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Sample Menu for a Baby 8 to 12 Months Old

Sample Menu for an 8 to 12 Month Old Sample Menu for an 8 to 12 Month Old

Now that your baby is eating solid foods, planning meals can be more challenging. At this age, your baby needs between 750 and 900 calories each day, of which about 400 to 500 should come from breast milk or formula (if you are not breastfeeding)—roughly 24 ounces (720 mL) a day. Breast milk and formula contain vitamins, minerals, and other important components for brain growth. 

At about eight months, you may want to introduce foods that are slightly coarser than strained pureed foods. They require more chewing than baby foods. You can expand your baby's diet to include soft foods such as yogurt, oatmeal, mashed banana, mashed potatoes, or even thicker or lumpy pureed vegetables. Eggs (including scrambled) are an excellent source of protein, as are cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and avocado.​

Sample menu ideas ​for an eight- to twelve-month-old:

1 cup = 8 ounces = 240 mL

¾ cup = 6 ounces = 180 ml

½ cup = 4 ounces = 120 mL​

¼ cup = 2 ounces = 60 ml

Brea​kfast

  • 2 to 4 ounces cereal, or 1 mashed or scrambled egg

  • 2 to 4 ounces mashed or diced fruit

  • Breastmilk or 4 to 6 ounces formula

Sn​​ack

  • Breastmilk or 4 to 6 ounces formula

  • 2 to 4 ounces diced cheese or cooked pureed or diced vegetables

Lu​​nch

  • 2 to 4 ounces yogurt or cottage cheese, or pureed or diced beans or meat

  • 2 to 4 ounces cooked pureed or diced yellow or orange vegetables

  • Breastmilk or 4 to 6 ounces formula

Sn​ack

  • 1 whole grain cracker or teething biscuit

  • 2 to 4 ounces yogurt or fork-mashed or diced soft fruit

  • 2 to 4 ounces water

Dinn​er

  • 2 to 4 ounces diced diced poultry, meat, or tofu

  • 2 to 4 ounces cooked green vegetables

  • 2 to 4 ounces cooked soft-whole grain pasta, rice, or potato

  • 2 to 4 ounces diced or mashed fruit

  • Breastmilk or 4 to 6 ounces formula

Bef​ore bedtime

Breastmilk or 6 to 8 ounces formula, or water. (If breastmilk or formula, follow with water or brush teeth afterward).

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Last Updated
3/17/2021
Source
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 7th Edition (Copyright © 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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