What should my baby eat between 7 and 9 months?

Is milk still a priority after 6 months?

Your baby is getting older and even gaining confidence in his feeding: you talked to him between 4 and 6 months Food diversificationwhich allows him to taste, arouse his taste and react to all kinds of food their nutritional needs. However, from 7 months, this is not the time to give up the main component of your diet: milk. “Calcium remains essential your baby’s growth,” recalls Dr. Alain Bocquet, pediatrician, head of the nutrition group of the French Society of Ambulatory Pediatrics (AFPA) and member of the Nutrition Committee of the French Society of Pediatrics (SFP).

How many bottles of milk to give a baby a day?

From 7 to 9 months the baby needs to drink 500 to 800 ml milk or milk equivalents daily. For example, if your child drinks 500 ml of milk, you can offer them little by little a dairy or a portion of cheese for children or regular cheeses, avoiding raw milk cheeses to suit their needs.

Cow’s milk, baby milk… Which milk to use?

Milk intake can be achieved through breastfeeding, which is recommended by WHO, the World Health Organization. However, if you bottle or formula feed your child, you have to spend money with milk 2nd age, also called follow-on food, as soon as you have given a complete meal per spoon, i.e. about 5 – 6 months. It’s always the one that you should be using, as in addition to calcium, it also provides much-needed nutrients such as: iron and essential fatty acids.

Commercially sold cow, goat or sheep’s milk is not suitable for the baby’s needs. “Cow’s milk provides too much proteinMineral salts, salt, saturated fats, but not enough iron, zinc, essential fatty acids,” explains the specialist. “Second Age” milk provides less protein and salt, but 20 to 30 times more iron, many more essential fatty acids, more zinc and more vitamins and less saturated fat.

There are medicinal milks for children who are allergic to cow’s milk protein. let’s remember vegetable juices (Almond, Soy, Chestnut, Rice, Coconut, etc.) incorrectly labeled as “milk” and sold in the health food department are to be avoided at all costs in babies because of the high risk of malnutrition.

Which yoghurts to choose?

Dairy products especially for babies have the advantage of being included less protein and sometimes iron supplements and essential fatty acids. Also, they meet them strict regulations on nutrition for young children. However, they are expensive and often sweet. It is possible to make “homemade” yoghurts with second age milk: they are therefore equivalent to baby milk and are sugar-free.

From 7 to 9 months: what can you feed your baby and how much?

After 6 months, baby meals have found a rhythm 4 meals a dayincluding snack and regular opening hours. Of these four meals, two will continue to be dedicated primarily to milk: either through breastfeeding the baby or through the bottle.

Vegetables, fruits and animal proteins now on the menu

Babies are already familiar with the taste of most foods that are offered mixed or chopped up. The amount of fruits and vegetables is not limited, while the amount of meat and fish is limited to 10g/day or ¼ of a hard-boiled egg up to 1 year. the Fresh and seasonal vegetables and fruit, if possible “organic”” and short circuit, are to be preferred, but frozen ones also retain their nutrients. Small pots are also possible. Count 200g of vegetables per day and 100 to 130g of fruit.

Do not forget about the daily addition of fat (1 to 2 teaspoons at this age): vegetable oilspreferably canola or walnuts, but also cream or butter. Cooked fats should be limited and fried foods should be avoided.

complex carbohydrates

In this phase, it is also advisable to add complex carbohydrates to all meals (1/4 of the amount of vegetables at lunchtime and in the evening). in the form of grain : wheat (bread, biscuits, small pasta), rice, corn (polenta), barley, oats, rye, etc.) and pseudo grains (buckwheat, quinoa) or strengths : Potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava (tapioca) and legumes also called legumes (Lentils, split peas, chickpeas, dried beans, broad beans, etc.).

Sugar and salt, two flavor enhancers to avoid

While baby food may seem bland to an adult, remember that babies this age don’t need any added sugar or salt! These two posts can turn out to be harmful for his health andappropriation of taste.

To quench baby’s thirst and complement breastfeeding or bottle feeding, the water is largely sufficient; no sugary drinks is not recommended for your child, worse, it would be harmful to the risk of being overweight and dental caries while giving it the taste of sugar. We do not add sugar or honey to a preparation before it is one year old (danger of botulism).

The addition of salt should also be avoided: since your baby’s kidneys are still immature, they cannot yet sufficiently excrete excess salt. In addition, salt promotes habituation to the salty taste and high blood pressurethat you don’t want for your child.

Food diversification continues: new textures for babies

Between the 7th and 9th month your baby can now dare less smooth textures and vary the pleasures. There are signs of this, according to the mangerbouger.fr website your child is mature to consider new textures:

  • he easily swallows smooth and thick purees
  • He keeps his head and back straight on his chair
  • He makes movements Machonnement when he puts something in his mouth
  • He can have something to eat and bring it to his mouth
  • He is trying take food on your plate

Purees and compotes can be less smooth or gradually mixed mashed with a fork let appear “soft” pieces vegetables or fruit.

Plays can be proposed from the age of 6 months with a biscuit or a piece of bread rich in crust, laid in the child’s hand, under surveillancedepending on your desire and ability.

Then the child is offered soft pieces of raw fruit or boiled vegetables on a separate plate from the pureed or stewed dishes grasps the pieces with his fingers to bring them to his mouth. Mixing 2 different textures in the mouth (chunks and puree) can get the child into trouble and cause choking. This song suggestion should not be postponed for more than 10 months at the risk of making it difficult to eat afterwards, restricting the food repertoire, seeing the child refuse new foods, especially vegetables, several years later. It is necessary Avoid hard foods (raw apple, raw carrot, etc.) because the baby has no molars and he “chews” with his gums, and cut round food (cherry tomato, grape, etc.), which can lead to misdirection.

Is Child-Led Diversification (CMD) advisable?

More performed in Anglo-Saxon countries that child-friendly diversification is suggested by many books and parents on social networks to this day. From the age of 6 months, the infant sits in front of the food at the family table, which he grabs and puts in his mouth himself: he chooses what he wants to eat and how much. Pureed foods and using a spoon are not recommended. For professionals, these are the disadvantages of the DME Risk of insufficient intake of calories, iron, zinc, vitamins and other nutrientsor excessive intake of protein, saturated fat, salt or sugar without forgetting that risk of misdirection and suffocate.

Depending on the needs and discoveries already mentioned, here is an example of a meal to offer your baby morning, noon and night without forgetting the snack.


This can consist of a breast milk or follow-on milk bottle, in the amount of 240 ml (adjusted to the child’s appetite) with biscuit or with 3 teaspoons of children’s flour In the bottle.

noon lunch

At this meal, the baby eats raw vegetables, mashed vegetables and potatoes or crushed, and 10 g meat, fish or 1/4 hard-boiled egg. The meal can end with a compote (homemade or in a small pot) or a very ripe fruit.

To taste it

The snack can consist ofa dairy (a dairy dessert, a cottage cheese) and cooked or raw fruitstill very ripe and soft.

Dinner: dinner

In the evening, baby finds a meal, the basis of which is milk: 240 ml breast milk or second stage milkaccompanied by a vegetable puree or well chopped vegetables with a piece of butterand why not some grated cheese.

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