Food planner for babies

Baby Meal Plan: 6 to 9 Month Old

What should you know about feeding your 6- to 9-month-old?
  • Learn about how to introduce solid foods to your baby

  • Know that what foods you introduce now help influence baby’s preferences in the future

  • Explore menus that help you understand the transition from purees to soft solids

Starting solid foods is an exciting time for you and your baby. The
American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization
recommend introducing solid foods around 6 months of age.1, 2  Check out our signs of readiness article and speak with your baby’s pediatrician to help determine when your little one is ready to start solids.  

While starting solids, you will continue to provide most of the essential nutrition and hydration your baby needs from breast milk or formula, while also exposing your baby to a new world of diverse flavors and nutrients. In fact, this is one of the most influential periods in your baby’s taste development. 3, 4 Your baby will most readily try and accept all kinds of foods at this age so it’s important to offer a variety of different flavors from meal to meal.

There are two meal plans below: One for starting solids with purees, and one for when your little one starts to advance textures. Both have snack and recipe ideas to help you get started. They also have plenty of flavor variety to help maximize your baby’s taste

Read more: Learning to Love Healthy Foods

Pro tips for 6- to 9-month-old baby meal plans:

Eating solids at this age is mostly about letting your baby explore new flavors and textures. Breast milk or formula will remain your baby’s primary nutrition source during their first year, so continue to give breast milk and/or formula just as you were before starting solids. Your little one will begin to reduce how much formula or breastmilk they take as they get closer to 1 year.5, 6, 7  

For breastfed babies, introduction of solids at 6 months helps your little one get enough of certain nutrients. For example, at 6 months stored iron begins to diminish. Since breast milk is not a good source of iron, including some iron-rich foods, such as fortified cereals and pureed meats, will help your little one get enough.8 For more information, chat with baby’s health care provider for their recommendations.

For more information on the nutrient needs of your older baby, check out: Nutrients to Look for at 6-12 Months

How much should I feed my baby?

At around 6 months old, you can start by offering 1 to 2 tablespoons of food once or twice per day. Once your little one gets the hang of eating and shows more interest, slowly begin offering foods 2 to 3 times per day and ¼ to ½ cup at a time.9, 10

Remember to listen to your baby’s hunger and fullness cues throughout their feeding journey, rather than go by specific portions. Your little may take more or less each day; by responding to their feeding cues you’ll be providing them with just what they need.11

It’s important to advance texture once your baby is comfortable. Start with thin, pureed foods, thickening them a bit as baby gets used to eating. Next, move to lumpy, mashed foods; followed by finely chopped, soft foods.12

Read more: Introducing Solids: First Foods & Textures

Introduce one single-ingredient new food at a time.
Allow for 2 to 3 days before introducing another new food to make sure your baby is not allergic or intolerant to these foods. Foods most often associated with allergies are eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and seeds, wheat, fish, shellfish, and cow’s milk (drinking cow’s milk is not recommended before 12 months, but milk can be used in small amounts in baked or cooked foods, and baby can also eat yogurt and cheese as long as there is no allergy or intolerance).13

Read more: Introducing Major Food Allergens

By 9 months of age, your baby should be eating foods from all food groups and be able to handle small, soft pieces of finger foods. Pay attention to your baby’s cues, have fun, and let your baby set the pace while offering your baby healthy foods that contain important nutrients to set the standard for healthy eating patterns.

Baby doesn’t like a food? Try, try again!

Your baby may grimace, wrinkle their nose, or make other faces when they try new foods and textures. Know that this is completely normal and doesn’t mean your little one dislikes the food or is being picky. Babies may need to taste a food up to 10 or more times before they start to accept it, so just keep offering (though not forcing) that food.14

Remember, starting solids is mostly about introducing a variety of flavors and textures – and keeping it fun and stress-free!

If you have questions about introducing solids or advancing textures, reach out to our team of registered dietitians for free! They are here to help on our free live chat from Monday through Friday, from 8am–6pm ET, and Saturday and Sunday, from 8am–2pm ET. Chat now!

Around 6-month old meal plan: First foods and purees


  • Option 1: Whole Ancient Grain Baby Cereal

  • Option 2: Mashed avocado

  • Option 3: Avocado and Pea Puree

  • Option 4: Apple and acorn squash mash (pureed apples and squash mixed)

  • Option 5: Pureed peaches or soft cooked pears


  • Option 1: Root Vegetable Puree

  • Option 2: Unsweetened whole milk yogurt

  • Option 3: Avocado and Pea Puree

  • Option 4: Pureed apples

  • Option 5: Quinoa cereal


  • Option 1: Mashed “Banacado” (banana and avocado mashed together)

  • Option 2: Baby Muesli with Peach Yogurt

  • Option 3: Tropical medley (mashed papaya and mango)

  • Option 4: Garden veggie and fruit combo (mix mashed/pureed apples, spinach and peas)

  • Option 5: Beet and Cantaloupe Puree

7-9 months-old-menu: Advancing Textures


  • Option 1: Unsweetened yogurt with mashed peaches

  • Option 2: Oatmeal cereal

  • Option 3: Whole grain waffle strips

  • Option 4: Orange Sunny Soup

  • Option 5: Soft scrambled egg


  • Option 1: Soft cooked whole grain pasta with olive oil and parmesan cheese

  • Option 2: Slivers of turkey with peas

  • Option 3: Unsweetened applesauce and shredded or cubed cheese

  • Option 4: Chickpea and Carrot Spread

  • Option 5: Cottage Cheese with Cinnamon and Diced Strawberries


  • Option 1: Soft cooked slivers of chicken, with steamed carrots

  • Option 2: Ginger Carrot & Sweet Potato Mash + Lean Beef

  • Option 3: Small chunks of low mercury fish, like cod

  • Option 4: Soft steamed chunks of broccoli or green beans

  • Option 5: Lumpy, mashed kidney or black beans

Let's Chat!
We know parenting often means sleepless nights, stressful days, and countless questions and confusion, and we want to support you in your feeding journey and beyond. Our Happy Baby Experts are a team of lactation consultants and registered dietitians certified in infant and maternal nutrition – and they’re all moms, too, which means they’ve been there and seen that. They’re here to help on our free, live chat platform Monday - Friday 8am-8pm (EST), and Saturday - Sunday 8am-4pm (EST). Chat Now!

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For more on this topic, check out the following articles and recipes:

  • Introducing solids: first foods and advancing textures

  • Introducing solids: signs of readiness

  • How to maximize taste development from first foods through toddlerhood

  • Introducing solids: Different approaches and strategies

  • Introducing solids: Baby led weaning

  • Introducing major food allergens

Our meal plans offer recipe and meal suggestions for your child. They are not designed to replace your doctor’s recommendations, nor do they take into account special nutritional needs, including allergies and intolerances. The meal plans suggest serving sizes that may or may not be appropriate for your child. Please consult your doctor to determine what is best for your child.

Sample Meal Plans for Feeding Your Baby


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Need some meal ideas for your baby? Use these sample meal plans for babies 6 to 9 months old and 9 to 12 months old to help you feed your baby.

How much should my baby eat?

Every baby is different. The amount that your baby eats can change from day to day. Your baby may also eat more or less than other babies. Use the sample meals as general guidelines only. Trust your baby to let you know when they are hungry or full.  You are responsible for the foods that are offered as well as when and where. Your baby is responsible for if they eat and how much.

Sample Meals for Baby: 6 to 9 months old   

Meal Times   6 to 9 months  
Early morning   Breastmilk or infant formula
Vitamin D drops for breastfed babies
Breakfast   Breastmilk or infant formula, iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula or water
Mashed fruit like banana or pears mixed with full fat plain yogurt
Snack   Breastmilk or infant formula  
Lunch   Breastmilk or infant formula, iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula or water
Mashed vegetables (sweet potato, squash or carrots)
Cooked ground beef, chicken, pork or fish
Well-cooked chopped egg or silken (soft) tofu
Snack   Breastmilk or infant formula  
Dinner   Breastmilk or infant formula, iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula or water
Cooked vegetables (carrots, pieces of soft-cooked green beans or broccoli)
Cooked, minced chicken or turkey or canned or cooked legumes (beans, lentils or peas)
Fruit like unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana or pureed melon mixed with full fat plain yogurt
Bedtime snack   Breastmilk or infant formula  

Sample Meals for Baby: 9 to 12 months old 


9 to 12 months

Early morning

Breastmilk, infant formula or 3. 25% homogenized whole cow’s milk
Vitamin D drops


Iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula, 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk or water
Full-fat plain yogurt, unsalted cottage cheese or grated cheese
Cooked chopped egg
Soft fruit (chopped banana, avocado, peach, seedless watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya, plum or kiwi)
Breastmilk, formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk

Morning Snack

Strips of whole-grain bread or roti
Grated apple or chopped strawberries
Breastmilk, formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk


Infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula, 3. 25% homogenized whole cow’s milk or water
Minced or chopped soft-cooked meat (lamb, pork, veal or beef)
Cooked whole wheat pasta, rice or pita bread
Cubed avocado or peeled and chopped cucumber
Breastmilk, formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk

Afternoon Snack

Cheese cubes (full fat mozzarella, Swiss or cheddar) with pieces of unsalted whole grain crackers or toast
Breastmilk, formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk


Infant cereal mixed with breastmilk, formula, 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk or water
Diced or cut up cooked or canned flaked fish or pieces of firm tofu or chicken
Cut up vegetables (soft-cooked green beans, okra, cauliflower, broccoli or carrots)
Soft fruit (chopped banana, ripe peach or mango or quartered grapes)
Breastmilk, formula or 3. 25% homogenized whole cow’s milk

Bedtime Snack

Small pieces of whole grain toast, bread, crackers or unsweetened dry O-shaped cereal
Breastmilk, formula or 3.25% homogenized whole cow’s milk

Babies and High Mercury Fish

Children under the age of one should eat less than 40 grams (1.4 oz) of canned white (albacore) tuna, frozen or fresh tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin, orange roughy and escolar per month. These fish are high in mercury.

Key points when feeding your baby

  • Continue to breastfeed on demand. Offer solid foods with breastmilk or formula feedings or in between as snacks.
  • Offer food 2-3 times a day and work towards 3-5 times a day.
  • Start with iron-rich foods like meat and fish, well-cooked chopped eggs, tofu and iron fortified cereals. After iron-rich foods introduce vegetables, fruit, other cereals and grains, full fat cheese and yogurt.
  • Try a small amount such as 1 tsp (5 mL). If your baby wants more food, give them more.
  • Start with soft foods that have been pureed, mashed, minced or ground. Offer a variety of textures no later than 9 months.
  • Always supervise your baby and cut foods into small pieces to avoid choking.
  • Offer one new food at time. If you are concerned about food allergies, introduce one food per day with a two-day period in between. 
  • Once your baby is 9 to 12 months old and is eating a variety of iron-rich foods every day, you can offer 3.25% homogenized whole milk in a regular cup.
  • By 12 months your child should be eating most of the foods (mashed, minced, lumpy, ground and soft) that are prepared for family meals. Your baby can enjoy the same herbs, spices and flavours as the rest of the family.

Bottom Line

Every baby is different when it comes to learning to eat solid foods. It may take many tries before your child accepts them. Offer food without pressure. You are responsible for what foods that are offered as well as when and where. Your baby is responsible for if they eat and how much. 

If you have questions or concerns, talk to your health care provider or dietitian.

You may also be interested in:

Introducing Solids to Your Baby: Safety Tips
Transitioning Your Baby From Breastmilk to Cow’s Milk
All About Homemade Baby Food
All About Store Bought Baby Food

Last Update – May 1, 2020

Online meal planner for mom and baby


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When a child appears in a family, it is not only a great happiness, but also constant troubles. Although they are joyful, mom always needs to make sure that the baby is protected from all sides, he has enough vitamins and minerals. Proper healthy and balanced nutrition for mom and the child - a very important point in this "protective shield." This item is especially important and time-consuming in the first year of a baby's life.

Our meal planner is designed to suit your child's age and can be scheduled for a day or a week. You only need to enter the age of the crumbs and mark the products that you have in your refrigerator or that you are going to buy. After - click on the button "Create a Menu" Then you can print it, save it to your profile, or create a new one. Similarly, you can make a menu for mom.

And in a second you will know the answer to the question: “What should we eat today?”

Age of the child:

from 6 months. up to 1 year

  • from 6 months up to 1 year
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 2 to 3 years

Planning for the period:



Planning for:


  • children
  • children and mothers

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Select products that are already available or you can buy

Cereals and legumes

  • Millet
  • Rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Oatmeal
  • semolina
  • Corn
  • Pasta
  • Flour
  • Wheat porridge

Dairy products

  • cow's milk
  • Kefir
  • Cottage cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Sour cream


  • Beef
  • Pork
  • rabbit meat
  • Chicken
  • Veal
  • quail


  • Potato
  • Carrot
  • Beet
  • vegetable marrow
  • Eggplant
  • Pumpkin
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • Onion
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • green onion


  • Honey
  • Green tea
  • Black tea
  • Water

Fish and seafood

  • Hake
  • Dorada
  • Salmon


  • Apples
  • Pears
  • apricots
  • plums
  • Peach
  • Orange


  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Cranberry
  • Grape
  • Blueberry
  • Currant


  • Quail eggs
  • chicken eggs

UAUA. info is well aware that it is difficult for you to monitor the balance of all food every day, and eating the same thing every day is also not an option. A meal planner is just the service that will save you from this need. You don't have to think about what cook today from allowed products - better spend this time communicating with your baby, and making a menu for children is the task of a meal planner!

The planner will allow you to make a list of products for any number of days in order to provide the necessary norm of vitamins and minerals. You will be able to distribute these products in such a way that you eat a balanced diet every day. At the same time, your daily menu will be varied.

A mother's diet, just like a child's diet, does not have to consist of 100% of the necessary vitamins per day - it is quite acceptable to have more iron on the menu today, and potassium tomorrow. True, the amount of B vitamins on the menu for children and their mothers should be maximum (close to normal). At the same time, fat-soluble vitamins (A, E, D, K) are able to accumulate in the body and be consumed gradually, so it is enough to observe their monthly balance.

The online meal planner also helps you save time. If you do not want to plan a diet every day, the nutrition of mother and child can be compiled for the planned period, printed out and then followed. In addition, the correct introduction of complementary foods, and then - a properly composed menu for children is very important for the health of babies.

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These tools will help you plan your meals and workouts and track your progress.



Applications for calculating calories

The main principle of all diets is to consume fewer calories than you expend. To do this, you need to calculate the daily energy expenditure and keep track of every piece that enters the mouth. You will have to weigh a portion of food yourself, the apps will do the rest for you.

1. FatSecret

Completely free application with an intuitive interface. It takes into account the total calorie content, the amount of proteins, fats and carbohydrates consumed. A large database of products, in which you can also find dishes from popular restaurant chains. In addition to BJU (proteins, fats, carbohydrates), the program takes into account the amount of sugar, fiber, sodium, cholesterol. Shows statistics for the day, current and last week.

The app can also track calorie consumption by choosing from several activities. But you should understand that the program will offer approximate values. It is almost impossible to track the exact energy consumption without a heart rate monitor.


Price: Free


Price: Free

2. MyFitnessPal

One of the world's most popular calorie counting apps. In it, you can take into account calories and BJU, follow the statistics. The database contains more than 6 million products, and it is updated daily. Most likely, the desired option will be in it, so you won’t have to enter it manually.

You can keep a training diary in the application, add your own exercises.


Price: Free


The application is not only functional, but also beautiful. Each product is accompanied by a photo, and YAZIO looks like an electronic version of a glossy magazine. You can keep food and exercise diaries, add your products. Among the minuses - you can not add your own recipes.


Price: Free


Price: Free

4. Lifesum

This app doesn't just count how much you've eaten. It will also help you choose products so that you lose weight according to the chosen plan, quickly or in a gentle way. And this is not about restricting the diet: Lifesum will leave the usual products on the menu, but will advise what portion size to take so as not to overeat. A separate application option is to record the amount of water you drink.


Price: Free


Price: Free

Sports Apps

Diet alone is not enough to get the figure of your dreams. Strong muscles under a small layer of fat visually outperform an untrained but lean body. So add exercise to your weight loss plan.

1. Seven

Circuit training for the main muscle groups. Of the equipment, you only need a chair. One circuit takes seven minutes, but you can increase the workout to an hour. The exercises seem simple, but they load the unprepared athlete well. The execution technique is shown in the figures. In the paid version, you can compose your workouts depending on the goal.


Price: Free


Price: Free


Nike Training Club

Over 150 workouts for different skill levels. You can choose a program for the whole body or focus on specific muscles. The instructors show the technique of exercises. There are programs for both home workouts - without equipment or with a modest set of dumbbells, and for the gym.


Price: Free

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3. Sworkit

The app allows you to create personal workouts with 160 exercises. Special equipment is not required. The instructor shows the technique. You can add a warm-up, stretching, yoga session to the lesson, which will turn home exercises into a full-fledged complex for body development.


Price: Free


Price: Free

4. Freeletics

The program offers a personal training system with a digital trainer. Freeletics will help you develop strength, endurance, agility and normalize weight through exercises, most of which are performed without additional equipment.

You enter the necessary information in the settings, and the application forms for you the methods for approaching training and achieving goals. For classes, tips, video instructions and timers are provided. Based on the results, statistics are generated that help evaluate progress.


Price: Free


Price: Free

5. Home Workouts

A popular application with exercises for the development of major muscle groups: arms, chest, abs and the whole body. You can choose the appropriate level of load and practice without additional equipment.

The programs are divided into four weeks. After completing one level, you can move on to a more difficult stage. Workout plans are also available that are more suitable for the gym - they require the presence of equipment. This allows you to grow further and achieve high results. It is also worth noting that strength exercises are supplemented by an important section with warm-ups.


Price: Free


Price: Free

Workout diary apps

Progress is hard to track without recording your workouts. Whether the weight on the bar increased, whether it was possible to do more repetitions in the approach - the conservatives continue to write down all the data in a paper notebook. Gadget fans can use a smartphone.

1. Jefit

You can enter your own exercise program into the application or use one of the ready-made ones. Write down the number of approaches, repetitions, the weight of the shells. The training program can be scheduled by the days of the week and loaded with one swipe of your finger.


Price: Free


Price: Free



This application includes a large list of exercises for various muscle groups, as well as an extensive reference database of training programs. You can make personal plans and record the results of each lesson.

It is also possible to record the weight, height and girth of the muscles, reinforcing the data with photographs. Thus, it will be possible to track the dynamics of growth and analyze how close you are to your goal.


Price: Free


Price: Free

Cardio & Activity Tracking Apps

For runners, cyclists and walkers, it's not just time spent exercising that counts, but also speed and distance. Special tracker applications will help calculate these parameters.

1. RunKeeper

Takes into account the main parameters: time, speed, mileage when running, walking, cycling and so on. Draws a route on the map. Synchronizes with most models of heart rate monitors.


Price: Free

2. Pacer

Pacer helps you track your daily activity and keep a calorie diary with a counter. On the map using GPS navigation, the application displays the route traveled and mileage.

The program will also allow you to monitor the change in weight over time. It shows which loads influenced the result the most. For motivation, you can plan goals, compare results and compete with friends.


Price: Free


Price: Free

3. Gstep

The application accurately calculates the number of steps taken and calories burned. Every day reminds you to drink water and motivates you to go for a walk or run. The entire route traveled is displayed on the map using GPS data. Gstep will help you manage exercise and weight, as well as plan meals.


Price: Free


Price: Free

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