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Sample meal plans for feeding your baby



Need some meal ideas for your baby? Use these sample meal plans for babies 6-9 months old and 9-12 months old to help you feed your baby.

How much should my baby eat?

Every baby is different. The amount that your baby eats can change from day to day. Your baby may also eat more or less than other babies. Use the sample meals as general guidelines only. Trust your baby to let you know when she is hungry or full.

Sample Meals for Baby: 6-9 months old   

Meal Times   6-9 months  
Early morning   Breastmilk or infant formula
Vitamin D drops for breastfed babies
 
Breakfast   Breastmilk or infant formula Iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula or water
Mashed fruit like banana or pears mixed with full fat plain yogurt
 
Snack   Breastmilk or infant formula  
Lunch   Breastmilk or infant formula Iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula or water
Mashed vegetables like sweet potato, squash or carrots
Cooked ground beef, chicken or pork, fish*
Well-cooked chopped egg or silken (soft) tofu
 
Snack   Breastmilk or infant formula  
Dinner   Breastmilk or infant formula Iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula or water
Cooked vegetables like mashed carrots, pieces of soft cooked-green beans or broccoli
Cooked minced chicken or turkey or canned or cooked legumes like beans, lentils or peas
Fruit like unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana or pureed melon mixed with full fat plain yogurt
 
Bedtime snack   Breastmilk or infant formula  

*Children under the age of one should eat less than 40 grams (1.4 oz) of canned white (albacore) tuna, frozen or fresh tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin, orange roughy and escolar per month. These fish are high in mercury.

Key points when starting to feed your baby  

  • Continue to breastfeed on demand.  You may breastfeed or offer solid foods in any order.
  • Start by offering food 2-3 times a day and work towards 3-5 times a day.
  • Start with a small amount such as 1 tsp. If your baby shows you that she wants more food, give her more.  Click here for more information about feeding cues.
  • Start with iron-rich foods like meat and fish, well-cooked chopped eggs, tofu and iron fortified cereals. Then introduce vegetables, fruit, other cereals and grains, full fat cheese and yogurt.
  • Start with soft foods that have been pureed, mashed, minced or ground. 
  • Lumpy foods and soft finger foods can also be given at six months.

Sample Meals for Baby: 9-12 months old 

Mealtimes

9-12 months

Early morning

Breastmilk, infant formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk
Vitamin D drops

Breakfast

Iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula, 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk or water
Full-fat plain yogurt, unsalted cottage cheese or grated cheese
Cooked chopped egg
Soft fruit like chopped banana, avocado, peach, seedless watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya, plum or kiwi
Breastmilk, formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk

Morning Snack

Strips of whole-grain toast or roti
Grated apple or chopped strawberries
Breastmilk or formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk

Lunch

Infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula, 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk or water
Minced or chopped soft-cooked meat like lamb, pork, veal or beef
Cooked whole wheat pasta, rice or chopped pieces of Matzo ball
Cubed avocado or peeled and chopped cucumber

Breastmilk, formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk

Afternoon Snack

Cheese cubes like full fat mozzarella, Swiss or cheddar with pieces of unsalted whole grain crackers or toast
Breastmilk, formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk

Dinner

Infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula, 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk or water
Diced or cut up cooked or canned flaked fish** or pieces of firm tofu or chicken
Cut up vegetables like soft-cooked green beans, okra, cauliflower, broccoli or carrots Soft fruit like chopped banana, ripe peach or mango or quartered grapes

Breastmilk, formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk

Bedtime Snack

Small pieces of whole grain toast, bread, crackers or unsweetened dry O-shaped cereal
Breastmilk, formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk

**Children under the age of one should eat less than 40 grams (about 1.5 oz) of canned white (albacore) tuna, frozen or fresh tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin, orange roughy and escolar per month. These fish are high in mercury.

Key points when feeding your baby from 9-12 months old  

  • Continue to breastfeed on demand.  You may breastfeed or offer solid foods in any order.

  • Offer your baby 3 meals and 1-2 snacks as needed.

  • By 12 months most babies can eat most foods (diced and soft) that are prepared for family meals. Your baby can enjoy the same herbs, spices and flavours of family meals.  

  • Once your baby is eating a variety of iron-rich foods every day, you can offer 3.25% homogenized whole milk in a regular cup. Continue to breastfeed on demand.

  • If your baby does not eat iron-rich foods like meat, fish or poultry, give your baby legumes (beans, peas, lentils), tofu, infant cereal or other iron-rich foods.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s eating, call EatRight Ontario to speak with a Registered Dietitian at 1-877-510-5102 or send an email.  

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Last Update – October 26, 2016

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