight gain seems a little slow. Please take care of your own diet if you are breastfeeding him. Also do take advice of your peadiatrician on starting with any top feed.

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| Dec 28, 2015

@Priya,Hi, ideally a baby doubles his birth weight by 5 months. so if your baby is nearing that his weight gain is okay. You may take care of your own diet to help in sufficient lactation.

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| Dec 28, 2015

Nyc

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| Dec 28, 2015

Nyc

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| Dec 31, 2015

Good blog....

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| Dec 31, 2015

Hii... my daughter is 9 months old... she don't eat anyone exclude breast feed sometimes she eat chapati wid potato.... what should I do???plz give me suggestion

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| Jan 01, 2016

@Priyanka, hi, you may start with other suiatble foods too, gradually one or two spoon maybe. Then increase the amount if she likes it.

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| Jan 02, 2016

Definitely I will try these... As am in single family not having much knowledge about baby care n at nutrition..... Thank u very much

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| Jan 07, 2016

His.... My 4 yr son is 12. 5 from 2 and half yrs he is in da same wt 12 ,12. 5, 13 .... Is it ok

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| Jan 07, 2016

His eating habits r fine ...

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| Jan 07, 2016

@Priyanka, If he has not gained any weight in past 2 years please take advice of your paediatrician.

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| Jan 07, 2016

Hey... very useful and one question I desperately need help with from any mom here.. My baby is 10 months and can't tolerate any textured, I mean solid thing.. he has 6 front teeth... 4 upper 2 lower.. he can cut but can't chew and vomits any biscuit or fruit we give. I gave him mashed finely... or khichdi mashed in a mixture so that it is viscous but no solid... he can tolerate moong green dal though it have those green dal chilka but he is not able to tolerate anything that is not semisolid.. Kindly advise if that's fine, I am worrying uselessly or I can do something else to start him on some of these textured or solid food

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| Jan 11, 2016

@Priya, Hi, please relax as this absolutely normal for his age. Give him mashed, flowing consistency semi solids only. The child would only gradually start to take semi solids and then solids.

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| Jan 13, 2016

Good guide for a mother to learn

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| Jan 13, 2016

Good guide for a new mother to learn

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| Jan 18, 2016

Very useful information.. now same I l be apply for my baby & let's see

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| Jan 20, 2016

Hi... my baby is of 4 month 11 days.. and her weight is 4. 8 kg. her birth weight is 2. 6 kg.. is it proper weight according to her age. Pls guide

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| Jan 20, 2016

@Dipti, Hi, the weight gain of your baby seems fine. He should be 5. 2kg by 5 months.

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| Jan 21, 2016

Hi my baby weighs 8. 250kg. she is on eleventh month. her birth weight was 3. 200kg. is she in correct weight. i breastfeed her and also giving solids. pls guide. i didn't add any milk other dan my milk. pls help

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