Hi friends, welcome back to another blog post. Hope you all are doing good. My younger daughter has completed her first birthday and slowly I have started getting some time for myself. 

Today's post has been lying in my draft for the past few months as I could not take time out to complete it. In this post, I am going to share some meal plans that I made for my second daughter once she completed her 7 month mark. 

You might ask, why I didnt start introducing solids to her from 6 months. The answer is I did start semi solids but went very slow, as I didnt want to take any risk.

She was exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months. I didnt give her any other milk or solid food at that time. This has helped her a lot. By God's grace she is healthy and has a normal body weight. She even started walking with in a few days after completing her first birthday. The benefits of breast feeding your baby are plenty.

So once she completed 6 months, I introduced only cooked and mashed rice in very small quantity. This I continued for 3 days and since there was no allergy or reaction I continued this. But when I introduced other food like mashed vegetables and fruits, she developed diaper rash, which she hadn't got all these days. So I went slow and stopped solids for a few days. Then started introducing fruit purees again little by little one at a time. 

I also gave her Cerelac. And many might agree or disagree with me on this, Cerelac has never caused any allergy or reaction on her. Even now when I travel, I take Cerelac with me as it is nutritious, instant and easy to make food for your baby. You need not have to completely depend on it, or completely stop it. I feed Cerelac to her once a day and especially on those days  when she is cranky and refuses other food.

By this time, she had completed 7 months and slowly her digestive system started accepting the semi solid food that I gave her. So here I have compiled a list of meal ideas that you too can give your baby. But always follow the rules i.e 
  • Introduce one food at a time for 3 days.
  • Monitor your child and note if she gets any allergy or reaction.
  • If the food does not suit the baby, stop it for sometime. Try some other food.
  • Do not give the baby salt and sugar till they complete 1 year.
If you are interested, do let me know in the comments section if you wish to read more about how I handled my baby, baby blues,her diaper rash, whether to use diapers, and other such questions related to parenting and baby and I will be happy to write a post on it.

Coming back to today's post, the food can be given to 7 month plus old babies. Even 1 year babies can be fed the meals mentioned below.

Mutton Soup
Heat 1 tsp ghee in a Pressure cooker, add 1 tbsp onions and saute. Then add 1/8 tsp ginger garlic paste and saute. Add 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves, 2 mutton pieces, pich of turmeric and salt(for 1 year plus old), 3 cups water and pressure cook for 8 whistles. Allow it to cool, strain and feed the baby. You can also mix this soup with cooked rice and feed.

Papaya puree
Take 4 to 5 pieces of papaya and gently mash and feed the baby.

Banana mash
Take 1/2 banana, gently mash and feed the baby.

Apple puree
Take 1/2 apple in a pan with 1 cup water. Boil for few minutes till the apples turn soft. Allow it to cool down and puree the cooked apples in a mixer to a smooth paste. In the same way you can make pear puree.

Oats porridge
Dry roast and powder 1 cup oats and keep ready. Take 1 tbsp oats in a pan, add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Cook in low to medium flame till it thickens. Switch off flame and allow it to cool. Add 3 to 4 pieces of mango and blend. Mango oats ready.

Mango rice
Take 3 to 4 pieces mango, and 2tbsp cooked rice in a blender and blend to a coarse or smooth paste. Mango rice is ready.

Ragi porridge
Take 1 tbsp organic ragi flour( you can also buy ragi, wash it, sprout it, roast it and then grind to a powder) in a pan, add 1 cup water and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook in medium to low flame till the mix thickens. Switch off the flame and add 1/2 tsp ghee. Ragi porridge is ready.

Veg Khichdi
Heat 1 tsp ghee in a pressure cooker, add 1/4 tsp zeera, 1 tbsp chopped onion and saute till golden. Then add 1 tbsp chopped carrots, 1 tsp green peas, 1 spinach leaf finely  chopped soaked 1/4 cup rice, 1 tbsp moong dal and a pinch of asafoetida and 2 cups water. Pressure cook for 5 to 6 whistles. Veg khichdi is ready.

Heat a pan, add a ladle of idli batter and close a lid. Cook in low flame on both sides. Bun uttapam is ready. Now add a little of dal water from your dal and mix. Same way make idlis and soften it with dal water and feed your baby.

Carrot/Beetroot puree
Take 1/2 cup carrot or beetroot with 1 and 1/2 cups water and pressure cook for 8 to 10 whistles. Allow it to cool down and grind to a paste. Carrot or beetroot puree is ready.

Rava Upma
You can also feed upma to babies just make sure yoh haven't added green chillies into it.

I hope you liked reading this post. Will be back with another post very soon. Take care Bye.

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