Milk – your little one still needs breast milk or at least 500-600ml of infant formula a day. If you’re breastfeeding after 6 months and/or your little one is drinking less than 500ml of infant formula, they’ll need baby vitamin drops. Ask your health visitor for more information.
Protein – at this age your little one needs up to 2 tablespoons of protein at each main meal. Offer servings of soft-cooked (e.g. stewed or braised) meat, fish, hard-boiled egg, tofu or pulses i.e. beans or lentils. And because the store of iron your baby was born with will now have run out, chicken, turkey, beef, lamb or pork or veggie sources like legumes or eggs are all excellent sources.
Starchy foods – aim for 2 tablespoons of foods such as potatoes, pasta and rice with every meal.
Veg and fruit– include 1-2 tablespoons of veg with every meal, which can be followed by some fruit. Try to include the ones with lots of Vitamin C like butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin, red peppers and tomatoes. Citrus fruit, soft fruit such as mango, melon, peaches and berries such as blueberries can be served with breakfast or following a meal. Vitamin C helps your baby absorb iron from non-animal sources.
Water – encourage your baby to drink cooled boiled water from a cup at mealtimes.