15 First Foods for Your Baby To Start With


15 first foods for your baby

This post gives you an idea about the 15 first foods for your baby that you can introduce to when you start solids in addition to breast milk or formula.

A mom wrote to me,

Hi Sangeetha,

 I’m a recent viewer to your site and a proud mother of 51/2 month princess, I was surfing for the Banana powder recipe and found your site.. Lucky me.. 

You are amazing and your site is really helpful for new mom like me… thanks a ton dear.

 I’m planning to start baby food post Diwali for my lil one, can you please suggest what to give as first food?? I do have the chart from your web but still in dilemma what to give as first meal?? I want my lil one’s taste buds to enjoy from the first food..Can you please suggest so that I proceed the other from the chart.

This post is an answer to her doubts on first foods.

15 First Foods for Your Baby:

You can start giving foods apart from breast milk once your baby turns 6 months. You can take a look at our food chart for 6 month old baby.

However some pediatricians recommend starting external food from 5th month on wards. Read the seven-day rule before introducing any external food for your baby. Presenting to you top 15 first foods for your baby.

#1. Skewed Apple Juice:

An ideal first food for your baby, apples are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients. Make sure the apples are steamed with skin ON, then deseeded and pureed .

#2. Lentil Soup:

An excellent first food for your baby . This soup is rich in proteins and good carbs. You can also read the lentil soup recipe.

#3. Avocado Puree:

Avocados or butter fruits are high in water content, proteins, minerals and phyto-nutrients. Just scoop out the avocado flesh and blend it to a puree consistency.

#4. Banana Puree:

Golden bananas or elaichi banana can be used. Just mash with a fork or blend to a puree. Bananas are rich in fiber, potassium ,manganese and other nutrients. You can read the kerala banana mash recipe.

#5. Rice Water or Watery Gruel:

Rich in protein, starch and calcium, this makes an excellent first food.

Cook 2 tablespoons of rice with water in a pressure cooker till mushy. Strain the mash to get the clear rice water.

#6. Carrot Puree: 

Carrots are rich in beta carotene, vitamin A and other nutrients. Steam carrots and blend it to a puree consistency.

#7. Sweet Potato Puree:

Pressure cook sweet potato till its cooked. Blend it to a puree consistency.

#8. Mixed Vegetable Clear Soup:

Wholesome package of vitamins,minerals and other nutrients. You can start giving the clear soup till your baby is old enough to gulp down mashed / pureed veggies. Read the mixed vegetable soup recipe.

#9. Beetroot Puree:

Beetroot is rich in magnesium, iron, potassium and many other nutrients.

Cook beetroot until cooked and blend it to a puree.

#10. Barley Water:

Pressure cook 2 tbsp barley and jaggery until its cooked . Mash, strain and provide the water.

Barley water is rich in iron, calcium and Vitamin C.

#11. Chikoo Puree:

Scoop the flesh out and blend it to a puree. Chikoo is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

#12. Pear Puree:

Steam pear and puree it to a consistency required.

#13. Sweet Pumpkin Puree:

Pressure cook pumpkin until cooked. Puree it once it is cooled.

#14. Apple and Carrot Soup:

Pressure cook apple and carrot. Blend to a puree consistency.

#15. Carrot and Beetroot Soup:

Pressure cook carrot and beetroot. Blend to a puree consistency.

What was your child’s first food? Share with me in comments.

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  1. Hi sangeetha.. My baby is 6month old.i gave her dhal rice.. she is not passing stool for past two dayswhat should i need to do??

  2. hi my name is dipti my son is 28 months old

    but still he doesn’t want to eat anything whatever I try he vomits n now toh his hameoglobin has also decreased what should I do I m in very tension

  3. Hi….
    My baby is 5.5 months old. From last 2 days(first food) i am trying to give her mashed banana. But I noticed she is not accepting gracefully. What should i need to do

    • Mostly babies do not accept solid foods happily at first time…my 5 months old daughter started weeping badly when i gave her banana for first time…but despite her weeping i continued to give her banana along with carrying her in my lap and kissing her….after trial of 3 days…she happily takes banana now….so the point is that keep trying.. Experts say that keep giving solid food for one week and after one week your baby will be accustomized to that food…..so keep trying..!! Stay blessed!

  4. thank u so much sangeetha it was very informative n helpful also.
    i really had no idea of giving water to my 6 months old baby.

  5. Hi sangeetha… I would want to know if i can start with ragi for my son he is currently in his 5th month now

    • Divya, a 5 month old baby is too small to start ragi. You can start with juices, vegetable purees and fruit purees to start with and proceeding to ragi at the end of 7th month if possible.

      • Hi sangeetha thanks a ton for ur advice, i have started with veg and fruit purees along with nestum rice as recommended by the doc. However from the past.one week he feels constipated and passes stools only alternate days. He is 5.5 months now and since my.milk supply was very less he has been primarily on lactogen. Could you please advice what foods can i give for him to feel better…

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  7. Bless you! Bless you! Bless you!! I was so worried about what to feed my daughter once she is completes 6 months. this is very very helpful. SO glad i stumbled across your blog 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thanks Jayashree.. I am happy that you found this site helpful. Do let me know what all you would like to read here in Bumps n Baby 🙂 and yeah Happy Diwali !!

    • Sangeetha Menon on

      Hi Smita , welcome to bumps n baby and thanks alot for commenting 🙂

      Such a nice compliment from you …thank you again :):)

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