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Nutritious Foods Babies Need

10 Nov 2018

Most mothers do not like to compromise when it comes to child nutrition. It is always best to plan a balanced meal to provide children with optimum nourishment. Here is a list of some of the healthiest foods for all our fussy little eaters according to their age groups.



  • At this age, babies should be exclusively breastfed. Breastfeeding is ideal for newborns, as it contains all the required nutrients for healthy development.



Here are some foods to be introduced when your child turns six months old:

  • Mashed foods are energy-dense foods which provide the right amount of calories, vitamins, & minerals.  It can be in the form of mashed banana, rice & masoor dal pureed porridges

  • Mix vegetable khichdi (rice + green moong dal + bottle gourd/ lauki + ridge gourd/ turai + water) is easy on the tummy & is a wholesome meal for the infant.

  • Whole wheat halwa is an excellent source of insoluble fibers. Also, mashed fruits & powdered nuts can be incorporated in meals to make it a power packed healthy meal. Palak dal rice/palak paneer rice is an excellent source of vitamins & serves as a good source of protein.



Here are some foods to feed your baby who is just three months away from his/her first birthday!

  • Boiled eggs/paneer have complex amino acid structures & are rich in B vitamins, proteins & good fats (lecithin).

  • Khichdi with vegetables is a nutritious dish. It can be accompanied by a bowl of curd which provides calcium & aids in digestion.

  • Yogurt, being a pro-biotic, is good for the baby's gut & enhances the good bacteria that eases the digestion of the food.



Here are the top five foods to give your child when he/she turns one year old:

  • Daliya Khichdi is a good source of fibre & magnesium which keeps the child feeling full & satisfied.

  • Cheese vegetable s&wiches can be made nutritious by using whole wheat/multigrain/rye bread, which provide essential fatty acids for the child. Cheese, on the other h&, is an excellent source of protein & fat.

  • Dry fruit laddoos help in optimum brain development, as these foods are rich in iron, essential fats like omega 3 & several minerals.

  • Ragi porridge is  one of the best foods for babies. It’s a good source of calcium & very beneficial when the baby starts teething. The dietary fibre in ragi promotes digestion & helps the child feel full for a longer time.

  • Sweet potato boiled or baked with butter is usually a favourite of kids due to its natural sweetness, even for those babies who are fussy. Being rich in antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin C & B complex vitamins, iron & phosphorous, sweet potatoes are excellent immunity boosters. They are also rich in fiber thus, good for digestion.


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