By the age of 7 months, you will have introduced a variety of solid foods to your little baby. She will have learned how to chew soft food even if the teeth are yet to grow. At this age, the biggest worries will be whether your baby is getting wholesome food and whether she is hungry even after feeding. There will be a significant change in her eating routine at this age.
Here is a 7 month baby food chart that you can rely on to ensure that you satisfy your baby’s nutritional needs as well as some key points you need to note about the baby’s nutrition.
Keep these in Mind as you introduce your Baby to Solid Foods
- Try and offer your baby nothing less than 3 meals per day.
- Always ensure that your baby’s food is well cooked until it is soft enough. This makes it easy to digest.
- The more your baby gets used to solid foods, the more her milk intake will reduce. This is very normal and should be no cause for alarm.
- At the age of 7 months, your baby’s digestive system is still developing, and so you should brace for your baby’s bowel complications the more you introduce solid food to your baby.
- Ensure that your baby is sitting in the right position as you feed her.
- Increase the fiber and water intake in the diet of your baby. This will help to ease the constipation problem. Introducing a water snipper is a good idea since your baby can take water by herself. It is recommended that the baby takes 3 ounces of water per day.
- Even as you introduce your baby to new foods, continue breastfeeding her even if she will have a significantly reduced milk intake.
- Use stainless steel bowls and cups for your baby. Keep off from plastic utensils however superior their quality is.
- In case you notice any signs of food allergies, it would only be right to consult the pediatrician.
- Sterilize the spoons and bowls you use to feed your baby with hot water for a time span of about 5 minutes. Immerse them in the water until they are ready for use.
- Introduce one kind of solid food to your baby at a time. This will help you notice if the food has any adverse effects on your baby’s digestive system which is rather delicate at the age of 7 months.
How Much Food Quantity should you give your Baby per Day?
The right quantity of food for your 7 month old baby is determined by the level of her hunger. Appetite varies from child to child, and it is never constant from day to day. Here are some of the approximate amounts which you can keep constant in your baby’s daily meals:
- Offer a quarter cup of cereal to your baby in the initial stages then gradually increase it to half a cup daily.
- A quarter cup of vegetables or fruits to enhance sufficient intake of vitamins.
7 Month Baby Food Chart
List of Some Foods You Can Try for a 7-Month-Old Baby
Vegetables are very crucial in providing vitamin C which is responsible for building up the immunity of your baby. To make them easy to swallow, cook some vegetables such as peas and carrots. Add a little milk or water and mash them.
Cook some oats porridge for your baby. You can make the porridge more nutritious by adding strawberry, banana or apple to increase the iron content in the porridge. Iron is very important in the development of your baby’s immune system, and also enhances metabolism and oxygen transportation within the body.
Add enough sugar to taste. In the long run, your baby will find the healthy combination irresistible.
At the age of 7 months, you can offer dairy products to your baby. Most pediatricians actually recommend yogurt to be among the best first foods once you start introducing your baby to solid foods. You can mix either mild cheese or yogurt with your baby’s food at different meal times.
There are some non-vegetarian foods you can introduce to your 7 months old baby. I would recommend you to start with seafood. Here are some important tips which will take you a long way in doing it right when introducing your baby to the non-vegetarian food.
i. Avoid feeding your baby on processed meats such as ham and sausages.
ii. Before you introduce non-vegetarian food to your little pumpkin, talk to a pediatrician to get to learn what you should and should not do.
iii. Before you cook your baby’s food, make sure that you wash the ingredients thoroughly to get rid of all the impurities.
iv. Make sure that you only feed your baby on home-cooked non-vegetarian foods.
v. To ensure that your non-vegetarian food gets well cooked, avoid using a microwave. Cooking it in the oven is the ultimate deal.
Purees of Fruits
Fruits make a diet complete. Their vitamin content makes them ideal for the baby. Most of the fruits can be pureed or mashed to make them easier to swallow. Fruits offer the best starter solid foods for your baby. Here are some fruits which are ideal: plums, bananas, avocados, mangoes, and peaches.
Rice is among the best cereals to start off your baby’s weaning process. To add an extra thrilling flavor and improve its nutritional value, you can add some yogurt. The yogurt contains iron and calcium which are very important for the growth and development of your baby’s immune system.
It is also ideal for bone and teeth formation respectively. To help you introduce your baby to spices and herbs, add some mild spice, herbs and some vegetables.
Fruity cream cheese
To make the perfect fruity cream cheese, blend 3 tablespoons of cream cheese. For a start, add some strawberry puree, mango pulp and some sugar to make it tasty. Blend it till you obtain a smooth and thick consistency.
Once you are certain that your baby is not allergic to any fruits, you can add more fruits which will increase the probability that your baby will like the fruity cream cheese.
Compulsory Supplies for Cooking for the Baby
To help you make fresh food for your baby, there are some supplies that you must have. Here is a list of what you must have once you are almost weaning your baby:
At the age of 7 months, your baby will have to eat mashed food. This is the reason why a potato masher will come in handy. Use it to lightly mash your baby’s food especially if the food is in a considerable amount. If you only need to mash a small quantity of baby food, you can use a spoon.
A small-sized pressure cooker
The ideal pressure cooker for your cooking needs for a 7 month old baby should be a 1.5 – 2-liter pressure cooker. You can use it to make fresh rice gruel, soups and vegetable purees. Its size makes it portable, and so you can easily carry it around when you are traveling. Now that your baby only takes small quantities of food, the small pressure will serve the purpose.
A large stainless steel strainer
A dig stainless steel strainer will come in handy as you strain your juices and purees. Instead of using a blender, a strainer will serve you better.
From the article, I hope you have learned how to make a perfect and realistic 7 month baby food chart. Always remember that a properly planned diet will enhance your baby’s growth and development.
A proper diet will ensure that your baby gets the right nutrients and that she feels full after her meals. As you take care of the nutritional needs of your baby, be careful with the hygiene of the foods as well as the utensils you use.