What Foods Do I Feed Baby Third?
Phase 3 of feeding schedule
In my last blog post, I provide a guide for feeding babies from seven to nine months. This is the third post in my baby nutrition series.
When your baby is 10 to 12 months, foods should still be fork-mashed or pureed. Even at this age, never leave your baby alone while eating. Do not feed your baby foods that could cause choking (hot dogs, whole grapes, whole carrots, large chunks of food, popcorn, hard candies, etc.). Add these foods to the list from the previous blog recommendations:
- creamy peanut butter
- homemade bulgur cereal
- cooked whole grain cornmeal
- whole grain pasta
- ground sprouts
- finely grated raw (summer squash, carrots, greens, sweet peppers)
At one year of age or older add the following foods:
- cow’s milk
- citrus fruits and citrus fruit juices
- tomatoes and tomato juice
- hard-cooked egg white
- diced strawberries, blueberries and other berries
This information was obtained from the book, Super Baby Food, by the author Ruth Yaron. Other good resources are: Whole Foods for Babies & Toddlers by Margeret Kenda, www.weelicious.com and www.wholesomebabyfood.com.
Also check out My Baby Compass, Birth to Two for a suggested feeding and quality time schedule. A speech pathologist also evaluates a child that is not properly sucking, chewing or swallowing his food. This can be the result of muscle weakness, coordination difficulties or the timing of the swallow reflex.
– Kathy Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series