Feeding your little one is definitely not an easy task. When you introduce a new dish to your baby, you might not be successful the very first time. Since babies have only breast milk or formula milk (as the case may be), they take some time to develop a taste for different foodstuffs. Although most babies love to eat sweet-tasting food, some may not relish it much. Also, it isn’t advisable to add too much of added sugar.I normally get this question from parents: -When should I start giving salt and sugar to my baby?Answer: - Your baby's body doesn’t require artificial sugar at any point in his life. So, I do not recommend adding sugar to anything. If we talk about salt, baby's kidneys are not powerful enough to take the salt. So, avoid introducing salt to your baby before 10 months. Even after 10 months, the daily allowance for salt is 1 mg which is just a pinch. Keep it restricted.
Food Chart 6-Month-Old baby
Here are a few recipes for your 6-month old which he/she may like –
How to make Apple/Carrot/Pumpkin/Sweet Potato Puree?
1/2 Apple / 1 Carrot / 1/2 cup chopped pumpkin/ 1/2 sweet potato
1 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
Remove the outer covering of the fruit/vegetable which you choose for the puree.
Take fruit and/or vegetable in a bowl, place it in the pressure cooker and cook till you get 3-4 whistles
Once it becomes soft, mash it with a fork or a spoon.
Add elaichi powder to it if needed.
To make it thinner you can add breast milk or formula milk to increase its consistency.
How to make Applesauce?
Also Read: 10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kidsWhenever I write a food chart with apple puree and applesauce in it, I always get this question- What is the difference between the two?Well, an Apple puree does not require addition of water or sugar whereas an applesauce requires addition of both (Sugar is still optional)Ingredients: –
1/2 cup water
1 tsp of sugar (Only if you want to start sugar for your baby otherwise Apple has its own sweetness)
Rinse, peel and chop the apples and place them in a pan.
Add 1/2 cup water to the pan.
Bring this mixture to a simmer on a low to medium flame.
You can also add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.
Simmer till they become soft (Puree/mash it)
How to make Sooji Kheer?
1/2 cup Sooji rava
2 cups water
1/2 tsp Elaichi (cardamom)/nutmeg powder
Dry fruits powder
Roast (Powdered/whole) sooji on the tava (flat frying pan).
Take another pan and boil 2 cups of water.
Add roasted sooji to the pan of boiling water
Once you add sooji to this pan, stir it continuously to avoid any lumps
After the water has almost evaporated, add ghee to the pan
Once you have mixed the ghee well, add elaichi/nutmeg and dry fruits powder to it.