Your baby will now be eating much the same food as the rest of family. They should be having 3 meals a day as well as a small snack for morning and afternoon tea and 3–4 milk feeds after meals. Offer them water from a cup at both meal times and snack times. Give them finger food at each meal, and let them have a spoon to practise feeding themselves. Let them make a mess – it’s all part of the process of learning to feed themselves.
Often they will refuse to let you feed them. If so, give them a spoon and let them practice spooning food into their mouth while you continue to feed them yourself. To keep them amused at meal times, have several different courses, and present them one after the other. For example, chicken and vegetables, followed by some yoghurt, then finger food such as pieces of fruit or cooked vegetable.
Give them a spoon and let them practice spooning food into their mouth while you continue to feed them yourself.
Menu ideas 9-12 months
Morning and afternoon tea (finger food)
Plus a drink in a cup – tap water.
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