Learning to eat solid foods is a big task for an infant. Your
baby has learned hunger can be satisfied with breast milk or infant formula. Now he has to learn
that hunger can also be satisfied with solid foods. By nine months, your baby will probably enjoy
three main meals a day with morning and afternoon snacks. His nutrition now comes more from solid
food and less from breast milk or formula.
Continue to offer new foods. But include a
variety of foods at every meal. Most of the foods you prepare for your family are fine for your
nine-monthold. Chop food into small pieces. If your baby develops a rash, diarrhea or signs of
upset stomach after eating a new food, stop serving it. Avoid cow’s milk, honey, salt, hot spices
and added sugar.
Don’t worry about your baby not getting enough to eat. You don’t
need to coax and urge, “One more bite for daddy.” If you offer a variety of healthful foods,
your baby will eat what he needs. Just don’t fill him up with cookies, sweet drinks or
If your baby is hungry for a snack, try these foods:
- Pieces of banana
- Thin slices of whole wheat bread and butter
- Plain yogurt mixed with mashed
- Small, dry cereal pieces
- Cubes of soft cheese
thirst with water. Save juice for treats.
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