7 Best Weight Gain Foods for Babies & Toddlers


Health is very important for everyone. Parents are very concern about their babies health and diet. Some babies are not healthy or up to the mark to weight according to their age growth. Growing age health is very important for babies because their proper dietary plan and wealth give them support to their whole life. Here are some weight gain foods for your babies which you can try at home.

  • Banana

Banana is the ideal fruit which can be given to your little one as soon as he starts weaning. Being rich in nutrients, it helps in the overall development of the child. Since it is sweet and creamy, babies also love eating it.

The combination of banana and milk put together provides the body with ample doses of proteins, vitamins, fibers, and minerals. The diet gives you enough calcium to help in the development and retention of bone strength.

Some recipes with banana for your baby which you can try:

  • Banana Sathumaavu Muffins
  • Banana Omelette
  • Ragi Banana Pancakes
  • Banana Coconut Oats Porridge
  • Banana Oats Pancakes
  • Banana Breakfast Bars
  • Banana Coconut French toast
  • Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Note: Avoid banana during cold.

  • Ragi (Finger Millet or Nachni) Porridge

Ragi is packed with essential nutrients and is a healthy addition to the diet of babies, right from the age of six months. It is also widely believed that you can give ragi for weight gain in babies. Give Ragi Porridge to your with milk or by putting Ghee (Clarified Ghee) on the top of the Porridge.

The amount of dietary fiber present in the ragi promotes healthy digestion and helps your child stay full for a longer time. The amino acids present in ragi do away with the excess fat around the liver and reduce cholesterol levels present in the child’s body, thus keeping obesity.

Here some recipes are easy ways to feed your baby ragi:

  • Apple Ragi Porridge
  • Ragi Cake
  • Ragi Dosa
  • Ragi Idli
  • Ragi Ladoo
  • Ragi Kheer
  • Ragi Roti
  • Ragi Cookies
  • Semolina Porridge (Suji Daliya)

In India, they call it “सूजी दलिया (Suji Daliya)”. Semolina or Suji is one of the best foods to give to your baby. Semolina helps to improve kidney function, thanks to its potassium content. Add some chopped nuts and raisins to your semolina porridge, and you increase its nutritional content as well as taste.

Pour in semolina flour in a steady stream, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Place saucepan back over medium heat; continuously whisks until porridge comes to a boil, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cover; cook until porridge thickens, about 20 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in sugar. Before serving the Semolina Porridge you can also 1 tablespoon of ghee in the porridge. This Semolina Porridge helps your baby to gain weight with high nutritional value.

  • Curd

Some pediatricians also recommend yogurt as a great first food (from 6 months+). Yogurt is an excellent choice for one of your baby’s early foods because it contains such nutrients as calcium, protein, and vitamins. Selecting a Whole Milk Yogurt is the most beneficial to your infant as babies need fats in their diets for proper growth.

You can serve Curd alone or with mix the curd with rice.

Note: Avoid curd at night.

  • Eggs

Eggs whiten part are one of the big allergy-triggering foods, so you should avoid giving them to your baby until 12 months, though you can try giving egg yolks to your baby at around 9 months. Eggs help in maintaining weight gain.

You can add a pinch of cumin powder to boiled egg yolks or you can add little water to make the smooth paste for your baby to feed them.

Here are some easy egg recipes for babies:

  • Egg Yolk Vegetable Omelette
  • Egg Yolk Scramble
  • Egg Yolk Quinoa Stir Fry
  • Egg Yolk Ragi Pancakes
  • Egg Yolk Mash with Orange Juice
  • Egg Drop Soup
  • Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato is also good food which helps your baby in gaining weight. Sweet potato contains beta-carotene and sugar which help to increase the baby’s weight.

You can be boiled or mashed sweet potato and given to the baby directly or you can also be added to other fruits and vegetables according to your baby taste.

Some recipes of sweet potatoes you can try for your baby:

  • Purees
  • Sweet potato khichdi
  • Pancake
  • Soups
  • Milk

Breast milk is the best source of weight gain for babies till one year. Follow the WHO recommendation of breastfeeding your baby exclusively for the first six months and frequently after that.

Milk is one of the healthiest foods for children over one year, with a single cup having a multitude of beneficial nutrients. Whole milk is recommended till the child turns two since the fat is essential for proper physical and mental development.

Some dairy products like Paneer, cheese, curd, ghee and other also help in a healthy weight gain for baby.

Note: Please remember that infants under 12 months cannot digest milk.