At 10 months, your baby knows how to sit perfectly well and is beginning to move around well, without however necessarily crawling. He continues his discoveries of all kinds and manages the pieces better and better! Regarding meals, think this month to slightly increase the amount of protein: 20 to 25 g until he is 1 year old.
Meals for 10 month old baby
From the age of 10 months, babies continue their food diversification, with 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and a snack, just like older children. He now eats solid meals at lunchtime, at snack time and in the evening and he enjoys the croutons of bread that you are willing to give him.
This month, the incisors continue to grow and big news: the first molars should appear. These teeth should help baby better accept bits and pieces, including small bits of raw fruit. On the other hand, your child may be a little more grumpy and tired than usual because of this teething.
If mealtimes get a little awkward and your baby is less enthusiastic about eating, don’t force them to eat small pieces. You can even, temporarily, go back to smooth, easier to eat purees. Take care of your little one! It will quickly pick up ground or crushed vegetables, then pieces, which you will gradually increase in size.
Here’s how each of the 10-month-old’s meals is made up:
The first meal of the day often consists of a simple bottle (240 ml) possibly containing infant cereals. Unless of course you are still breastfeeding your child!
The midday meal is generally an opportunity to offer your baby a plate of chopped vegetables and starches that you will accompany with 20 to 25 g of protein (4 teaspoons of meat or fish or a little less than 1 /2 hard-boiled egg). If your schedule does not allow it and you have more time at dinner, you can of course switch the midday meal and the evening meal.
A bottle (240 ml), or breastfeeding, will be offered as a supplement and possibly a yoghurt with infant milk.
The snack consists of a dairy product (yogurt, cottage cheese or Swiss cheese) – preferably infant milk – and a fruit that you will offer in small pieces or, occasionally, in compote.
The last meal of the day generally consists of a small solid meal (vegetables + starches) and a bottle of milk (240 ml), possibly with infant cereals or in the case of breastfeeding, a feeding .
Milk for 10 month old baby
At 10 months, baby continues to drink nearly half a liter of milk per day, whether breast milk or second age milk.
If he is on a bottle, he will generally take 2 bottles of 240 ml per day: one in the morning when he wakes up, the other in the evening, possibly with infant cereals at dinner, in addition to a solid meal. If your baby is one of those who shuns the evening bottle, do not hesitate to offer him his milk before serving him his small meal with a spoon. You can even trick her by presenting her milk in a trainer cup or in a tall glass with a straw. At 10 months, baby likes to try new experiences and do like the older ones! But don’t be tempted to switch to cow’s milk or plant-based drinks (oat, spelled, soy, almond) that aren’t suitable for meeting the needs of the toddler. Continue to opt for 2nd age infant milk.
And if you continue to breastfeed your baby, continue to take advantage of this privileged mother-child bond. For meals, remember that you can very well add breast milk to your baby’s purees, or even prepare milk-based desserts with breast milk. In this case, the breast pump will be your ally!
What foods to introduce?
At 10 months, your baby has tasted almost all fruits and vegetables and, in addition to eggs, of which he eats both the white and the yolk, you have introduced him to a wide variety of meats and fish.
This month, it’s time to discover the foods that baby hasn’t yet been able to savor: this is an opportunity, for example, to offer him corn, which he should love!
Your child should also love blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and grapes, which he will gladly have fun grabbing with his little fingers to eat.
You can also introduce him to cereal products containing gluten, if this has not already been done: oats, semolina, barley (hulled or pearled) and Ebly® type wheat, for example.
In baby meals, you can occasionally add a teaspoon of fresh cream or a knob of butter. But generally speaking, you’ll always add a teaspoon of good quality oil. The best thing is to opt for this oil which is a mixture of 4 oils (Sunflower, Rapeseed, Oléisol, Grapeseed) and which you will find in supermarkets. It has an excellent Omega 3/Omega 6 ratio. Alternatively, you can alternate between rapeseed oil, grapeseed oil and olive oil.
On the other hand, always do not add salt to baby’s dishes or sugar in compotes or fruit.
10 month old baby food day
Here is an example of a typical food day for your ten-month-old child. Of course, the quantities are given as an indication, and are to be adapted, according to your child’s appetite.
Breastfeeding or bottle 210 to 240 ml of 2nd age milk with low mineral water
Optional: Infant cereals (in the bottle)
Mashed vegetables in small pieces + unmixed but well-cooked starch + 1 tbsp. c. of oil (ideally: mixture of 4 oils: Sunflower, Rapeseed, Oléisol, Grapeseed): about 200 g – to be adapted according to your appetite.
20 g meat or fish (4 teaspoons) or a little less than 1/2 hard-boiled egg (white + yolk)
Dairy, ideally with infant milk (yogurt, petit-suisses or cottage cheese) OR 120 g of juicy fruit in small pieces
Juicy fruit in small pieces or grated apple: 120 g
Dairy, ideally with infant milk (yogurt, petit-suisse or fromage blanc)
Optional: dry biscuits (boudoir or Petit Beurre® type)
Mashed vegetables in small pieces + unmixed but well-cooked starch + 1 tbsp. c. of oil (ideally: mixture of 4 oils: Sunflower, Rapeseed, Oléisol, Grapeseed): 130 to 200 g depending on your appetite.
Breastfeeding or bottle of 240 ml of 2nd age milk with low mineral water
Optional: Infant cereals (in the bottle)
Prevent obesity from an early age
Childhood obesity is mainly linked to poor eating habits, which set in from an early age. Regularly monitoring – with your pediatrician or not – the evolution of your baby’s weight and entering it in the weight curve of the health record, is undoubtedly the best way to monitor your child’s corpulence.
If you notice that your child is approaching the high curve, do not hesitate to talk about it with your doctor or your pediatrician so that he can direct you on what to do with your child.
Be that as it may, here are some simple dietary tips to put in place for a good nutritional balance from the youngest age and to prevent any risk of overweight in the long term:
- Feed your child at regular times: offer him three main meals a day + a snack and avoid offering him food between meals.
- At lunchtime and in the evening, always offer your child at least as many vegetables as starchy foods
- Be sure to limit the portion of protein to one portion per day and be careful about the quantity offered (which is often exceeded) in relation to your baby’s age:
- From 6 to 8 months: 10 g in total per day, ie the equivalent of 2 teaspoons of meat or fish or 1/2 hard-boiled egg yolk.
- From 8 to 9 months: 15 to 20 g in total per day, i.e. the equivalent of 3 to 4 teaspoons of meat or fish, 1 hard-boiled egg yolk, and from 9 months a little more than 1/ 4 hard-boiled eggs (white + yolk).
- From 10 to 12 months: 20-25 g in total per day, equivalent to 4 teaspoons of meat or fish, or a little less than 1/2 a hard-boiled egg.
- From 12 months: 25 to 30 g in total of meat or fish per day or 1/2 hard-boiled egg.
4. For a snack, favor a fruit and a dairy product. Save the cookies for days out or for occasional occasions: your child will appreciate them even more!
5. Avoid juice and sugary drinks and prefer homemade fruit juices (a small glass per day = 125 ml) which, of course, contain sugar, but have the advantage of providing vitamins, minerals and anti- oxidants.
Finally, establish rules around meals so that your child develops good habits and enjoys eating as it should: turn off the screens (television, tablet, smartphone) and get your child used to eating at the table. The best thing is to share a good meal with the family, in a relaxed and serene atmosphere.
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