Is your baby pointing and grabbing for the food you are eating? Are you wondering if it is okay to share some of your meal? As children get close to one year old, they are getting ready to expand their tastes.
When your baby reaches 9-12 months, they may be ready to:
To help your child get accustomed to eating table foods, remember the following:
|Food||9-10 Months||11-12 Months|
Breast milk or iron-fortified formula
Note: Do not give cow's milk until age one.
Infant juice (100% fruit juice)
8 tablespoons or ½ cup
8 tablespoons or ½ cup
8 tablespoons or 2 ounces or ½ cup
You can give your baby tender or finely chopped meat, but red meat should be limited. Other options include cooked egg, cheese, yogurt, or mashed beans.
Avoid giving your baby:
Choose plain fruits and vegetables. You do not have to add any seasonings or sugar to your baby's food. When serving vegetables, cook them until they are soft and offer bite-sized pieces. Cut the fruit as well, and take out the seeds and pits.
Remember not to give your baby honey. It can contain botulism spores.
Serve liquids in a cup rather than a bottle. Your baby should still be drinking breast milk or iron fortified formula. Water is a healthy drink for your baby at this age. Do not give your baby cola, fruit punch, or other sugary drinks. Also avoid from giving your baby coffee and tea. Limit 100% fruit juice to less than 4 ounces daily.
Choking is a major cause of fatal injury in infants. It can occur anytime, anywhere.
Follow these guidelines to prevent choking:
Be aware of foods that can cause choking, such as:
Learn how to give CPR to babies.
Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
Caring for Kids—Canadian Paediatric Society
Dietitians of Canada
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Nutrition (pediatric preventive care). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 27, 2016. Accessed March 2, 2016.
Sample menu for an 8-12 month old. American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children website. Available at: https://healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Sample-One-Day-Menu-for-an-8-to-12-Month-Old.aspx. Updated December 8, 2015. Accessed March 2, 2016.
Self-feeding. Vermont Department of Health website. Available at: http://healthvermont.gov/wic/food-feeding/months0-12/selffeeding.aspx. Accessed March 2, 2016.
Last reviewed March 2016 by Michael Woods, MD Last Updated: 3/2/2016