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Your little one is now 7 months of age. Should you change up his meal schedule? Or adjust the amount of food? Here’s what our experts have to say.
By Health Promotion Board in collaboration with A/Prof Mary Daniel Lourdes, Head & Senior Consultant, Clinical Services, Department of Child Development, KK Women's and Children's Hospital.
At 7 months old, your baby may already be on two solid meals a day. Fret not if he’s eating less solid food than that, as different babies progress at different speeds.
Here are the recommended number of servings per day for your baby's development. Remember, these numbers are only recommendations. Let your baby decide how much he wants to eat!
Your meal schedule for the little one might look like this:
Right now, your baby’s meals may typically be made up of a base wholegrain/grain (e.g. porridge) mixed with vegetable (e.g. pureed broccoli) and meat/others (e.g. tofu), perhaps with a tiny portion of fruit (e.g. apple and other fruit puree) when your baby feels up for it.
Broken down into these components, there are countless yummy meal combos you and your baby can explore. Just mix and match and let your creativity go wild! Read on for ideas on what you can feed your 7-month-old tot.
Nutrition for Your Toddler
You know brown rice cereal and brown rice porridge are good staples for your baby. But you’re ready to branch out. Why not try other iron-fortified cereals made from other wholegrains such as oat, barley, or millet? They are great sources of vitamins and minerals.
No Wholegrain, No Gain
Pureed carrots, pumpkin, spinach… your baby might have already tried these typical “baby foods”. Expand the veggie menu: your baby might enjoy other vegetables such as butternut squash or brinjal, which can both be steamed until tender for effortless mashing. Broccoli and cauliflower are also mashable veggie options that are good sources of vitamin C.
Harness the Goodness of Fruit and Vegetables
As for fruit, mummy and daddy can try venturing out of the sweet zone: your little one might enjoy the tart taste of fruit like cherries or plums (pits removed and pureed). So try feeding your little one some sour treats — and watch his face for when the flavour first hits him. Adorable! Note to mum and dad: no citrus fruit yet, though, as those are too acidic.
Baby not into sour fruit just yet? Why not try feeding him every millennial’s favourite fruit: the avocado! It’s easy to mash, and adds a subtle sweet flavor and creaminess to rice cereals.
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Chicken and tofu are the safe baby food options, but your baby might be ready to handle other types of protein. Looking for a protein-packed alternative to meat? Try pulses like mashed chickpeas or kidney beans.
You can also introduce junior to fish such as salmon and cod—make sure you flake and mash them well. Do talk to your paediatrician before feeding fish to your baby if he has:
Keep observing your child for signs of an allergic reaction after you feed him fish, as it is one of the most common food allergens. Signs include facial swelling, rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty in breathing. Take your baby to the doctor if you spot any of these signs.
Soya—The Unique Plant Protein
Introducing Wholegrains to Your Child
When you first start your baby on solids, the food you feed him should be smooth, soft, and fine in texture. As the little one grows older and gets better at chewing, you can gradually feed him food that is thicker and coarser—for example, a thicker puree.
Your Growing Baby
If you’re making your own baby food, make sure to prepare it without oil. Some great cooking methods are steaming, boiling, baking, or microwaving. No stir-frying or grilling yet for the little one! Remember to skip the sugar, salt and any other seasonings (e.g. soy sauce) when preparing the meals.
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If your baby isn’t interested in a certain food, do not force it. There’s also no need to force your child to finish everything on his plate! Stop feeding him if he rejects the food, and try again during the next meal. Right now, your baby knows best about how much he wants to eat.
Getting Ready for Solids
Brown rice and wholemeal bread
½ bowl of brown rice/rice (100g)½ bowl of noodles, spaghetti or beehoon (100g)1 large potato (180g)
1 small apple, orange, pear or mango (130g)1 wedge pineapple, papaya or watermelon (130g)1 medium banana
¾ mug or 1 small rice bowl of cooked vegetables (100g)¼ plate of vegetables
Meat and others
1 palm-sized piece of fish, lean meat or skinless poultry (90g)2 small blocks of soft beancurd (170g)¾ cup or 1 small rice bowl of cooked pulses (e.g. lentils) (120g)
For more information on early nutrition and weaning recipes for your little one, visit
Early Childhood Nutrition.
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This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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