Is your baby pointing and grabbing for the food you are eating? Are you wondering if it is okay to share some of your meal? When children get close to one year old, they are getting ready to expand their tastes.
When your baby reaches 9-12 months, he may be ready to:
To help your child get accustomed to eating table foods, remember the following:
The South Dakota Department of Public Health offers these guidelines:
|Food||9-10 Months||11-12 Months|
Breast milk or iron-fortified formula
Note: Do not give cow's milk until age one.
Infant juice (100% fruit juice)
8 tablespoons or ½ cup
8 tablespoons or ½ cup
8 tablespoons or 2 ounces or ½ cup
You can give your baby pureed meat or finely chopped meat. Other options include cooked egg, cheese, yogurt, or mashed beans. Avoid giving your baby:
Choose plain fruits and vegetables. You do not have to add any seasonings or sugar to your baby's food. When serving veggies, cook them until they are soft and offer bite-sized pieces. Cut the fruit, as well, and take out the seeds and pits.
Remember, too, not to give your baby honey. It can contain botulism spores.
Serve liquids in a cup rather than a bottle. Your baby should still be drinking breast milk or iron fortified formula. Water is a healthy drink for your baby at this age. Do not give your baby cola, fruit punch, or other sugary drinks. Also avoid from giving your baby coffee and tea. Limit 100% fruit juice to less than 4 ounces daily.
Choking is a major cause of fatal injury in infants. It can occur anytime, anywhere.
The South Dakota Department of Public Health offers these guidelines to prevent choking:
Be aware of foods that can cause choking, such as:
Learn how to give CPR to babies.
American Academy of Pediatrics
National Network for Child Care
About Kids Health
Alberta Children's Services
NHLBI integrated guidelines for pediatric cardiovascular risk reduction. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/. Updated February 28, 2012. Accessed July 12, 2012.
Steps to infant feeding. South Dakota Department of Health website. Available at: http://www.healthysd.gov/Documents/NUT071-InfantFeeding-GeneralTips.pdf. Accessed July 12, 2012.
Last reviewed July 2012 by Brian Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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