Food & Nutrition

Feeding Your Baby 6 to 12 Months

Food to Offer 6 to 7 Months 7 to 9 Months 9 to 12 Months
Breastfeeding On-Demand On-Demand On-Demand
or Iron-Fortified
Infant Formula End of 6th Mo.: 30-36 oz. End of 8th Mo.: 25-32 oz. End of 10th Mo.: 24-28 oz.
End of 7th Mo.: 28-34 oz. End of 9th Mo.: 26-30 oz. End of 12th Mo.: 22-26 oz.
Iron Fortified Cereal 1/4-1/3 cup rice cereal 1/4-1/3 cup rice cereal 1/4-1/3 cup rice cereal
twice a day. once a day. once a day.
Wait until 7 months to
start a high protein or
mixed cereal.
Vegetables 1 Stage 1 jar or 1/2 Stage 2 1/2 to 1 Stage 2 jar 1/4 to 1/3 cup
 jar strained or 1/4 cup or 1/4 cup well-cooked, mashed
well-cooked, pureed well-cooked, pureed or chopped vegetables
vegetables once or vegetables twice a day
twice a day. twice a day.
Fruits 1 Stage 1 jar or 1/2 Stage 2 1/2 to 1 Stage 2 jar 1/4 to 1/3 cup
strained or 1/4 cup mashed or 1/4 cup mashed chopped, soft fruit
banana once or twice a day fruit twice a day twice a day
Meat & other 1/4 to 1/3 Stage 2 1/8 to 1/4 cup small,
Protein Foods strained meat or poultry tender pieces of chicken
or 1/8 cooked egg yolk turkey, beef or pork,
mashed dried beans opr cottage cheese, yogurt,
tofu cooked dried beans or tofu
Juice 1 to 2 oz.juice from a cup 1 to 2 oz from a cuop once
(wait until 12 months to or twice a day
offer citrus juices such as
orange or grapefruit

Babies need to learn how each food tastes. Offer a variety of plain vegetables and fruits. Give sips of water from a small, plastic cup. Gradually, begin to use the cup at each meal.

Add strained meats. Babies do not each much meat. This is normal. Try cooked egg yolks, mashed dried beans or tofu. Gradually, offer more table foods and less strained foods. Let your baby learn to feed themselves. Be patient. All babies make a mess when they eat.

Start using the cup at each meal to offer 1 to 2 oz of water, formula or juice. If your baby is on formula, decrease the amount offered in the bottle by the amount taken from the cup at mealtime. At one year, your baby should be off the bottle and eating mostly table foods. Too much food can overwhelm babies and toddlers. Offer small amounts.

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