Changes in weaning foods (seven to nine months)

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: INFANCY - seven to nine months | Tags: |

Changes In Weaning Foods

The food groups will remain the same as they were in the last phase viz. 5 to 6 months. Only the textures will change and now you can introduce a larger variety of foods to your little one’s diet.

As your baby grows older, around the age of 8 to 9 months, you can start with whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta instead of refined pasta and introduce dairy products other than milk (like curds, buttermilk, paneer, etc.)

Liquid Supplements
Milk and Milk products
Your little one may have already accustomed herself to the supplements in her meals so you can now decrease the number of breast feeds per day and increase the fresh milk from 1/2 cup to about 1 cup per day to replace the breast milk. This is also an ideal time to start with home-made milk shakes, porridge diluted with milk, paneer (cottage cheese) to add good sources of calcium to your baby’s diet. Try Chickoo Milk Shake or Fruity Phirnee, which are a good combination of milk and fruits and will please your little one.
Fruit and Vegetable Juices and Soups
By the age of 7 months, most babies begin to experiment with the techniques of biting and chewing and they are quite ready for unstrained soups and juices in increased quantity. All the vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, can be cooked in small amounts of water, blended along with the water that it is cooked with, as it contains water-soluble vitamins like B and C.

In case of skinned and seeded fruits or vegetables, discard the skin and seeds and use only the pulp. To minimize the risk of infections, do remember to wash and peel the fruits and vegetables thoroughly before feeding your baby.

Semi-Solid to Solid Supplements
Although your baby may be eating the same foods as before, their consistency will change as baby will have acquired new skills like biting, chewing etc.

She may have already graduated to eating mashed cereals (porridge), mashed fruits and vegetables and is ready to try something more adventurous. Grab this opportunity! This is the right time to introduce different combinations and textures of food to your baby’s diet.

Gradually, start with cooked whole dals and pulses as alternative sources of protein to supplement your baby’s diet. Well-cooked dals such as toovar (arhar) dal, masoor dal, moong dal and vegetables can be served at this stage. Add a teaspoon of butter or ghee to improve their nutritive quality, as growing babies need plenty of nourishment to help them grow healthy. Your baby may also be able to handle a moderate amount of spices in her diet by now. So do perk her meals with a simple tadka (tempering) of jeera (cumin seeds) and hing (asafoetida) as these are therapeutic and also aid in digestion.

Food Groups And their Combinations

Make your little one’s meals innovative and interesting. Use different combinations of foods, as shown in the table below, to introduce a variety of textures to your baby’s diet and make it energy and nutrient rich.

Food Groups Examples

Suggested Recipe

2 Food Group Combination Cereal + Pulse Moong Dal Khichdi
Cereal  + Vegetable Spinach Pasta Puree
Milk + Fruits Fruity Cream Cheese
3 Food Group Combination Cereal + Fruit + Milk Fruity Phirnee
Cereal + Vegetable + Milk Palak Paneer Rice
Cereal + Vegetable + Pulse Vegetable Khichdi
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