At 6 months of age, start with pureed, mashed, and semi-solid foods. Most infants can eat “finger foods” around 8 months. Most children can eat the family foods by the end of 1 year. Avoid foods that may be lodged in the windpipe (such as nuts, grapes, and raw carrots) and can result in choking. [...]
The child should be fed from a separate bowl and all utensils used shouldbe thoroughly washed Look into the eyes while feeding the child. Be patient, encouraging and loving. Do not force feed Self-feeding must be encouraged early on
Prefer the regular family food that is locally available and culturally acceptable rather than cooking special foods. The recent concept of “Baby-led Weaning”, i.e., feed as per baby’s choice shall be practiced. Easily digestible and nourishing food. Taste and palatability of food for the infant. Start feeding with small amounts and gradually increase the quantity [...]
To support physical and brain development feed a variety of foods are to be introduced Do not add salt or sugar Non-vegetarian can include egg, fish, chicken etc. Do not feed child junk foods such as chips, packaged juice, biscuits, sweets, or savouries.
At the six month mark, baby's body and brain is growing rapidly and requires more energy and nutrients than what breast milk alone can provide. This is the right time to introduce complementary feeding. Delay in introduction of complementary foods affects the child’s growth and increases the risk of malnutrition.
No. Around the age of 4~6 months, an infant’s need for energy and nutrients starts to exceed what is provided by breast milk, and complementary foods are necessary to meet those needs. An infant of this age is also developmentally ready for other foods.
Every community has a staple food—the food that forms the main bulk; for example, wheat, rice etc. Staple foods can be cooked, served, and are good sources of energy and protein.