Portion Guide for Babies: 8 Months to 12 Months

At this age, it might be time to start feeding your baby finger foods. We tell you how to plan a full day's menu for your bundle of joy.


Aah! [MUSIC] If you're bundle of joy is starting to pinch and grasp at things it may be time to introduce finger foods. And at this age, you want to expose your baby to even more new flavors and textures. By 9 months, baby should eat at least two types of solids. Around 3/4 cup to 1 3/4 cups per day. By 12 months, they should eat three types of solids per meal. Around 1 1/4 cups to 2 1/4 cups per day. But alway wait 3-4 days to introduce your baby to a new food, in case of allergies. So how do you plan a menu for your little one? For breakfast, give her 2-4 tbsp of baby cereal. And serve an extra tablespoon of diced fruits like bananas or peaches. For lunch, continue with the same amount of cereal. Real. But add two tablespoons of pureed fruit and one tablespoon of finger foods. Like avocado or tofu. For dinner, go with two tablespoons of pureed veggies, like spinach or carrots. One to two tablespoons of pureed meats, like chicken or beef. And one tablespoon of diced fruits. You can also offer eggs. Just make sure they're fully cooked and watch out for signs of allergies, like rashes or hives. In addition to solids, your baby should continue nursing at least three to five times a day, or consuming a total of 20 to 30 oz. of breastmilk or formula. But when your baby turns one, he's also ready for another milestone. Whole milk at each meal.

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