Food Chart For Babies

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BabyThe first year in the life of an infant requires good nutriton to support the rapid growth and development that occurs during this period. The above factors make it important to develop a food chart that is tailor made to suit the needs of a baby. This helps the mother plan meals that are well balanced and wholesome. Iron, carbohydrates and proteins are some of the nutrients that need attention. The blog below discusses a food chart that helps an infant achieve optimum nutrition. Read on to know more. 



 


Chart Based On Food Pyramid For Baby Nutrition
















4- 6 Months


 


6- 12 Months


 


Foods Allowed


Foods Not Allowed


Foods Allowed


Foods Not Allowed


CEREALS


 


 


 


Rice, finger millet, oats


Wheat, wheat germ


All


Nil


FRUITS


 


 


 


Only strained juices


Whole fruits


All


Nil


VEGETABLES


 


 


 


Strained juices and purees


Whole vegetables with skin and seeds


All


Nil


DAIRY


 


 


 


Curd


Milk, cheese, flavored yogurt


Milk, cheese


Nil


EGGS


 


 


 


Cooked egg yolk


Whole egg


Whole cooked egg only at 12 months


Raw eggs, mayonnaise


MEAT


 


 


 


Nil


Meat, organ meat and fish


All meats and fish


Organ meat, processed meat


 


By the end of one year, the baby must be familiar with the diet that the family consumes and a variety of foods must be introduced. The above food chart is a very handy tool to help a mother ensure that all the nutrient needs of her infant are met.


 


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Anonymous's picture
Can't we introduce even poultry meat, mashed up or minced to the baby in his first year?
sumitaThomas's picture
Yes, the chart shows that all meat are allowed after 6 months. Any earlier, it can cause choking and will not be well accepted by the infant.