Now that your baby is 10 months old, you should continue to expand their palate by offering a wide variety of vegetables, grains, fruits, meats, and yogurt. Always be on the lookout for anything that may be a potential choking hazard such as popcorn, hot dogs, raisins, candy, etc.
The calorie requirements for a baby of 10 months depend solely on their weight. As a general rule of thumb, a 10-month old baby will need between 90 and 120 calories per each kilogram of their weight. This is according to baby experts.
So, you should expect to feed the baby around 793 calories for boys and 717 calories if the baby is a little girl. Your baby will need food from all of the main food groups. You can follow a basic chart so you can understand the ratio to use. Follow this whenever you are feeding the baby.
How Much Food Should Your Baby Have In A Day?
The amount of food will not only be dictated by their weight but also their appetite and nutritional requirements. Some examples are the following.
- Cereal – the amount should be between ¼ and ½ cup
- Fruits – this should be between ¼ and ½ cup
- Vegetables – they should be between ¼ and ½ cup
- Dairy products – give around 2 to 3 tablespoons
- Protein or meat – around 4 tablespoons
The Best Foods For A 10 Month Old Baby
- Shredded cheese
- Ground turkey
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Scrambled eggs
- Black beans
- Plain pulled pork
- English Muffins
- Plain or buttered bread
- Corn grits
- Short pasta
- Brown rice
- French toast
Fruits And Vegetables
- Sweet potato
- Cooked and diced apples
- Cooked and diced carrots
- The inside of a baked potato
- Mashed sweet potatoes
- Butternut squash
- Cooked spinach
Solid Food Rules
Now that your baby probably has a few teeth, you can try introducing thicker consistencies of table food and chop it up into very small pieces. Then, let your baby practice their pincer grasp by allowing them to feed themselves. This helps your baby practice their coordination skills of picking food and putting it in their mouth.
If you haven’t already introduced the use of a spoon you can do so at 10 months. Pick a utensil with an easy to grasp handle and let your baby try to use it to eat. It may be a little bit messy, but it is an important lesson. Ensure to chop foods into very small sizes so they do not become choking hazards.
Make sure you introduce foods in moderation, and always take a step back to monitor their reaction to the foods. Do not force your baby to eat. Babies are inconsistent in their needs so, one day they may prefer finger foods, and the next day pureed food. Your baby may even refuse solid food altogether and prefer the bottle or breastmilk.
This should continue at 10 months old if your baby still wants to. If your baby doesn’t, then it’s safe to discontinue but speak to your pediatrician before doing so.
More Food Tips
Bananas and cereals are very popular with babies this age, but they are known to cause constipation. If you notice that your baby has difficulties with their bowel movements, then you can add some prunes and other types of fruits. If this happens, limit the binding foods for a short while.
Also, do not add salt to their food just yet. The food may taste bland to you, but it is not to bland to your baby. They are also getting enough salt from breastmilk and formula, so, there is no need to add salt at all.
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Although feeding a baby can be frustrating at times, patience is key. Keep trying over and over, day after day, until your baby finds their favorite foods. Overall, enjoy watching how your baby’s tastes develop and change over time!