Baby Foods: 6 to 7 months old
Time to introduce mashed and strained fruits. Bananas may be mashed. Other dense fruits may be cooked mashed and strained.
Breast milk: Every 3 to 4 hours
Or Infant Formula: 24 to 37 oz
Dairy Milk: None
Continue with Cereals
Continue with Strained Vegetables
Add more vegetables: Peas, Zucchini, Summer squash
Time to introduce Strained Fruits
Mashed banana makes the ideal first fruit for the infant
After the baby has become accustomed to the vegetables, introduce baby to strained/mashed fruits starting in small quantity (1 Tablespoon) at a time. Introduce one new fruit at a time every 2 to 4 days. If the baby develops any allergy like skin rash, diarrhea or watering of eyes and nose or vomiting, switch to another fruit.
You may also introduce Roti made from Ragi, Jowar or Bajra as a cereal. The Roti should be made by kneading flour and plain water only for the dough. After the Roti is made, don't baste it with Ghee or Butter. Cut the Roti up in to small pieces, and let these pieces soak in breast milk or infant formula. We are still not adding wheat due to gluten.
You may add commercially prepared baby foods leafy vegetables such as spinach and beets. By law they must use low nitrate vegetables.
Common commercial foods are strained apples, peaches, prunes and apple sauce, apple juice, pear juice.
1. Don't use citric fruits and citric fruit juices till the age of twelve months.
2. Don't use canned fruits. They may contain salt, sweeteners, and preservatives.
3. Unsweetened 100% Fruit juices such as White grapes, Apple juice, and Pear juice. White grape juice is preferred for digestibility. Always dilute fruit juices if used
4. Unsweetened frozen foods may be thawed and pureed in a food processor or a blender.
5. Use ripened fresh fruits. Examples are: Bananas that have a few brown spots, peaches, apricots, papaya. Remove skin and pits. Use a tea strainer and a spoon to pass fruits through the sieve. Repeat if necessary.
6. Hard fresh fruits such as guava and apples, pears may be stewed. Peel discard skin, core and seeds. Cook covered in a minimum plain water. Use a tea strainer and a spoon to pass fruit through the sieve. Repeat if necessary.
7. Prunes may be prepared similar to hard fruits. Prunes help with constipation.