Suggested foods for baby from 6 to 8 months olds:
Cereals and grains: Flax-Graham crackers-Kamut-Quinoa-Millet Multi-grain crackers-Cheerio’s-Wheat&Wheat germ-Toast
Fruits: Blueberries-Cantaloupe & Melons-Cherries-Cranberries Dates-Figs-Grapes-Kiwi-Papaya
Vegetables: Asparagus-Broccoli-Cauliflower-Eggplant-White Potatoes-Onions-Peppers-Leeks-Mushrooms-Parsnips
Protein: Egg Yolks-Beans/Legumes-Beef-Pork-Ham (natural Ham only)
DAIRY: Cream Cheese-Cottage Cheese-Colby Jack-Cheddars (no soft cheeses such as Brie)
AGE/STAGE – 8 months – 10 months old
The AAP recommends that an infant not be started on solid foods until after 6 months of age. Many pediatricians still start babies on solids around 4 months of age. This chart accommodates all ages and stages up to 12 months.
Try mixing together the grains that your baby has had without any reaction(s). Begin offering breads and muffins when baby has mastered mashing more textured foods. Pasta makes for great finger foods.
Begin making your own fruit combinations once baby has had several fruits without any reaction(s). Venture into Papaya and Melon Swirl. After 8 months old – you may wish to try offering raw ripe fruits. Soft cooked fruits make for great beginner Baby Finger Foods.
Soft cooked veggies make for great beginner Baby Finger Foods. Try mixing up a veggie medley now. Add some grated cheese for extra temptation & Yum. Saute or roast some onions or peppers to add to baby’s foodor serve as finger foods. Make a Leek and Chicken Potato Mash.
Once your baby has reached 8 months old, try an Egg Yolk Omelet – the perfect chance to slip in some veggies.
Avocado mashed with a bit of cream cheese – YUM. Get adventurous with Cheeses and Yogurts now. Soft Cheeses such as Brie pose health risks so hold off on those.
Suggested foods for baby from 10 to 12 months olds:
Cereals and grains: Pastas-Wheat cereals- Bagels
Protein: Whole Eggs (12months)-Fish(White Fish such as Cod,Haddock)
DAIRY: Whole Milk as a drink (12 months)-Stronger Cheddars-Gouda-Muenster-Provolone-Swiss (soft cheeses after 12 months)
Ten to Twelve (10-12) Months old
All grains and pastas! Create your own baby pasta salad with favorite veggies and cheeses.
Begin making your own fruit combinations once baby has had several fruits without any reaction(s). Go slowly if introducing citrus fruits now and watch for possible reactions to the acidity.
Soft cooked veggies make for great beginner Baby Finger Foods. Try mixing up a soft cooked and diced veggie medley now. Slowly introduce tomato and other acidic foods; watch for reactions to the acidity.
Between 10-12 months old you should be able to introduce white-fleshed fish and other types of fish if you have not done so already. Bake fish plain or breaded and offer with steamed veggies for a healthy meal. Salmon makes a great meal for your baby!
By 12 months old, baby may be weaning from breast milk or formula to whole milk. Help ease the change by offering ½ breast milk and ½ milk or ½ milk and ½ formula mixed during the first few days of the transition.
Breast-fed babies may also be weaning now. Remember, there is no reason to wean your breastfed baby until baby is ready.
By about 8 months old, most babies are pros at handling the iron-fortified infant cereals and pureed vegetables and fruits that have been introduced as part of their diet along with breast milk or formula.
Over the next few months, they start to explore table foods.
Changing Eating Habits
As you expand your baby’s palate, continue to give new foods a trial run (a few days to a week) to look for any allergic reactions. Do not feed your little one eggs, citrus fruits, fish and seafood, nuts (including peanuts and peanut butter), or honey.
During this transition, you may want to introduce meats and offer your child new, coarser textures that require a little more chewing.
You can buy baby foods that offer new tastes and textures or you can fork-mash, cut up, or grind whatever foods the rest of the family eats. You should cook it a little longer, until it’s very soft, and cut it into small pieces that your baby can handle to decrease the risk of choking.
By the time babies are around 9 months old, they usually have the dexterity and coordination to take food between forefinger and thumb so that they can try feeding themselves with their fingers. (You may want to provide a safe baby spoon as well.)
If you haven’t already, have your baby join the rest of the family at meals. At this age, they enjoy being at the table.
By the first birthday, babies usually are ready to go from formula to cow’s milk. If you’re breastfeeding, you can continue or you may decide to stop now.
You’ve probably already introduced your baby to a sippy cup, so let him or her keep working on it. (Juice should always be given in a cup, not a bottle.) After 12 months, you can serve whole milk in a cup, which will help with the transition from the bottle.
Never leave your baby unattended while eating in case he or she chokes. Avoid foods that could present a choking hazard such as whole grapes, raw vegetables, hard fruits, raisins, white bread, pieces of hard cheese, hot dogs, popcorn, and hard candies.
If you’re unsure about whether a finger food is safe, ask yourself:
Does it melt in the mouth? Some dry cereals will melt in the mouth, and so will light and flaky crackers.
Is it cooked enough so that it mashes easily? Well-cooked vegetables and fruits will mash easily. So will canned fruits and vegetables. (Make sure to choose canned foods that don’t have added sugar or salt.)
Is it naturally soft? Cottage cheese, shredded cheese, and small pieces of tofu are soft.
Can it be gummed? Pieces of ripe banana and well-cooked pasta can be gummed.
Making Meals Work
Keep your baby’s temperament in mind when introducing new foods. If your baby balks at new textures, serve them in small portions and mix them with food you know your child likes. A child who likes a lot of stimulation may enjoy it when you “play airplane” with the spoon to get the food into his or her mouth. A more sensitive tot, however, may need the focus kept on eating with minimum distractions.
How Much Should Your Baby Eat?
Infant formula and breast milk continue to provide important nutrients for growing infants, but babies will start to drink less as they approach the first birthday. They’re getting more nutrients now from the variety of foods they’ve learned to eat and enjoy.
You may be concerned that you’re feeding your child too much or not enough. Pay attention to your child’s cues of hunger and fullness. A child who is full may suck with less enthusiasm, stop, or turn away from the breast or the bottle. With solid foods, your baby may turn away, refuse to open his or her mouth, or spit the food out.
Let your baby finger feed or hold a spoon while you do the actual feeding. This is good preparation for the toddler years when kids take charge of self-feeding. And if you haven’t already, consider establishing more regular mealtimes.
How much will your 8 month – 10 month old baby eat?
Your 8 to 10 month old baby may seem to be starving herself at some point. Because you are likely offering her more finger food selections or thicker/chunkier foods, the amount of food eaten appears smaller.
At this stage, your baby may be eating 3 “meals” a day and possibly enjoying a snack or 2 in between meals. There are some babies in this age range who will still be eating only 1 “meal” of solids so don’t feel pressured to have your baby eat 3 solid food meals per day. The important thing is to watch your baby’s hunger cues and let your baby be the guide. Offer him a balanced array of foods – fruits, veggies, a protein & a grain if possible and ensure his nursing or formula feedings are adequate
How much will your 10 month – 12 month old baby eat?
Your 10 month old baby will have a varied appetite. Some days you’ll think there is not enough food in the world to fill her belly while other days you’ll wonder if she will ever eat another bite. As with the 8-10 month old baby, because you are likely offering her more finger food selections or thicker/chunkier foods, the amount of food eaten appears smaller.