Growth and development for Infant- 6 months old

It feels like yesterday when your baby came into this world and now it’s half way to a year. There is so much going on in terms of growth and development for infant during 6 to 8 months of age . It’s fun and exciting seeing them do new things every day. This is the time when the left side of their brain starts talking to the right side of the brain. It helps them to coordinate with the movement of their body parts much better. The growth and development for infant at this age is very fast and you have to keep an eye on this. Following are the things that you can expect at 6 months (What foods can be given to 6 months old?) baby age:

Growth and development for infant

Physical development: By 6 months most of the babies start to roll over in both directions and push themselves up and down, it means now you have to take extra care while they are on bed or table. They begin to sit (How calcium and vitamin D helps in building strong bones in kids?) with or without support for some time and also are able to hold their head up strongly without any help. They also try to reach and grab toys and other things which they see and pass them from one hand to other.

Communication and language skills: Normally children start to babble consonant sounds like “ba”, “da”, “Ma”. They also begin to recognize their name and responses when someone calls their name. Beside their name they start to understand a few words like eat, bath, sleep (How sleep is related to brain development in babies?) etc. Some Kids at this age use their voice to get attention and to express their feelings.

Emotional development: The growth and development of newborn is very rapid. 6 months is the time when babies start differentiating between familiar faces and strangers, even their touch and voice. They respond to your smile and when you talk to them they express their feelings through their expressions. Seeing themselves in the mirror is fun for them at this age.

Cognitive skills: They start reaching for things and putting them in their mouth to explore the world, show curiosity (Some brain foods that can help to build cognition) about things and try to get objects that are out of their reach. They also try to move in all directions and decide whether to go, either for a toy or when they look at you.

Every child is different so their time to reach any particular developmental milestone varies too. Some kids grab skills early while some take a little more time. It’s not right to compare them with one another. But if anything is bothering you; it is always better to talk with your pediatrician. Some signs of development delays are:

When to consult a doctor:

  • Do not try to reach out for things and toys in sight.
  • Does not make any sounds.
  • Rarely responds to smiles and shows little interest in talking.
  • Not sitting even with support.
  • Not able to hold his/her head.
  • Trouble in eating, like pushing food out of the mouth instead of swallowing.
  • Does not respond to his/her name and to any other sounds around them.
  • Don’t make eye contact or every little eye contact.
  • Don’t roll over in any directions.
  • Seems very saggy or floppy.
Tips for growth and development for infant
  • Familiarize your baby with his/her name by using it frequently.
  • Get toys for your baby which is easy to pick with one hand, so that they can pass it from one hand to another.
  • Play interactive games. Like peekaboo, in which kids show their different expressions when you disappear and come back.
  • Reading by showing pictures and telling stories, develop your baby’s imagination, and help them to recognize things later.
  • Take your baby out to a park or garden, this will give your baby all together a different experience, as there is so much to see, smell, hear and touch.

6 months is also the time to start solid food for your baby, as only breast milk (How To increase breast milk production?) or formula milk is not anymore sufficient to meet their nutrients requirements. They also need solid food to build immunity and to support growth of brain, bones, eye-vision and overall body. Every food chosen has to have a nutritional purpose. Please keep this in mind that even a single junk food can prove to be a wasted opportunity, since the opportunity to feed is limited in babies. Feed these foods for better growth and development of infants.

Foods to start solids with:

Banana: Bananas are loaded with potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin and vitamin B6. They are also a rich source of prebiotic fiber that helps build a healthy digestive system. Banana(Recipe of banana muffins) is good for bones, improves brain power and cures constipation issues too. It is one of the best baby’s first foods to introduce. As it is sweet and creamy, babies also enjoy eating it. Initially you can start with giving half a small mashed banana. Later, a small banana per day is ideal for a kid.

Mung bean/ Moong Dal: Mung bean is the safest and one of the best foods for growth and development for infant. It is a great source of protein, iron, fiber, vitamins and minerals as well as probiotics (What is the role of prebiotic in maintaining gut health?). All of these nutrients are essential in babies growing years. Always remember to soak and sprout the bean since it makes it easy for a baby to digest. You may use any- hulled mung bean or those with green covering.

Potato: It is considered good for growth and development of infants. It is a good source of carbohydrates (Which foods can help kids to gain weight?) and provides energy to your growing baby. Vitamin C, starch and various enzymes in it nourishes baby’s skin. It also helps babies to gain healthy weight. Phosphorus in it contributes to building strong bones.

Rice water: Rice water is considered to be a very rejuvenating and healthy drink for babies. Rice water is starchy water left after rice is cooked. It is a great source of energy, as it contains carbohydrates. It also maintains the fluid level of the body and is effective in removing gastritis conditions in babies.

Carom seeds: It has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Carom seed extract helps to prevent and treat gas and indigestion. It is a common medication used to treat coughs in India. You can start giving your baby a little bit of carom seed water after starting solids to save them from indigestion and gas.

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Between the age of 2 to 12 years children grow fast and need to be fed right from the beginning. Food plays a vital role in the overall growth and development of children. It is required not only for their growing bones and muscles, but also to boost their brain-power. Basically, healthy food for child is not only for physical energy but for cognition, focus and memory also. Nutritious food for kid is the common concern among all the parents around the globe. What to feed them for proper growth and development is what worries the parents the most. Nutritious food for kid becomes more important when he/she starts going to school. This is primarily because, children spend 1/3rd of their time of the day in school. According to a research, most of the kids are deficient in important nutrients because of their food choices. This is a direct outcome of increased intake of processed and refined foods such as chips, cookies, pizza, burger, fries and carbonated drinks. These foods not only have zero nutritive value but also have an undesired impact on the health of the child.

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Protein

Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. It builds, maintains and repairs body tissues. It is made up of chemical “building blocks” called amino acids. Body uses amino acids to build and repair muscles and bones and to make hormones and enzymes.  It helps in growth of cells, boost metabolism and even strengthen the immune system. Nuts and seeds are rich source of protein and best food for child growth.(Easy protein foods to feed kids)

Calcium

The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones and to carry out many important functions. Calcium is stored in bones and teeth in our body, where it supports their structure and hardness. The body needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every part of body. (Easy Calcium and Vitamin D foods for kids)

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are sugar molecules. Along with protein and fats, they are one of the three main nutrients found in foods and drinks. Body break down carbohydrates into glucose, which is the main source of energy for body’s cells, tissues and organs. (Weight gain foods for kids)

Fat

Fats are nutrients that provide energy to kids. Apart from supplying fuel for the body, it also helps the body to absorb some vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K, which are fat soluble and can be absorbed easily if taken with fat. (Saturated fat that is good for the body?)

Fiber

Fiber, also known as roughage, is the part of plant based foods. It passes through the body undigested and keeps the digestive system clean and healthy. (Recipe of fiber rich meal for kids lunchbox)

Iron

Iron is a mineral that body needs for many functions. It is a part of hemoglobin, a protein which carries oxygen from lungs to other parts of body. It is also essential in providing energy for daily routine. Iron is vital for brain development too. (Iron rich spreads on apply on bread or paratha for kids)

Zinc

Zinc is the second most important trace mineral after iron which is present in every cell. It is needed for the activity of over 300 enzymes that helps in digestion and metabolism. (Foods that can build immunity in kids)

Magnesium

Magnesium is a nutrient that body needs to stay healthy. It helps in regulating muscles and nerve function. It also supports immune system, bone health,  improve mood, better sleep and concentration. (Magnesium rich food recipe for kids that they will enjoy)

Potassium

Potassium is a mineral and an electrolyte. It helps your muscles work and nervous system to function properly. It also regulates the balance of fluids in the body. (How to treat constipation in kids?)

Vitamins

Vitamin A is crucial for eye health. B Vitamins are essential for body’s various metabolic processes. It have a direct impact on your energy levels and brain function. Vitamin C helps in formation of red blood cells. It also helps to boost immunity. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium to build strong bones and teeth. Vitamin E is powerful antioxidant which helps cells fight off infections. It is important to maintain normal blood clotting as it help wounds to heal and keeps bone healthy. Vitamin K is the one who helps in that. (Some easy foods covering all the essential vitamins)

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Dairy products

Main dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt are main source of calcium for small kids. Dairy foods are essential for the good health of kids and form an important part of a complete balanced diet. It is considered as healthy food for child to get strong bones and teeth. Dairy products also contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, riboflavin and other essential nutrients. There are many ways to include dairy foods to your kid’s diet, like in form of smoothies, cheese sandwich and fruit yogurt. (Nutritious summer drinks for kids to keep them hydrated)

Fruits

Fruit provides vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and many phytonutrients (nutrients naturally present in plants), which helps kids body to stay healthy. Fruits being rich in antioxidants boost child’s immunity and gives sustainable energy. It also ensures kids healthy growth and development. High in fiber contents it aids in proper functioning of digestive system and thus prevents constipation. Fruits also provide a wide range of health- boosting antioxidants, including flavonoids. These qualities make them super nutritious food for kid. While planning a balanced diet for child fruits play important role. (Best fruits for teenagers and kids acne, hormones, stress)

Vegetables

Almost all vegetables are rich source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is considered as healthy food for child as it helps in enhancing immunity, keeps bowel movement regular, avoids constipation and promotes healthy growth and development. Vegetables improve kids gut health which promotes absorption of necessary nutrients for growth. Green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale helps in brain development of kids. It also helps in maintaining the energy level of kids throughout the day. (How to keep the nutrition safe while cooking vegetables?)

Whole grain

Whole grains are nutritious foods for kids as they are powerhouse of energy and rich in carbohydrates, protein, iron, fiber, iodine, magnesium, zinc, folate, riboflavin and vitamin E. All these nutrients help in overall growth and development of kids.  Whole grains are a great way to start the day for a toddler or young child.  They are nutrient- dense, energy rich foods which make them ideal food for busy school going children. They help to maintain energy level and feeling of fullness for longer. Whole grain includes wheat, bulgur, oatmeal, quinoa, corn, barley and millet. As it contains dietary fibers, it also helps to maintain digestive health and contributes in preventing constipation. (Recipe of whole grain and millet pizza)

Nuts and seeds

When we talk about nutritious foods for kids, nuts and seeds tops the list for children of any age. Nuts and seeds are among the best foods with protein to meet the daily requirement of the body. They are packed with antioxidants, protein, calcium, fiber, potassium, healthy fats like omega 3 and 6. Considered super healthy for brain development in children, nuts also help keep their immune system strong. It also aids in losing weight as it keeps kids feel full for long time. (Easy to feed veggies, nuts and seeds spreads)

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Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

Ingredients and procedure

For Pink: Puree beetroot with least or no water. Add 1 cup flour or as little required to make dough. For Green: Take moringa powder. Add flour as little required to make dough.
To each flour, divide rest of the ingredients and add- spread, yeast, husk, seeds, salt. Make firm doughs. Take small balls of dough, roll thin and make paratha/ tortillas.

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  • 1 small beetroot (for pink)
  • 4 tbsp Moringa powder (for green)
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  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or jowar (sorghum flour)
  • 3 tbsp Psyllium husk
  • Salt
  • Carrom seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional)

If you don’t have moringa powder, take any leaf- spinach or kale, steam it lightly without water and puree well. Don’t add extra water. Add flour to this puree to make green dough, along with other ingredients.

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