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Weaning milestone: 9-11 months

A guide to the meals, snacks and nutrients your baby needs

By 9-11 months your baby will be on the move and needing some serious solids!

Here’s a guide to the nutritious meals, snacks and crucial nutrients your active baby needs to stay healthy and full of energy.

At a glance

  • Your baby should be joining in the family meal and tucking into three small meals a day
  • They can enjoy what everyone else is having now – just chopped into baby-sized bites
  • As they are on the move now, offer them healthy snacks to keep their energy up
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What should my baby be eating by nine months?

Your baby should be joining in the family meal and tucking into three small meals a day. 

What foods should I be offering my nine-month-old?

Your baby can enjoy what everyone else is having now – just chopped into baby-sized bites. And now your baby is getting more active – crawling and cruising around furniture – they’ll need to keep their energy levels up. And to ensure they’re eating a brilliantly well balanced diet, try and feed them these foods every day:

  • Starchy foods, like potatoes, pasta rice, bread/toast or breakfast cereal – include them at all meals for that all important energy boost
  • Fruit and vegetables -  including tinned, frozen and dried as well as fresh include them in all your baby’s meals
  • Meat, tofu, fish, eggs, pulses (lentils, beans or peas) or nut butters – include these at two meals each day to give you baby plenty of  iron
  • Full-fat dairy foods – foods like cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais and milk puddings are packed with calcium, which is ideal for strong bones and teeth

What finger foods can I offer now?

You can now offer hard finger foods such as:

  • Breadsticks
  • Rice cakes
  • Crackers
  • Toast with cheese spread
  • Pieces of raw fruit and vegetables such as apples, carrots, cucumber
  • Cubes of cheese
  • Pieces of boiled egg

Are low-fat foods suitable for babies?

Low-fat foods and foods that contain lots of fibre aren’t recommended for babies as they may not provide enough energy for growing and developing.

Does my baby need snacks in between meals?

Not necessarily as with milk feeds, three meals and their daytime sleeps there is not a lot of time.  Keep food to mealtimes and offer two courses at each meal – a savoury course followed by a second course of fruit and/or a milk pudding. Give finger foods with both courses. 

Why is iron so important?

Your baby was born with stores of iron, but they start to run out from around six months. Lack of iron is the most common nutritional deficiency seen in young children, so it’s very important to offer your baby plenty of those iron-rich foods. Good sources of iron include:

  • Red meat – like beef and lamb
  • Chicken and turkey - especially the dark meat
  • Dried fruit – like prunes and apricots
  • Iron-fortified cereals – as long as they’re low sugar
  • Eggs - cooked till both the white and yolk are solid
  • Beans, tofu (bean curd), lentils and chickpeas
  • Beans, tofu (bean curd), lentils and chickpeas
  • Nut butters
  • Green vegetables – like spinach, broccoli and peas

Keep your baby’s diet healthy – find out how to avoid giving the wrong foods.

Mums say

“With my first baby, I was a bit wary about giving him anything that wasn’t ‘baby’ food until he was about 10 months old. But by the time my third came along, I felt far more relaxed about giving her the same food as us.” - Pauline, mum of 3

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At a glance

  • Your baby should be joining in the family meal and tucking into three small meals a day
  • They can enjoy what everyone else is having now – just chopped into baby-sized bites
  • As they are on the move now, offer them healthy snacks to keep their energy up
Rice cakes and bits of bread are great for keeping them going.  Pieces of apple are ok, too

Weaning milestone: 9-11 months