Complementary feeding at 9 months

Supplementary feeding can be a challenge for many parents, but it is not much easier for the baby. Accustomed to the taste of milk and the ease of swallowing without having to make too much effort, you suddenly have to try new flavors and textures every day, in addition to the effort of having to taste and swallow. The first months are slow, you start with easily digestible food and especially with a lot of patience.

In this link you can find information that will be very useful to start with your baby’s complementary feeding. After those first weeks of testing, where the little one is barely trying tablespoons of purees and porridges, comes a new stage. By 9 months, your baby will be more than adaptedto this new habit of trying new things and his appetite is increasing.

New skills and new routines

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The new abilities of the baby are an important advance in many ways, also in terms of feeding. Generally, at this age they begin to crawl and move more and more autonomously, which helps the little one to have more appetite. You will also start to have greater control over your body and soon be able to stay seated, which will greatly facilitate the task of feeding.

All this will allow you to regulate your child’s diet more routinely, something essential for the child. Routines are essential in the life of children, in this article you will discover the importance of structuring children’s day. On the other hand, you will need to increase the proportion of energy so that the little one can carry out his new physical activity.

Foods that are introduced at 9 months

As for the new foods you can offer your baby, by 9 months you can start with white fish, such as hake, flounder or whiting. You can boil it or steamed separately, without adding any salt and once well cooked, crush it next to the chosen vegetables. If you have chosen baby led weaning (BLW), you will need to make sure that the fish does not have thorns and offer it to the well-cooked little one.

You can also add the egg, the general recommendations of pediatricians set the following guidelines. It begins with boiled egg yolk, but not a whole yolk in a single meal. It includes a quarter of the cooked yolk in a vegetable puree, two or three times a week.

You can also start to introduce legumes, always well cooked and without adding salt. Make a puree with lentils, leeks, potato and carrots, or with chickpeas, beans or peas. The little one can drink legumes 3 days a week.

At this age the little one should already take cereals with gluten, provided that the introduction has been good and has not presented intolerances. So you can give him pieces of bread so that the muscles of the jaw become stronger. The little one will love and get used to chewing food, which will be the next important step in this process.

You can also offer other foods that you can suck and chew, without the need to crush them, such as fresh unsalted cheese, cooked ham or maria cookies. As for yogurt, it is not necessary since the small drink milk but if desired, you can give it no more than one natural yogurt a day. Remember that milk should be the main food until 12 months.

How should the baby’s menu be organized at 9 months

Now that you’re taking more food, you can structure your meals as follows:

  • At breakfast:Breast milkor an adapted milk bottle plus cereals with gluten
  • At mealtime: A puree withvegetables and a part of protein, either white meat (chicken, rabbit, turkey) or white fish or egg yolk.
  • Snack: A fresh fruit porridge, if you want you can include a biscuit. Never replace yogurt with snack fruit , baby should drink fruit daily.
  • At dinner: The little one will take milk

If the baby takes breast milk, he will continue to make his intake on demand as before. It is important for your baby to drink about 500 ml of milk a day, so if you drink adapted milk, you will need to make sure that this daily need is covered.