Food for ten months baby

The Best Foods for Babies 10 to 12 Months – Happiest Baby

The 10- to 12-month age range is a time of incredible growth for babies. You'll look down one day, and suddenly your sweet baby might begin to look more like a toddler. And with all the changes happening from trying to walk and talk to showing a natural, vibrant curiosity for the world around them, you'll also notice that their food preferences will mature a bit too. 

The beauty of finger foods for babies between 10 and 12 months is that not only will your baby enjoy nutritious foods, but they will also be getting a dexterity workout too. Using their fingers and hands to pick up and feed themselves is an excellent way to practice hand-to-eye coordination and work on that vital pincher and grasping reflex. 

If you're interested in moving away from purees and venturing into finger foods, then check out this list of snacks and meals that are perfect for your budding toddler. The best part? Most of these can be made ahead to cut down on time in the kitchen.   

Breakfast Foods for Babies

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it's also a pretty big contender for the most fun. Here are five great, nutrient-packed, finger-friendly breakfasts that your little one will love. 

Overnight Oats

Fill a small jar with one part dry oats, one part breastmilk or formula, and sprinkle in some cut-up fruit, like blueberries or raspberries and a touch of pure maple syrup. Mix it up and leave it in the fridge overnight. This one is great for your baby to practice scooping with their fingers, although it is messy. 

Whole Wheat Waffles

You can buy frozen waffles or make your own and freeze them ahead of time. Make sure to look for whole wheat, and pair your waffles with fresh fruit instead of sugary syrups. Try a dollop of whipped cream (or even better: yogurt) for some added fun, and always make sure to cut up fruit to manageable sizes. 

Hard-Boiled Eggs and Toast Soldiers

Toast soldiers are a fun way to let your baby play with food. Simply toast a piece of bread and cut it into strips for dipping into the egg. Toast soldiers are great for gripping and self-feeding, especially for teething babies. Make sure that your child can handle eating toast before trying this one out. 

Cheese and Veggie Frittata

Frittatas are a lovely way to combine eggs and vegetables for your little one. Not only are they super healthy and delicious, but they’re also easy to pick up and eat. Experiment with fillings such as kale, spinach, pasteurized feta or Swiss, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and chives. Always be sure to chop vegetables up into manageable sizes for your baby.  

Morning Smoothie

Smoothies are a fun way to get in vitamins and protein, and there are endless ways to make them. Here are a few popular combinations that your baby might like:

  • Banana, peanut butter, and breastmilk or formula

  • Strawberries, banana, mango, full-fat yogurt, and breastmilk or formula

  • Avocado, spinach, banana, and full-fat yogurt

  • Blueberry, banana, full-fat yogurt, and breastmilk or formula

Lunch Foods for Babies

If your baby is bored with bland, mashed foods for lunch, then try a few of these fun, well-balanced lunch ideas that you can easily make ahead.  

Broccoli and Cauliflower Coins

Steam and mash broccoli and cauliflower, add an egg, some almond flour, and shredded cheddar cheese. Mix ingredients together and use a one-inch melon-baller to drop balls onto a cookie sheet, flatten with a wet fork, and bake at 350 until golden brown. These veggie coins are soft, full of nutrients, and fun to dip into ketchup or applesauce. 

Beef and Barley

Make a batch of beef and barley stew and toss in peas, carrots, and other veggies. Try chopping the finished stew into a chunkier version of puree before serving with toast soldiers. Your baby can scoop with their fingers or practice using a spoon. 

Baby Charcuterie Plate

Using your baby's favorite plate (or a muffin tin!), place bite-sized cubed cheese, crackers, cut-up fruit and veggies, and pieces of cereal for a fun way to eat a balanced meal.

Macaroni and Cheese

Upgrade the old kid food stand-by with chopped veggies like peas, carrots, sweet potato, and corn kernels.

Cottage Cheese and Dippers

Serve cottage cheese in a bowl with a small plate of dippers like toast soldiers, crackers, cut-up pieces of fruit, and soft vegetables like baked sweet potato sticks. 

Dinner Foods for Babies

By 10 to 12 months, you might already be serving your baby the same food that your family eats, albeit chopped, mashed, or cut up. Serving your baby the same foods you eat is ideal because it helps your baby develop a taste for healthy foods. If you're looking for dinner ideas that your baby might love, check out these five options. 

Pasta Bowls

Pasta bowls are perfect because you can add almost anything to your pasta and call it a meal. Look for small pasta shapes like alphabet letters or elbows that your baby can pick up. Here are a few additions to try:

  • Chopped, steamed spinach and ricotta

  • Red sauce with chopped spinach

  • Cooked carrots, peas, and corn kernels garnish with Parmesan cheese

  • Chopped chicken, veggies, and shredded cheese

Rice Bowls

Like pasta bowls, rice bowls are also a great way to add various healthy tidbits for your baby. Simply choose a protein, a vegetable, or two, and offer some flavor options like low-sodium soy sauce or even unsweetened apple sauce. 

Beef and Lentil Stew

Good old-fashioned beef and lentil soup with lots of vegetables is a perfectly balanced meal that you can make ahead and freeze in small amounts. Your baby can use their fingers to pick up pieces of food or practice using a spoon. 


Mash some sweet potato or potato and mix in some small pieces of cooked veggies for a fun, healthy dinner. Try adding carrots, peas, spinach, kale, corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, beets, and more. 

Fish and Chips

Fish is a wonderfully healthy option for your baby, and it is so easy to eat with those sweet little fingers. Try roasting white fish with a splash of lemon and steamed veggies like asparagus or broccoli. Remember, small and soft, bite-sized pieces are your baby's friend. 

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What Can 10-Month-Old Babies Eat?


Your baby is growing like crazy and exploring all sorts of different foods. What can 10-month-old babies eat? Here's what our parenting expert recommends.

Now that baby is probably crawling (and maybe even walking!) he or she is burning more calories. You know what that means—more food! Hopefully you’re having fun helping him explore different tastes and textures as he makes his way to toddler-ville. But you might be wondering exactly what types of foods are best for baby in this stage. What can 10-month-old babies eat?

Start by learning the basics about baby food stages.

What Can 10-Month-Old Babies Eat?

By now your baby has probably tried several different fruits and veggies. Keep em’ coming! Promoting healthy eating habits at this young age will encourage healthy eating habits in the future. You can continue to puree fruits and vegetables to make baby food or cut soft produce into bite-sized portions and serve as finger foods. Be sure to also offer your baby whole grains, meats, yogurt and cheeses. And remember to cook or steam vegetables and fruits that need to be softened before feeding to baby. Here are some specific examples if you need inspiration:

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Oranges
  • Melons
  • Avocados
  • Cooked spinach
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beets
Meats (Don’t forget to cut into soft, small pieces!)
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Turkey
Other Finger Foods
  • Pasta pieces
  • O-shaped cereal
  • Tofu
  • Toast pieces

How Much Should a 10-Month-Old Eat?

Before his first birthday, breast milk or formula is still the main source of nutrition for your baby—but he should regularly be eating solid foods as well. Plan on about 6 to 8 ounces of breast milk or formula, four to five times a day. Solid foods should include three meals a day as well as two snacks. Don’t force your baby to eat if he’s not hungry, though. Look for signs of fullness like pushing food away, turning his head or closing his mouth when food is offered.

If you want to make your own baby food at home, try these Gerber copycat recipes.

10-Month-Old Baby Food Schedule

For the most part, your baby will eat at regular meal times like the rest of your family. And he can eat almost anything you’re eating, as long as it’s not a choking hazard. So have fun with feeding your baby at this stage! Here’s a simple daily menu for your 10-month-old:

  • 1/2 cup cereal or mashed egg
  • 1/2 cup fruit cut up as finger food or spoon-fed puree
  • 4-6 oz. formula or breast milk
  • 4-6 oz. breast milk or formula
  • 1/4 cup cooked vegetables or diced cheese
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese or meat
  • 1/2 cup cooked vegetables
  • 4-6 oz. formula or breast milk
  • A couple of whole grain crackers
  • 1/4 cup yogurt or diced, soft fruit
  • 1/4 cup diced, soft meat
  • 1/2 cup cooked green vegetables
  • 1/4 cup pasta or rice
  • 1/4 cup diced, soft fruit
  • 4-6 oz. formula or breast milk
Before Bedtime
  • 6-8 oz. formula or breast milk

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Diet for a child aged 9-12 months

By 9 months the main complementary foods have already been introduced, so the expansion of the child's diet continues. It is important to know that at this age the consistency of the products should change from homogenized to finely and coarsely ground.
A meat dish for an older child can be offered in the form of meatballs, which diversifies the child's diet and stimulates the formation of chewing skills. Canned meat industrial production for children over 8 months. - coarsely chopped, spices and spices (white pepper, celery, parsley, dill, onion, basil, thyme) can be added to them.

The amount of fish puree increases to 60 g per day by 12 months. Fish is given 2 times a week boiled without broth (instead of meat).

At this age, children's pasta can be offered to the child.

The number of children's cookies and crackers is increased up to 10-15 g per day (2-3 cookies).

By the year it is useful to add finely chopped fresh garden greens (dill, parsley) to various dishes, which significantly enriches the diet with vitamins and minerals.

Sample diet for a 12 month old child:

8 hours
Dairy-free or milk porridge*
Boiled egg yolk
Fruit puree
150-200 g
approx. 1 tsp.
1/2 pcs
50 g
12 noon
Vegetable puree
Vegetable oil
Meat puree (meatballs) or fish

180 g
about 1/2 tsp.
50 g
10 g
50 ml

afternoon snack
4 pm
Breast milk (kefir or yoghurt)**
Cottage cheese
Fruit puree
Baby biscuits
100 g
50 g
50-70 g
2 pcs
20 hours
Vegetables or porridge**
Meat puree
Vegetable oil
Fruit juice
180 g
20 g
1/2 tsp.
50 ml
before bedtime
11 pm
Breast milk (DMS)*** 200 ml

* - dairy-free porridge should be diluted with breast milk or infant formula that the child receives. Milk porridge is diluted with water.
** - daily volume of kefir or yogurt can be up to 200 ml,
*** - baby milk formula

Approximate diet of a 12-month-old child with an allergy to cow's milk proteins:

8 hours
Dairy-free porridge*
Vegetable oil
Fruit puree
150-200 g
approx. 1 tsp.
50 g
12 noon
Vegetable puree
Vegetable oil
Meat puree/meatball
180 g
approx. 1/2 tsp.
50-70 g
10 g
50 ml
afternoon snack
4 pm
Breast milk or medicated formula for infants with cow's milk protein intolerance
Fruit puree

150-180 ml
50 g
10 g

20 hours
Vegetables or dairy-free porridge**
Vegetable oil
Meat puree
Fruit juice
180 g
approx. 1/2 tsp.
30-40 g
50 ml
at bedtime
11 pm
Breast milk or formula for infants with cow's milk protein intolerance 200 ml

* - dairy-free porridge should be diluted with breast milk or formula for children with intolerance to cow's milk proteins.
** - you can either alternate porridge or vegetables, or offer a mixed dish - porridge with vegetables.

The materials were prepared by the staff of the Laboratory for Nutrition of a Healthy and Sick Child of the National Research Center for Children's Health of the Ministry of Health of Russia and are based on the recommendations given in the National Program for Optimizing the Feeding of Children in the First Year of Life in the Russian Federation, approved at the XV Congress of Pediatricians of Russia (02.2009g.)

Menu for a child up to a year (tables)

Approximately by 9 months the child develops a stable feeding schedule: frequency, time, dosage. All basic complementary foods have already been introduced, but breast milk or formula is still the mainstay of nutrition. Nevertheless, mothers are at a loss in what sequence, in what quantity of products to give to a child at the age of to the year . Here are several options for an approximate menu for children aged 9 months to 1 year in tables . With the help of convenient tables, it will be easier for mothers to draw up a nutrition plan for the baby, taking into account age characteristics and individual preferences. Learn, choose, apply.

Weekly menu for a child from 9 months to 1 year

Menu of our mothers and grandmothers: from the book "Mother and Child", 1954, authors B. A. Arkhangelsky and G. N. Speransky - members of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR. The approximate menu is designed for 5 main feedings per day (click on the table to enlarge it)

Features of the menu for children under 1 year old

  • 1-3 month old baby eats only breast milk or milk formula.
  • In the menu of a 4-5 month old artificial baby, the first complementary foods are introduced.
  • The menu of breastfed children under 6 months does not include additional dishes. By this time, breast milk no longer fulfills the nutritional needs of the growing baby.
  • A child of 6-7 months eats 4-5 times a day, the menu becomes varied and looks something like this:

Variants of the daily menu for a child up to a year (table)

  • Baby menu 8-9 months

From 8 - 9 months of age, meat, fish, cottage cheese, kefir are added to the menu:

  • Sample menu for 1 day for a child 10 months :

At the age of 10-11 months in the evening feeding, milk can be replaced with kefir, gradually weaning the baby from the breast. Kids menu 10-11 months must contain:

  • breast milk or formula
  • milk oatmeal
  • rice or buckwheat porridge
  • vegetable broth
  • meat dishes
  • vegetable puree
  • fruit purees
  • vermicelli
  • egg yolk
  • kefir
  • juices
  • kissel

Number of breastfeeds up to one year

Approximate diet for children up to one year - NUTRICIA

Feeding scheme for a child up to a year

The numbers in the center of the scheme indicate the hours of feeding.

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