Nutrition & Feeding Guidelines For Your Baby - Transition to the Table

Please always discuss any health and feeding concerns directly with your pediatrician.

Developmental readiness:

By now, your baby has mastered the pincer grasp. Your baby can hold and manipulate the bottle; they imitate those around them and prefer chewing instead of sucking. Now they can feed themselves while you watch!

Age range: about 9 to 12 months:

Formula and breast milk will still provide the most nutrition for your baby, but solid food becomes more enticing as your baby transitions to table foods as part of family mealtime together. At this stage, babies eat more protein rich foods like tender, moist cooked lean meats, and chopped egg. Try one of Earth's Best® third food varieties such as Vegetable Beef Pilaf for high quality protein. If there is no family history of food allergies, try dairy products as part of your baby's diet.

By the end of the first year, babies should be able to eat most adult foods, assuming the texture and consistency are manageable. Keep an eye out for foods that present a choking hazard, like peanuts, popcorn, whole grapes, hot dogs and raw carrots. Slice hot dogs and carrots lengthwise to reduce choking risk. Watch for foods too thick or sticky to swallow, like gobs of peanut butter on bread or overly thick cooked cereal. Avoid greasy or spicy foods.