Can you give some complementary feeding tips for babies?

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When to start solids (weaning) for your baby?

Should start solid food after completion of six months (180 days).

First Food (6 months)

  • By around 6 months your baby will be ready to eat semi-solid food.

  • First Food should be rice and dal in semi-liquid form with desi ghee, followed by blander types of vegetables and fruits.

  • The texture should be pureed.

6 to 9 months

  • After 6 months you can introduce well-cooked chicken or fish. However, ensure to remove bones and gristle in case of fish.

  • If your child starts solid food for the first time after 6 months ensure you begin with rice cereal and pureed food before increasing the texture.

  • Continue to introduce a variety of new food items to ensure your child receives a good balance of nutrients.

  • The texture should be finely chopped or mashed.

9 to 12 months

  • You can now introduce wheat products (such as oats, pasta, and bread) egg and cheese (unless there is a family history of food allergy).

  • Your baby is now ready for a finger food to encourage them to learn to self-feed.

  • The texture should be finely chopped or roughly mashed.

  • Be sure all food is cooked or soft to avoid choking.


  • You can now introduce cow's milk and more solid food.

  • Remember to ensure the pieces are not too hard or too big to avoid choking.

  • Your baby will now enjoy self-feeding different food (be sure not to leave your child alone, to prevent choking).

  • You should include finger foods and other food the family is eating.

Published on 26-Feb-2019 12:36:08