Meal ideas for your 11-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.
Your baby’s 11 months old now! Keep up the good work and continue to mash, chop or cut your baby’s food into small bite-sized pieces, and encourage him to eat a wide variety of food.
As for the texture of your baby’s food, you can now see the individual grains in your baby’s porridge, whereas previously they were more like fine gruel.
While your little one is growing up so fast, remember that he still needs his milk feeds, although it’s now a good time to use sippy cups and slowly phase out the bottle. Try to completely wean your baby off the bottle by month 12.
Keeping Your Child Safe
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!
You’ve been feeding your baby solids for almost half a year now, and you might have already introduced him to a wide variety of food, flavours, and textures. Think you’re running out of new ideas?
Here’s a refresher on the different food you can feed your 11-month-old tot, and new meal ideas and sources of inspiration you can draw from.
How Much to Eat? Perfecting Portions
Running out of ideas on what meals to cook for your child? Why not draw inspiration from your favourite local foods?
For example, take the local fave chicken rice: try brown rice porridge cooked in unseasoned chicken broth, steamed chicken cubes seasoned with ginger and garlic, and a side of chopped bok choy. Voila! A light, baby-friendly chicken rice.
How about something mee siam-inspired? Bee hoon in light fish broth with tofu, flaked cod flavoured with a twist of lime, and chopped beansprout. And maybe half a baked banana—healthy “goreng pisang”—for the fruit portion.
If you want something more “western”, try your hand at making a shepherd’s pie: mashed potato, minced chicken, pork, or beef, and peas, carrots and corn bits, baked in the oven.
Recipe: Sliced Fish and Bee Hoon Soup
Continue to let your child explore different food textures and shapes. This will keep mealtime engaging and full of new discoveries for the little one, and adds some variety to your meal prep.
Some fun shapes you can try:
Cute Bentos for Kids
Throughout the course of these past few months, you and your baby have tried a wide variety of solid food. Here’s a recap of what you may have tried, and more examples of food you can feed your little one!
Whenever you feel uninspired, just take a look at this (not exhaustive) list, mix and match different food groups, try out different herbs and spice combinations, and attempt different cooking methods and food textures.
For example, try mixing avocado with rice cereals for extra creaminess and a touch of sweetness, or make a minced chicken and veggie patty if your little one is picky about his green leafy veggies.
And explore different flavor combinations too! Savoury cheese is yummy when paired with sweet fruits, and the butternut squash and chicken or fish can make a yummy and filling soup for the little one.
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Wholegrains and staples
Meat and others
As usual, introduce new food 3 or 4 days apart, and look out for signs of allergy, e.g. rashes, facial swelling, wheezing, diarrhoea.
Wholegrains—The Wise Choice
Spinach and Cheese Quiche
At this stage, the food you feed the little one needs to only be mashed, chopped or cut into small pieces.
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. Your baby can now eat chunky soups and stews too. 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.
The Not-So-Sweet Truth about Sugar
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.
Brown rice and wholemeal bread
½ bowl of brown rice/rice (100g)½ bowl of noodles, spaghetti or beehoon (100g)1 large potato (180g)2 slices of wholegrain bread (60g)4 plain wholemeal biscuits
1 small apple, orange, pear or mango (130g)1 wedge pineapple, papaya or watermelon (130g)1 medium banana10 grapes or longan (50g)
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)3 eggs (150g)5 medium prawns
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
22 Nov 2023
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