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Sample meal plans for feeding your baby



Need some meal ideas for your baby? Use these sample meal plans for babies 6-9 months old and 9-12 months old to help you feed your baby. Remember, every baby is different. The amount that your baby eats can change from day to day. Your baby may also eat more or less than other babies. The texture of foods should vary based on your baby’s stage of readiness.  Use the sample meals below as general guidelines only. Trust your baby to let you know when she is hungry or full.

Sample Meals for Baby: 6-9 months old   

Meal Times   6-9 months  
Early morning   Breast milk or infant formula Vitamin D drops  
Breakfast   Breast milk or infant formula Single grain, iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breast milk, formula or water Mashed fruit like banana or pears  
Snack   Breast milk or infant formula  
Lunch   Breast milk or infant formula Single grain, iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breast milk, formula or water Mashed vegetables like sweet potato, squash or carrots Cooked ground beef, chicken or pork, fish,* cooked chopped egg or silken (soft) tofu  
Snack   Breast milk or infant formula  
Dinner   Breast milk or infant formula Single grain, iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breast milk, formula or water Cooked vegetables like mashed carrots, green beans or broccoli Cooked minced chicken or turkey or canned or cooked legumes like beans, lentils or peas Fruit like unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana or pureed melon  
Bedtime snack   Breast milk or infant formula  

*Children under the age of one should eat less than 40 grams (1.4 oz) of canned white (albacore) tuna, frozen or fresh tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin, orange roughy and escolar per month. These fish are high in mercury.

Key points when starting to feed your baby 

  • Offer breast milk or iron fortified infant formula first.
  • Start by offering food 2-3 times a day.
  • Start with a small amount such as 1 tsp. If your baby shows you that she wants more food, give her more.  Click here for more information about feeding cues.
  • Start with iron-rich foods like meat and fish, cooked chopped eggs, tofu, iron fortified cereals and then introduce vegetables and fruit and other cereals and grains.
  • Introduce one new food at a time and wait a few days before trying a different food.
  • Start with pureed or soft mashed foods and move to a chopped soft texture. Change the texture as the baby shows signs of readiness. Each baby is different.

Sample Meals for Baby: 9-12 months old 

Mealtimes   Sample Meals  
Early morning   Breast milk or infant formula Vitamin D drops  
Breakfast   Iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breast milk, formula or water Full-fat plain yogurt, unsalted cottage cheese or grated cheese Cooked chopped egg Soft fruit like chopped banana, avocado, peach, seedless watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya, plum or kiwi Sippy cup of water Breast milk or formula after solid foods  
Morning Snack   Strips of whole-grain toast or roti Grated apple or chopped strawberries Breast milk or formula after solid foods  
Lunch   Infant cereal mixed with breast milk, formula or water Chopped meat like lamb, pork or veal Cooked whole wheat pasta, rice or chopped pieces of Matzo ball Cubed avocado or peeled and chopped cucumber Breast milk or formula after solids  
Afternoon Snack   Cheese cubes like full-fat mozzarella, Swiss or cheddar with pieces of unsalted whole grain cracker or toast Breast milk or formula after solids  
Dinner   Iron fortified infant cereal mixed with breast milk, formula or water Diced or cut up cooked or canned flaked fish** or pieces of firm tofu or chicken Cut up vegetables like cooked green beans, okra, cauliflower, broccoli or carrots Soft fruit like chopped banana, ripe peach or mango or quartered grapes Breast milk or formula after solids  
Bedtime Snack   Small pieces of whole grain toast, bread, crackers or unsweetened dried O-shaped cereal Breast milk or formula after solids  

**Children under the age of one should eat less than 40 grams (about 1.5 oz) of canned white (albacore) tuna, frozen or fresh tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin, orange roughy and escolar per month. These fish are high in mercury.

Key points when feeding your baby from 9-12 months old 

  • Offer breast milk or iron fortified infant formula after solid foods.
  • Increase foods offered to 3-4 times per day. Include 1-2 snacks as needed.
  • If your baby can pick things up with her thumb or finger, it’s time to offer finger foods such as soft cooked peas, small cubes of soft fruit or cereals.
  • By 12 months most babies can eat most foods (diced and soft) that are prepared for family meals.
  • Once your baby is eating a variety of foods, you can offer homo milk (3.25% M.F.) in a cup and other full-fat dairy products such as cheese and yogurt.
  • If your baby does not eat iron rich foods like meat, fish or poultry, give your baby legumes (beans, peas, lentils), tofu, iron fortified infant cereal or other iron rich foods.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s eating, call EatRight Ontario to speak with a Registered Dietitian at 1-877-510-5102 or send an email

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Last Update – September 9, 2016

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