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Last Reviewed: March 2017
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Sample menus for your baby

  • These menus are only a guide
  • Continue to breastfeed your baby
  • When you are first starting to introduce solids foods to your baby, you can decide whether to breastfeed or offer solid foods first based on your baby's cues and convenience.

Provide a pleasant eating environment by:

  • Removing all distractions (turn off TV, put away toys)
  • Speaking with your baby and making eye contact
  • Role modeling by eating a variety of foods
  • Involving your baby in family meal times
  • Providing her with a plastic spoon, cup and plate

What to expect at meal times:

  • Expect a mess. Babies use all 5 senses when eating and like to touch and smell their food.
  • Don't expect him to eat a lot of food at first. Give him time to learn the skill of eating
  • Offer a variety of food textures including puree, lumpy, mashed, ground or minced, and soft pieces of finger foods
  • Gagging is a protective mechanism for your baby. It's natural and not the same as choking
  • By the time he is one year of age she will be eating a variety of family foods that are slightly softer in texture in bite size pieces.

Offer your baby plenty of play time so he is hungry at mealtime.

Every baby is different and your baby may eat foods at different times than outlined below. Trust that your baby knows how much to eat.

6-9 months: Your baby continues to breastfeed on demand between meals and during the night. Your baby is also learning to drink tap water from an open cup with your help.

9-12 months: Your baby is eating a wide variety of foods and textures and feeding himself at most meals and snacks. At meal times he is drinking whole milk from an open cup, with some help.


Time of day

7 months

11 months

Early morning on cue at anytime Breastfeeding Breastfeeding

Iron-fortified infant
Mashed strawberries or other soft fruit

Iron-fortified infant cereal
Apple sauce

Iron-fortified infant cereal
Strawberries, chopped

Iron-fortified infant cereal
Kiwi, chopped

Mid Morning Snack Whole grain toast, cut into small pieces or strips

Whole grain bread, cut into strips, with soft margarine

Unsweetened stewed prunes, pureed

Unsweetened o-shaped oat cereal
Blueberries thawed from frozen

Whole grain and fruit muffin
Carrot, grated


Iron-fortified infant cereal
Hard-boiled egg, mashed, minced or grated
Cooked and mashed sweet potato or other vegetable

Chicken, chopped
Steamed brown rice
Cooked broccoli, chopped

Canned salmon, mashed
Sweet potato, mashed
Green peas, cooked soft, mashed

Roast turkey leg, chopped
Whole grain bread,
cut into strips

Squash, mashed
Mid Afternoon Snack

Unsweetened stewed prunes, pureed

Cheddar cheese, shredded
Whole wheat pita, cut into small strips

Hard-boiled egg, chopped
Whole grain bread, cut into strips

Soft tofu, mashed
Blueberries, cut in halves

Unsalted crackers
Early Evening

Ground or finely minced plain, dark chicken or other meat
Cooked and mashed broccoli or other vegetable

Lean pork roast, chopped
Whole wheat pasta
Cooked carrots, mashed
Banana and strawberries, chopped

Mixed dish: Ground beef, cooked with Diced tomatoes, and Macaroni
Unsweetened stewed prunes, pureed

Trout or char, deboned, flaked
Steamed brown rice Cooked green peppers, chopped

Canned peaches, chopped
Evening and nighttime Breastfeeding Breastfeeding
Small pieces of toast, bread, crackers, roti or pita

Adapted from Health Canada: Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from 6-24 months.

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Revised: Wednesday June 28 2017

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