When your baby is getting closer to his first birthday, he is meeting more and more of his developmental milestones - he will soon start walking, talking and falling asleep on his own. This means that you will have to ensure that he is getting all the right foods for the proper growth and development of bones and muscles.
You can introduce your little one to solid foods after the six-month mark but breastmilk should still continue to be a source of nutrition. By the time your baby turns 9 months, they will be able to eat 2-3 proper solid food meals and will be able to get started on non-vegetarian food, if your doctor approves of it.
After being introduced to pureed food at the 6-month mark, your child may now be ready for chopped pieces of solid food, as they will start to reach out and hold food, trying to eat it. To meet these needs, you can start including finger foods in small pieces. Here is a guide to feeding your 9-12-month-old baby:
You can offer different fruit purees the way you did when you first introduced them between 6-9 months. By now, you can try feeding finely chopped pieces if your baby seems alert and interested in holding or grasping food.
You can continue to offer different vegetable purees and start to introduce boiled and chopped vegetables, depending on your little one’s ability to hold food as well as their ability to chew food well.
You can try out various cereals like ragi, rice and oats. Cereals give your little one energy, fibre and nutrients essential for growth. Your little one may even be ready for rice in semi-solid form rather than a complete mash.
Different pulses contain different kinds of nutrients. Kidney beans are a rich source of both iron and protein. Masoor dal is easy to cook and are great for making purees, soups and curries for your baby.
Test for an egg allergy before you introduce eggs. Introduce them in boiled form as it will be free of additives like oil.
The general rule is to avoid serving fish that have high mercury levels. Instead, you should serve your baby only low-mercury fish, and with limits, to avoid risks. Clean the fish thoroughly, debone the fish, steam it and then serve it to your baby.
You need to wash the chicken properly, debone it and then cook it thoroughly.
Usually, paediatricians recommend starting with the introduction of eggs and then gradually moving on to fish and chicken. New foods should always be introduced when breastfeeding can still provide a cover from illnesses, allergies and infections.
After the first year, your baby achieves new growth milestones. The baby develops mouth motor skills and food preferences. This is also the time that the nutritional needs increase owing to fast growth and development. It is essential to introduce age-appropriate nutrient-dense fortified cereals in addition to breast milk and homemade foods to support your baby’s healthy growth and development.
Disclaimer: All the information provided in the blog is for reference purposes only. Please do not consider this as a medical advice. Start Healthy Stay Healthy programme is for educational purposes only, in partnership with doctors. Always consult a doctor if you have any questions related to your own health or the health of your child.