Typical Daily Meals?

Megan - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )




My 9 month old son LOVES finger/table food! Anything he can feed himself, he is all over. Consequently, he is less and less interested in baby food. He luckily likes pretty much anything I give him, and hasn't refused anything yet, but I'm worried that he's not getting the balanced diet that jarred food was giving him... What do your kids eat in a typical day?


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Autumn - posted on 04/04/2013




my daughter is 10 months old and seemingly healthy but im afraid that i`m not feeding her enough and she won`t drink formula anymore so usually her daily meals are oatmeal for breakfast and some bread, fruit, lunch is usually carrots, bread, and fruit again, and dinner is oatmeal again and some carrots or fruit and snacks are veggies and fruit is this enough for her and she seems to still be hungry i don`t know please help with suggestions

Kimberly - posted on 02/10/2009




My son eats both food purees that I make him and table foods that he can feed himself. I try to make sure he gets 2 or 3 different "colors" at each meal. Blueberries, cut up cooked yams, and green peas, for instance.

Here's a TERRIFIC website with lots of lists that might serve as inspiration for you. You've gotten lots of good advice here, and when I need inspired (either when I'm going grocery shopping or just digging through the fridge trying to figure out what to make him and us...) I go to this website and look at the lists.


Jill - posted on 02/10/2009




Lily will take stage 3 baby food if it is offered as long as her hands can be entertained with some other food...usually bread. When she wakes she drinks 6oz of formula. Breakfast is a piece of brown bread, 3/4 cup of oatmeal and some fruit (banana or frozen raspberries - I break them into pieces and she loves to feed herself). Morning snack is usually yogurt (minigo). Lunch will be last night's dinner (typically meat and potato/veg/rice/noodle) or some grilled cheese or pasta of some type plus some fruit or cheese. She'll have about 4 oz of formula after her pm nap. She snacks on cheerios, bread, mum-mums, rice puffs and drinks water or juice. Dinner is whatever we eat plus frozen peas and/or carrots - she loves those too - I just scoop some into some hot water and 2 minutes later plop them on her tray and I'll feed her some apple sauce. She'll take about 4 oz of formula before bed. Often when she's being fussy when eating it's because she wants to feed herself. We've given her scrambled eggs too and she loves them.

Amanda - posted on 02/10/2009




My son is 10 months old now, and he would have nothing to do with baby food either. He likes anything he can feed himself. Breakfast, he now loves scrambled eggs, pancakes, waffles, yogurt...Lunch, he absolutely loves Mac & Cheese...Snacks, anything from crackers to cheerios to cheese...and Dinner I try to give him whatever we're eating...he definately loves pasta and sweet potatoes, his fave.

Tammy - posted on 02/06/2009




My daughter will not eat unless she can feed herself.  I was worried because she wasn't eating baby food. Now I give her table food and she loves it and is eating great.  Diced carrots, green beans and potatoe are great anytime.  She loves Chicken Noodle"Os or spaghetti'Os for lunch and dinner is usually small bits of what ever we are having.  She also loves the freeze dried  diced fruit I have found recently.

Melissa - posted on 02/06/2009




My daughter hates pureed foods. She has been eating table foods for the past 2 months. For breakfast I give her a fruit and a starch, mangos, peaches, pears, baked apples, bananas, cheerios, kix, english muffins. I have to mix it up from day to day or she won't eat. For lunch and dinner she shares whatever I'm eating. Usually a meat, vegetable & starch, chicken, pork, steak, peas, carrots, broccoli, squash, potato, pasta & sometimes cheese. For a snack I gives her beech nut puffs or cheerios & sometimes raisins cut in half. If you are still worried just think about the different combos that come in jar foods and serve it to him as table food. I think they get more of a variety when given table food. Here is a great website www.wholesomebabyfood.com

User - posted on 02/06/2009




My kid will eat anything we put in front of him. He still likes baby food, but much prefers feeding himself now. So, Breakfast is cut up pears or some other fruit and cheerios. Snack is whole wheat bread & string cheese. Lunch is Oatmeal and veggies like peas, broccoli, g.beans. Sometimes he'll have another snack of Wheat gold fish or banana pieces. And dinner is either our meat cut up or a jar of meat with fruit, and cheerios if he's still hungry. He also breast feeds on demand about 4-5 times a day. He still seems hungry all the time. I'll bet if I was to put food in front of him right now, he would gobble it up. (He just had a snack 10 min ago!)

Kathryn - posted on 02/06/2009




The jarred food doesn't guarantee a balanced diet, but finger foods aren't a balanced diet either, unless you mean table food when you say finger food. My 9 month old has been eating the same food as us for 2 months and he's fine! Example: today's breakfast was Cheerios and strawberries (cut up, of course!). Snack was broken-off bits of banana, more Cheerios and veggie puffs. Lunch was cheese cubes, cooked squash broken into bits and buttered toast. Snack this afternoon will be cut plums and animal crackers and dinner will be cubed chicken, some kind of vegetable (haven't decided yet!), toast and maybe yogurt. On top of all that, he nurses on demand. Baby food is unnecessary, if your baby is more interested in feeding himself. This is my 3rd boy, and each one was eating the same food as us by about this time. MUCH easier for the whole family to eat the same meal! As long as your baby eats meat (or another protein source) regularly, you really don't have to worry about him not having infant cereal.

Good luck, and enjoy this next stage....it's a messy one!

Lynnsy - posted on 02/06/2009




I think as long as you are giving him a variety of finger foods and he eats until he is ready to stop, then you should be OK... I'm still making purees for my son, but I also give him small portions of different finger foods to try. Here is a typical day:

Breakfast - 1/2 cup apple cinnamon oatmeal; cheerios on the side
Snack - 1/2 cup yobaby yogurt; cheerios on the side
Lunch - 1/2 cup veggie puree (like butternut squash or peas); cheese cubes
Dinner - 1/2 cup veggie/chicken puree; pieces of bread; graham cracker

I've also started making grilled cheese sandwiches and giving him pieces of that for lunch, maybe with some steamed carrots or banana pieces. He loves little pieces of anything he can get his hands on, so he really loves when we go out to eat and he gets to try it all.

Remember at this age that babies are still supposed to get their main nutrition from breastmilk/formula. They are still not able to fully digest all the solids yet - that's why sometimes the food looks the same coming out as it did going in!!! As long as he is healthy and growing, then you should be fine.

Ereni - posted on 02/06/2009




Breakfast:180ml formula. Then another 60ml with a steamed fruit and baby cereal.

Lunch: homemade casserole. Either chicken/beef/lentils with lots of vegetables (if l have no potatoes then l add pasta). 60ml formula

Dinner: homemade steamed vegetables sprinkled with cheese and then fruit.

Evening: 180ml formula

And she might nibble on whatever we are eating.

She does not like to eat with her fingers. She just looks at the bread or pea and will play with it.

Natasha - posted on 02/05/2009




Well firstly, what a great photo its gorgeous. My baby is exactly like yours and has been for months now, I stopped with baby jars etc.. when he was about 6/7mths old he just wasn't interested in them or the formula milk, so I started making him proper potatoes and veg, spaggethi and toast, boiled egg and toast, stew, pasta anything we were eating basicly and i haven't looked back since. Hes flyin along now and like your baby loves to get stuck in and messy with the food so I just let him take some himself as well as me using a spoon that way he feels like hes doin it himself. I give him PLENTY of water every day I won't give him Juice coz he loves the water to much i don't wanna ruin that and then he gets 3 - 4 bottles of our milk (served warm, not cold coz it'll turn his belly and hot will make him constipated) and hes been fine thank god. So as long as your giving your baby plenty of fruit and veg and water he'll do just fine 

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