- What to Feed Babies at 6 Months
- 6 Month Baby Feeding Schedule
- How Much Should My 6 Month Old be Eating and Drinking?
What to Feed Babies at 6 Months
According to the recommendation of the World Health Organization, a baby should only be breastfed for not less than 6 months starting from the day he/she is born. However, once a baby turns 6 months, you can also include additional feeding if there are no contradictions.
During this period, some changes happen inside a baby’s organism. His/her digestive system becomes more developed. From now on a baby’s organism can digest and absorb not only liquid and milk-based food, but also more solid food. This is exactly the time when the first baby teeth appear. So a baby needs to gradually accustom to the need to chew food before gulping it.
If you haven’t yet included any additional feeding in the diet of your baby, you need to start doing it. You’d better start with including juices and fruits purees in the diet of your baby.
6 Month Baby Feeding Schedule
At first, the portion should be quite small. Give your baby a couple of drops or half of the teaspoon of juice. Increase the portion gradually. You should necessarily pay attention to the way a baby’s organism reacts to the new meal you add in his/her diet. You can add a different new meal in his/her diet at least 10 days after the first one. You should follow these rules each time you add a different new meal in the diet of your baby.
You can include additional feeding in the day meal of your baby. Later on, your baby will have lunch at this time of a day. Sometime later, there won’t be a need to breast feed or feed him/her with milk mixture in addition to the additional feeding you give. Your baby can eat up to 150 g. of vegetable/fruit puree at a time.
The first purees you give your baby as additional feeding should be single-component purees. You can gradually add new components in them. For example, when you’re going to give your baby a puree for the first time, you can simply boil a potato, mash it with the help of blender and give the puree to your baby. Sometime later, you can add carrot in it. Then, you can add parsley and onion. All the ingredients should be mashed up until you see that the consistency is homogeneous.
You may start to additionally feed your baby with purees that are sold at shops in bottles. There are purees from potatoes, carrot, pumpkin and vegetable marrow. In some of them, there is also manna, buckwheat or rice croup.
A 6-months old baby that’s not likely to have allergic reactions may be given hard-boiled yolk. You should be very careful. Give it in small portions and mix it with either vegetable broth or breast milk.
Yolk contains fats, protein, mineral salts and vitamins that are easily absorbed by an organism. Besides, yolk is very nutritious. Eggs should necessarily be hard-boiled. Before you give your baby yolk for the first time, consult your GP.
If everything is fine, you may mix yolk with vegetable puree. You may do it in turns. First, you may give your baby a puree with yolk. Then, you may give him/her puree without yolk for several days. Sometime later, you may add a little bit of oil (olive oil, sunflower-seed oil, corn oil) to the vegetable puree. 1 teaspoon of oil will be enough for 150 g. of puree. You may also add 2-3 teaspoons of 10 % cream. Summing all up, a 6-months old baby can be feed not only with the mother’s breast milk, but also fruits juices, fruit/vegetable purees and yolk.
During the 6th month of his/her life a baby becomes 2 cm higher and gains 600 g. of weight.