Meal ideas for your 9-month-old baby, and mealtime tips for mummy and daddy.
By Health Promotion Board in collaboration with A/Prof Mary Daniel Lourdes, Head & Senior Consultant, Clinical Services, Department of Child Development, KK Women's and Children's Hospital.
It’s been 9 months, and junior might already be a pro at eating his solid meals. You might have already started him on thicker purees and food with coarser texture, but he isn’t quite ready for chopped or chunky food yet, so stick to the mashes and purees for the time being.
Your baby still needs his milk feeds, although the time might be ripe to try some solid food snacks if you haven’t already done so.
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A friendly reminder that these numbers are only a recommendation. Let your baby decide how much he wants to eat and don’t force him to finish everything!
By now, mummy and daddy are solid food pros. You know the drill: wholegrain, veggie, meat and fruit. You’ve experimented with different ingredients and let your baby try out different flavours and textures (both smooth and slightly less smooth). So, what’s new?
Read on for new ideas on what you can feed your 9-month-old little one, and ways you can make mealtime more appealing for both the baby and you.
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It’s time to try feeding your baby solid snacks. How exciting! Besides the usual mashed apple, banana, or pear, you can try branching out to “finger food”—tiny morsels that your little one can grab and put into his mouth. Some examples might be steamed (and cooled) sweet potato, diced, or small bits of mango.
The idea is to let your baby “play” with his food by grabbing it and mashing it between his gums, and learn how to feed himself.
Here are some pointers to remember when experimenting with finger foods:
Finger foods can help your baby develop his “pincer grasp”, where he picks up items between his thumb and index finger (or other fingers if he’s just starting out). Have patience, as your baby might make a mess with the food when he’s first testing out his new skill!
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Continue expanding the menu. Here are some ideas:
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We do not recommend adding seasonings like salt, sugar, and oil into your baby’s food, but some more adventurous mummies and daddies may wish to try herbs and spices! Do start out with the milder ones—don’t go throwing chilli padi into that puree.
Some spices to start with include pepper, cinnamon, ginger, minced onion or onion powder, minced garlic or garlic powder, dill, lemon zest, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, and basil.
They’re a good way to change up a meal without having to switch ingredients. For example, chicken prepared with garlic and pepper will taste drastically different from chicken prepared with rosemary.
Introduce new flavours one at a time, 3 to 4 days apart and in tiny amounts. Watch out for allergic reactions and take your baby to the doctor if you spot any signs (e.g. swelling, wheezing, rashes).
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When you first start your baby on solids, the food you feed him should be smooth, soft, and fine in texture. As the little one grows older and gets better at chewing, you can gradually feed him food that is thicker and coarser—for example, a thicker puree.
If you’re making your own baby food, make sure to prepare it without oil. Some great cooking methods are steaming, boiling, baking, or microwaving. No stir-frying or grilling yet for the little one! Remember to skip the sugar, salt and any other seasonings (e.g. soy sauce) when preparing the meals.
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If your baby isn’t interested in a certain food, do not force it. There’s also no need to force your child to finish everything on his plate! Stop feeding him if he rejects the food, and try again during the next meal. Right now, your baby knows best about how much he wants to eat.
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Brown rice and wholemeal bread
½ bowl of brown rice/rice (100g)½ bowl of noodles, spaghetti or beehoon (100g)1 large potato (180g)
1 small apple, orange, pear or mango (130g)1 wedge pineapple, papaya or watermelon (130g)1 medium banana
¾ mug or 1 small rice bowl of cooked vegetables (100g)¼ plate of vegetables
Meat and others
1 palm-sized piece of fish, lean meat or skinless poultry (90g)2 small blocks of soft beancurd (170g)¾ cup or 1 small rice bowl of cooked pulses (e.g. lentils) (120g)
For more information on early nutrition and weaning recipes for your little one, visit
Early Childhood Nutrition.
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This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
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