10 Month Old Baby Food Ideas

10 Month Old Baby Food Ideas

Congratulations! Your baby is 10-months-old now, and you must be so proud that you have taken care of your little munchkin so well. You must have noticed a lot of changes in him – he must be crawling, communicating, or even playing. But like every responsible parent out there, you must be worried about his nutritional requirements and overall health. If you are looking for food suggestions for your child, we have something for you. Here we will discuss what you should feed to your 10-month-old baby.

Video: Food Ideas for a 10-Month-Old Baby

Nutrient Requirements of a Baby at This Age

The calorie requirements of a baby at this age depends entirely on his weight. As a general rule of thumb, your 10-month-old baby will need anywhere between 90 and 120 calories per kilogram of his weight. According to the experts, this translates to 793 calories for male babies and 717 calories for female babies. Your baby will need food from the main food groups. You can follow the basic food pyramid chart in order to understand the ratio of fruits, vegetables, and grains that you need to follow while serving food to your child. Apart from this, you will have to make sure that your baby gets an adequate amount of calcium and iron in his diet. This is essential for his physical and mental development.

How Much Food Can Your Baby Eat in a Day?

The amount of food consumed regularly will be dictated by your baby’s nutritional requirements and appetite. However, as a general rule of thumb, your baby will need different food items in the following quantities.

  • Cereal – between ¼ and ½ cup
  • Fruits – between ¼ and ½ cup
  • Vegetables – between ¼ and ½ cup
  • Dairy products – 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • Protein or meat – 4 tablespoons

Best Foods for Your Ten-month-old Baby

An important thing you should remember while giving food to your 10-month-old baby is that you can start supplementing breast milk with regular foods. You can give him finger food or mashed food instead of breastfeeding him. However, there is no hard and fast rule as to when you must stop breastfeeding entirely. This is a decision that you should take after consulting your doctor. If you do decide to wean your baby, there are some foods that should be your top choice.

  • Whole wheat idli or dosa
  • Moong dal khichdi
  • Upma with vegetables
  • Dalia
  • Homemade milkshake with fresh fruits
  • Boiled or scrambled eggs
  • Vegetable soup
  • Homemade halwa
  • Mildly spiced sambar

A Sample Food Chart/Meal Plan for a 10-month-old Baby

Here is a sample chart that you can follow for making a healthy meal plan for your ten-month-old baby. However, it is recommended that you introduce each new food item one at a time. Wait for three days before you introduce another food item as it is the perfect window to observe if your baby has any allergies. This will also let him get used to the flavour. You can make some changes in this plan and create a meal plan that suits your 10-month-old baby.

  • Diet for a 10-Month-Old – Week 1

Meals

Early morning

Breakfast

Mid-morning

Lunch

Evening

Dinner

Day 1

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Soft dosa with non-spicy sambar

Stewed apple

Roti dipped in dal-palak

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Egg yolk or paneer (cottage cheese) pulao

Day 2

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Oats-apple smoothie

Mashed banana

Bajra (pearl millet)- moong dal (green gram split) khichdi

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Bhagar (millet) cooked in buttermilk

Day 3

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Multigrain chilla

Orange segments without the white skin

French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat)

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Tomato- pumpkin- soup

Day 4

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Seviyan (vermicelli) upma

Mashed papaya

Egg yolk or paneer (cottage cheese) pulao

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Wheat- banana sheera

Day 5

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Potato- paneer (cottage cheese) mash

Mango or mashed papaya

Roti dipped in carrot- moong dal (green gram split) soup

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Idli with non-spicy sambar

Day 6

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese)

Stewed pear or grated and boiled beetroot

French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat)

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Oats- apple porridge

Day 7

Mother’s milk /formula feed

White dhokla with ghee or butter

Stewed peach or stewed apple

Ragi (finger millet)- whole moong (green gram) soup

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Palak (spinach) khichdi

  • Diet for a 10-Month-Old – Week 2

Meals

Early morning

Breakfast

Mid-morning

Lunch

Evening

Dinner

Day 1

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Seviyan (vermicelli) upma

Stewed pear or grated and boiled beetroot

Roti dipped in dal-palak

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Ragi (finger millet)- wheat- pumpkin soup

Day 2

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Apple Puree + jowar (sorghum)puffs

Mango or mashed papaya

French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat)

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Potato- paneer (cottage cheese) mash

Day 3

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Rajgira (amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness

Mashed papaya

Palak (spinach) dhokla

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Roti dipped in tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup

Day 4

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese)

Orange segments without the white skin

Tomato- pumpkin- soup

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder

Day 5

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Sattu (barley) mix

Stewed peach or stewed apple

Mashed potato with homemade butter and crushed murmura (puffed rice)

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao

Day 6

Mother’s milk /formula feed

White dhokla with ghee or butter

Mashed chikoo (sapota) or banana

Ragi (finger millet)- wheat- pumpkin soup

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao

Day 7

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Oats-apple porridge

Stewed apple

French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat)

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Dalia (broken wheat)

  • Diet for a 10-Month-Old – Week 3

Meals

Early morning

Breakfast

Mid-morning

Lunch

Evening

Dinner

Day 1

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese)

Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao

Roti dipped in tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Ragi (finger millet) -tur dal (pigeon pea) puree with mashed rice

Day 2

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Oats-apple porridge

Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao

Spinach-pumpkin puree + jowar (sorghum) puffs

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Bajra (pearl millet)- moong dal (green gram split) khichdi

Day 3

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Soft dosa with non-spicy sambar

Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao

Dalia (broken wheat) khichdi

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Carrot- beetroot- coriander soup

Day 4

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Sattu (barley) apple porridge

Orange segments without the white skin

Roti dipped in carrot- beetroot- coriander soup

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Palak (spinach) dhokla

Day 5

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Rajgira (amaranth) -wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness

Mashed papaya

Bhagar (millet) cooked in buttermilk

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Roti dipped in dal

Day 6

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Multigrain chilla

Mango or mashed banana

Dal (lentil)- spinach soup + rice porridge

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Cheesy potato

Day 7

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder

Stewed pear or stewed apple

Vegetable upma cooked in buttermilk

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Palak (spinach)khichdi

  • Diet for a 10-Month-Old – Week 4

Meals

Early morning

Breakfast

Mid-morning

Lunch

Evening

Dinner

Day 1

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Wheat- banana sheera

Orange juice

Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao

Mother’s milk /formula feed

French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat)

Day 2

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Sattu (barley) mix

Grated apple

Dalia (broken wheat) khichdi

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Palak (spinach) dhokla

Day 3

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Besan (gram flour)- jowar (sorghum)-coriander chilla made with curd

Stewed peach or stewed apple

Egg yolk or paneer (cottage cheese) pulao

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Bhagar (millet) cooked in buttermilk

Day 4

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Soft dosa with non-spicy sambar

Mashed chikoo (sapota) or mashed banana

Roti dipped in carrot- moong dal

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Ragi-tur dal (pigeon pea) puree with mashed rice

Day 5

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Ragi (finger millet) dosa

Stewed pear or stewed apple

Spinach pumpkin puree + jowar (sorghum) puffs

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Roti dipped in masoor dal (red lentil) + lauki (bottle gourd) sabzi

Day 6

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese)

Mashed papaya

Tomato- pumpkin soup

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Mashed rajma (kidney beans) with rice

Day 7

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Grated cucumber- oats pancake

Mango or mashed banana

Roti dipped in carrot- beetroot- coriander soup

Mother’s milk /formula feed

Curd rice

Video: Food Recipes for a 10-month-old Baby

Tasty Recipes That You Can Try

Given below are the recipes to some healthy food items that you can make for your 10-month-old baby in no time. These recipes are nutritious and will ensure your baby’s all-round development.

1. Semolina Upma

Semolina Upma

Ingredients

  • Semolina/suji – ½ cup
  • Mixed veggies like carrots, peas, beans, and boiled potatoes – ½ cup diced
  • Jeera – 1 cup
  • Water – ¼ tsp
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • A pinch of salt
  • Oil or ghee – ¼ tsp 

How to Prepare

  • Roast the suji in a pan until it gives a toasty aroma. Keep stirring continuously as it burns quickly otherwise. Keep aside in a bowl.
  • In a pan, heat the oil or ghee.
  •  Add in the jeera and wait until they turn brown.
  • Add in the veggies then turmeric and salt. Sauté for about 5 minutes. Add in the semolina and mix it well.
  • Next, add in the water and stir continuously to make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Stir until the desired consistency is reached.

2. Plain Khichdi

Plain Khichdi

Ingredients

  • Toor dal – ¼ cup
  • Rice – ¼ cup
  • Water – 2 ½ cups
  • Tomato – 1, diced
  • Oil or ghee – ¼ tsp
  • Jeera – ¼ tsp
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • Ginger – ¼ inch
  • Salt to taste

How to Prepare

  • Wash and clean the dal and rice separately until the water runs clear. Soak the rice and dal separately in water for about 30 minutes.
  • Strain the water and pressure cook the dal and rice together for up to three whistles. Add in the turmeric also.
  • Since you will be making it for your child, add in more water to make it soft.
  • Heat the oil or ghee in a pan. Add some cumin seeds and wait till their colour changes.
  • Add in the asafoetida, ginger, and tomato and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add in the cooked rice and dal mixture and give it a nice stir.
  • Add some salt and let the khichdi boil for a few minutes. It should be a little watery.

3. Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients

  • Egg – 1
  • Whole milk/formula/breast milk – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Fresh cheddar cheese or any other fresh cheese (grated) – 1 tbsp
  • Refined oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

How to Prepare

  • Crack open the egg into a bowl then add the milk and whisk for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the grated cheese and mix well.
  • Heat the oil in a pan. Pour the whisked egg mixture into the pan and stir continuously until the eggs are fully cooked.
  • Add the salt and mix well. Serve warm!
  • You can also add some finely cut vegetables to get your child to like veggies.

4. Chicken and Potato Soup

Chicken and Potato Soup

 Ingredients

  • Potatoes (peeled and diced) ½ cup
  • Diced chicken – ½ cup
  • Diced onion – ½ cup diced
  • Freshly grated cheddar cheese – ½ cup
  • Garlic cloves – 2
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

How to Prepare

  • In a large pot, heat the butter.
  • Add in the onions and cook them until they turn transparent. Add the garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the potatoes and cook them for some time.
  • Next, add the water and bring to a boil. Add the cheese bit by bit while continuously stirring.
  • Bring to a boil once again and add the diced chicken. Cover the pot with a lid and let it cook for 10 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Season with salt and pepper and the soup is ready.
  • If you have cut the potatoes and chicken small enough, let your baby eat them.
  • However, if you think your baby is finding it difficult, Blend the soup then give it to your baby.

5. Broken Wheat Porridge

Broken Wheat Porridge

Ingredients

  • Broken wheat – ¼ cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Roasted almond powder 1 tsp
  • Apple or banana puree – 1 cup

How to prepare:

  • Pressure cook the broken wheat and water for three whistles. Allow it to cool.
  • Next, transfer it to a blender and blend to get a smooth consistency.
  • Transfer it to a bowl then add the almond powder and mix.
  • Add the banana or apple puree for sweetness.

Some Tips to Consider

Here are some tips that you should follow before and while feeding your little one.

  • Sterilize the utensils you use for your baby.
  • Taste the food you prepare for your little one before giving it to him. Make sure it is neither too hot nor too cold. The food should be warm.
  • Don’t add too much salt. To enhance the flavour of any dish, add in the cheese!
  • Be sure to adjust the ingredients according to your baby’s preferences and nutritional requirements.
  • Introduce only one solid food at a time. Wait for three days before introducing any other food. This way you will help your child develop a taste for that particular food. You should also look for any symptoms of allergy in three-days time after having introduced the new food.
  • Consult your paediatrician before introducing any new food.

Feeding a 10-month-old is a period of experimentation. As your baby begins to distinguish between flavours and starts to have favourites, you will be able to develop meal plans that your baby truly enjoys. Keep the food pyramid in mind when planning meals and be sure to consult with your paediatrician on what you can and cannot feed your baby.

Disclaimer:

  1. Each child is different and so use these meal plans as a trusted guide as per your discretion. You can modify the meals according to your child’s preferences / requirements.
  2. Never force-feed a child.
  3. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it.
  4. While introducing solid food to a baby, initially, one needs to prepare watery gruels/soups. As a child gets older, the caretaker/ mother has to increase the thickness of the liquids slowly according to the child’s capacity to swallow. Foods that are too thick can cause stomach upset/ unnecessary load; while excessively watery food might cause the child to remain hungry.
  5. Some kids may eat less on some days and that is absolutely alright. However, if a child eats less for more than 3-4 consecutive days, please visit a doctor to guide further.
  6. A child may eat less during the teething phase or if he/she may not be feeling well. You could increase breast milk /formula feeds on those days. Re-introduce the foods once the child is back to normal.
  7. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea.
  8. You can alter the taste of the food by adding some natural flavours like cinnamon, jeera powder, lemon juice, curry leaves etc. if the child doesn’t accept the food initially.
  9. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them.

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