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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, and minerals.  It can be in the form of mashed banana, rice and masoor dal pureed porridges

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

  • Whole wheat halwa is an excellent source of insoluble fibers. Also, mashed fruits and 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 and 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 and are rich in B vitamins, proteins and good fats (lecithin).

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

  • Yogurt, being a pro-biotic, is good for the baby's gut and 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 and magnesium which keeps the child feeling full and satisfied.

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

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

  • Ragi porridge is  one of the best foods for babies. It’s a good source of calcium and very beneficial when the baby starts teething. The dietary fibre in ragi promotes digestion and 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 and B complex vitamins, iron and phosphorous, sweet potatoes are excellent immunity boosters. They are also rich in fiber thus, good for digestion.


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