Baby food at 9 months: how much at each meal?


Baby get into her third trimester and his diet follows that of the grown-ups: he can eat almost anything, food diversification is well in place, the textures thicken, the teething is felt… It is time to ask your pediatrician about his second comprehensive health check-up and ask, on this occasion, all your questions!

Food diversification: what does a 9 month old baby eat?

At nine months, baby is well advanced in dietary diversification: the only foods to be banned still are sugar and salt, honey, eggs, raw meats and fish, and raw milk. On the other hand, he can consume many fruits and vegetables cooked and mashed with a fork, or very ripe seasonal fruits, cooked and coarsely mixed meats and fish, raw vegetables, condiments, pasteurized dairy products and cheeses, starchy foods. and legumes… Our child already eats almost like us!

However, we do not forget that the needs of our infants are not exactly the same as ours, in particular concerning fats. Indeed, baby always needs a teaspoon of fat in each of his meals. It is essential for the proper development of his brain.

Soups and soups recipes, herbs, starch, cheese… What baby food?

If our baby has a well-diversified diet, it is not impossible that some foods will continue to create blockages. You may have noticed that your baby reacts more or less well to food diversification depending on the choice you have made, or had to make, regarding breastfeeding. This is not surprising according to Marjorie Crémadès, dietician, specialist in infant nutrition. ” Studies show that breastfeeding prepares baby for food diversification since the texture, smell and taste of mom’s milk changes depending on her own diet. This is not the case with infant milk, which is always exactly the same. Dietary diversification can therefore be a little more difficult to implement in a baby who has not been breastfed because he will be more reluctant to face these changes texture, taste and smell with every meal. », Explains the dietician. Rest assured, however: this is not an obstacle to the emergence of new foods!

Is your baby refusing food? It is recommended to try to make your child taste it 10 to 15 times before excluding it from his diet, even if he does not seem to like it: try to cook it with other ingredients, in multiple shapes… Beetroot can for example be cooked in a muffin, artichoke in soup, and zucchini in custard or cake! Gradually add herbs (garlic, then shallot or basil…) can also be a solution. And if it is the cheese that is blocking, we fall back on yogurts!

How do I know if my child is eating enough: how much should he eat at each meal?

The quantities are still quite small: 100 to 200 g of mixed vegetables and fruits at each meal, and no more than 10 to 20 g of protein – animal and vegetable – per day, in addition to its milk consumption.

If you find your baby grumpy, that he constantly asks for food or, conversely, he begins to refuse to feed, do not hesitate to take advantage of his second complete health check-up to ask all your questions to the pediatrician. .

Typical menu for my 9 month old child

  • Breakfast: 240 ml of milk with two spoons of cereal
  • Lunch: 200 g of vegetables with a spoonful of fat and 20 g of coarsely mixed fish or meat + a cottage cheese + a very ripe fruit
  • Snack: fresh fruit mixed in a compote and a special baby biscuit
  • Dinner: 240 ml of milk with two spoons of cereal + 90 ml of vegetable soup with a spoon of fat

How many ml of milk per day for my 9 month old child and what kind of breakfast to give him?

On average, baby replaced at nine months two bottles, or feedings, per day with meals : at noon and in the evening. But you must always be careful about consuming milk, whether you are continuing to breastfeed or have switched to 2nd age milk: your child must continue to drink. at least 500 ml of milk per day. In fgeneral, the maximum is 800 ml of milk per day if the diversification is well underway.

At this age, milks designed especially for him continue to be their main source of nutrients. The other commercial milks which are not infant formulas, of animal or vegetable origin, are still not adapted to his needs and will not be so before 3 years.

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