Among so much information in the food introduction, we sometimes lack the basics. Something to organize the routine and to help with healthy eating right from the start. That’s why we created a menu for babies from 6 months to 1 year with the help of Nutritionist Bruna Luiza. A support for mothers who are looking for the best for their child!
But the first thing to know about what to give a 6-month-old baby is: he can eat just about anything! Unless there is a suspicion of allergy to some food, by genetic inheritance, for example. In this case, test food allergens gradually. Otherwise, a baby starting solids can eat almost anything. Let’s check it out?
How to start AI?
Many pediatricians still recommend starting with fruits or juices. But not! Juices are not indicated before 1 year and you do not necessarily need to start with fruits. After all, thinking that the baby has a preference for “sweetest” flavors is to start projecting the adult’s preferences into the child’s food. Many babies suck pure lemon and love it, amazing! But as the palate is developing, you should be offering different flavors.
Another frequent question for those who are at the baby’s first meals is how many meals a day, what times , in short… how to start this routine. The answer from up-to-date nutritionists is: start now with every meal! Preferably include the baby in family meals whenever possible.
That said, even before our suggested menu for 6-month-old babies, we’ve put together some tips for baby’s first meals.
Tips for preparing meals
Before preparing the baby food, it is important to remember that:
it is recommended to avoid salt for up to 1 year . So separate the baby food before seasoning the family food;
Use natural spices such as onion, garlic, rosemary, oregano, etc.
you must offer a variety of foods. Different colors, flavors and textures . Let the baby find out what he likes;
one should not disguise or hide ingredients . Let the child know and see everything they are eating;
sweets are only recommended after 2 years of age ;
It is important to respect the baby’s timing and appetite . Don’t accelerate or force;
preparing food in different ways (cooked, roasted, sautéed, steamed, etc.) helps to improve acceptance;
food that the baby refuses should be offered again, in different ways;
eating together with the baby helps motivate him to eat. Children do a lot of imitation.
How to assemble the little dish
To build a balanced baby dish you should try to get as close to a room as this:
Food from different groups complement each other. Therefore, for the child to grow up healthy, having energy and improving immunity, eating healthy meals and with a variety of foods are of fundamental importance.
Weekly menu for a 6 month old baby
We put together a weekly menu suggestion with ideas of what can be offered in snacks and main meals from 6 months. This menu works for BLW, BLISS, Participatory Feeding Introduction and Baby Food , just adapt the presentation form.
Ideally, you adapt to your reality and shop thinking about the week as a whole. This way, the food will be better used and there will be less waste.
For example, a melon can be eaten at different times throughout the week. So it’s important to vary, but don’t get stuck, offer what you have at home and enjoy the food.
Baked sweet potatoes;
Boiled broccoli (in water or steam);
Cooked carrots (in water or steam);
Braised English Potato;
Roasted English Potato;
Baked sweet potatoes;
Make the necessary adaptations and for the next few weeks create your own menu . Take care of those foods that the baby accepted best, change the way you offer the ones he didn’t want to eat.
Finally, little by little you will get to know your baby, optimizing your purchases, freezing whatever it is possible to freeze. Your reality improves the menu.
Download: Complete Menu for Babies
For those looking for a complete material and made by a specialized professional , we have created a complete menu with all meals. Indicated for babies between 6 months and 1 year old, using only age-appropriate ingredients and adaptable to any AI method .
Available in PDF and Excel spreadsheet to open on your computer, mobile, or to print on any printer. Learn more below:
The habit of planning helps many mothers and gives peace of mind to babies. So, enjoy the tips and the menu and start the next week much more organized. Count on us!
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.