From first foods to first steps, your baby’s first 12 months are full of exciting milestones – including starting to bite and chew their way through family meals! The third stage of weaning is a time for exploration and independence. This article gives you a snapshot of what you need to know about feeding a 10-12 month old baby food.
What to Expect During Weaning Stage 3
- Your 10-12 month old may be ready to eat a wide variety of family foods.
- Your 10-12 month old may begin feeding themselves – a sometimes messy process, as most babies are quite happy to play with and squish their food as they learn about the different tastes, smells and textures. Learning to feed themselves is an important step in your baby’s development.
- You may find your baby more interested in feeding themselves – this is a good opportunity for them to practice and develop some newfound skills.
Getting More Food In Than Out!
Making sure you offer your baby a wide variety of foods – with varying tastes and textures – from all the different food groups is important so they can get the nutrients they need to grow and develop properly. Exposure to lots of healthy new food at this age also may help set the pattern for a healthy diet later on.
Stage 3: Ideal Weaning Food for 10 Months Old – 1 Year
- Iron deficiency can be a problem during weaning; iron-rich foods should be included in your baby’s diet, to help prevent levels becoming too low. Iron-enriched breakfast cereals and meat (or iron-rich alternatives) are both good sources of iron.
- As your baby’s fine motor skills develop and allow them to self feed, you should allow them plenty of practice with new foods such as custard or yoghurt.
- You can encourage your baby to bite and chew solid foods, by offering them finger foods such as toast fingers, chopped or mashed banana, cooked vegetables or sticks of cheese – but remember to always watch them while they’re eating in case they start to choke.
Stage 3: Foods to Avoid
While there’s a whole range of foods for 1 year olds that are great to offer, there are a few that should be avoided in your baby’s diet:
- Honey until they are at least 12 months old – honey can sometimes contain bacteria that makes babies sick.
- Raw eggs and foods that contain raw eggs – such as home-made ice-cream, as there is an increased risk of food poisoning.
- Foods that contain high levels of fat, salt or sugar – such as cakes and biscuits as they tend not to contain many of the essential nutrients baby needs.
- Unpasteurised milk of all types, infant tea, coffee or sugar-sweetened drinks such as cordials, fruit juice and soft drinks.
- Any solid foods that could cause your baby to choke – such as whole nuts, raw carrot or celery sticks.
Sample Daily Feeding Routine
10 month old baby food is usually offered in three meals per day, along with breast milk or infant formula. As your baby gets older, you may want to start adding 1-2 snacks a day – the amount of food being guided by your baby’s appetite. For example, food for an 11+ month old will often involve more snack-type meals in a day.
|Breakfast||For breakfast, you can offer your baby a few different meal options: for example, infant cereal or whole wheat toast cut into fingers. You could also offer your child oats in a softened form (e.g. porridge) or banana either mashed or handheld.|
|Morning tea||For morning tea, you can mash or cook fruits like melon or banana.|
|Lunch||Give your little one a whole wheat cheese sandwich for lunch, cut into fingers for easy handling. Egg (mashed or cut into rounds) or some steamed broccoli can be prepared on the side.|
|Afternoon tea||A stick of cheese, custard, or yoghurt.|
|Dinner||For dinner, try a mix of mashed or cooked green vegetables, or shredded chicken or meat with rice, noodles or pasta.|
|Evening snack||Offer the evening snack while the rest of your family eats. Every family’s routine is different, so find what works for you.|
Weaning, Breastfeeding, Milk & Formula
Breast milk or formula remains an important source of nutrients during your baby’s first year. Avoid giving cow’s milk as their main drink until they are at least 12 months old – but small amounts can be added to food such as cereals, or when you make custard. Read more about the importance of breast milk here.
Handy Hints for Feeding a 10-12 Month Old Baby
By eating together at family meals, your baby may become more interested in the food you’re eating and be able to watch and learn from what you do. But remember every baby will have their own unique tastes, eating habits and appetites.