For the first 6 months, breast milk or formula will provide your baby with all the vitamins and minerals he needs. Once your baby begins weaning, your pediatrician can check to make sure he is getting enough of the nutrients he needs for healthy growth and development.
More About Starting Your Baby on Solids Foods
• When should I offer solid foods and what should those foods be?
• Is Your Baby Ready to Try Solid Foods?
• Changes in Bowel Movements
• Feeding Himself
• Shopping For Baby’s Food
• Your Baby’s Menu
• Food Supplements
• Food Allergy or Food Intolerance?
• Preventing Poisoning and Choking
Feeding Tips for Month 10
Breast milk or formula should still be an important part of your baby’s diet. Citrus juices are good sources of vitamin C. It’s best to give fruit juice from a cup, not a bottle. Yogurt, cottage cheese, and baby cereal are good sources of calcium. Do not worry too much about the amount of fat your baby eats. Babies need more fat than adults because babies grow so fast.
Your baby can now handle bite-sized pieces of table food. Finger foods are not only important for nutritional value, but they also help babies learn hand-eye coordination and feel different textures with their hands. Finger foods for this age include:
• Cooked rice
• Sliced bananas, peaches (peeled), or pears (peeled)
• Peeled, sliced cucumbers
• Small pieces of soft cheese
• Soft-cooked carrot sticks
• Unsalted crackers