At 9 months, your babies’ dietary needs would have increased and it is likely that you would have introduced different food options. Your baby may even have a few favorite foods and some not so favorite foods as well. 9 month old baby food should be soft foods or store-bought baby jar food because babies are not quite ready to eat solid food.
Nine months old is usually the period when you can begin to introduce the baby to finger foods or slightly more solid foods, but you have to do so slowly. Your baby may have given you some signs that they are ready for the next step by trying to hold the spoon as you feed them or by picking up the food from the plate. They will eventually start using their finger and thumb to pick pieces of food from the plate, which is a fine motor skill known as the pincer grip.
The most important rule to observe when it comes to baby food is ensuring that the food is nutritious.
ideas to help you prepare the most suitable 9 month old baby food.
Keep It Nutritious
Ideally, your baby should have five servings of fruit and vegetables every day and obviously, the servings should be tiny but they should also be enough for your baby. One way of ensuring that the meals are nutritious is by following a rule known as �eat the rainbow.’ This rule advocates for as much color in a meal as possible because different colored foods have different nutrients. Thus, the more diverse colors of food you give the baby, then the more nutritious the baby’s meal is.
You can go green with vegetables like spinach, orange with the sweet potatoes, and red with tomatoes. Include as many colors as possible. Remember to include the grains, proteins, and bread in the baby’s diet as well. These foods, when combined, provide enough nutrition for your growing baby. However, they should not replace breast milk or baby formula. Additionally, continue giving the baby breast milk or baby formula together with the new meals. Furthermore, always ensure that the food’s texture is baby friendly.
How to Get Started
Easing your baby into any new diet is an excellent idea. One way you can do that is by using the jarred food that your baby likes. You can, for example, stir some jarred peaches in yogurt or mix the jar food with some mashed potatoes. As you introduce the new foods, be on the lookout for any foods that may cause allergic reactions. The best way to do this is to introduce one food at a time.
Remember, your baby may not always accept the foods on the first try. Therefore, it is important to be patient. Keep trying and enjoy all the funny faces babies make when they are not amused by what is on the plate. A few tablespoons are often enough, so do not worry when they are not eating as fast as you would want them to do so. Instead, accept their pace and stick to it.
Feel free to be creative by combining different foods to spice up your baby’s new diet. The best way to prepare baby food is by steaming the food. Doing so will retain most of its nutrients, but you can also choose to boil the food. You can then run the food through a food processor to achieve the right consistency. This consistency is similar to that of a ripe banana. Different foods will add flavor to your baby’s diet and as such, your baby will not be able to resist and you can even add breast milk or formula to make it more nutritious.
Introduce Finger Foods
Finger foods are an important step towards your baby’s ability to eat by himself. The baby will start learning about food texture, colors, and aromas, as they play with the small pieces of food on the plate. The food should be cut into small pieces so that they do not become choking hazards. Even small fruits such as grapes should be cut into small pieces.
The finger foods should also be of the right consistency for the baby to avoid choking. For example, vegetables are to be properly cooked and served in small pieces. The best part about finger foods is how easy it is to serve them. Just place them on the high table and let your baby do the rest. Moreover, remember to look out for any signs of allergic reactions.
Here are a few food suggestions that will be great for the different meals of the day. The family meal is also not off limits if it is free of allergens and choking hazards. You can run it through the processor before you feed it to your baby.
• Pancakes- you can add pureed fruit to make it more interesting
• Oatmeal- you should start with the unsweetened oatmeal and add breast milk, formula or water and as time goes, you can add pureed fruits of your choice
• Macaroni and cheese- you can add vegetables of your choice such as broccoli, peas or spinach
• Soup- you can add mashed beans, soft vegetables, cheese, or even very soft shredded meats. Always serve when lukewarm and not when hot.
• Yogurt- you should go for the unsweetened yogurt and you can sweeten it up by adding pureed fruits of your choice
• Mashed potatoes- you can put the mashed potatoes in a food processor and add vegetables, cheese, beans, and broth
• Lasagna- you can put it through the food processor
• Rice/pasta- you can run the rice or pasta through the food processor together with the sauce
Food should not be just for providing nutrition, it should also be enjoyed, and babies are no exception. Prepare meals that are delicious, convenient to prepare, and above all else, nutritious. When you begin feeding your baby healthy meals, they will most likely grow up making healthy choices when it comes to food. 9 month old baby food should help the baby gradually ease into eating more solid foods.