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Congratulations Mom! You and your baby have turned 9 months. Now your little bundle of joy is getting closer to toddler hood. Well, worried for your 9 month baby food? If this is so, this post is a must read for you. In this article, Indian Food Chart for 9 months old baby and tips on how to feed him/her are discussed.
Now your baby may have started to understand gestures, pointing and mumbling to indicate her wants. These are few of the 9 month old milestones. So, playtime with her shall be becoming more joyful now. Isn’t it? But when it comes to food, most of the babies are fussy eaters. Thus, introduce/offer the foods in a very playful manner so that the meal time also becomes another pleasure time for her.
How much food should a baby eat per day at this stage?
A 9 month baby diet chart is similar to when they were first born which means that they have an on demand schedule or should be given food like formula, breast milk or solid foods when they show sign of being hungry in quantities like :
- 4-6 oz of breast milk,
- ¼ cup cereal,
- ¼ to ½ cup of vegetables,
- ¼ to ½ cup of fruits,
- ½ to ¼ cup of dairy products or
- 4 tbsp of protein or meat etc
Can you give your baby finger foods and snacks?
Nine month old babies are usually prepared for finger foods and snacks. If you observe your baby picking up small objects or small bites of food and can chew it without any support , then it is time to introduce finger foods to your baby. Finger foods should be cooked so that it is easy for the baby to chew such as apples, pears or even paneer. 1 or 2 snacks can be included between meals at regular interval and small quantities
Before sharing a 9 month old feeding chart or 9 month old baby food chart, let us know important tips on how to feed a 9 month old baby.
Important Tips on how to feed solid food to 9 months old baby:
- Always give properly fresh cooked, soft textured and easy to digest foods as the baby’s digestive system is still developing. Don’t store the fruit and vegetable puree.
- Now you can offer your baby, 3 main meals a day (i.e. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and in between 2 snacks time (morning and evening).
- Always remember that breastfeed/ formula feed is very important and should be continued as and when required by the baby.
- Try to show your little munchkin how to put the food in the mouth as it can help her to learn a new skill of self- feeding.
- Let the baby try drinking from a sippy cup, let them enjoy it for a few months as it will help in leaving the habit of drinking from the bottle.
- If a baby develops any food allergy then stop feeding that food. Also, consult your pediatrician in such cases. (Diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, rashes and too-much crying due to stomach pain are the symptoms in babies of any food allergy.)
- You can also give finger foods (easy-to-eat pieces of food that your baby can pick up and eat by herself) like breads, pasta, cottage cheese cubes, tofu cubes, etc. Though finger foods get easily dissolved, still you need to be around them when they are having food to avoid the choking hazard.
- Try the foods she once rejected after a few days. She may start liking it. Sometimes the mothers feed them food repeatedly, thinking that their baby really liked it. Instead the baby gets bored of that food and hence starts rejecting it. So, feed a variety of foods and try not to repeat but do remember the 3-days wait rule too while introducing new foods to her.
- Refrain your baby from watching TV, mobile phone, etc. when you are feeding anything. While feeding her food, play some innovative games or make her listen to a very pioneering story. So, moms for tackling your little fussy eater learn some new stories that require loads of acting. At this stage, she may be getting very fussy due to sore gums (teething problem).
- Be patient Mommies..! Don’t feed anything forcefully to the baby. Also, never over-stuff his mouth with food.
- Sterilize the baby utensils that are used for cooking and feeding.
- Be careful while feeding your baby as introduction of some solid foods can cause constipation or Diarrhea too.
- Water intake is a must for a baby. Intake of water must be 2 to 4 ounce per day (i.e. 60 to 120 ml).
- Feed your baby when she is sitting in a proper sitting position. Make your baby sit on the high chair while feeding.
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Before I write down 9 month baby food chart, let us first see the list of foods that you can include and those you should avoid in your baby’ food chart.
Foods to include in Indian Food Chart for 9 months old baby:
At 9 months, you can introduce the below foods in addition to a 6 months food chart, 7 months food chart and 8 months food chart. So, here is the list of foods to be included in 9 month baby food chart:
- This is a phase when you should remember “EAT A RAINBOW”. Include lots of fruits and vegetables of different colors and textures. Add apple, banana, oranges, mangoes, chikoo, litchi, watermelon, muskmelon, carrots, beans, peas, beetroot, potato.
- At nine months you can go ahead and introduce finely chopped and diced table foods. Table foods become an existing addition to the feeding regime. Try diced mangoes, banana, chikoo, nicely cooked carrot or other vegetables.
- Include different grains and cereals like rice, dalia, breads.
- Try to add eggs, chicken and fish.
Important points to remember for feeding above mentioned foods:
- Cut the fruit into small pieces as it can cause choking to the baby.
- Vegetables should be properly cooked before feeding. Chicken and fish should be cooked properly and should not be left raw from any side.
- Avoid processed meats like sausages, ham, salami.
Foods to avoid in Indian Food Chart for 9 months old baby:
Some foods pose a choking hazard and a few aren’t good for your baby’s digestive system. Here is list of some foods to be avoided in 9 month baby food chart:
- Cow’S & Soy Milk
- Uncooked Vegetables
- Acidic fruits
|Know the complete list of foods that are unsafe for baby by clicking on the link mentioned below: Foods unsafe for your baby (below age of 1 year)|
Now, we know what food is to be included and to be avoided, here is a 9 month baby food chart for your reference.
Indian Food Chart for 9 months old baby:
You can note down all the Food/ Meal recipes referred in the above four charts by clicking on the link mentioned below:
Important Tip: In addition to above mentioned food chart, you can give light foods (fruits/vegetables/ finger foods) in between as and when required by the baby (when baby feels hungry). Also, do continue Breastfeeding/ Formula milk to baby.
NOTE:- This 9 month baby food chart is framed to just give you an idea about the food items that you can include. You can make changes in timings and according to the babies taste and acceptability for that particular food item, also changes can be made on the basis of availability of the food item. Strict meal times is not mandatory. Feed him whenever he is hungry.
Do leave a comment if you have any query related to Indian Food Chart for 9 months old Baby.
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