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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, about 400 to 500 of which should come from breast milk or formula (approximately 24 oz. [720 mL] a day). See the following sample menu ideas for an eight- to twelve-month-old. 

1 cup = 8 ounces [240 mL]           

4 ounces = 120 mL

6 ounces = 180 mL​

Breakfast

  • ¼ – ½ cup cereal or mashed egg
  • ¼ – ½ cup fruit, diced (if your child is self- feeding)
  • 4–6 oz. formula or breastmilk

Snack​

  • 4–6 oz. breastmilk or formula or water
  • ¼ cup diced cheese or cooked vegetables

Lunch

  • ¼ – ½ cup yogurt or cottage cheese or meat
  • ¼ – ½ cup yellow or orange vegetables
  • 4–6 oz. formula or breastmilk

Snack

  • 1 teething biscuit or cracker
  • ¼ cup yogurt or diced (if child is self-feeding) fruit Water

Dinner

  • ¼ cup diced poultry, meat, or tofu
  • ¼ – ½ cup green vegetables
  • ¼ cup noodles, pasta, rice, or potato
  • ¼ cup fruit
  • 4–6 oz. formula or breastmilk

Before Bedtime

  • 6–8 oz. formula or breastmilk or water (If formula or breastmilk, follow with water or brush teeth afterward).


Last Updated
12/8/2015
Source
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 6th Edition (Copyright © 2015 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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