Feeding Your Baby (6 to 12 Months)

Pediatric Nutrition

Feeding Your Baby (6 to 12 Months)

UW Health's Pediatric Nutrition program in Madison, Wisconsin, features registered dietitians to educate and counsel children and parents and equip them with the tools they need for a healthier lifestyle.

As your baby grows it is important to continue to introduce a variety of tastes, colors and textures. Be sure to match the food’s texture to the baby’s developmental age.

Developmental Age
Texture
6 to 7 months
Pureed, smooth and mashed foods
8 to 9 months
Grated, minced, diced or chopped Foods
10 to 12 months
Soft, finely-chopped foods, or foods that soften in the mouth like cereal or unsalted, whole grain crackers

To be sure your baby is getting all of the recommended energy, vitamins and minerals from what they eat, be sure to include 3 to 4 food groups at every meal.

Food Group 6 to 8 Months 8 to 10 Months 10 to 12 Months
Grains 4 Tablespoons 1/3 cup 1/3 cup
Fruit 4 Tablespoons ½ cup 1 cup
Vegetable 4 Tablespoons 1/3 cup 2/3 cup
Meat and beans 1 Tablespoon 1 to 2 Tablespoons 2 to 4 Tablespoons
Breast milk or formula 24-32 ounces 24-32 ounces 20-32 ounces

Iron-rich Foods

Protect your child from iron-deficiency anemia by providing iron-rich foods. Remember, if you are serving a plant-source of iron, try to also include a food high in vitamin C.

Vitamins and Minerals: Iron in Your Diet

Foods High in Iron from Animals

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Fish

Foods High in Iron from Plants

  • Breakfast cereals enriched with iron
  • Cooked kidney beans, peas and lentils
  • Tofu
  • Potato
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach

Foods High in Vitamin C

  • Bell peppers
  • Dark, leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale)
  • Kiwi
  • Broccoli
  • Berries
  • Citrus fruit (oranges)
  • Tomatoes
  • Green peas