January 22, 2018

What to Feed a Baby: 9-12 Months Old

Even as a dietitian and second time mom, it was hard for me at times to know what to feed my baby. I think that I forgot what foods are best for a baby so I had to do some research, ask mom friends and look back at what Adalyn was eating at that age. I am so lucky that he is a great eater and so far, the only thing that he has refused to eat is mashed turnips so I think that we're doing pretty well!

Lunch was sweet potato, cucumber, tomato and a veggie burger. He ate all of this plus a kiwi.
I wanted to share some things that we are feeding Oliver. He is about 10 months old right now. He is still getting breastfed about 4 times per day so some of his nutrition comes from that. I mostly make his food along with buying some healthy baby convenience foods which works so well for our family.

The reason that I chose this age range for the post is because my son is in this age range currently and because at this age, babies can move past only having purees and can have soft pieces of foods. I also have found it difficult to have enough food at the ready at this age which is why I thought this guide would be helpful.

What to Feed a Baby: 9-12 Months Old

-Raw: finely diced tomatoes, cucumber, red peppers
-Steamed: zucchini, carrots, bell peppers, green beans, peas, parsnips, eggplant, sweet potato, regular potato, asparagus
-Ella's Kitchen fruit + veggie pouches

-Pears, peaches, plums, nectarines
-Finely diced blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
-Kiwi, mango, cantaloupe, watermelon
-Apple sauce
-Ella's Kitchen fruit pouches

-Peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter
-Beans- black, kidney, pinto
-Scrambled eggs
-Ground, shredded or finely diced chicken, venison, pork, beef
-Whole-milk Greek yogurt mixed with nut butter and chia seeds or flax
-Finely chopped cheese
-Chia seed pudding

-Favorite food: butternut squash pancakes: cook butternut squash and add to whole-grain pancake batter.
-Waffles, bread,
-Whole wheat pasta
-Iron fortified baby oatmeal (to ensure hhe doesn't get a deficiency)
-Ella's Kitchen Nibbly Fingers- great for teething babies
-Puffs and oat cereal

For meals, Oliver has almost exactly what we are eating unless it is too hard, salty, sugary or spicy. 90% of the time, we just finely chop up his food and let him pick up the pieces himself which he got really good at around 8 months old.

We have been loving the products from Ella's Kitchen which are perfect for babies. When Oliver gets hungry, he is ready to eat right then, even if the food isn't quite ready. I love having some baby foods on hand which I can give him if we are out and about or if he needs something to eat before a meal is ready. When we go out, I prefer to bring options like these because they are shelf stable and so easy to feed him. I love that these are loaded with veggies for Oliver because I am super passionate about feeding babies vegetables early on and exposing them to all kinds of flavors.

Ella's Kitchen products are organic and have no added sugar or salt which is the first thing as a mom and dietitian that I checked for. They have no artificial preservatives and are not from concentrate. The Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin and Blueberries Fruit and Veggie Puree contains apple puree, sweet potato puree, pumpkin puree, blueberry puree and less than 1 percent lemon juice concentrate. That's it! No junk for baby.

Even the savory Spaghetti and Meat Sauce purees do not have added salt. Love this! It makes it easy for a mom to not have to make everything 100% homemade but also not have to compromise on nutrition for their little ones. My son loves these purees and my 3 year old even likes them too. I love keeping some Ella's Kitchen products on hand to feed my baby along with other nutritious foods.

These aren't just for babies! My 3 year old loves the pouches and Nibble Fingers too!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ella's Kitchen.

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