9 months: now baby has spent as much time in your belly as outside! His teething can make him grumpy but your child remains curious to discover new experiences. Depending on its development, you will also be able to introduce it to the joys of juicy fruits and tender vegetables in small pieces.
Meals for 9 month old baby
From the height of his 9 months, baby knows how to chew food better and better: even if you still offer him purées, you have started to introduce crushed or ground foods. If you feel ready, you can begin to incorporate food in small pieces, while always remaining alert and close.
Food diversification follows its course, with 4 meals a day, including 2 meals taken with a spoon a day, in addition to the fruit of the snack and 2 bottles – unless you continue to breastfeed your baby, of course.
Thus, whether in terms of the number of meals per day or their composition, your child’s diet is really starting to approach that of older children: he eats at very regular times with a snack in addition to the three main meals. a day and eat almost everything.
In terms of quantities, meals with a spoon begin to be sufficiently generous and you will always adapt the volume of food to your baby’s appetite, without ever forcing him: like adults, he may have some days less hungry and that shouldn’t worry you. And if he shuns a food, do not insist: simply present this same food to him a few days later.
Milk for 9 month old baby
At 9 months, baby should continue to drink nearly half a liter of breast milk or second age milk per day with 2 bottles of 210 to 240 ml of milk per day. But some babies refuse the bottle. In this case, several tips can help you manage the situation:
- Start the meal with a bottle before introducing solid foods
- Add cereal to the morning and evening bottle to change the taste. At midday to snack, you will opt for a dairy product with infant milk such as yogurt, petit-suisses or fromage blanc
- If a baby has a big brother and/or a big sister, he may just want to drink like a big one. In this case, offer him his milk in a cup or a training glass, or even in a bowl with a straw!
Be that as it may, don’t be tempted to add a sweet product to baby’s milk such as honey, sugar or powdered chocolate and continue to buy 2nd age milk, specifically adapted to their nutritional needs. As a reminder, cow’s milk and vegetable drinks are strongly discouraged.
In case of breastfeeding, it is rare for the child to refuse the breast, but you will most certainly observe that the duration of the feedings decreases as the baby evolves in his food diversification. However, you can express your milk to add breast milk to baby meals: mix it with ground vegetables, for example. Homemade dairy desserts made from breast milk are also possible.
What foods to introduce?
The discovery of foods continues: you can introduce your baby to more specific foods such as mushrooms, celery and turnips if this has not already been done.
You can also add herbs to each of baby’s meals, favoring fresh herbs to give your baby the benefit of their richness in vitamins: parsley, chives, basil, coriander, tarragon, etc. Also consider curry, turmeric, ginger and nutmeg, garlic and onions, in small quantities.
If you feel your baby is ready and willing, you can gradually move from chunky, ground or mashed foods to foods offered in small pieces.
For the vegetables:
Start by choosing the most tender vegetables, those that you introduced first at the beginning of the food diversification:
- Green beans, flat coconut beans
- White leek
- Pumpkin, pumpkin, butternut squash, etc.
For the starches:
You can now offer potatoes and sweet potatoes in small pieces to your baby, as long as they are well cooked.
For other starches, all can be offered, but always well cooked:
- Pasta type alphabet pasta or other pasta cut into small pieces
- Wheat (Ebly® type)
- Baking Cereal Mix
You will also make your child happy by offering them bread croutons!
For proteins: viandes, fish, eggs
From now on, babies can eat all types of meat and fish, avoiding cold meats (except cooked ham) and breaded fish. Regarding eggs, at 9 months, you can now offer the white of the egg, in addition to the yolk.
However, remain vigilant about the quantities because the recommendations are: 15 to 20 g in total per day, the equivalent of 3 to 4 teaspoons of meat or fish, or a little more than 1/4 of an egg hard (white + yellow).
For the fruit :
To make it easier for your child by avoiding the risk of going the wrong way and to delight their taste buds, choose very juicy fruits:
- Red fruits: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
You can also cut banana pieces into small slices. For the apple, now offer it grated.
9 month old baby food day
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.
15 to 20 g meat or fish (3 to 44 teaspoons) or a little more than 1/4 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)
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