How often do you feed a 10 month old baby

What to Feed a 10 Months Old Baby

What can babies eat at 10 months?

Food for 10-month-old babies can consist of fruits, vegetables, fortified cereal, unsweetened yogurts, cheese, and meats. By 10 months old, most babies have at least four teeth at the front of their mouth. They can bite, but it is still difficult to properly chew. Because of this, you'll need to make sure their food is soft enough for them to mash up with their front teeth and gums.

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How much should a 10-month-old baby eat?

It's helpful to think of food for 10-month-olds as you would for a healthy adult. This means that they should be encouraged to eat food from all of the different food groups, with a healthy balance of fruit and vegetables. Remember, your baby might like foods that you don't, so encourage them to try new things!

Offer a variety of foods that your baby can easily pick up, and encourage them to self-feed. This can be quite messy, but offering finger food helps your baby develop their hand-eye coordination and establish a sense of accomplishment through independence.

A feeding schedule for a 10-month-old should consist of three main meals per day with two healthy snacks and at least 3–4 nursing sessions or bottle feedings. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that whole cow's milk and low-iron formulas not be used during the first year of life.

A 10-month-old child needs around 920 kcal for boys and around 865 kcal for girls. This will give them the nutrients intake that they need for the day as well. It is best to limit the amount of water or juice that your 10-month-old baby drinks at this point to no more than 6–8 ounces per day.

How much formula for 10-month-olds is enough?

A good feeding schedule for a 10-month-old should include at least 3–4 nursing sessions or bottles per day. A 10-month-old baby should be drinking at least 24–32 ounces of breast milk or formula every 24 hours. If you divide this between four nursing sessions, it is about 6–8 ounces each time. Even if your baby is eating more solid foods, keep offering them the appropriate amount of breast milk or formula.

Your child may also become a picky eater at this age. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that it can sometimes take several introductions to the same food before your baby decides to eat it. They also say that your baby is more likely to want to try a food if they see you eating it. So, if you are eating a salad, you can cook some of the same ingredients to feed to your baby.

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Examples of foods for 10-month-old babies

Here is a list of some foods for your 10-month-old baby, along with other foods that should be avoided until they're older.

Great foods for 10-month-olds:

  • Soft, ripe fruits such as bananas, pears, peaches, and berries that have been cut into small pieces
  • Iron-fortified cereals served either dry or mixed with formula or breast milk
  • Cooked vegetables including carrots, peas, green beans, spinach (and other leafy greens), squash, and potatoes (white and sweet) that have been mashed or cut into small pieces
  • Whole cooked beans
  • Well-cooked meat, poultry, and fish that is minced
  • Dairy products
  • Egg yolks
  • Starchy foods (breads and pasta)

Foods to avoid

  • Whole pieces of fruit
  • Large pieces of vegetables
  • Hard-to-chew or large pieces of meat
  • Popcorn, nuts, and seeds
  • Olives
  • Honey
  • Hard candy, jelly beans, or gumdrops
  • Sweets, desserts, and sweetened juices or drinks
  • Egg whites
  • Shellfish

By offering your 10-month-old baby food that is nutritious, you are starting them out on the right path to a healthy diet and lifestyle.

10-month-old babies eating menu

Your 10-month-old baby will need three meals, two healthy snacks, and breast milk or formula at least 3–4 times per day to provide the nutrition they need to grow. Here is a sample 10-month-old menu for a single day.


  • 2 servings of iron-fortified cereal (2–4 tablespoons dry)
  • 1 serving of fruit or vegetables (3–4 tablespoons)
  • 6–8 ounces of  formula or breast milk

Morning snack

  • 1 serving of grain (2 crackers, ½ slice bread)
  • 1 serving of dairy (1/2 cup of yogurt, 1 ounce cheese)


  • 1 serving of protein (1–2 tablespoons minced chicken)
  • 1 serving of vegetables (3–4 tablespoons)
  • 1 serving of fruit juice (3–4 ounces)

Nap time

  • 6–8 ounces of formula or breast milk

Afternoon snack

  • 1 serving of fruit (3–4 tablespoons)


  • 1 serving of protein (1–2 ounces of tofu)
  • 1 serving of grain (1/2 cup cooked pasta)
  • 1 serving of fruit or vegetables (3–4 tablespoons)
  • 6–8 ounces of formula or breast milk


  • 6–8 ounces of formula or breast milk

This is just a sample menu for a 10-month-old. You can vary the menu depending on your own baby's needs. Make sure your baby gets 2–3 servings of fruit, vegetables, protein, and whole grains daily.

These daily servings, combined with the nutrients in 24–32 ounces of formula or breast milk, will give your baby the nutrition they need to grow into a healthy and happy toddler. You are also establishing healthy eating habits from an early age, which can be carried on throughout their childhood and into adulthood.

9- and 10-month-old feeding schedules

Wondering how to fit all those meals, snacks, and bottles or nursing sessions into your baby's day? Your 9-or 10-month-old still needs plenty of breast milk or formula, and they're also getting more adventurous with their solid foods. If you started with purees, you can begin transitioning toward finger foods. If you're baby-led weaning, continue expanding their palate by offering new flavors and textures. Here's how to set up a feeding schedule that works for your baby and your family.

By now your 9- or 10-month-old has settled into a steady routine of sleeping, playing, and eating. But it can be confusing at times to know how to organize their feeding schedule. Your baby is old enough to eat more solids and explore new finger foods, but young enough that they still need plenty of formula or breast milk.

Between the bottles and nursing and the solid food meals, it can feel like you're constantly feeding your baby. As you're sorting out your baby's feeding schedule, it can be a big help to see what other parents are doing. Below, you'll find several sample schedules modeled on those of real BabyCenter parents and reviewed by a pediatrician on our Medical Advisory Board.

As you're creating a schedule for your baby, keep in mind that at 9 and 10 months most babies need solid foods three times a day, plus a healthy snack, and about 24 to 32 ounces of breast milk or formula in a 24-hour period.

Breastfed babies will likely nurse three or four times per day. Formula-fed babies may drink 7- to 8-ounce bottles three or four times per day. (Get specific tips on how to tell whether your baby is getting enough breast milk or formula.)

By now, your baby will likely be eating a variety of foods and taking an active role at mealtimes by self-feeding and drinking from a sippy, straw, or open cup. That means your mealtime options are expanding, since you can offer your baby more new and exciting foods to try.

You can make life simpler now and feed your baby what you're eating – just make sure it's age appropriate. Don't give your baby foods that could be choking hazards, foods with a lot of salt or added sugar, honey, or anything that's raw or unpasteurized. And if you haven't yet, be sure to introduce high-allergy foods to your baby, too.

If you're baby-led weaning, your baby has already been feeding themself finger foods. Keep giving your baby a variety of foods and expand their palate by offering new textures and flavors.

In addition to breast milk or formula, your baby may be ready to eat as much as half a cup per day of fruits, veggies, proteins, and carbohydrates. (If you're not sure how much solid food your baby needs, check out our visual guide.)

Sample 9-month-old schedule

6:30 a.m.: Wake up and drink a 7- to 8-ounce bottle of formula.

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8 a.m.: Playtime.

9 a.m.: Breakfast – small pieces of cheese, ham, fresh fruit, veggies, and O-shaped cereal or eggs.

9:30 a.m.: Playtime.

10 a.m.: 7- to 8-ounce bottle, then a nap.

12 p.m.: Lunch – small pieces of cheese, meat, fresh veggies, fruit, noodles, soup, cut up veggie burger, ground meat, and so on.

12:45 p.m.: Playtime.

1:30 p.m.: Snack – Greek yogurt with fruit, pieces of cheese, and whole grain crackers with nut butter.

3 p.m.: Naptime and another 7- or 8-ounce bottle.

6 p.m.: Dinner – same as lunch.

6:30 p. m.: Playtime.

7:30 p.m.: Bedtime routine and another 7- or 8-ounce bottle of formula, then bed.

Sample 10-month-old schedule

8:30 a.m.: Wake up and nurse for 10 to 15 minutes.

8:45 a.m.: Playtime.

9:30 a.m.: Breakfast – scrambled eggs, strips of French toast, and yogurt.

10 a.m.: Naptime.

12 p.m.: Lunch – baked sweet potato fries, shredded chicken, hummus, and mashed avocado – followed by a short nursing session.

1 p.m.: Playtime.

2 p.m.: Snack – O-shaped cereal, yogurt, whole grain crackers, piece of whole wheat toast with nut butter, fruit.

3:30 p.m.: Nurse for 10 to 15 minutes, then naptime.

5 p.m.: Dinner – steamed broccoli, leftover chicken from lunch, baked apple slices, and spiral pasta.

6 p.m.: Playtime.

7 p. m.: Nurse for 10 to 15 minutes, then bedtime routine and bed.

Meal ideas for 9- and 10-month-olds

As your 9- or 10-month-old starts eating regular, small meals and even a snack or two throughout the day, you might be wondering how to keep their menu interesting and their diet full of nutritious foods.

Some yummy (and age-appropriate) foods to try serving your baby at 9 and 10 months include small bits of tofu and cheese, soft spiral pasta, shreds of chicken and turkey, soft beans, and cubes of roasted peaches or squash.

Aim for a protein, carbohydrate, fruit and veggie serving at each meal to help you put together a simple breakfast, lunch, or dinner for your baby. Here are some options to get you started.


  • Pieces of scrambled egg
  • O-shaped cereal
  • Mashed or pureed pears and squash
  • Oatmeal with mashed banana
  • Roasted sweet potato
  • Greek yogurt with fruit


  • Steamed peas
  • Pieces of whole-grain toast
  • Applesauce
  • Smashed pinto beans
  • Strips of ripe avocado
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Steamed carrots
  • Pasta
  • Chicken noodle soup


  • Ground beef, chicken, or turkey
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Pieces of whole grain bread with nut butter
  • Tofu
  • Soft spiral pasta
  • Yogurt with peach puree


  • Pieces of fruit
  • Cereal
  • Smashed avocado
  • Yogurt
  • Homemade muffin
  • Whole grain crackers with hummus

Learn more:

  • Your 9-month-old's growth and development
  • Your 10-month-old's growth and development
  • Recipes for babies 6 to 12 months old

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Published: 06/20/2020

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The author of the article: Ponomareva Yulia Vladimirovna

Pediatrician, candidate of medical sciences, allergist-immunologist

The first year of a baby's life is unique. The processes of growth and development are so intense that each new month is not like the previous one. In this regard, the child's diet undergoes changes every month to meet the growing needs of the body for nutrients, vitamins, minerals and other biologically active substances. Let's discuss what changes are taking place in the baby's diet, and what can be included in the diet at 10 months. 9Ol000 Basic principles and changes in nutrition at 10 months

The basic food groups that must be included in the daily diet of children in the second half of life remain the same - vegetables, fruits, meat, cereals, dairy products. There are 3 main meals and 2-3 additional ones, while the portion size increases, and the daily amount of food is 1000-1100 ml. The child no longer looks like a baby - he has grown stronger, is trying to walk, he has an interest in all the phenomena of the world around him, including traditional adult food. Of course, the menu at 10 months is still very different from the food of the general table, but in terms of the possible variety of food, the list is already close to the diet of older children. The baby’s menu can already be diversified with homemade dishes in the form of soups, puddings and casseroles. Vegetables and fruits can be partially raw, grated on a fine grater. The drinking diet is still represented mainly by water, but the child can already drink compotes and fruit drinks of home and industrial production without the addition of sugar and artificial colors.

Feeding a 10-month-old baby

Daily routine and nutrition are very important in a baby's life. Children quickly get used to a certain routine and more readily eat the dishes that are traditionally offered at this meal. Of course, each child is unique, and yours has its own favorite foods and their combinations. Try to rationally distribute all the necessary complementary foods in 5 meals, taking into account the characteristics of family life. Adhere to the principle of a balanced menu, plan your diet for the week in advance, while trying to diversify your diet as much as possible, accustoming your child to the taste of new foods.

First meal

The first meal is early in the morning - the baby wakes up hungry after a 6-8 hour break in food. It is best to feed your baby with breast milk or an adapted formula. Child health and nutrition experts recommend continued breastfeeding (BC) until at least the end of the first year of life. The nutritional value of mother's milk at this age is already low, but as a source of the most important biological substances and psycho-emotional comfort, it is undoubtedly priceless. If the child is bottle-fed, you can prepare him a drink based on an adapted mixture. Until the end of the first year of a child's life, it is not recommended to feed whole cow's milk. The fact is that the protein of cow's and goat's milk can cause an allergic reaction, in addition, it causes damage to the intestinal epithelium of an infant and is a serious burden on the kidneys. Do not rush to introduce this unadapted product into the baby's diet.

See also: Complementary Foods and Meals


The second meal, at approximately 9-10 am, should provide energy and nutrients for a 10-month-old baby to be active in the morning. What can you offer your child for breakfast? Milk porridge is the perfect product for a good start to the day - it is rich in complex carbohydrates, which ensures long-term saturation and energy boost. The dietary fibers included in its composition are involved in comfortable digestion. In addition, cereals are a source of almost all essential nutrients. In the nutrition of babies at 10 months, the consistency of porridge may already be less homogeneous. Try introducing porridge into your diet, which contains cereal flakes and crushed berries, which helps your child learn to chew. At this age, mothers often begin to cook porridge at home, but it is preferable to use industrial products. Commercially produced porridge is often multi-cereal, which makes it possible to use the beneficial qualities of various grain crops, including those that cannot be cooked at home due to poor digestibility. Cereals go well with fruits and vegetables. For breakfast, you can additionally offer fruit puree or slices of boiled / baked soft fruits for breakfast. Cottage cheese and vegetable or cottage cheese and cereal casseroles and puddings can diversify the weekly breakfast menu. Every day a child can eat up to 50 grams of cottage cheese. If the child has not previously had allergic reactions, you can expand the range of fruits and gradually introduce citrus fruits and a number of exotic fruits into the diet.


It is not recommended to give a large amount of liquid immediately after a meal, as this overloads the digestion process. Limit yourself to a few sips of water or compote if the child wants to drink food. And between the main meals, periodically offer the baby water, compote or fruit drink, as well as special children's tea. Limit your juice intake, as this is a high-carbohydrate product and is a serious burden on the organs of the gastrointestinal tract. The volume of juice per day should not exceed 100 ml.


The next meal, lunch, covers a third of the total energy expenditure of the day and provides essential nutrients for active growth and development. At 10 months, it is already possible to offer the baby unpurified soup, provided that well-boiled vegetables are used. Meat complementary foods should be combined with foods that promote the best absorption of trace elements important for growth and development, especially copper and iron. First of all, these are vegetables, with the exception of legumes, and buckwheat. Given that different types of meat contain different amounts of trace elements and vitamins, a balanced weekly diet includes at least 3-4 types of meat complementary foods. Also, 1-2 times a week, the baby can eat dishes with the addition of offal - the liver, tongue and heart. In addition to mashed meat, the baby can be offered coarsely chopped meatballs or steam cutlets. Adding vegetable and cereal components to a meat dish makes the taste more tender and enriches the diet with other beneficial nutrients. Despite the insipid taste of dinner dishes, which seems to many adults, it is not recommended to add salt and spices to them. At 10 months, onions and parsley and dill can be used to develop taste buds in dishes.


Snack, although not the main meal, is necessary for the baby to reinforce forces after a daytime nap and provide the necessary energy for active activities in the afternoon. A dairy product rich in easily digestible protein and fat is ideal, combined with cereals and fruits that complement the dish with carbohydrates and fiber. For a 10-month-old baby, this could be a specialized fermented milk drink combined with baby biscuits and fruit. Another option would be a special industrial product called "Snack Porridge", which is a delicious dessert that combines cereals, milk and natural fruits. In addition to nutritional value, it is a source of dietary fiber, organic acids, vitamins and trace elements. And for kids, this is a delicacy, because the dish has a delicate texture and pleasant taste.


The main evening meal should be easy to digest to avoid problems with digestion at night, and at the same time be nutritious. A 10-month-old baby can be offered a fish soufflé with a vegetable garnish, a curd-cereal casserole with fruit sauce, baked vegetables with noodles, or a fruit-cereal pudding. Right before bedtime, the baby can be fed with breast milk or an adapted mixture, which will ensure comfortable falling asleep and a restful night's sleep.

The table shows a sample menu for one day for a healthy 10 month old baby.




volume, ml / number, grams


Water/compote or juice


Lunch (13:00)

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Fresh carrot salad with olive oil



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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 volume 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 biscuits and crackers is increased up to 10-15 g per day (2-3 biscuits).

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 tea
4 pm
Breast milk (kefir or yogurt)**
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
at 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,
*** - infant 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
about 1/2 tsp.
50-70 g
10 g
50 ml
afternoon tea
4 pm
Breast milk or 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
about 1/2 tsp.
30-40 g
50 ml
at bedtime
11 pm
Breast milk or formula for infants with intolerance to cow's milk proteins 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.

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