9 Month Old's Menu

Updated on January 05, 2013
J.G. asks from Canton, OH
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Can you tell me what your 9 month old typically eats during the day? How much formula? How much baby food? How often? If he/she eats finger foods and what kinds? Do you offer juice in a sippy cup? Thanks!!

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answers from Cleveland on

My son is 16 months, so I can't remember what he ate exactly, but this is about when we started beans (kidney, lima, edamame). They are high in fiber and protein and he just loves them. Try to get low salt or soak them for a while because they do tend to have a high salt content. They are a great protein altermative if you do not have a meat eater or you find it hard to make it small enough etc. They travel really well too!

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answers from Youngstown on

Hello. My daughter will be 9 months old on July 3rd. Lets see.. what does she eat.. In the morning, She drinks about 4 ounces, I feed her either baby cereal w/fruit (baby food fruit), or screambled eggs (which my ped wasnt very happy with, but I fed it to all of my kids and they are all fine), or french toast (not the crust of the bread), she does not feed herself and she only has 2 teeth so I cut them up into little pieces, it is a timely process because she chews slowly but thats ok its a start.. then after that she drinks about another 3 or 4 ounces (sometimes), then at noon she eats lunch.. depending on what we are having she eats it too..she likes angel hair spag, pizza (once again I dont feed her the cheese or crust, just the soft part of the pizza but with this I also break it into little pieces), if it is something she cant eat then I feed her baby food.. she only ever eats one jar, I feed her mash pots, apple sauce, pudding, jello, anything that is soft. She probably drinks about 18 ounces of formula to 24 ounces a day. My daughter will not drink out of a sippy cup, but she will drink out of a plastic cup (with no lid) with help of course if I put little amounts at a time in. I hope this helps. Oh and at dinner, its the same thing, I feed her soft things from the table or she eats one jar of baby food



answers from Cleveland on

9 Months seems to be a transitional time for eating. I had trouble figuring out what to feed my daughter last month. She is now 10 months old and we have a good balance. Here is what she eats:

8am: Jar of fruit mixed with cereal and 5-6 oz bottle.
12pm: Yo Baby yogurt and 5-6 oz bottle
5pm: Size 3 dinner
7:30 pm: 8oz bottle

She has eaten every 4 hrs. for many months so the long stretch between lunch and dinner doesn't bother her. Kids that eat every 3hrs might need that adjusted.

With every meal I offer her finger food. She likes cheerios, baby goldfish crakers, cheese, bananans, mac-n-cheese, bread ect.

I have never been a juice person. My son (who is 3) gets milk or water and the occasional juice box. I would rather get the fruit from actual fruit. My advice is to offer water in the sippy cup. If they don't get used to the juice taste, they won't know what they're missing.

Hope this helps!



answers from Cleveland on

My kids at 9 months ate stage 2 and 3 baby foods, soft things like mashed potatoes, noodles cooked until super soft, very ripe fruits like bananas, peaches pears cut into tiny pieces. My daughter was breastfed, but my son would eat his meals first then got 6 ounces of formula and 8 at bedtime. Before they turned 1 they were on table food exclusively. Experiment with what your little one likes and try, try again.



answers from Cleveland on

NO JUICE they dont need it.... Unneeded calories



answers from Cincinnati on

No juice for my kids, unless they were constipated, and that never really happens because they eat so much fruit. Water or milk in their cups.

Breakfast was a 4 oz bottle along with 1/4 cup of cereal and some cut up melon or cut small grapes, applesauce, or any type of soft fruit.

Mid morning - I used cheerios or gerber puffs to let her learn to feed herself. And then another 4 oz bottle before naptime.

Lunch, jar of vegetables and 1/2 jar of baby food fruit or yogurt. (Stay away from the baby food fruits that are "desserts" or puddings as they have lots of added sugar that aren't necessary). Offer cup of milk.

Dinner - meat cut up very small or pasta, soft veggies, 1/2 jar of fruit or fresh if we have it available. Sometimes I will use cans of soup (like vegetable beef or homestyle chicken noodle) or the little lunchable dinner kind of things that are sold in the baby aisle.

Bedtime - 6 to 8 oz bottle depends usually on how much she ate for dinner time.

Yogurt, oatmeal, cheerios, puffs, crackers, any of that kind of stuff, biter biscuits, the animal crackers or banana cookies they sell in the baby aisle.



answers from Cincinnati on

My little guy is 10 1/2 months old. at about 9 1/2 months - he decided that he wanted to start feeding himself. At first I was really scared that he would choke, so I gave him tiny bites, but he can gum just about anything, so I've slowly started to increase the size of the pieces. My advice is to keep offering him finger foods, if he's not feeding himself yet, he will soon. Before he could feed himself, I still gave him the same amounts as listed below, just with a spoon instead.

I try to make sure he has 2-3 servings of soft fruit, 2-3 servings of soft veggies, 2 servings of meat/beans, 1-2 servings of dairy and 3 servings of grain. Also nursing 4 times a day. Some doctors say not to give dairy until 1 year, but he likes it and has had any kind of allergic reaction...

His typical day:
He nurses when he wakes up.
Breakfast: toast with butter cut up into small squares, plain full fat yogurt, cut up fruit (usually melon, bananas, blueberries, soft pear, etc - just no strawberries or citrus until 1 year) If I'm feeling energetic, I will make him a scrambled egg yolk (also something I feed him for lunch) (He is allergic to oatmeal, so I cannot feed him cheerios)
Nurses after morning nap.

Lunch: Some kind of protein (black beans, cut up turkey or chicken or cheese, egg yolk, ground turkey or beef) 1 serving vegetable (his favorites are sweet potato, peas, avocado, corn), 1 serving fruit, one grain (bite-sized pasta, rice, rice cake, tortilla, bread, crackers)
Nurses after afternoon nap.
Dinner: Pretty much same as lunch.
Nurses before bed.

Servings are usually approximately a few tablespoons each. Somedays he eats more, some days he throws most on the floor.

I don't do juice - but I've read that if you want to offer juice, make sure you cut it 50/50 with water. My son loves to drink water out of a sippy cup. I also offer him snacks if he seems hungry.

Hope this helps - I've been asking the same question - it doesn's seem like it should be hard - but I spend a lot of time thinking about what he should be eating!



answers from Indianapolis on

I have a almost 10 month old son and we alternate between bottles and food all day. When he first wakes up we give him 6oz bottle then within 2-3 hours we give him cereal with a fruit and in 2-3 hours another bottle (6oz), then in 2-3 hours a jar of veggies and a half jar of fuit, then in 2-3 hours another 6oz bottle, then some times depending on his mood we will give him another helping of a jar and a half of food but sometimes we just do bottles the rest of the night. Sometimes he'll go longer then 2-3 hours in between and sometimes he doesn't always take all of his bottles it just depends on how hungry he is. He'll let you know when he has had enough. Also after each food meal we give him a sippy with juice and water in it to let him play with. he hasn't gotten the hang of how to get anything out but we figured it would help him learn. We've tried some people food like cottage cheese and mashed up bananas but he wasn't too in to it. Well i hope this helps you out. Erica K.



answers from Indianapolis on

My youngest just turned 10 months old. Her typical day hasn't changed much since she was 8 months old....

Nurses 10-15 minutes when she wakes up. Breakfast is at the table with the other kids. It's usually cereal like cheerios (any kind) or Mighty Bites and fruit (cut-up banana, apple, pear, etc) with a sippy cup with a few ounces of water in it.

Midmorning snack is nursing for 10-15 minutes and then some cheerios, goldfish crackers, fresh fruit, or cheese. Lunch is at the table with the rest of the family and is whatever we're having... lunchmeat like turkey, cheese, mac & cheese, fruit, veggies (peas, corn, beans, etc), tuna, yogurt, etc etc.

Afternoon snack is same as morning... she nurses for 10-15 minutes before nap and then again when she wakes up. Dinner is whatever the family is having - chicken, pasta, cheese, veggies, whatever. She also nurses for 10-15 minutes at the start of the bedtime routine. She hasnt' had juice yet simply because we rarely buy juice. It's pretty much just soda with vitamin C added anyways. No need for the baby to get that extra sugar. Juice and soda (caffeine-free!) is a ocne or twice a week treat for my older kids.

Up until 9 months I was giving her oatmeal for breakfast but that's when she decided (just like the rest of my kids) that she no longer wanted to be spoon-fed. She's insisting on self-feeding with her fingers so that's how she eats. A 8-10 month old can eat whatever the rest of the family is eating (assuming you eat healthy stuff and not feed the rest of your family junk). You just have to cut it into pea-size bits so they can handle it. Teeth are not necessary for chewing. Babies don't chew with the front teeth anyways and most babies dont' get the molars for chewing until the 2nd year. Babies can gum anything. None of my kids had a tooth until after their first birthday.



answers from Columbus on

30 oz of formula a day 2 jars of baby food once at lunch an once at dinner an snacks on puffs an yogurt melts an we are starting them on sippy cups they drink about 8 to 12 oz juice in a day



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answers from Cleveland on

My 9 month old will be 10 months July 2. He drinks between 6 and 10 ounces of Similac when he wakes up. (He co-sleeps with me and breast feeds early in the morning before rising and at night before bed.) I allow him to finger feed himself little bits of bread, smashed beans, pizza, cheese, banana, cheerios, etc. I will occasionally give him jars of baby food or use a baby food mill to grind up table food for him. But, mostly I feed him formula. He may take two to three bottles per day depending on his mood. I do not force. I let him determine how much he will consume. So he might take between 12 and 24 ounces of formula per day. I forgot to tell you that even though I feed him from a bottle, I also will feed him from a cup. Even a whole bottle's worth he will gulp down out of a cup. This is important to get baby's used to so that they can transition to cup instead of staying on a bottle.



answers from Cleveland on

9 months was about the age when I had to get a little creative with our son's menu. He was ready for new foods but with just 2 bottom teeth, we had to make them soft and small still. He still drank about 16 oz of formula a day. I steam alot of veggies and fruits and keep them in the fridge so they are ready to eat finger foods. Carrots, peeled apples, pears, sweet potatoes, broccoli are good ones to steam. We offered water in a sippee cup and just recently started giving him a small amount of juice mixed with water. We've found some great organic apple juice at Giant Eagle and it comes in juice boxes. I also made him a bolognese sauce with ground meat, diced tomatoes, peas, carrots and chopped onion and a few spices. I cook it from scratch and then puree it and pour it over pastina pasta. Big hit. By 9 months we were done with jarred baby food and onto soft and small versions of "people" food.
Hope this helps.


answers from Cleveland on

I keep a 9 month old in my home, i feed him a full bottle about 730 then about 10-1030 we do a container of fruit with granola in it, then about 1200 we do an veggie & fruit then between 200 & 300 another full bottle, his mom gives him a veggie & fruit at dinner and at bedtime another full bottle. He was and is a big baby weighing 10 11 oz at birth so he has been eating since he was 4months old....so I cannot remember what my daughter at at these ages as she is 5 now. I do know I did not give her fruit until she was 6 months old.....hope this helps

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