At 9-12 months the baby has adapted to various foods. Apart from breast milk, juices and mashed vegetables and fruits along with oats or rice should be a part of the diet. By 9 -12 months you must increase the quantity of food your baby eats.
For example, instead of 2-3 tablespoons of fruit, your baby should be given around ¼ cup. As your baby grows the need for food increases. That said, never force or overfeed your baby. Food is the fuel that everybody needs to keep up and running. Children in their growing years not just need food but the right food! A balanced diet comprises of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and all other essential nutrients that contribute to proper growth and development.
Once your baby is 9-12 months you must try to incorporate various kinds of foods through the day. Fruits, vegetables, cereals, yogurt, cheese, bread and various other food options can be divided into different meals and snacks in a day. Juice is good to keep your baby hydrated but is not as nutritious as a raw fruit as it lacks the fiber and some other nutrients. Additionally, packaged juices contain sugar and preservatives that mar their nutrient content. By 12 months it’s time to start the process of stopping breast feeding so you should include various other sources of dairy in the meals.
This is also the age when protein must be given to a child. Chicken, fish, eggs and beans are rich sources of protein that should be a part of daily meals. It is important to be aware of all the allergens that effect your baby when preparing a meal. Oatmeal, eggs, pancakes and waffles can be a great start to the day and a super breakfast! You can add pureed fruits or vegetables to the meal. Unsweetened yogurt with mashed fruits, a soft bread sandwich, vegetable soup, or homemade pasta can be a good lunch option. Baked potatoes or rice meals can be served for dinner. The basic idea is to give a little of every nutrient all through the day. Adding 2 or 3 snacks in the middle like milk, cheese or juices can complete the day’s food needs.
Your baby is growing fast and the food you give directly contributes to sound growth! Be creative with the recipes to prepare wholesome meals.