Feeding Guide Age: 8 to 10 months


Age: 8 to 10 months

Signs of readiness for solid and finger foods

Same as 6 to 8 months, PLUS
Picks up objects with thumb and forefinger (pincer grasp)
Can transfer items from one hand to the other
Puts everything in his mouth
Moves jaw in a chewing motion

What to feed

Breast milk or formula, PLUS
Small amounts of soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese (but no cows’ milk until age 1)
Iron-fortified cereals (rice, barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals)
Mashed fruits and vegetables (bananas, peaches, pears, avocados, cooked carrots, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes)
Finger foods (lightly toasted bagels, cut up; small pieces of ripe banana; well-cooked spiral pasta; teething crackers; low-sugar O-shaped cereal)
Small amounts of protein (egg, pureed meats, poultry, and boneless fish; tofu; well-cooked and mashed beans with soft skins like lentils, split peas, pintos, black beans)

How much per day

1/4 to 1/3 cup dairy (or 1/2 oz. cheese)
1/4 to 1/2 cup iron-fortified cereal
1/4 to 1/2 cup fruit
1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetables
1/8 to 1/4 cup protein foods

Feeding tip

Introduce new foods one at a time, with at least three days in between to make sure your baby’s not allergic.

(Source: http://www.babycenter.com/0_age-by-age-guide-to-feeding-your-baby_1400680.bc#articlesection4)

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