What is the food chart for a 10th-month-old baby?
As a parent, you are always concerned about the food requirements and the things to be avoided in your child’s meal. Now that your baby is 10 months old, you may need to provide him/her with the needed nutrients and the best food to develop his taste.
They will start to eat snacks along with the 3 meals and also breast milk every day. Also, while you plan your baby’s food chart you get to save your time from everyday thinking of what is to be cooked and what will be best, as your child isn’t grown up enough to be able to eat food cooked for the adults in the family.
The food chart may be different for each child and knowing that your baby is unique, they will need different quantities, so do not force them to eat more or eat a particular item they aren’t willing to.
WHY INCLUDING BREAST MILK?
Remember that no amount of solids can replace the nutrients your baby receives on consuming the breast or formula milk during the first year and so, you need to continually feed them with breast milk.
Although, remember to not cut down on demands of breast milk of the baby. There is no hard and fast rule as to when you must stop breastfeeding entirely. This is a decision that you must make independently after consultation with your doctor.
THINGS TO ADD IN THE DIET OF A 10-MONTH-OLD:
Fruits: All fruits except the citrus fruits like lemons, oranges etc.
Vegetables: All seasonal vegetables with no exception where you can include cucumber, corn, spinach and mushrooms
Cereals: You can give your child almost all cereals including pasta and mixed cereals
Pulses: Toor dal, Bengal gram dal, soybeans can now be added to their diet.
Dairy: All dairy products except cow’s milk
Non-Vegetarian: Minced chicken, fish
Spices: As same as given to 9 months old, where the salt is minimal and the rest of the spices in small quantity, say a pinch.
HOW MUCH QUANTITY PER DAY?
You may not want your baby to overeat but also knowing that your baby’s appetite is different from others he/she may eat in a differed quantity. But as an estimation here is an approximate Quantity:
• Cereal – 1/4 to 1/2 cup
• Vegetables – 1/4 to 1/2 cup
• Fruits – 1/4 to 1/2 cup
• Dairy – 2 to 3 tbsp
• Meat/Protein – 4 tbsp.
BABY FOOD CHART: Here is a demo food chart for your baby which can be rewritten by you as per the requirements and preferences.
|Day of the Week||Early Morning||Breakfast||Mid-Morning||Lunch||Afternoon||Dinner||Late night|
|Monday||Breast Milk or Formula Milk||Cereal with grated apple||Diced papaya||Rice with chicken broth||Breast Milk/ Formula||idli with dhal||Breast Milk/ Formula|
|Tuesday||Breast Milk/ Formula||Oatmeal porridge with banana||Banana slices||Vegetables, rice, and steamed fish||Breast Milk/ Formula||Chicken soup and soft small roti||Breast Milk/ Formula|
|Wednesday||Breast Milk/ Formula||Egg white with small roti||Grapes||Vegetable soft rice with curds||Breast Milk/ Formula||Chapatti with vegetables||Breast Milk/ Formula|
|Thursday||Breast Milk/ Formula||Dalia porridge||Rusk in water||Khichdi with vegetables and curds||Breast Milk/ Formula||Chapatti with vegetables||Breast Milk/ Formula|
|Friday||Breast Milk/ Formula||Puffed rice porridge with curds||Diced melon||Rice and pumpkin curry||Breast Milk/ Formula||Chapatti with vegetables||Breast Milk/ Formula|
|Saturday||Breast Milk/ Formula||French toast||Steamed carrots||Chapatti with dhal and vegetable soup||Breast Milk/ Formula||Rice and steamed fish||Breast Milk/ Formula|
|Sunday||Breast Milk/ Formula||Ragi porridge||Steamed apples (cut in pieces)||Idlis with dhal||Breast Milk/ Formula||Roti with potato curry||Breast Milk/ Formula|
Remember to follow the 3-day rule where you take 3 days of gap between the introduction of 2 new food types. This helps you, in case of any allergies and you would be able to know the reaction of that particular food type.
This is the time for experiments and the development of tastes. However, consult your paediatrician whenever required. Introduce a variety of food as your baby will be able to learn about the variety of flavours and have his/her own favourite by now. Enjoy meals with them to encourage eating different foods and moreover, eating together is spending quality time with your family.
1. Your 10-month-old need a different meal plan rather when they were a month younger.
2. They will now eat 3 meals and snacks with the breast/formula milk.
3. Also, you still have to continue to breastfeed your child as per its demand.
4. Remember to follow the 3-day rule for introducing new ingredients.