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Starting Solid Food Recipes for 6-12 Months Old Baby

Bhavna
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Created by Bhavna
Updated on May 09, 2019

Starting Solid Food Recipes for 6 12 Months Old Baby
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You are in dilemma what to start giving for your 6+ months baby! Yes, choosing to start solid foods for your precious bundle of joy can be a harrowing task for any new mother. There are a couple of key things that one needs to keep in mind when starting your child with solid foods. Here are a few tips worth following for new moms...

First, start the solid foods by giving your child only one new fruit/vegetable/ cereal in a Day. This would help you to know if your child is allergic to certain foods. Second, start by making small portions, as the main objective is to introduce the child to the new foods and not fill his/her stomach. The idea is to let the baby get accustomed to solid food and then slowly increase the portion size. Finally, slowly increase the quantity and number of different foods in the child’s day. [Live-chat Excerpt - How Healthy Solid Foods Are for Your 6 Months Old Baby?]

Initial Solid Foods & Recipes On Child's First 6 Months Milestone

The following are the foods that one can start their child on reaching first 6 months milestone: 

  1. Cereals & Grains: Rice, Semolina (Sooji), Oatmeal (fresh ground not the instant one), Broken wheat ( Daliya )
  2. Fruits: Bananas, Apples, Pumpkin, Peaches and coconut water
  3. Vegetables: Sweet Potato, Potato, Carrots, and Peas
  4. Protein: Cottage Cheese, Tofu, Chicken
  5. Dairy: Plain Whole Milk Yogurt


Here are a couple of easy foolproof recipes for you to follow for the baby’s entire week: 

  1. Recipe #1: Sooji cooked with Milk /Oatmeal cooked in Milk /Broken rice (Daliya) cooked in milk/saboodana cooked in Milk
  2. Recipe #2: Sooji Upma / Daliya Upma
  3. Recipe #3: Whole milk Yoghurt and fruit smoothie
  4. Recipe #4: Khichdi (rice+yellow moong dal) / Khichdi (daliya+red masoor dal)
  5. Recipe #5: Mashed Bananas / Boiled and mashed apples
  6. Recipe #6: Boiled and mashed Potato or sweet potato or pumpkin with a bit of Butter
  7. Recipe #7: Boiled and mashed Eggs with butter
  8. Recipe #8: Soups made of a combination of vegetables / Combination of vegetables and masoor dal soup/ combination of vegetables and Daliya soup
  9. Recipe #9: Rice cooked with vegetable stock/rice cooked with chicken and vegetable stock)

Recipe #1: Oatmeal Porridge ((In milk):

  1. Take a Cup of(you can make it half water +half milk in the beginning). Add to it 3 – 4 tablespoons of Oatmeal (instant one ). Combine these in a pot and put it over a slow flame.
  2. Keep stirring constantly as it has a tendency to either form lumps or stick to the bottom of the Pan.
  3. Make sure the consistency is not too thick or else your child might not like how it feels in the mouth. If it gets too thick, add more milk to it.
  4. It usually takes 8- 10 minutes for the oats to soften completely and then add sugar/honey to taste.


Things to Watch-out:

  1. Oatmeal retains the heat for a long time to make sure that it is cooled enough (try eating yourself) for your baby.
  2. Oatmeal also has a tendency to turn over a high flame, its best to cook it on a low flame.

 
Semolina Porridge (Sooji in milk) :

  1. Take a Cup of(you can make it half water +half milk in the beginning). Add to it 3 – 4 tablespoons of Sooji. Combine these in a pot and put it over a slow flame.
  2. You could add a cardamom pod for flavor but be sure to take it out before serving to your baby.
  3. Keep stirring constantly as it has a tendency to either form lumps or stick to the bottom of the Pan.
  4. Make sure the consistency is not too thick or else your child might not like how it feels in the mouth. If it gets too thick, add more milk to it.
  5. It usually takes 8- 10 minutes for the Sooji to soften completely and then add sugar/honey to taste.

Things to Watch-out: 

  1. Sooji retains the heat for a long time to make sure that it is cooled enough (try eating yourself) for your baby.
  2. Sooji also has a tendency to burn over a high flame, its best to cook it on a low flame.

Broken Wheat (Daliya) Porridge (Cooked in milk): 

  1. Take Half a Cup of Water and add 2-3 tablespoons of Daliya to it. Mix it in a pot and put it over a slow flame.
  2. Cook the Daliya while frequently stirring it till is soft, now add half a cup of milk to it. (it is advisable to cook it in water first because it tends to become very gooey if cooked entirely in milk and also might be difficult for your child to digest)
  3. Once it has reached the desired consistency add sugar /salt or gur to taste.
  4. Make sure it is cooled down before you feed it to your daliya Porriage.  


Saboodana Porridge(Tapioca Sago cooked in Milk):

  1. Take 2-3 tablespoons of saboodana and soak them for 3-4 hours in water. You will know that they have soaked enough when the saboodana becomes translucent (and not white) and almost double its size.
  2. Now take a cup of milk in a pot and put it to boil on a medium flame, once the milk comes to a boil, add the saboodana to it.
  3. Cook it till the milk reduces its quantity by half or it becomes like consistency.
  4. Once it has reached the desired consistency add sugar /salt or gur (jaggery) to taste.
  5. Make sure it is cooled down before you feed it to your child.

Recipe #2: Sooji (Semolina) Upma

It is very easy to make tasty & nutritious sooji upma. Here is what all you needed. 

  1. Take a quarter cup of sooji and roast it with 1tsp of ghee till it is slightly golden in color. Set it aside.
  2. In a wok take a tsp of oil/ghee and add half a pureed onion to it, once the onion is slightly roasted (or changed color) add half a pureed tomato( fresh ) and salt to taste. Cook it all for about a minute.
  3. Add one cup of water to the mixture now and let it come to a boil.
  4. Add the roasted sooji that was kept aside earlier. Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture and then cook it covered for another 5-7 minutes or till the sooji soaks up all the water.
  5. Make sure it is cooled down before feeding it to your child.      

Daliya (broken Wheat) Upma:

  1. Take 1/2 cup daliya and dry roast it till it changes color. Set it aside.
  2. In a wok take a tsp of oil/ghee and add half a pureed onion to it, once the onion is slightly roasted (or changed color) add half a pureed tomato( fresh ) and salt to taste. Cook it all for about a minute.
  3. Add one cup of water to the mixture now and let it come to a boil.
  4. Add the roasted daliya that was kept aside earlier. Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture and then cook it covered for another 5-7 minutes or till the daliya soaks up all the water.
  5. In case you feel it is very dry, you can some more water to bring it to a consistency that your child may like.
  6. Make sure it is cooled down before feeding it to your child.

  
Recipe #3: Whole milk Curd & fruit smoothie: 

It is a fact that curd has a better nutritive value than milk. The digestibility of curd is also greater than that of milk. The calcium and phosphorus are easily assimilated in curd. In little children, curd helps in the digestion process as well. 

  1. To make a rich and thick fruit smoothie, you need to beat the curd in a bowl to have a thick consistency (beating it in the blender may make it runny).
  2. Add the pureed fruit to the curd and mix well with a spoon.
  3. You can use any kind of pureed fruits like apples, bananas, strawberries, grapes, peaches, litchi, mangoes, pears, and many other seasonal fruits.
  4. Just make sure the curd or the fruit is not too sour, add a bit of sugar to balance out the taste if need be.


Recipe #4: Khichdi (Rice+Yellow Moong Dal)

It is very easy to make healthy & nutritious khichadi comprises of rice, moong dal. Here is what all you needed. 

  1. In a pressure cooker take a cup of water and add 2-3 tablespoons of 2-3 tbsp of yellow moong dal to it.
  2. Make sure to add a little bit of butter to enhance the flavor.
  3. Pressures cook it for 5 – 10 minutes or till the cooker whistles twice.
  4. Check the salt (though it is recommended the khichdi should be only mildly salted but you can add a bit more salt if needed). Cool it before feeding it to your baby.
  5. In case the khichdi becomes too thick, the addition of a little curd is always a good idea.


Masoor Dal Khichdi (daliya+red masoor dal)

  1. In a pressure cooker take a cup of water and add 2-3 tbsp dry roasted daliya & 2-3 tbsp of red masoor dal to it.
  2. Make sure to add a little bit of butter to enhance the flavor.
  3. Pressures cook it for 5 – 10 minutes or till the cooker whistles twice.
  4. Check the salt (though it is recommended the khichdi should be only mildly salted but you can add a bit more salt if needed). Cool it before feeding it to your baby.
  5. In case the khichdi becomes too thick, the addition of a little curd is always a good idea.
  6. This is a great healthy dish for your baby as daliya (broken wheat is very light and fibrous for the baby.


Recipe #5: Mashed Bananas

Bananas are a great source of carbohydrate, vitamin A, iron, and phosphorus. It falls in the category of superfoods and is ideal for babies as it is very easy on the stomach. Fresh ripe banana is ideal for a baby to start solid foods with. You can mash a banana in a blender and see your baby enjoy it, make sure that the banana you use is a ripe one (the ripe ones are the sweetest)

                               
Boiled & Mashed Apples:

Apples are rich in dietary fiber contains good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene and minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium.

  1. Take a ripe apple and peel it, cut small pcs of it (discard the core) and boil it in a pot with half a cup of water.
  2. Make sure that you do not put excess water as the water-soluble nutrients might get lost in the water. Boil it with the lid on; on a slow flame.
  3. Once boiled, cool it and then run it through a blender making a puree( if you have excess water left after boiling, add it to the puree, it is full of flavor and nutrients)
     

Recipe #6: Boiled & Mashed Potato or Sweet-potato

A boiled or baked potato is virtually fat-free food. The main nutrient found in potatoes is Carbohydrate, which is the primary source of energy for the body. Potatoes are a great source of fiber and vitamin C. 

  1. Boil a Potato / Sweet Potato and peel the skin off.
  2. Mash the boiled potato thoroughly and then add a bit of Butter and salt to taste.
  3. Initially, your child might find it a bit dry so you could add a bit of milk to it to make it into a fine/smooth consistency that goes down easily.

Mashed Pumpkin with Butter (pumpkin sauce):

A ripe (bright orange color) pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, particularly alpha and beta-carotene; it is also a good source of Vitamin E, K, and C. It also has a lot of minerals like iron, potassium, and Magnesium and is readily available almost all through the year. 

  1. Take a nice ripe Pumpkin (about 150 gms - you will know it is ripe if it has a bright yellowish orange color) and peel the skin off. Cut the pumpkin into ½” cubes.
  2. In a pan, put a tablespoon of butter and add the chopped pumpkin to it. Add 2-tablespoons of water to it and cook it covered on a low flame till the pumpkin is tender.
  3. Let it cool down and mash it in the pan itself. Cook it again after adding 2-3 tablespoons of milk to it on a slow flame till you have a nice smooth consistency.
  4. Let it cool down before you feed it to your child.


Recipe #7: Boiled & Mashed Eggs with Butter

Eggs in infants can in some cases cause a severe allergic reaction called Anaphylaxis. So, parents need to be extra careful in administrating well-sourced eggs. They need to feed very small quantity at first & observe for the next 3 days for allergy symptoms. Once you are sure that your child is not allergic, go ahead with this yummy meal option.

The only thing that you need to make sure is that the eggs are fresh and are hard-boiled. Mash the egg along with some butter in a blender, in case it looks dry feel free to add a little milk to make it to a smooth consistency. Cool it before feeding it to your child. [Let's try: Homemade Baby Food Recipes for 6-12 Months Old]

Recipe #8: Soups made of a combination of vegetables

It is very easy to make healthy, tasty nutritious-rich soups of vegetables. Here is what all you needed. 

  1. Take a combination of vegetables It is very easy to make a healthy and nutritious vegetable Soup. All you need is some chopped vegetables (carrots/potato/tomato/onions/Garlic/a bit of Ginger/ coriander) in two cups of water in a pot or a pressure cooker. Cook the vegetables until they are soft. Add a bit of salt/ butter to taste.
  2. To begin with, you can separate the vegetable mash from the soup and give a clear soup to the baby then slowly, with the time you can start leaving some of the vegetables in the soup so the child gets used to eating vegetables as well.

Vegetables & Masoor Dal Soup:

While you are making the soup add 2-3 tablespoons of masoor dal / yellow moong dal to the vegetables in the cooker. It will boil with the vegetables and also make the consistency of the soup a little thicker and it tastes a bit different for the regular vegetable soup.

Vegetables & Daliya soup:

Adding a 3-4 tablespoons od daliya in the soup while it is cooking gives a great flavor and becomes a whole meal for the baby.

Recipe #9: Rice Cooked with Vegetable stock

It is very easy to make healthy and nutritious vegetable stock. Here is what all you needed.

  1. Few chopped vegetables (carrots/potato/tomato/onions/Garlic/a bit of Ginger/ coriander) in two cups of water in a pot or a pressure cooker. Cook the vegetables until they are soft. Add a bit of salt to taste
  2. Separate the vegetables from the stock that they are cooked in.
  3. Run the boiled vegetables through a blender and make a fine puree of
  4. Now cook the rice in the stock of the vegetables, add a bit more water if you feel the dry is looking dry.
  5. Cool it before feeding it to your baby.
  6. You could also add a bit of the pureed vegetables to the rice when it is getting cooked or use the boiled pureed vegetables (add some butter to taste) as a meal option. It will be healthy and full of fiber for yours.


Soupy rice: Rice Cooked with Chicken & Vegetable stock

Use the above recipe as is but add a pcs of chicken to the vegetables. Do not put the chicken in the blender with the vegetables (it gives a sticky texture that some babies might not like).

Also, make sure that your child is not allergic to chicken( before you add it to the vegetables) by just giving him a very small taste and keeping an eye out for any allergic reaction.

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 23, 2012

So many great recipes! I will try making some of them for my son asap. Thanks Bhavna! I somehow missed reading it earlier.

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| Jan 16, 2013

Thanks for quick, handy and variety of recipes Bhavna!

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| Jan 24, 2013

Very Helpful Information :)

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| Jan 25, 2013

Hello, very helpful information for new mothers. i wanted to knw what all can give to 18 months babies. Plz help

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| Jan 28, 2013

Thanks so much! A huge help!

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| Feb 13, 2013

Yippee..... so many recipes.... will try them one by one....

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| Apr 29, 2013

Thanks Bhavna... Will definitely try all these recipes... M sure my little ones will enjoy them

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| May 22, 2013

my princess is 6 months 1st week .. i have been feeding her mixed dal ,apple oats , banana, khichdi & all. not added sugar & salt. ghee also have just started .. can any one help me what is the right time to start with salt & little spices. also let me know till now I was giving her all mashed ..without salt & sugar .In oats i use to give her honey

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| Jun 19, 2013

I was strictly warned by my paediatrician to avoid milk till baby is one year old. Any other alternative or safe way to use milk?

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| Sep 12, 2013

This is awsum stuff... thnx

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| Sep 17, 2013

So much of variety.. thanks!

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| Sep 28, 2013

Can we give boiled eggs to 7 month old baby ?

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| Sep 28, 2013

Can we give boiled eggs to 7 month old baby ?

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| Sep 28, 2013

Salt, sugar & honey should not be given to babies under 1. This is recommended by pediatricians all over the world. A baby's kidney are not well developed and cannot process salt like an adult. This can lead to high amount of sodium in the blood which can be dangerous.

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| Sep 28, 2013

Salt, sugar & honey should not be given to babies under 1. This is recommended by pediatricians all over the world. A baby's kidney are not well developed and cannot process salt like an adult. This can lead to high amount of sodium in the blood which can be dangerous. Doctors advise against giving honey to a baby until he is an year old. Honey can contain a spore or spores of the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. This can cause a serious but rare form of food poisoning known as botulism.

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| Oct 05, 2013

Very helpful piece of information as my son is about to complete 6 months!! :-)

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| Oct 07, 2013

Hi:

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| Oct 07, 2013

Hi Aanchal: I got to know the reason for Salt and Honey. But can you please tell me/us what is wrong with Sugar ?? I mean what is harm in that ??

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| Oct 07, 2013

Its a great help. I was having tough time with my daughter these days. New receipeswould be Iinteresting for her.

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| Feb 05, 2014

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| Jan 21, 2015

Thnq.. nice receipes????

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| Jan 29, 2015

this article is really helpfull.. Thanks a lot :)

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| May 12, 2015

Hi great dishes thanks. kindly guide me whether cows milk can be used for preparing the recipes?

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| May 14, 2015

Thank you so much....

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| May 22, 2015

Good information

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| Jun 04, 2015

very useful article. thanks for sharing so many options

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| Jun 05, 2015

Thanks a lot for such a useful article. Very helpful for new moms

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| Jun 09, 2015

All pediatrics suggest not to give milk and use of milk in food preparation till the baby is 1 year old... I m following my doctor and my baby is doing great.

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| Jun 09, 2015

Salt and honey is also avoidable... Babies don't need salt till they reach 1 or 1and half years... Honey is not good for their health... My baby's doctor's advice for me.

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| Jun 12, 2015

Thanks for good information i want to knw should i avoide salt .... for one year .....

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| Jun 22, 2015

Thanks for sharing so many good n simple recipes for kids.

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| Jun 23, 2015

Thank you sooo much for sharing such simplrecipes

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| Jun 24, 2015

Honey may contain botulin spores that can grow in immature digeative system of babies n cause infant botulism. This is y doctors advice against ita use in the first year.

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| Jun 24, 2015

Amazing recipes

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| Jul 02, 2015

Thank you so much..... very very useful recipes

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| Jul 06, 2015

Which age can we introduce eggs?

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| Jul 08, 2015

My gng to b 6 mnths ..I ws really confused wt to gv him at first.. nw I knw wt to do.. thanx a lot

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| Jul 08, 2015

very useful information!! thanks Bhavana

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| Jul 14, 2015

Great information Bhavna.... thnx a lot

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| Jul 14, 2015

Thanq so much..

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| Jul 22, 2015

Hi.. Very useful info.. ! But doctors advice to avoid salt , sugar and honey till a year.. !! Could u pls share Recipes for 11 month old baby pls ..??

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| Sep 03, 2015

Very good information...

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| Sep 04, 2015

Thnxx Bhavana..... u cleared my cnfusn.. a huge help..

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| Sep 08, 2015

Thañku so much....

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| Sep 08, 2015

Its really very helpful. ....becz I was totally confused what to feed my baby every day.....

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| Sep 08, 2015

Very nice info. Pls share some recepies for 20 mnth old.

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| Sep 08, 2015

very usefull article

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| Sep 08, 2015

Too gud recipe.. I ll definitely cook all of these ... Thnks

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| Sep 08, 2015

Very useful

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| Sep 08, 2015

Interesting recipes... Will surely try some.. But my 6 month old baby doesn't like to eat if i don't put a pinch of salt in his rice preparation.. Do i have to worry??

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| Sep 08, 2015

Thank you for such useful tips do keep sharing such valuable inputs

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| Sep 08, 2015

Very useful blog thank you

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| Sep 10, 2015

Very good and interesting recipes

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| Sep 10, 2015

Dear Bhavana, FYI, honey shudnt b given to infants below one year old as it may cause infant botulism. Please don't pass Wrong information.

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| Oct 16, 2015

Very informative.. Looking forward for more of such blogs

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| Oct 23, 2015

Good recipes... But how come salt is added in these.. Recent researchers do not favor salt n sugar till 1 yr

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| Oct 29, 2015

Very helpful blog... thanx

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| Oct 30, 2015

Thanks for the blog..

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| Oct 30, 2015

Thanks for blog. Easy recipes

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| Oct 30, 2015

Very informative... thanxs for the blog

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| Oct 30, 2015

Very useful and easy recepies for new mother

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| Oct 31, 2015

Thnx for the information.. Itz really very helpful..

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| Oct 31, 2015

Thnk u soo much,,very useful info.

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| Nov 01, 2015

Every mother is concerned about her child and when it comes to food for toddlers we seek for the correct information. This blog is very educative for knowing the right kind of food. Thank you for your enlightment.

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| Nov 01, 2015

Very informative! Can't wait to try them out. Thank u

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| Nov 01, 2015

Wooowww I was searching this info on net whole day. And here I got complete information without any doubt. Completely loved loved loved all of it. Thanks a tonne. What a relief!!!!

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| Nov 01, 2015

Very much informative ... Thanks

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| Nov 01, 2015

Thank u so much.

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| Nov 01, 2015

Thank u so much.... but Is this recipes also applicable for my 15th month baby ??

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| Nov 01, 2015

I think honey should not be given to child who is under1year. .

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| Nov 02, 2015

Thanks my baby is just completed her six months and I was very confused for her diet. but now no confusion at all

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| Nov 02, 2015

I love this information

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| Nov 26, 2015

It's applicable for 8 mths baby.... can I give pumpkin And curd now....

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| Dec 03, 2015

my baby is just completed her 6 months can i give her curd in dis season means in december too.... one more problem.. as she dosnt like to eat anyhing like cerelac khichdi. i give her these with perforce. if there is any idea to fed up her with her pleasure. please help me thankew

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