At the age of six months, your baby is now old enough to recognize his/her surroundings and also the people around him. The senses of a baby are well developed and the baby tends to try and hold everything which comes into his/her grasp.
By this time the social relationship of the baby may include games involving touch, sights, and sounds. Usually, parents play sound games with the baby in which they make cooing and babbling sounds of the infant. The infant, in return, mimics these voices in a manner that amuses the parents.
This is the stage where the infant reacts to everything and every behavior carried out in front of him/her. Therefore, by the time an infant reaches his/her sixth month, the sense of touch, smell, and hearing are almost fully developed.
From about four months onwards, the baby can make to taste different foods and flavors. Though milk still remains the main nourishment, cereals, vegetables, and fruits slowly start to take center stage.
These foods will gradually add calories, minerals, vitamins, and fiber to the diet.
However, it is advisable to avoid hard food until the child takes out of few teeth as this will take care of the choking risk. It better to mash the food to form a smooth and thick paste so that the child can swallow it easily.
Avoid very salty, highly spiced food for the infant. Introduce new foods only one at a time, and only a teaspoonful at first.
Nutrient Required of a 6-Month-Old Infant:
Here are the essential nourishment components that 6-month-old babies food should have:
- Calcium: Calcium is very essential for the development of bone and teeth.
- Iron: Iron helps to carry oxygenated blood for developing parts of the body.
- Zinc: Zinc help us to improve cell repair and growth of the body.
- Fat: Fat insulates the baby and stimulates brain development. Healthy fats provide energy, support cell growth, protect organs, and keep the body warm.
- Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates provide energy to the babies for doing day-to-day activities.
- Protein: Proteins act as building blocks for cells.
- Vitamins: Different vitamins contribute differently to a baby’s growth. Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K are much essential to a baby’s growth.
- Minerals: Minerals like sodium and potassium directly affect the growth of a baby.ome healthy food options for 6 months+ babies include:
- Fruits Puree: Fruits should be steamed, and mashed while given to the babies for the first time. Fruits like apples, bananas, mango, pear, chikoo and peaches etc.
- Vegetable Puree or soup: Vegetables like sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, french beans, etc. can be boiled in water and given either as finger foods and stock can be use as soup for babies.
- Pulses Soup: A different types of pulses, especially dals, can be boiled with water and the soup can be given to babies.
- Rice oatmeal: Rice is a good source of carbohydrates and vitamins for babies. Rice, made with milk can be given as oatmeal to babies.
- Cereal oatmeal: Oatmeal can also made from a various types of single grain cereals like wheat, baajara, barley (jau), oats, etc. These healthy cereals can be dried and powdered to make gruel for babies .