As your baby's palate becomes more adventurous, it's important for you to consider what to feed them at this age to ensure a wholesome diet.
10-month-old baby food list: what’s best and what to avoid
- Vegetables: Soft-boiled, mashed vegetables such as carrots, peas, and green vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals.
- Fruits: Encourage your baby to eat fruits like bananas and pears that are mashed or cut into small pieces
- Infant cereal: Iron-fortified infant cereal is a good idea. Options include oats, barley, wheat, or a mix of these cereals.
- Starches: Mashed potatoes, macaroni, and soft-boiled pasta will are all good options.
- Proteins: Small pieces of meat, tofu, and properly cooked beans are good sources of protein to support growth and development.
- Dairy products: Soft cheeses, yogurt, and cottage cheese will encourage the healthy growth of bones and teeth.
Foods to avoid:
- Raw vegetables and whole fruits: Raw veggies can be hard and difficult for babies to chew, while whole fruits such as grapes can pose a choking hazard. It's best to boil vegetables until they are soft and cut up fruits into small, bite-sized pieces.
- Dried fruits and nuts: Nuts are both hard and small, and they may be a choking hazard to your child. These are best avoided at this age.
- Packaged, sugary snacks: Packaged foods such as cookies and cakes are highly processed and contain high amounts of added sugar and saturated fats. They are generally unhealthy, as well as harmful for your baby's teeth.
- High salt foods: Overly salty snacks can put burden on your baby's kidneys. Minimize the amount of chips, bacon, and cheeses given to your child.
- Hard snacks/candy: Hard foods such as popcorn and candy should be avoided as they can be a choking hazard.
- Honey: It is a good idea to avoid honey at this age, as it may cause a rare illness called infant botulism.
- Cow's milk: Ideally, you should wait until your baby is 1 year old before introducing cow's milk. At 10 months, babies are not yet able to digest cow's milk well.
It's important to keep in mind that apart from the foods mentioned above, your baby should still have a regular diet of breast milk (or formula, if they're weaned off breastfeeding). At this age, the introduction of solid foods is to supplement the existing diet of breast milk or formula.