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 Meal Plan for 9-12 Month-old Infants

Meal Plan for 9-12 Month-old Infants

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Your baby is growing quickly and this is the ideal time to introduce complex cereals and food to support his healthy growth. At 9-12 months, include lumpy and soft cooked food in your baby’s diet. Along with solids, ensure that you continue with breastmilk as it provides nutrients for the baby’s growth and development.

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You can follow the 3-day wait rule, where your feed the baby a particular food or meal plan for 3 days in a row. This helps identify any signs of allergies or intolerance. Always introduce a new food during the day rather than late evening. As the baby is quite active during the day it aids digestion and if the food results in allergies, you can avail medical help easily.

As per recommendations from the Indian Council of Medical Research, a baby between 6 months to 1 year of age requires about 670 calories each day.  Ensure your baby has a nutritious diet by including vegetables such as potato, bottle gourd, sweet potato, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, beetroot, tomatoes and bell pepper that are rich in nutrients. For fruits, serve 1/4 – 1/2 cup of diced fruits as a part of breakfast, mid- snack or along with lunch and dinner. Use orange, kiwi, watermelon, muskmelon, mangoes, strawberries, grapes, etc. as mid snack meals. While serving these fruits, dice them or mash them into soluble lumps to avoid choking.

Grains such as whole wheat, rice, jowar, bajra should be used while preparing lunch. If your baby is able to chew food efficiently, add a small quantity of fish or meat as well. Alternatives to meat and fish are eggs and legumes. These foods are good sources of Iron, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Omega 3 and will help meet your baby’s daily requirements.

A Meal Chart For Your 9-12-Month-Old Infant

Start the day by breastfeeding your baby

Breakfast:  Prepare a meal from the following options- Milk oats porridge, apple oats porridge, apple rice cereal, rice milk cereal, or kheer using cereals. Use can also feed fortified foods available in various flavours.

Mid-Morning Snack: 1/4- 1/2 cup steamed apple, banana, papaya, chickoo, melon, avocado, oranges or melon. Alongside, you can feed fortified food which is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals.

Lunch: Use whole grains like ragi, rice to cook afternoon meals. Mash them along with boiled vegetables and lentils.

Mid Noon Snack: Steam cooked vegetables or fruits.

Snack: Prepare cereal porridge using whole grain, ragi malt or use fortified baby cereal.

Dinner: Make light food using vegetables, cereals such as mashed rice with carrots or other vegetables.

As infants grow and reach 12 to 24 months of age, make healthy nutritious food a part of their diet by feeding them the right food.

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