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Baby Weaning Food Guide: 4 to 7 months

Puja Sharma Vasisht
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Created by Puja Sharma Vasisht
Updated on Sep 28, 2015

Baby Weaning Food Guide 4 to 7 months

What should I start with for my 6 month old baby? Can I give egg to my child? When can I start with other types of milk? If these are the questions you have regarding your little one, then you are not alone. We all want to feed the healthiest foods to our little ones, but are confused with what, how and when? Don’t worry,  read on to find how to go about weaning or introducing solid foods in your infant’s diet.

When a child is born her body is attuned to have milk only. The child lacks digestive enzymes to take other solid foods.  But as the child is growing, milk alone doesn’t remain sufficient.

So when is the right time to start weaning?
 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 such as curioisty and interest towards food.
4-5 months
What to give? 
A healthy mother’s milk is sufficient to meet a baby’s nutritional requirements, except iron, in this age. So start with strained vegetable soup including green leafy vegetables (but do not stop the milk feeding). Fresh fruit juice is also given to make up for vitamin C, however the juices should not be from sour or citrus fruits. 
How to give— make sure soup is well cooked, strained, and warm. Seasonings are best avoided. Start with a ½ a spoon and gradually increase the amount to 50 ml.  If giving fruit juices, it should not be sour. Strain it well to sieve off any pits or fibre.

5- 6 months
The infant is doubling her birth weight. Her needs are increasing.  You may start with starchy foods. From clear liquids, it is now flowing semi-solid. It can be rice kheer, suji kheer or phirni (provided you get a clearance from your paediatrician about using cow’s milk). Other altrernatives are mashed fruits such as banana, chickoo, stewed and mashed apples/pears,  or boiled and mashed vegetables such as lauki, tinda, tori, kaddu, potatoes etc. 
How much- starting from a spoon or two, you may give upto ½ to 1 katori.
Consistency- mash well or blenderise to start with.

6-7 months
What to give- You can continue with giving starchy vegetables like boiled and mashed potato with butter, fruits like banana mashed with milk, half boiled egg yolk and moong dal if your child tolerates it well.
How much – For starchy vegetables  & fruits, start with 1-2 spoons and increase to ½-3/4 katori.
Consistency- mash well/blenserise, depending on the infant’s acceptability.For eggyolk (half boilled) start with half a teaspoon and gradually you may give one egg yolk.

When offering an infant some new food, watch out for any distrubances related to digestion such as change in the consistency, unhealhty smell, or colour of stool, or even for a pattern change. This will indicate what foods your child’s body is accepting well.

 


Disclaimer: Exclusive Breastfeeding is best for babies for the first 6 months. Breast milk provides the ideal balanced nutrition and protection. However there maybe individual instances where introducing first foods maybe required depending on the child's needs and issues related to mother's milk supply. Please consult a pediatrician to make a more informed choice.

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| Jan 16, 2018

Thnx for this information mam... Really useful...

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| Jan 16, 2018

Thnx for this information mam... Really useful...

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| Dec 01, 2017

Thank you Pooja! your given link is really helpful.

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| Nov 21, 2017

hi how long expressed milk is safe to feed the baby

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| Nov 21, 2017

hi how long expressed milk is safe to feed the baby

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| Nov 21, 2017

hi how long expressed milk is safe to feed the baby

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| Nov 21, 2017

hi how long expressed milk is safe to feed the baby

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| Nov 13, 2017

thank u

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| Oct 25, 2017

banane 6 month k baby ko daily de sakte h kya or water 6 month k baby ko kitna dena chahiye daily?plz suggest me

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| Oct 04, 2017

really its veey helpful thank you

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| Oct 04, 2017

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| Oct 04, 2017

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| Oct 04, 2017

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| Oct 01, 2017

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| Oct 01, 2017

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| Sep 29, 2017

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| Sep 29, 2017

thanks alot... very useful information

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| Sep 28, 2017

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| Sep 28, 2017

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| Sep 26, 2017

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| Sep 25, 2017

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| Sep 20, 2017

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| Sep 12, 2017

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| Sep 05, 2017

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| Sep 04, 2017

can i give cerelac to my 6 month old lo. is it safe

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| Aug 15, 2017

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| Aug 13, 2017

thanks 4 Ur nice suggestions. ..

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| Aug 13, 2017

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| Aug 13, 2017

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| Aug 06, 2017

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| Aug 01, 2017

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| Jul 24, 2017

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| Jul 23, 2017

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| Jul 14, 2017

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| Jul 10, 2017

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| Jul 05, 2017

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| Jul 04, 2017

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| Jun 30, 2017

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| Jun 24, 2017

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| Jun 23, 2017

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| May 18, 2017

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| May 07, 2017

hi my baby has stop taking bottle feed at all its geting difficult for me to giv her milk from cup or other sources.. what should i do

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| May 04, 2017

my daughter is six months old which fruits I can give her n also how much quantity...... n how much water should I give her

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| May 03, 2017

my 7 month baby is not at all. taking moong dal. paani ..khichdi any kind of salty food she lives to eat sweet taste but nowadays she's not taking anything what to do

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| Apr 11, 2017

what kind of food is better to give in the evening time for ma 7 month old baby....

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| Apr 08, 2017

How much to feed a 7 months old baby

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| Mar 31, 2017

hi i want to know wat kind of food can b given to my 7months baby

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| Mar 30, 2017

Can I get the schedule of food for my 7 month old baby??

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| Mar 24, 2017

please tell me which all fruits can i give to my 5 mnths old baby..

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| Mar 24, 2017

thnks a lot

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| Mar 18, 2017

thank u a lot..

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| Mar 16, 2017

thank you so much for such a brilliant advice

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| Mar 08, 2017

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| Mar 05, 2017

wow its awasome you helped me lot a big thanks to all

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| Feb 25, 2017

nice info... my query r cleared now. thanx such a usefull info.

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| Jan 11, 2017

which milk can be used for mixing with mashed banana or apple.

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| Jan 10, 2017

Nice information. Very helpful Thanks..

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| Jan 09, 2017

very informative!!

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| Jan 09, 2017

very good information

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| Dec 30, 2016

Thanks for the information

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| Dec 30, 2016

hi this very important info .. thanks for such blogs.

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| Dec 20, 2016

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| Dec 19, 2016

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| Dec 08, 2016

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| Dec 06, 2016

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| Nov 30, 2016

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| Nov 29, 2016

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| Nov 26, 2016

very nice info tqs

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| Nov 21, 2016

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| Nov 17, 2016

Thnx a lot for such guidance

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| Nov 16, 2016

Thank you for guiding...

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| Nov 08, 2016

Thanks for the info. It's really very helpful

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| Nov 06, 2016

nice info...

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| Oct 21, 2016

hi, my daughter is 8 month old . I started going to office. Suggest some alternative feeding it very difficult to manage. when ever she eat just gone potty.

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| Oct 12, 2016

my daughter does not like anything to eat i tried rice.. apple ..daal..vita marie biscuit.. khichdi.. but she never open her mouth n started crying

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| Oct 04, 2016

thanks for the info.. very much useful

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| Oct 03, 2016

thanks a lot

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| Oct 03, 2016

very useful. Thank u.

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| Oct 03, 2016

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| Oct 03, 2016

its v useful.. thnx a ton

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| Oct 03, 2016

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| Sep 26, 2016

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| Sep 23, 2016

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| Sep 22, 2016

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| Sep 16, 2016

thanku

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| Sep 15, 2016

which fruits and vegetables soups should I give to my 5 months baby

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| Sep 10, 2016

thank you

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| Aug 24, 2016

Thanks

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| Jul 21, 2016

thank you soo much.

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| Jul 02, 2016

thnks was very helpful

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| Jun 19, 2016

plz tel. me whch fruit juice i shld give 2 my 4 mnth baby?? i m clear names

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| Jun 14, 2016

my baby is 9 months old. he is not liking liquid foods. what solid food can i give him. ?

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| Jun 14, 2016

my baby is 9 months old. he is not liking liquid foods. what solid food can i give him. ?

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| Jun 01, 2016

hi, my baby is 5 months old. I suffered from poor lactation and therefore started weaning my baby earlier. as per the doctors advise I started giving him nestum rice and isomil formula. He was completely ok with the diet. He has now started refusing feeds completely. He even refuses my feed. the same thing happened to him a month back and he was diagnosed with an indigestion. the same thing has started again . He's very cranky about feeds. please advise.

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| May 22, 2016

Thanks ....it is realy use able information. ...hope it ll work for my kid. ..

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| May 13, 2016

hi Puja my daughter is6months now , how many times a day should I feed her complimentary food. my paediatric has asked me not to seive or blender any food then what should I do please help

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| Apr 20, 2016

Hii I started going to office my daughter is 6months so started on nan pro 2 but she is not at all taking it. Suggest some alternative plzzzz finding it very difficult to manage

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| Apr 14, 2016

My baby turned 6 months yesterday..... I want to start weaning..... how many times shall I feed her in a day and how often she needs to be breastfed?

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| Mar 30, 2016

Hi my baby is 7 months old what should I give to her

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| Feb 04, 2016

@Chaitali, Hi, there are many options available both in electric and manual form. Choose from some reputed brand. The milk expressed can be stored for 5-6 hours in fridge. It should be warmed indirectly over hot water.

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| Feb 04, 2016

Plz suggest some pump and right way to store milk.. as i have to join office

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| Jan 15, 2016

@Himanshi,generally water is started around 6 months.

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| Jan 14, 2016

Hi Puja.. If we want to start solid at 4-5 month.. When is the time to start water

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| Jan 03, 2016

@Sheetal, you can express your milk either manually or through pump. It can be given to your baby while you are away. To start with top feed or weaning foods at 4 months, take advice of your paediatrician.

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| Jan 03, 2016

Hi my baby is of 4 months and I have to join office this month, please advise me diet for my baby which can be given to her when I will be in office.

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| Dec 28, 2015

This blog is vry informative..

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| Nov 25, 2015

Very useful and very informative blog. Thanks for giving such a nice information.

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| Nov 09, 2015

@Soumya, Hi, your doctor sees your baby's growth and development in person. So accordingly they judge and advice on whether to start weaning or complementary foods before 6 months or not. So if advised you may start with weaning food. Nan pro 1 is formula milk. If you are not lactating enough, then take advice of your paediatrician.

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| Oct 31, 2015

This blog is very informative, but I need to understand basis what we can decide if we should start giving food to the baby. Even my Dr has also suggested giving food to the baby, but I still hesitate to give her anything apart from breast milk. I also want to know if I can give my daughter Nan pro 1... Please help.

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| Oct 21, 2015

@Shweta, Hi, you have been advised on it in nutrition corner

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| Oct 19, 2015

Hi, my baby is 5 months and i have started giving her formula milk - Nan pro 1. But she is completely refusing it. Tried giving her with spoon and bottle.. But she is completely refusing and cries a lot. Pls suggest as i have toresume work from Nov.

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| Oct 04, 2015

@priyanka, Hi you may start with well cooked dalia, blenderise and give. Along with boiled potato you may add easily digestible veggies like, lauki, pumpkin, carrot and some mung dal too.

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| Oct 01, 2015

Thx alot puja ..i also wanted to know my baby is suffering from constipation.. m trying to give him fibrous diet.. will fennel seed water help? Or is thr any other home remedy.. i havent started ragi with a fear of my baby getg constipated.. this is d first time he is constipated.. he is 7 n half mnths old..

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| Sep 30, 2015

@Priyanka,Hi you may give fresh juice of these. Check that fruits are not sour and you may start with 1-2 teaspoons. Please do not dilute it.

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| Sep 30, 2015

Hi Puja.. my baby is 7 month old. how much of apple or pomegranate juice should i serve.. and is it ok to dilute juices?

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| Sep 29, 2015

Good and informative article! Yes times have changed now. In cases of problem with mother's feed being sufficient for the baby, docs are recommending weaning foods as early as 4 months. I started off with banana and moong dal water at 4. 5 months for my daughter and she loved them both. She is 5. 5 months now and I plan to introduce her to something new from this article.

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| Sep 28, 2015

@Shailaja,@Prabhjot, Hi if you read the blog carefully, it is mentioned that you exclusively breastfeed the child for 6 months. However, sometimes when the child's need may not be met by breastmilk alone, this is specially true for iron and vitamin C needs. A mother's milk may provide upto 3 months only for iron & Vit C needs and then you need iron supplementation. So under the guidance of paediatrician (mentioned in the blog), you may start with green leafy vegetables (good source of iron and fruit juice (not citrus or sour). Fruit juice can be of apple or pomegranate too.

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| Sep 27, 2015

Hii

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| Sep 25, 2015

I think this article is misguiding..... Exclusive breastfeeding till 6 months and citrus fruits best avoided as a first food.

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| Sep 25, 2015

Weaning foods should not be started before 6 months. Plz don't teach wrong practises.

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