“As your baby grows and develops, it’s important to provide them with a nutritious and varied diet. At 7 months old, your little one may be ready to try a variety of new foods and flavors. It’s a good idea to offer a mix of purees and finger foods to help them practice their self-feeding skills and encourage the development of their oral motor skills. Learn more about the nutrients your 7 month old needs and get tips on how to introduce new foods safely and confidently.”
7 Months Baby Nutrition
After your pregnancy adventure, you took your baby into your arms, and you are raising it with care. We feel like we witnessed your adventure, do you feel the same?
Now your baby is 7 months old! Let’s learn together how your baby should be fed.
First of all, I want you to remember that every calorie that goes into your baby’s tiny stomach is very important.
What should be the frequency of breastfeeding in a 7-month-old baby?
In 7-month-old baby nutrition, as in “6 Months Baby Nutrition“, the main meal should be breast milk, and snacks should be in the form of supplementary food.
More than 50% of your baby’s daily energy should come from breast milk.
The 7th month is very important to us. Because, your baby’s bonding period starts in this month. We see the mother and the baby together in the 7th month the most. During these periods, the mother may be very sticky and need to suck frequently.
In this case, you should try to get through this period without disturbing your breastfeeding routine and at the same time without upsetting your baby. Your baby’s brain development allows for and begins to teach him to calm down on his own after 6 months. If you breastfeed every time you want to calm down during this period, they will not be able to learn to calm themselves.
Number of Meals and Frequencies of Feeding in 7 Months Old Baby Nutrition
How Much Should a 7 Month Old Baby Eat?
You’re wondering, aren’t you? Let’s examine it together.
We have said that breast milk should be your baby’s main meal and supplementary foods should be a snack in 7-month-old baby nutrition .
As in the 6th month, 7-month-old babies should receive 2-3 meals a day from complementary foods in addition to breast milk .
Your baby’s stomach is the size of your fist.
What Can a 7 Month Old Baby Eat?
In addition to the 6th month:
At 7 months, you can give your baby 1/8 of an egg yolk for the first week. In the second week, you can increase to 1/4, depending on your baby’s condition. By gradually increasing the amount, you can reach one full egg yolk.
Egg white has a very high allergy potential, not only because it has a very high allergy potential, but also because eggs are the highest quality protein after breast milk.
It has a very important place in your baby’s nutrition. Egg yolks should be fully boiled and should not be left raw. Eggs with a greenish ring formed as a result of overcooking should not be given to the baby.
Proposal! If your baby does not eat eggs, you can mix a small amount of egg yolk into the banana, in consultation with your doctor.
Calcium is very important for bone development and strong teeth. Cheese is a good calcium and protein store.
At 7 months, you can give your baby a small amount of cheese. The point you need to pay attention to here is that the cheese is salt-free and soft.
Curd cheese can be a very nutritious choice for your baby.
You can make a nutritious, healthy cheese for your baby yourself at home.
You can make vegetable soups for your baby by extracting harmonious flavors from all-season vegetables that you try in the 6th month, which do not have a high risk of allergic reaction .
Tomatoes, cauliflower, leeks, okra, eggplant and broad beans are vegetables with high allergy potential.
Vegetable Soup Recipe for Your Baby;
- 1 small potato
- 1 small zucchini
- 1 small carrot
Chop all the ingredients into a small saucepan. Add some water and lots of love.
We let it boil. Once the vegetables are soft, take them off the stove and let them cool. Then we strain it and crush it.
Foods such as whole wheat bread, rye bread, rice and rice flour can be started. Bread can be given with meals or for breakfast. You can make pudding from rice flour.
I have a suggestion for you. After the 7th month, you can give pasta to your baby with peace of mind, given its high nutritional values and delicious taste. Traditional, natural, and healthy. There are also two different flavor options.
The vast majority of babies love pudding. At 7 months, you can give your baby various puddings. Your baby digests custard very easily and the risk of allergies is low.
The point you should pay attention to is not to put sugar in the pudding. Up to 6 months, babies get the sugar and salt they need from breast milk.
For babies who have passed the 6th month and started solid foods and complementary feeding, the amount of sugar and salt in the foods they eat will be sufficient for them.
Apart from that, added salt and sugar in addition to food will harm your baby.
We said that before the age of 1, cow and goat milk is prohibited .
To learn about forbidden foods before 1 year old, click the link below and review our article.
For this reason, I recommend that you make the pudding you make for your baby with breast milk or follow-on formula.
You can consult your doctor, who monitors your baby’s development, which follow-up formula you should use.
You should give the amount of pudding as 1 teaspoon on the first day, as 1 teaspoon on the second day, and 1/2 tea glass on the third day, and try the three-day rule.
How to Make Baby Custard?
Mother’s Milk Baby Custard
Mix 2 tablespoons of rice flour into the boiled, warm water. Cook it lightly, take it off the stove when it thickens, and add breast milk, which is a miracle for your baby. Our custard is ready.
Baby Food Custard
Mix 2 tablespoons of rice flour with boiling, warm water. Cook it lightly and take it off the stove when it thickens. When it cools down, the food recommended by your doctor is added, and our pudding is ready.
Fruity Baby Custard
Mix 2 tablespoons of rice flour with boiling, warm water. Cook it lightly and take it off the stove when it thickens. When it cools down, grate the seasonal fruit recommended by your doctor and the seasonal fruit suitable for the month and add it; our pudding is ready.
Self Feeding (Baby Led Weaning)
Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is a method of introducing solid foods to your child by allowing them to self-feed rather than being spoon-fed purees. This approach promotes healthy eating habits and helps your child develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Learn more about the benefits of BLW and how to get started with this natural and enjoyable way to introduce solids to your little one.
Baby led weaning allows your baby to eat complementary foods gradually by standing by their head, breaking the additional foods suitable for their dental palate structure into small pieces, and placing them in front of your baby and allowing them to eat on their own.
With the BLW method, the baby’s eating skills develop.
When the baby begins to eat solid foods, he will be able to handle them with ease. He has the ability to grasp them and bring them to his mouth by himself. However, if complementary foods are started between 4-6 months, the baby will have a hard time feeding himself.
While applying the BLW method, you should constantly monitor your baby and show him what to eat and when he needs help. If you observe that your baby has difficulty while applying this method, we suggest you give your baby some time.
First of all, you can facilitate your baby’s habituation process by giving him foods that he likes and are easy to swallow.
This method is very successful, but it is a method that should be done in expert hands, if the mother is afraid, we definitely do not recommend this method.
The BLW method is actually based on a very good philosophy. In the process until your baby is 1 year old, the aim is not to feed the baby, but to introduce the baby to food.
The BLW method aims the baby to taste, smell and touch that food.
With the BLW method, don’t expect your baby to bite hard and hurt from the first day, as soon as you put the food in front of them.
90% of the food you put in will go down, pinch and crush, maybe an egg piece will come out of your ear, and green lentils will come out of your fingers. During this period, you need to be patient.
In the 2004 study published by the American Dietetic Association, children from 4 months to 24 months were followed. Self-feeding babies have been found to eat more energizing and nutritious foods than non-self-feeding babies.
When babies are also compared in terms of calorie, protein, carbohydrate, fat, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B intake, these values are higher in babies who apply the self-feeding method, that is, the BLW method.