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What solid food is best?

Created by BabyCenter

When your baby is 6 months old, he can have tiny portions of soft, mashed family food, as well as breastmilk.

Just a spoonful is enough at first. Sit facing him and offer some soft food on your clean finger or on a spoon. It may take him a while to know how to move the food around with his tongue and swallow it. Be patient. He will learn.

Give him mashed food once a day to begin, then twice a day and then 3 times a day. Offer him breastmilk before and after the mashed food.

As he becomes a more confident eater, he can move on to more lumpy foods. You can start giving him sooji (upma, kheer or halwa), daliya, sabudana (kheer orkhichdi), rice and dal, which have been cooked well, so he can learn how to eat a different texture.

Your baby's stools will change after eating food, getting darker and smellier. This is normal.

When your baby starts to pick up things for himself, you will know this is the time to give him more filling foods. Try hard-boiled eggs, well-deboned, mashed fish, or meat or mashed peas, potatoes and beans or dry bread or rusk if he is teething. Do not add salt or spices to your baby’s food.

Now he is moving around, your baby needs to eat 3 to 4 times a day. Give him snacks, as well as meals. His food must be soft, so he can mash it up with his tongue and swallow. Stay with him when he is eating, in case he chokes.

Wash his hands with soap and clean water before he eats.

Your breastmilk is still healthy for him, so breastfeed whenever he wants.

Now he is older, he can also have clean, safe water, but not cola, tea, coffee or sugary drinks.

10 February 2015