” Look at the Baby, Not the scales “.
Many Moms whose babies look healthy, feed well and reach all their milestones properly still unnecessarily worry about their baby’s weight. In most cases, the perceived lack of weight gain is usually purely superfluous, and nothing of any concern. Rather than stressing about a daily or weekly weight gain, it makes more sense to look at the broader picture.
Weight gain according to Age
General Tips for Introducing Weight Gain Foods for Babies
♥ Continue to breastfeed exclusively till 6 months and for as long as possible after that
♥ Introduce the foods in the list below only after the baby has started a solid diet, after 6 months
♥ Don’t stress. Babies can catch on to this stress and fuss more when feeding
♥ Be patient and don’t expect immediate weight gain
20 Healthy Weight Gain Foods for Babies & Kids
1. Breast Milk
Breast milk is the best source of weight gain for babies till one year.
Ragi or Finger Millet is a traditional baby food that’s quite popular in South India. While being rich in protein and calcium it is also one of the best weight gaining foods for babies. Ragi is also a good source of dietary fiber, protein and Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
Instant Sprouted Ragi
Sprouted ragi malt
Bananas are among the most popular first foods for babies and also an excellent travel food for babies and kids. Being an energy dense fruit makes it ideal for helping babies gain weight, and it also provides dietary fiber, potassium, as well as other minerals and vitamins.
4. Health Mix
Our grandmothers relied on health mixes they made from home, sprouting, roasting and grinding a variety of wholesome ingredients. As you can imagine, they were far nutritious to commercial baby food mixes, in both taste and health. They are also more effective in helping baby gain weight. These mixes combine the goodness of cereals, nuts and pulses, and can be modified to make different variations.
Sprouted Sathumaavu Health Mix
Sathumaavu Health Mix
Sathumaavu Health Mix
Pears have the benefit of aiding weight gain while providing important nutrients like iron, Vitamins B6 and C as well as lots of dietary fiber that also keeps the baby full.
7. Raw Kerala banana
When looking for healthy high calorie foods, you needn’t look much further than Kerala bananas or green plantains. Besides, they are also rich in potassium, calcium and phosphorous and have a good amount of dietary fiber to add bulk and aid digestion.
Raw Kerala Banana
Peas are among the most nutritious vegetables that can be introduced as baby’s first solid food, after crossing 6 months. It is very high in dietary fiber, thiamine, vitamin C and high in magnesium, niacin, phosphorous and Vitamins A, B6.
The potato is rich in minerals, vitamins and also an assortment of phytochemicals such as carotenoids and natural phenols. Potatoes are best known for their carbohydrate content.
11. Health drinks
Opt for a health drink powder made with whole grains and lentils and is completely free from harmful additives and preservatives. Not only do these promote healthy weight gain and provide energy for growing children, they also enhance the taste and encourage fussy toddlers to drink milk.
Multigrain Health Drink
Choco Ragi Almond Drink
Turmeric Milk Masala
13. Cow’s Milk (after 1 year)
Milk is one of the healthiest foods for children over one year, with a single cup having a multitude of beneficial nutrients. Please remember that infants under 12 months cannot digest milk. Whole milk is recommended till the child turns two, since the fat is essential for proper physical and mental development.
Our Desi Ghee is one of the best foods for weight gain, along with adding several other health benefits. Traditional medicine recommends having a spoon of ghee a day for optimum health. Ghee is 32% MUFAs, or healthy fats that helps promote brain development in kids. It’s also anti inflammatory and good for a strong immune system.
Paneer is a form of Indian cottage cheese, and is quite popular in Indian households, especially as an alternative to animal protein. All kinds of cheese can help babies gain weight, while also providing important nutrients like phosphorous, calcium and selenium.
16. Whole Grains
Whole grains are unrefined grains that have their outer layer intact, which means they add bulk to the diet and also help in better digestion and smoother bowel movements. The most commonly used whole grain in our country is likely to be whole wheat flour, or atta.
Instant wheat Dalia Elaichi
17. Healthy Oils
The oil you commonly use in your household is the best cooking oil for your baby, and should help in weight gain and easy digestion.We do recommend using cold pressed oils while cooking for your baby and for the entire family too since refined oils are highly processed and stripped off a lot of nutrients
Oats is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in manganese, magnesium, thiamine and phosphorus. Oats is the only cereal containing a legume-like protein, and the immense fiber in oats help to add bulk to dishes
Banana Oats Cereal
Banana Oats Pancake
Eggs can be given after 8 months of age, and are little powerhouses for nutrition. A single egg contains lots of protein, iron, choline, fat and other vitamins and minerals that your child needs for overall growth and development. Since the egg white has a higher chance of causing allergies, it’s best to start with the yolk first, and then introduce the white gradually.
20. Lean Meats
Chicken is one of the best sources of lean meat for babies, and it has several health benefits besides helping babies reach a healthy weight. The high protein content aids growth and development, and the magnesium, phosphorous Vitamin B6 and B12 help in growing strong teeth and bones and in healthy functioning of the kidneys and nervous system.
About the Author
Hi, I am Dr Hemapriya, also lovingly referred to as the ‘Doctor Mom’. I’m qualified medial practitioner and certified child nutritionist, Mom to two adorable kids -a boy and a girl – and wife to a Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon. I live in temple city of Madurai, in the beautiful South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
I have been where you are now, twiddling my thumbs as what to feed the baby today, how will she react and many other mommie troubles. Things were just the same for me too. I had my share of anxiety, and apprehensions in spite of being a qualified doctor.
This when I started applying my own tried and tested methods on my babies and learnt along the way as what works and what doesn’t.Being from a medical background let me explore the cause of the problem and design a workable solution for it. Be it weaning, toilet training or handling a toddler or anything related to raising a baby I am confident enough now to dole out advices, help new parents like you.