6 to 12 months baby food chart

6 to 12 Months Baby Food Chart

Every baby is different, so it’s important to consult with your pediatrician for personalized recommendations and to ensure your baby is ready for each food item.

6 to 9 Months Baby Food Chart:

Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Mashed bananas
  • Avocado puree
  • Cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
  • Cooked and pureed carrots
  • Mashed peas
  • Cooked and mashed butternut squash
  • Applesauce (unsweetened)
  • Cooked and mashed broccoli
  • Pureed pears
  • Cooked and mashed green beans

Proteins:

  • Well-cooked and mashed lentils
  • Soft tofu (mashed or diced)
  • Ground or finely chopped chicken or turkey
  • Mashed or flaked salmon

Grains:

  • Iron-fortified baby cereals (rice, oatmeal, barley)
  • Cooked and mashed quinoa
  • Soft and well-cooked pasta or noodles

Dairy and Alternatives:

  • Whole milk yogurt (plain, unsweetened)
  • Cottage cheese (soft and mashed)
  • Grated cheese (low-sodium varieties)

Finger Foods:

  • Small, soft pieces of ripe fruits (such as bananas, peaches, or melon)
  • Well-cooked and diced vegetables (such as sweet potatoes, carrots, or green beans)
  • Soft and well-cooked pasta spirals or small pieces
  • Small pieces of soft tofu or well-cooked and flaked fish

9 to 12 Months Baby Food Chart:

Continue with the foods from the previous chart and introduce the following:

Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Sliced or diced strawberries
  • Blueberries (halved or mashed)
  • Soft-cooked and diced or mashed potatoes
  • Steamed and finely chopped spinach or kale
  • Cooked and diced zucchini or yellow squash
  • Cooked and mashed cauliflower

Proteins:

  • Diced or shredded cooked beef or pork
  • Cooked and mashed beans (such as black beans or chickpeas)
  • Soft and well-cooked scrambled eggs

Grains:

  • Toast strips or cubes (lightly toasted for easy chewing)
  • Mini rice cakes or crackers (low-sodium)
  • Cooked and mashed millet or couscous

Dairy and Alternatives:

  • Whole milk (after consulting with your pediatrician)
  • Soft and crumbled tofu
  • Full-fat cottage cheese with small curds

Finger Foods:

  • Soft pieces of cooked fish or poultry
  • Small cubes of cooked and diced tofu
  • Cooked and diced sweet potatoes or carrots
  • Cooked and diced pasta shapes
  • Small pieces of ripe fruits, like mango or papaya

Here’s a guideline for feeding babies aged 6 to 12 months. This guideline provides an overview of food groups and general recommendations. Remember to consult with your pediatrician for personalized guidance based on your baby’s individual needs and development.

6-12 Month Baby Food Guideline:

  1. Breast Milk or Formula: Breast milk or formula should continue to be the primary source of nutrition for babies during this period. Aim for approximately 24-32 ounces (720-960 ml) of breast milk or formula per day, or as recommended by your pediatrician.
  2. Introduce Solid Foods: Around 6 months, you can start introducing solid foods alongside breast milk or formula. Begin with smooth purees and gradually progress to mashed and soft finger foods as your baby shows readiness. Offer a variety of foods to expose your baby to different tastes and textures.
  3. Food Allergies: Introduce common allergenic foods one at a time, waiting a few days between each new food to observe any allergic reactions. Examples of common allergenic foods include peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
  4. Food Texture Progression:
    • 6-8 months: Start with smooth purees and move to slightly thicker textures.
    • 8-10 months: Introduce mashed or finely chopped foods.
    • 10-12 months: Offer soft finger foods and small bite-sized pieces.
  5. Food Groups:a. Fruits and Vegetables:
    • Offer a variety of cooked and mashed or pureed fruits and vegetables.
    • Examples: apples, pears, bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, spinach, broccoli.

    b. Grains:

    • Introduce iron-fortified baby cereals, such as rice, oatmeal, or mixed grains.
    • Gradually introduce cooked grains like quinoa, millet, and whole wheat pasta.

    c. Proteins:

    • Include pureed or mashed cooked meats (chicken, turkey, beef), fish (salmon, cod), and legumes (chickpeas, lentils).
    • Soft and small pieces of tofu or well-cooked scrambled eggs can also be introduced.

    d. Dairy and Alternatives:

    • Full-fat plain yogurt, cottage cheese, and grated cheese can be offered.
    • Introduce small amounts of whole milk (after consulting with your pediatrician).
  6. Fluids:
    • Offer water in a sippy cup during meal times.
    • Avoid offering fruit juices, sugary drinks, or cow’s milk as the main drink until recommended by your pediatrician.
  7. Feeding Schedule:
    • Begin with one meal per day and gradually increase to three meals by 9-12 months.
    • Offer breast milk or formula before or after meals, based on your baby’s preference.

Remember to closely observe your baby’s cues and appetite. Every baby progresses at their own pace, so be patient and offer a variety of nutritious foods. As your baby grows, continue to adjust the texture and variety of foods to meet their changing needs.

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