Your baby is now 8-10 months of age and you've introduced single ingredient foods (Stage 1)...now what? What other foods can you try and how much should you feed your baby? Don't fret, here's some ideas...
How Much Should Your Baby Eat?
Most babies can advance to 3 meals per day.
Each day include:
- Up to ½ cup of each of the following: cereal, fruits and vegetables in divided doses.
- Up to 1/3 cup dairy in divided doses.
- Up to ¼ cup of protein (in the form of meat, beans or dairy) in divided doses.
What Should Your Baby Eat?
Continue whole grain iron-fortified cereals and introduce more options such as:
- Fruits and vegetables can start to be given raw.
Beans are a great source of protein just be sure to watch out for the skins and remove them whenever possible to prevent choking. Great choices include:
- Garbanzo beans
- Kidney beans
- Lima beans
- Pinto beans
- Split peas
Once your pediatrician gives the all clear for dairy, try these favorites:
- Cheese (Colby, cheddar, mozzarella)
- Cottage cheese
- Whole milk yogurt
- Yogurt smoothie
Meats are not only a great protein source, but also a great source of iron. Be sure to cook meats thoroughly and once your pediatrician gives the ok, try the following:
Your baby will begin to enjoy to self-feed and finger foods will be a big hit! Choose foods that are easily dissolvable. Some great choices include:
- Whole grains
- Your baby may also be ready to move from pureed foods to exciting new textures. Try offering foods that are mashed or chunky.
- Stage 2 foods are combination foods and have multiple ingredients in them therefore these foods tend to be more allergenic than single ingredient, stage 1 foods.
Fruits that are great for babies this age include the following (just be careful with the skins of these fruits and remove whenever possible to avoid choking):
- Grapes- peeled and mashed (otherwise can be a potential choking hazard if not peeled and mashed)
The following vegetables are a wonderful addition:
- Bell peppers
- Kale and other greens
In addition to meats, poultry, beans and sources of dairy, the following are a great source of protein:
- Sunflower seed butter
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Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST