Fruits for a 10-month-old baby should be carefully selected with the nutrition and safety in mind. A 10 month old baby can eat a variety of fruits. You can start by giving him/her ripe or soft fruits to cut their gums or allow them to chew it a bit. Some of the fruits suitable for 10 month old baby are – Apple. Banana. Here is a list of fruits and veggies that are good for your 10-month-old.
What to feed your baby
10 – 12 months
Your baby should now be used to having 3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and tea – in addition to their milk feeds.
Lunch and tea can include a main course and a pudding (such as fruit or unsweetened yoghurt). Try to eat together as much as possible, babies learn from watching you eat.
Remember, your baby does not need salt or sugar added to their food or cooking water. Babies shouldn’t eat salt as it isn’t good for their kidneys and sugar can cause tooth decay.
Make sure you include a wide variety of the following food groups in your baby’s meals. Have a look at our baby weaning recipes and YouTube channel for inspiration!
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Your baby should be enjoying a wide range of tastes and textures, with bigger chunks of soft food and a wider variety of finger foods. They should be finding it easier to pick up small pieces of food and feed themselves.
Should I still give my baby breast milk or first infant formula?
Yes. Breast milk or first infant formula is still important for energy and nutrients during the first year, and should be their main drink until 12 months. You can continue breastfeeding for as long as you both want.
At this stage of weaning, your baby may be down to about 3 milk feeds a day. If you’re breastfeeding, your baby will adapt their feeds according to how much food they’re having. If your baby has first infant formula, they may need around 400ml per day, but just use this as a guide.
10-Month-Old’s Feeding Schedule: What to Feed a 10-Month-Old Baby
A 10-month-old’s diet should consist of solid foods supplemented by breast milk or formula. By the time your baby is 10 months old, they are probably eager to eat what you’re eating. At this age, they still need the nutritional value in formula or breast milk.
What can babies eat at 10 months?
Food for 10-month-old babies can consist of fruits, vegetables, fortified cereal, unsweetened yogurts, cheese, and meats. By 10 months old, most babies have at least four teeth at the front of their mouth. They can bite, but it is still difficult to properly chew. Because of this, you’ll need to make sure their food is soft enough for them to mash up with their front teeth and gums.
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How much should a 10-month-old baby eat?
It’s helpful to think of food for 10-month-olds as you would for a healthy adult. This means that they should be encouraged to eat food from all of the different food groups, with a healthy balance of fruit and vegetables. Remember, your baby might like foods that you don’t, so encourage them to try new things!
Offer a variety of foods that your baby can easily pick up, and encourage them to self-feed. This can be quite messy, but offering finger food helps your baby develop their hand-eye coordination and establish a sense of accomplishment through independence.
A feeding schedule for a 10-month-old should consist of three main meals per day with two healthy snacks and at least 3–4 nursing sessions or bottle feedings.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that whole cow’s milk and low-iron formulas not be used during the first year of life.
A 10-month-old child needs around 920 kcal for boys and around 865 kcal for girls. This will give them the nutrients intake that they need for the day as well. It is best to limit the amount of water or juice that your 10-month-old baby drinks at this point to no more than 6–8 ounces per day.
How much formula for 10-month-olds is enough?
A good feeding schedule for a 10-month-old should include at least 3–4 nursing sessions or bottles per day. A 10-month-old baby should be drinking at least 24–32 ounces of breast milk or formula every 24 hours. If you divide this between four nursing sessions, it is about 6–8 ounces each time. Even if your baby is eating more solid foods, keep offering them the appropriate amount of breast milk or formula.
Your child may also become a picky eater at this age. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that it can sometimes take several introductions to the same food before your baby decides to eat it. They also say that your baby is more likely to want to try a food if they see you eating it. So, if you are eating a salad, you can cook some of the same ingredients to feed to your baby.
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Examples of foods for 10-month-old babies
Here is a list of some foods for your 10-month-old baby, along with other foods that should be avoided until they’re older.
Great foods for 10-month-olds:
- Soft, ripe fruits such as bananas, pears, peaches, and berries that have been cut into small pieces
- Iron-fortified cereals served either dry or mixed with formula or breast milk
- Cooked vegetables including carrots, peas, green beans, spinach (and other leafy greens), squash, and potatoes (white and sweet) that have been mashed or cut into small pieces
- Whole cooked beans
- Well-cooked meat, poultry, and fish that is minced
- Dairy products
- Egg yolks
- Starchy foods (breads and pasta)
Foods to avoid
- Whole pieces of fruit
- Large pieces of vegetables
- Hard-to-chew or large pieces of meat
- Popcorn, nuts, and seeds
- Hard candy, jelly beans, or gumdrops
- Sweets, desserts, and sweetened juices or drinks
- Egg whites
By offering your 10-month-old baby food that is nutritious, you are starting them out on the right path to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
10-month-old babies eating menu
Your 10-month-old baby will need three meals, two healthy snacks, and breast milk or formula at least 3–4 times per day to provide the nutrition they need to grow. Here is a sample 10-month-old menu for a single day.
- 2 servings of iron-fortified cereal (2–4 tablespoons dry)
- 1 serving of fruit or vegetables (3–4 tablespoons)
- 6–8 ounces of formula or breast milk
- 1 serving of grain (2 crackers, ½ slice bread)
- 1 serving of dairy (1/2 cup of yogurt, 1 ounce cheese)
- 1 serving of protein (1–2 tablespoons minced chicken)
- 1 serving of vegetables (3–4 tablespoons)
- 1 serving of fruit juice (3–4 ounces)
- 6–8 ounces of formula or breast milk
- 1 serving of fruit (3–4 tablespoons)
- 1 serving of protein (1–2 ounces of tofu)
- 1 serving of grain (1/2 cup cooked pasta)
- 1 serving of fruit or vegetables (3–4 tablespoons)
- 6–8 ounces of formula or breast milk
- 6–8 ounces of formula or breast milk
This is just a sample menu for a 10-month-old. You can vary the menu depending on your own baby’s needs. Make sure your baby gets 2–3 servings of fruit, vegetables, protein, and whole grains daily.
These daily servings, combined with the nutrients in 24–32 ounces of formula or breast milk, will give your baby the nutrition they need to grow into a healthy and happy toddler. You are also establishing healthy eating habits from an early age, which can be carried on throughout their childhood and into adulthood.
Baby food by age: 10 to 12 months
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When can my baby join in with family meals?
At 10 months, your baby isn’t quite ready to eat everything you can eat, as her digestive system is still maturing. But she can still join in with family meals, as long as you don’t offer the following:
- Honey: this can sometimes contain bacteria that can cause a rare illness called infant botulism. Honey is also a type of sugar, which can be bad for your baby’s emerging teeth.
- Raw, runny or under-cooked egg: Eggs should always be cooked through until the white and yolk are both firm.
- Low-fat and low-calorie foods: your baby needs lots of energy from her food, so these won’t give her everything she needs. Some low-fat and low-calorie foods may also have other additives or ingredients that may not be for babies and toddlers.
- Whole nuts: don’t give whole nuts to your child until she’s five years old, because of the risk of choking. However, powdered, and well-ground nuts and nut butters are fine.
- Salt: too much salt is bad for your baby’s kidneys, so don’t add extra to her food. Try to limit the amount of salty foods that your baby eats too, such as namkeens, chips, cheese, sausages, and processed meats. Some ready-made foods, from sauces to cereals, can contain surprisingly high amounts, so check the labels before offering them to your little one. Babies under one year should have less than 1g of salt (0.4g of sodium) a day.
- Sugar: sugary foods and drinks are bad for your baby’s teeth, and can encourage a fondness for sweets. If you feel like your baby’s food needs sweetening, add fruit or raisin (kishmish) purée or your baby’s usual milk, instead of sugar.
- Some types of fish: shark, swordfish and marlin all contain high levels of mercury, which can affect your baby’s growing nervous system. Also, don’t give your baby raw shellfish, as this carries a risk of food poisoning. Learn more about feeding fish to your baby.
- Saturated fat: foods that are high in saturated fat include fried foods, pakodas, chips, namkeens, biscuits and cakes. These fill your baby up without providing much in the way of vitamins, so it’s best to avoid them. Your baby also doesn’t need any extra ghee, butter or fats if she’s growing well along her growth curve.
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Aside from these foods, your baby can share the same meals as the rest of the family. She’ll love having the same as you, and seeing you enjoy a range of foods may help her to be a more adventurous eater. See our article on eating with the family for some interesting recipes.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the rest of the family has to eat bland food. If family members prefer more salty or spicy meals, just take out a separate portion for your baby before adding seasoning to the food. Learn more about how and when to introduce spices in your baby’s diet.
You’ll notice your little one’s getting better at feeding herself all the time, too. At 10 months, she’s probably trying to feed herself with a spoon, though she’s unlikely to manage it just yet.
Help and encourage her by letting her hold on to her own spoon as you feed her with another one. Give her plenty of finger foods as well, to give her the chance to experiment with feeding herself.
What foods are best for my 10 to 12 month old baby?
Your little one will soon be having up to three meals a day and two snacks outside of mealtimes, if she isn’t already. Except for the foods listed above, a healthy diet for her is pretty much the same as a healthy diet for the rest of the family. The key is to offer her a good range of foods from the main food groups:
- Plenty of different fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals.
- Cereals and starchy foods such as rice, pasta, bread, wheat, oats, semolina (suji) and potatoes for energy.
- Good sources of protein such as lentils, pulses, kidney beans (rajma), black-eyed peas (lobhia) and mung beans (moong and sabut moong), soya, meat, fish, eggs, well-ground or powdered nuts for growth and development.
- Full-fat dairy products such as curd (dahi), paneer, and cheese for healthy teeth and bones. It’s fine to use cow’s milk in your baby’s food, but don’t offer it as a main drink until she’s one (and then make sure it’s full-fat).
Breastmilk or formula is still an important part of your baby’s diet, too. This should be her main drink along with some water.
What textures should my baby be eating now?
Now is the time to start introducing minced, chopped foods and more adult-like meals to your baby’s diet. Your baby won’t have molars until she’s between 18 months and 24 months old. But her gums will be surprisingly efficient at grinding foods to a pulp!
It is recommended you encourage her to hold food, bite, chew and swallow by the time she is one year old. Otherwise some children continue to want puréed and mashed foods well into toddlerhood.
You can offer your baby a variety of foods with different textures. Here are some healthy options you may like to try:
- peeled slices of soft fruits such as apple (seb), soft pear (nashpati), musk melon (kharbuja), water melon (tarbooj) and mango (aam)
- cooked vegetables such as carrot (gajar), cauliflower (gobhi), spinach (paalak), bottle gourd (lauki), apple gourd (tinda), broccoli (hari gobhi), and pumpkin (kaddu/sitaphal)
- grilled or baked sweet potatoes (shakarkandi), oryam (jimikand)
- idlis or upma with added vegetables
- mixed vegetable uthappam
- dosa or appam with vegetables
- dal or besan cheela
- plain toast or curd suji toast
- porridge (daliya)
- sabudana khichdi
- stuffed chapati or paranthas with a variety of fillings such as cauliflower (gobhi), potatoes (aloo), fenugreek (methi) leaves, radish leaves (mooli), cottage cheese (paneer), minced soya and boiled/minced chicken or mutton
- chapatis made from flour mixed with cooked dal
- creamy milkshakes and soups
- macaroni or pasta in cheese or tomato sauce
- rice with dal or kidney beans (rajma) or chickpeas (chhola)
- curd with vegetable pulao or chicken fried rice
- chicken nuggets or baked chicken with soup
- chicken mince (keema) with chapati
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Feeding your baby: 6–12 months
Your baby needs more energy and nutrients now than at any other time in her life.
Young children need enough nutritious food every day to grow healthy, strong and smart. At around 6 months old, your baby is growing quickly and needs more energy and nutrients than at any other time in her life.
In brief: Feeding your baby at 6–12 months
After 6 months, breastmilk is still your baby’s main source of energy and nutrients, but solid foods should now be added.
Your baby has a small stomach and needs to be eating small amounts of soft nutritious food frequently throughout the day.
In addition to grains and tubers, feed your baby a variety of foods – especially animal foods (dairy, eggs, meat, fish and poultry), fruits and vegetables – every day.
At 6 months of age, breastmilk continues to be a vital source of nutrition; but it’s not enough by itself. You need to now introduce your baby to solid food, in addition to breastmilk, to keep up with her growing needs.
Be sure you give your baby her first foods after she has breastfed, or between nursing sessions, so that your baby continues to breastfeed as much as possible.
When you start to feed your baby solid food, take extra care that she doesn’t become sick. As she crawls about and explores, germs can spread from her hands to her mouth. Protect your baby from getting sick by washing your and her hands with soap before preparing food and before every feeding.
Your baby’s first foods
When your baby is 6 months old, she is just learning to chew. Her first foods need to be soft so they’re very easy to swallow, such as porridge or well mashed fruits and vegetables. Did you know that when porridge is too watery, it doesn’t have as many nutrients? To make it more nutritious, cook it until it’s thick enough not to run off the spoon.
Feed your baby when you see her give signs that she’s hungry – such as putting her hands to her mouth. After washing hands, start by giving your baby just two to three spoonfuls of soft food, twice a day. At this age, her stomach is small so she can only eat small amounts at each meal.
The taste of a new food may surprise your baby. Give her time to get used to these new foods and flavours. Be patient and don’t force your baby to eat. Watch for signs that she is full and stop feeding her then.
As your baby grows, her stomach also grows and she can eat more food with each meal.
Feeding your baby: 6–8 months old
From 6–8 months old, feed your baby half a cup of soft food two to three times a day. Your baby can eat anything except honey, which she shouldn’t eat until she is a year old. You can start to add a healthy snack, like mashed fruit, between meals. As your baby gets increasing amounts of solid foods, she should continue to get the same amount of breastmilk.
Feeding your baby: 9–11 months old
From 9–11 months old, your baby can take half a cup of food three to four times a day, plus a healthy snack. Now you can start to chop up soft food into small pieces instead of mashing it. Your baby may even start to eat food herself with her fingers. Continue to breastfeed whenever your baby is hungry.
Each meal needs to be both easy for your baby to eat and packed with nutrition. Make every bite count.
Foods need to be rich in energy and nutrients. In addition to grains and potatoes, be sure your baby has vegetables and fruits, legumes and seeds, a little energy-rich oil or fat, and – especially – animal foods (dairy, eggs, meat, fish and poultry) every day. Eating a variety of foods every day gives your baby the best chance of getting all the nutrients he needs.
If your baby refuses a new food or spits it out, don’t force it. Try again a few days later. You can also try mixing it with another food that your baby likes or squeezing a little breastmilk on top.
Feeding non-breastfed babies
If you’re not breastfeeding your baby, she’ll need to eat more often. She’ll also need to rely on other foods, including milk products, to get all the nutrition her body needs.
- Start to give your baby solid foods at 6 months of age, just as a breastfed baby would need. Begin with two to three spoonfuls of soft and mashed food four times a day, which will give her the nutrients she needs without breastmilk.
- From 6–8 months old, she’ll need half a cup of soft food four times a day, plus a healthy snack.
- From 9–11 months old, she’ll need half a cup of food four to five times a day, plus two healthy snacks.