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6 Month Old Baby Food Charts (With Recipes)

Shweta Das
0 to 1 years

Created by Shweta Das
Updated on Mar 24, 2022

6 Month Old Baby Food Charts With Recipes
Reviewed by Expert panel

Six months marks a milestone in your baby’s growth and development. Deciding what to feed your baby as it turns 6 months old can be both exciting and confusing. 

According to WHO and UNICEF, you should:

  • Exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first 6 months (0 to 6 months).

  • At 6 months, introduce your baby to healthy, nutritious, and safe solid foods that complement breast milk. This should be done along with continued breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond.

While in the first 6 months, feeding your baby breast milk or formula milk is essential to meet the nutritional requirements and build immunity, after 6 months, you need to introduce your baby to solid foods that complement breastfeeding or formula-feeding.

At 6 months, your baby develops digestive enzymes necessary to digest simple foods and requires more than breast milk/formula milk to meet his/her growing energy and nutritional needs.

With the below information, we intend to help you better manage this new phase in your baby’s life. The 6-month-old baby food charts with time, baby food recipes, and tips for introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet are meant as guidelines that can be customized according to you and your baby’s preferences and requirements.

Nutritional needs of your 6-month-old baby

A balanced, nutritious diet is essential for your baby’s all-around growth and development. You should try and include the following nutrients in your baby’s food:

Nutrients

Importance

Calcium 

Enables bone and teeth development

Iron

Helps in carrying oxygenated blood to your baby’s developing organs

Zinc

Improves cell repair and growth

Fat

Insulates your baby and stimulates brain development

Carbohydrates

Provides energy for daily activities

Protein

Forms the building blocks of cells

Vitamins

Essential for your baby’s growth, especially Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K 

Minerals

Minerals like sodium and potassium directly impact your baby’s growth   

Food that you can add to your 6-month-old baby’s diet

At 6 months, your baby is ready to start eating solid food along with breast milk/formula milk. But since your baby will be consuming solid food for the first time, it helps to pick ingredients that are:

  • Healthy and nutritious

  • Safe and less allergic

  • Easily digestible

Some healthy and safe food items that you can include in your 6-month-old baby’s diet:

Food Categories

Options

Fruits

Apples, avocados, bananas, chikoos, muskmelons, peaches, pears, plums, prunes

Vegetables

Bottle gourd, carrots, french beans, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, sweet potatoes

Cereals and grains

Barley, rice, ragi (millet), ragira (amaranth/ramdana), suji (semolina/rava), sabudana (sago/tapioca), oats, quinoa, wheat

Pulses

Masoor dal (red lentils), yellow moong dal (yellow lentils)

Dairy

Butter, ghee (in moderation)

 

Note: Avoid giving non-vegetarian food to your 6-month-old. Also, avoid giving your baby cow’s milk, salt, and sugar until the age of one. These ingredients can put undue stress on your baby’s kidneys.

5 healthy baby food recipes for your 6-month-old

Baby food recipes for 6-month-olds can be categorized into the following:

  • Fruit purée

  • Vegetable purée

  • Lentil soup

  • Cereal porridge

  • Vegetable soup

Here are 5 healthy baby food recipes from each category that you can easily make at home for your 6-month-old:

  1. Apple purée recipe

This is a type of fruit purée. In fruit-based baby food recipes, fruits should be steamed, mashed, or puréed before being served.

Equipment:

  • Sterilized utensils. You can use a sterilizer or boil the utensils in hot water to sterilize them.

Ingredients:

  • ½ red apple

  • A pinch of cinnamon (optional; avoid if feeding your baby apple for the first time)

  • Water/Breast milk/Baby food formula like Cerelac for thinning (optional)

Steps:

  1. Pick a fresh red apple. Wash it thoroughly with water.

  2. Peel the apple skin. Remove the apple core and seeds.

  3. Roughly chop half of the apple.

  4. Cook the chopped apple using:

    1. Pressure cooker: 

      1. Take the chopped apple to a bowl. Add a pinch of cinnamon to it (optional). 

      2. Fill a pressure cooker with some water (below the level of the bowl).

      3. Place the bowl inside the pressure cooker and cook the apple chunks for 4 to 5 whistles. 

      4. Let the steam release, then remove the bowl.

    2. Thick-bottomed pan: 

      1. Take the chopped apple to a bowl. Add a pinch of cinnamon to it (optional). 

      2. Fill a thick-bottomed pan with some water (below the level of the bowl). 

      3. Place the bowl in the pan, cover the pan, and cook the apple chunks till soft and mashable.

    3. Steamer: Steam the chopped apple (with a pinch of cinnamon optionally) in a steamer. This method helps preserve most of the fruit’s nutrients.

  5. Mash the cooked apple with a spoon or a masher or blend it with a blender.

  6. Add a little water, breast milk, or formula if you want to thin the apple purée.

  7. Transfer the purée to a sterile feeding bowl and serve.

2. Carrot purée recipe

This baby food for a 6-month-old is a type of vegetable purée. Vegetables such as carrots, which are soft in consistency and sweet to taste, should be steamed and served as finger foods or purée.

Equipment:

  • Sterilized utensils. You can use a sterilizer or boil the utensils in hot water to sterilize them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized carrot

  • Water/Breast milk/Baby food formula like Cerelac for thinning (optional)

Steps:

  1. Pick a fresh carrot. Wash it thoroughly with water.

  2. Peel the carrot’s skin and chop it into small cubes.

  3. Cook the carrot cubes using:

  1. Pressure cooker: 

    1. Take the chopped carrot into a bowl. 

    2. Fill a pressure cooker with some water (below the level of the bowl).

    3. Place the bowl inside the pressure cooker and cook the carrot cubes for 2 whistles. 

    4. Let the steam release, then remove the bowl.

  2. Thick-bottomed pan: 

    1. Take the carrot cubes into a bowl. 

    2. Fill a thick-bottomed pan with some water (below the level of the bowl). 

    3. Place the bowl in the pan, cover the pan, and cook the carrot cubes till soft and mashable.

  3. Steamer: Steam the chopped carrot in a steamer. This helps preserve most of the vegetable’s nutrients.

4. Mash the cooked carrot with a spoon or a masher or blend it with a blender.

5. Add a little water, breast milk, or formula if you want to thin the carrot purée.

6. Transfer the purée to a sterile feeding bowl and serve.

3. Yellow moong dal soup recipe

This is a type of lentil soup. To prepare such 6-month-old baby food recipes, pick the easily digestible lentils and boil them in water. The soup so prepared can be safely given to your 6-month-old baby.

Equipment:

  • Sterilized utensils. You can use a sterilizer or boil the utensils in hot water to sterilize them.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp yellow moong dal

  • ½ garlic clove, grated (optional)

  • A pinch of turmeric (optional)

  • 8 tbsps water (four times the amount of dal)

Note: Avoid adding optional ingredients if you’re feeding yellow lentils to your baby for the first time.

Steps:

  1. Soak the moong dal for 15 minutes. Wash it thoroughly in running water.

  2. Add water to the soaked dal in a small pot or saucepan. Add the optional ingredients, grated garlic, and turmeric, at this stage. 

  3. Cook on high heat with or without a lid. Bring to a boil first, and then lower the heat to low-medium. Cook till the dal is soft and mashable. 

  4. Mash the cooked lentil with a spoon or masher.

  5. Serve the soup with a spoonful of the mashed dal in a sterile feeding bowl.

4. Rice porridge recipe

This is a type of cereal porridge that can be made with both broken or powdered rice. Such single-grain porridges are rich in carbohydrates and vitamins and make for perfect baby food recipes for your 6-month-old.

Equipment:

  • Sterilized utensils. You can use a sterilizer or boil the utensils in hot water to sterilize them.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of water

  • 2 tbsp rice powder/flour

  • Breast milk/Baby food formula like Cerelac for thinning (optional)

Steps:

  1. Boil the water in a pot.

  2. Add the rice powder and stir continuously to avoid the formation of lumps.

  3. Keep stirring till the porridge becomes thick and creamy. 

  4. Add a little breast milk or formula if you want to thin the rice porridge.

  5. Transfer the porridge to a sterile feeding bowl and serve.

5. Spinach soup recipe

This baby food is a type of vegetable soup. Start off with simple single-vegetable soups. After learning how your 6-month-old baby responds to different vegetables, you can boil a mix of these vegetables together to create different vegetable soups. 

Equipment:

  • Sterilized utensils. You can use a sterilizer or boil the utensils in hot water to sterilize them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped spinach leaves

  • A handful of boiled potato pieces (optional)

  • Water/Breast milk/Baby food formula like Cerelac for thinning (optional)

Steps:

  1. Boil and cool the spinach leaves.

  2. Purée the cooled leaves in a blender.

  3. Mash in some boiled potato pieces (optional).

  4. Add a little water, breast milk, or formula if you want to thin the spinach soup.

  5. Transfer the soup to a sterile feeding bowl and serve.

Indian baby food charts for your 6-month-old

While you should continue to breastfeed or formula-feed your baby at 6 months, you can introduce solid food into his/her diet at this stage. Follow the 3-day rule. Start with just one fruit, vegetable, or grain, and feed it to your baby for breakfast or lunch for at least 3 days. If your baby doesn’t show any allergic reaction, then you can continue feeding that ingredient. You can also introduce other foods along with it your weekly meal plans. 

To help you better understand and effectively plan your 6-month-old baby’s meals, we have provided below sample baby food charts with time for the entire month. These guides are specially designed for Indian parents but can be customized according to your baby’s comfort and routine.

6-month baby food chart: Week 1

 

Early Morning

Breakfast

Mid Morning

Lunch

Early Afternoon

Late Afternoon

Dinner

Before Bed

Monday

BM/FM

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Apple Purée

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Tuesday

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Apple Purée

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Apple Purée

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Wednesday

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Apple Purée

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Apple Purée

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Thursday

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Carrot Purée

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Friday

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Carrot Purée

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Carrot Purée

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Saturday

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Carrot Purée

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Carrot Purée

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Sunday

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Apple Purée

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Carrot Purée

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*BM/FM: Breast Milk/Formula Milk

Note: On Day 1 of Week 1, the best option for your baby’s first solid food is a fruit. You can start with 1 tablespoon of any fruit puree, e.g. apple, for the mid-morning meal. Increase the amount to 2 tablespoons and 3 tablespoons on Day 2 and Day 3, respectively, and give it twice a day.

On Day 4, you can introduce a new solid food, a vegetable. You can start with 1 tablespoon of any vegetable puree, e.g., carrot, and give it once a day. Increase the amount to 2 tablespoons and 3 tablespoons on Day 5 and Day 6, respectively, and give it twice a day.

On Day 7, you can give apple puree for the mid-morning meal and carrot puree for the early afternoon meal.

6-month baby food chart: Week 2

 

Early Morning

Breakfast

Mid Morning

Lunch

Early Afternoon

Late Afternoon

Dinner

Before Bed

Monday

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Carrot Purée

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Rice Porridge

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Tuesday

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Rice Porridge

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Apple Purée

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Wednesday

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Barley

Porridge

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Rice Porridge

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Thursday

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Potato Purée

BM/FM

Barley Porridge

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Friday

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Banana Purée

BM/FM

Potato Purée

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Saturday

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Rice Porridge

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Banana Purée

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Sunday

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Potato Purée

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Barley Porridge

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Note: In Week 2, your 6-month-old baby has become familiar with textures and tastes other than milk. Now, you can start giving your baby two meals a day, preferably during mid-morning and early afternoon. However, this can be adjusted according to your baby’s comfort.

You can also introduce new foods to your baby’s meal plan. If any food allergies run in your family, make sure to check with your Pediatrician before adding those food items to your meal schedule.

6-month baby food chart: Week 3

 

Early Morning

Breakfast

Mid Morning

Lunch

Early Afternoon

Late Afternoon

Dinner

Before Bed

Monday

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BM/FM

Apple Purée

BM/FM

Ragi Porridge

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Tuesday

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Barley Porridge

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Carrot Purée

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Wednesday

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Pear Purée

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Rice Porridge

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Thursday

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Barley Porridge

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Pear Purée

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Friday

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Sweet Potato Purée

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Apple Purée

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Saturday

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Pear Purée

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Sweet Potato Purée

BM/FM

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Sunday

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Potato Purée

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Ragi Porridge

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Note: In Week 3, continue with the same meal schedule while introducing new fruits, vegetables, and grains.

6-month baby food chart: Week 4

 

Early Morning

Breakfast

Mid Morning

Lunch

Early Afternoon

Late Afternoon

Dinner

Before Bed

Monday

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BM/FM

Apple Purée

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Yellow Moong Dal Soup

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Tuesday

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Oats Porridge

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Banana Purée

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Wednesday

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Chikoo Purée

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Ragi Porridge

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Thursday

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Rice Porridge

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Chikoo Purée

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Friday

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Bottle Gourd Purée

BM/FM

Yellow Moong Dal Soup

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Saturday

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Oats Porridge

BM/FM

Bottle Gourd Purée

BM/FM

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Sunday

BM/FM

BM/FM

Chikoo Purée

BM/FM

Barley Porridge

BM/FM

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BM/FM

Note: In Week 4, you can continue with the foods that your baby is familiar with, and try out some new ones. 

How much food should you feed your 6-month-old baby?

The amount of food your baby eats depends on his/her appetite, which is different for every baby and varies day today. Below are some guidelines that you can follow while starting your baby on solid food:

  • 1 tbsp of mashed/pureed fruit or vegetable. This can be gradually increased to 4 tbsps.

  • 2 tbsps of mashed/pureed cereal or grain. This can be gradually increased to 1/4 cup.

Tips to safely introduce solid food into your baby’s diet

Here are some tips to safely start feeding your 6-month-old baby healthy and nutritious solid food:

  • Create your own baby food chart in consultation with your Pediatrician. Incorporate the ingredients that you would like to introduce in your baby’s diet. 

  • Start with a single food: a fruit, a vegetable, or a grain. Avoid mixing ingredients. Starting with a mashed fruit can help your baby digest food better as fruits contain digestive enzymes. 

  • Introduce new food to your baby’s diet during breakfast or lunch. Avoid feeding your baby something new later in the day so that if any problems arise, you can handle them better.

  • Follow the 3-day rule for every new ingredient introduced. Note the food down and wait till the fourth day to see if there are any allergic reactions. Symptoms of food allergy include:

    • Diarrhea

    • Vomiting

    • Rashes

    • Constipation

    • Stomach ache

    • Swelling of lips and eyes

  • Babies can reject foods that are unfamiliar to them. This is common during weaning, so keep trying out a variety of food

  • Remember that your baby’s digestive system is sensitive and can get irritated by some ingredients. Thus, avoid spicy or oily food.

  • Avoid food that could cause choking.

  • In case of an allergic reaction

    • Stop the food that you have been feeding your baby immediately

    • Consult your Pediatrician

You can retry the food after a few months if your doctor agrees to it.

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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