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7 Baby Weaning Hacks - Tips to Introduce Solids, New Foods to Infants

Ruchira Chandra
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Created by Ruchira Chandra
Updated on Jun 26, 2020

7 Baby Weaning Hacks Tips to Introduce Solids New Foods to Infants
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So, your baby is 6-months-old and you want to make a transition from breast milk to top feeds. This very transition from breast milk to top feed is known as weaning. Weaning may start when the baby is around 6 months or post 6 months when the baby is entering her seventh month. Know what is the ideal age to wean off child from breastfeeding.

Remember that though you may have started the weaning process, you may still continue to breastfeed your baby. As breastfeeding is not just a feeding process, but an emotional connect between the mother and the baby. 

Baby Weaning Tips 

Though there are no specific rules for weaning, here are a few tips, which i found effective to wean off my child from breastfeed:

#1.Wean Gradually:

Reduce one feed at a time.  Give the baby ample number of days to get used to one less feed.

#2. Golden Feed:

Babies tend to be attached more to the first feed and the last feed of the day. So, drop these feeds at the last leg of the weaning process. The last feed of the day is most tricky. This may need a little extra effort.

#3. Nutritious Filling:

Start introducing new foods (scroll down for suggestions- a 3-step guide) to replace your feed.  Tasty, nutritious and an appealing palette will make it easier.

#4. Introducing Solid Foods?

Here are a few pointers to introduce solids to newborns..

  • Offer very little in quantity; remember the baby is tasting something absolutely new for the first time. Give your child time to get used to the new burst of taste. 
  • Do not force the next serving. Wait for them to open their mouth.
  • Do not add any salt or sugar. Let the food be in its purest pureed form.
  • Introduce only one new food at a time, so that you can check for allergies and any digestion issues.

 

#5. Reserve a Seat:

Reserve a place for your baby at the dinner table. Babies naturally tend to follow their parents, so this will help in introducing ‘food’ and ‘eating’.

#6. Encourage Exploration

Allow the child to explore the new foods. I know it gets a little messy butit helps to develop an interest in the newly introduced food. Your baby may need some guidance at this point.

#7. Pamper and Indulge:

If you feel that the child’s stomach is full and yet he/she is craving for the feed, it’s a sign that your child is missing intimacy.Try to comfort with various activities like sing along, play, snuggle…. anything. Just pamper your child with your attention. This will assure your child that there is no emotional disconnect. It also helps in reducing the anxiety.

#8. Be Patient: 

Even after trying everything, if the child hasn't taken to weaning favourably, then perhaps your child is not just ready as yet.  Stay patient and try another month. It will happen at the  right time.

 

New Foods Suggestion - 3 Step Guide

Step 1: Start with soft fruits in puree form. Banana is a good starting point. Just mash and serve. Apple or pear (boil/steam and mash) can follow. Fruits like chikoo, mango and papaya can be simply mashed.

Step 2: After the baby successfully crosses step 1, you can introduce veggies.  Root vegetables & carrots are great to start with.  Vegetables should be fully cooked and mashed. You may introduce ghee at this stage.

Step 3: After step 2, the menu could include daal, soft & mushy boiled rice, finger foods,cow’s milk, fully cooked and boiled egg and poultry items.

 

Your baby is now getting a new world of tastes and textures.  You will notice the frequency of breastfeeding shall reduce. 

What Weaning Foods to Introduce to Infants? 

Ideally a baby should be exclusively breastfed till 6 months of age. But if need be, and after paediatric consultation, some children can be started on other food sources by 4 months.  This can vary from children to children depending on their growth and development and behavioural changes i.e. curioisty and interest towards food. For more check weaning foods for 4-7 months babies


After 7 months, slowly your child is learning to chew and has started sitting. Tooth eruption may have also started. You can start experimenting bit more with these foods. Add a spoon of butter/ghee/oil to your little one’s dish.  Know what weaning foods for 7-12 months baby .

  

Here begins the new stage of struggle, when your baby grows to become a picky eater. Phew ! That’s another level of struggle altogether. Read tips to solve feeding problems in fussy eater .

For now, be happy that you have come this far. Next level. I would love to know what are some other weaning hacks that worked for you. Please do share in the comments. Happy parenting !

 

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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| Oct 13, 2016

my baby girl is 6. 5months old. I have started giving her boiled apple as suggested by nearby Doc. bit she is not taking it. I have also started giving her dal water in d evening.... n from last two days parle G biscuit dipped in her formula milk. bit she is not eating any thing. I have to throw maximum of it. pls suggest what shall I do

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| Oct 13, 2016

Hi Manweet, as solid are new to baby she will take time to accept solid so have patience, try cerelace, pear puree,mashed boiled potato, carrot puree.

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| Oct 13, 2016

Hi Manweet, You may mix some breast milk with Apple or banana puree and feed the baby. I tried the same initially and later on did not mix any breast milk and baby was fine with it.

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| Oct 13, 2016

egg may be avoided till one year .it could be allergic

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| Oct 13, 2016

my daughter is 2 year old... nd she dnt eat anything... only my feeding... she dnt like anything.. M so much worried for her.. wat to do.. how to do dnt kno... she dnt like any fruits .. anytime if she is in mood Like apple ... nd mong daal ....hates banana... dnt wan to eat anything.. plss suggest me guys how to handle this .. she wants my feeding all time.. n I dnt wan to give her feeding.

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| Oct 14, 2016

Hi..... my boy age 5 months.... I started solid food with banana and dal water.... he like it.... but gradually he reducing the breast milk.... I want to feed her till 1 year ..but he refusing milk.. what can I do to feed the milk

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| Oct 14, 2016

Hello Mounika. I know breastfeed is a emotional connect. Mostly it is seen that babies tend to cling on it and mothers try to start the weaning process. In this case your child has already initiated the journey of weaning. It is fine. If you still want to breast feed, you could pump out the breast milk. Give it in bottle or add it with banana and give. till the time the boy gets the needed nutrition it is fine.

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| Oct 14, 2016

Eggs can be introduced to a 1 year old child. Egg is a great source of protein and vitamins that should added to be included. Just make sure that the egg is fully cooked. Never give raw or under-cooked egg to the child.

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| Oct 14, 2016

my baby is 8months. how many times should i serve her water?i give her banana in the morning around 11. afternoon khichdi around 2:30 and 5:30 apple and 9:30 dinner. is the gap ok?. is the feed right?

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| Oct 14, 2016

hi.... my lo is 11 months n he yells during each feed... as soon as he sees d food bowl he runs away... I hav tried all different foods but all in vain ... hav to force him to eat during each feed... he doesn't like anything to enter his mouth not even fruit juices or soups.. plz help me so tat he enjoys his food

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| Oct 15, 2016

My baby is going to complete 5months as per dr advice we have started rice kanji after120 days.. Need to join office by next month.. he will take my feeding 3 to four times in morning and night.. Dr advised to give 3 time rice kanji (homemade) But he keep on cries after 2 hours of solid feed.. Can u pls suggest whether I can add any food other than kanji..

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| Oct 15, 2016

My baby is going to complete 5months as per dr advice we have started rice kanji after120 days.. Need to join office by next month.. he will take my feeding 3 to four times in morning and night.. Dr advised to give 3 time rice kanji (homemade) But he keep on cries after 2 hours of solid feed.. Can u pls suggest whether I can add any food other than kanji..

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| Oct 16, 2016

Hello Nidhi. At this stage more than the quantity it the habit of drinking or eating which is being developed for the baby. As a parent we have to introduce water and new food taking cue from the baby. You could offer her little sips of water after every meal. The most basic way to judge whether baby is taking enough water or not would be - If the baby is doing pee at regular intervals then everything is on right track. For the feeding intervals also it is your baby who is best judge. Broadly, at this age 3 meals a day and 3-4 milk feed is supported. Happy Parenting

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| Oct 16, 2016

hello komal. Welcome to the next stage where the baby turns 'picky eaters'. Hope this blog helps http://www.indianmomsconnect.com/2016/10/04/the-friendship-of-toddler-food/

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| Oct 16, 2016

Hello Seethalakshmi. you could start giving banana (mashed ), apple or pears (boiled and pureed), khicdi (fully mashed).

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| Oct 16, 2016

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| Oct 16, 2016

Hi Ruchira, thanks for ur comment what type of Kichadi u mean.. we will prepare only sooji khichadi at home.. can I use hill banana

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| Oct 16, 2016

Hello Seethalakshmi. you could also make rice & moong daal kichidi. its light and filling. Slowly you could add vegetables like potato, carrots etc for adding nutritional values.

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| Oct 17, 2016

Thanks for your reply.. can I start with hill banana?

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| Oct 18, 2016

good noon to all mummies my baby is 5. 5month old now.. shall I start any top feedings ... she will be sucking her fingers more than before any suggestions plz

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| Nov 01, 2016

please suggest the quantity of food that can be given to a 6 to 9 month baby... I have introduce all the vegetables n fruits puree to my baby ...but not sure how much she should take .at times she just take quarter small cup or half a cup...

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| Nov 17, 2016

hi.. my baby will turn 6 months in another week. I started banana puree for 2 days but he seems to be doing too much potty since then. Is he not able to digest or am I doing some mistake ?

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| Nov 17, 2016

my baby is 10 month old what kind of vegetable and fruit puree can be given in how much quantity and what should be an ideal diet or I can say daily routine

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| Nov 17, 2016

vegetable khichdi is a good weight gaining food for a 10 months old baby. I ensure that I add potato, peas, beans, papaya, pumpkin, carrots etc. into the khichdi. ragi malt, atta halwa where you can add banana or Apple puree for additional taste.

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| Nov 19, 2016

thkx Sarit , do you grind veg khichadi n give or just mashed it

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| Nov 19, 2016

Hi Arshiya, I do blend the khichdi but leave it a bit coarse. As she is 10 months old and should be practicing to chew her food. Simply mashing it leaves bigger lumps which my daughter is unable to eat at times. if your can eat the mashed food then it would be great.

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| Nov 19, 2016

how to stop last feed of the day? My baby is 11 months old and still demand for breastfeed during night

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| Nov 19, 2016

Thankyou Sarit actually my little ones teeth vent errupt yet do I grind n give

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| Nov 19, 2016

very useful information for the starters

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| Nov 26, 2016

how to deworm baby

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| Dec 01, 2016

good writeup..

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| Dec 01, 2016

Nice information

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| Dec 08, 2016

hi. we are giving dal ka pani ( moong, tuvar) with little jeera powder. in beginning 2-3 spoon gradually u can increase qualities.

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| Dec 15, 2016

I'm losing weight. mine is normal delivery and post delivery my weight was 54 and now 45. help me out.

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| Jan 02, 2017

From which months we can start giving eggs to baby??? in which form boiled or omelet ??? please reply soon.

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| Jan 02, 2017

with mash fruit I m giving fruit juices 4-5 spoon. like pomegranate kiwi.

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| Jan 02, 2017

Hi Kinjal... you can give egg yolk now. once your baby is a year old can give the whole egg. I normally feed the whole egg in the form of bhurji to my one year old.

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| Jan 02, 2017

ok. Thanks. my baby is 5 months old. so I can start egg yolks na??

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| Jan 02, 2017

ok thanks. my baby is 5 months old so can I start egg yolk na????

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| Jan 02, 2017

Any solids should be started after the baby is 6 months old... so no egg yolk now.

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| Jan 02, 2017

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| Jan 03, 2017

hi... wat we can give to 5months old baby.. right now I m giving only breastfeed..

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| Jan 03, 2017

priyanka u Can start with mashed fruits. specially start with Apple and papaya. but after giving check as it's shoots to ur baby or not. as papaya not shoots to my baby. other fruits juice & vegetables soups. M giving same my baby is also 5 months old. initially give in little bit then u can increase qualities.

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| Jan 03, 2017

my son has entered 6th month. how many times in a day shud I top feed him? n if I shud gv more than one time then wat b d combination.

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| Mar 09, 2017

thank you

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| Mar 09, 2017

thank u ruchira for giving clear info

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| Mar 09, 2017

thanks for the gud info

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| Mar 10, 2017

Thank you

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| Mar 19, 2017

How to stop feeding at night....

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| Mar 19, 2017

thank u n good information to us

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| Mar 19, 2017

thanks for informatiin

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| Mar 19, 2017

my baby is 9months old. howmany hours of interval shud be there between brrakfast lunch n dinner.

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| Mar 19, 2017

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| Mar 19, 2017

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| Mar 19, 2017

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| Mar 19, 2017

very useful information for me

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| Mar 22, 2017

thanks it's very informative....

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| Mar 25, 2017

thanku so much ...i was worried about my baby for food...

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| Mar 26, 2017

thank you its very useful for me

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| Mar 27, 2017

mam wat type of food I Shud give to my 10 Mon baby

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| Mar 27, 2017

nice blog

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| Mar 27, 2017

Very useful blog.. Thx a lot

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| Mar 28, 2017

whteva i giv my 7 months old.. i puree everything in d grinder.. even khichri.. is it ok? coz she seems to eat only 2-3 spoons if i dnt puree it.. whereas d puree she eats 10 -11 spoons.. can u suggest sum foods dat she wudnt choke on n take down easily

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| Apr 01, 2017

useful blog.

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| Apr 01, 2017

very useful thq u so much

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| Apr 02, 2017

Thank u so much .................. very useful information

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| Apr 03, 2017

good information

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| Apr 06, 2017

Thanks that is very helpful

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| Apr 11, 2017

thanku for a very good information

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| Apr 12, 2017

it helped me lot thank u

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| Apr 14, 2017

my baby is complete his 10 th month, but he doesn't like to eat any taste how can I start his winning

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| Apr 20, 2017

tq so muc ithis info r vry hlp ful

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| May 31, 2017

i am glad i could be helpful :)

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| Jun 11, 2017

hi my daughter is five and a half months, she had daal water and nachni two weeks each, but now she does not want to have . Is there any problem?how to start the other variant of food?

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| Jun 12, 2017

hi my baby is now 4 and half months old, can you tell me when will he start sitting

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