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Sample Menu’s for Baby

Six Months to One Year

Health Canada recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life. Babies should be introduced to an iron rich solid food at six months. It is important to make an educated and informed choice when deciding how to feed your baby. If you need more information about feeding your baby, please call 519-426-6170 ext. 3237.

Continue to respond to feeding cues from your baby and breastfeed on demand up to age 2 years and beyond.

  • These menus are only a guide. Your baby may eat foods at different times.
  • Every baby is different. Trust that your baby knows how much to eat.

After 6 months your baby can have water if he/she seems thirsty and does not want to breastfeed. Offer it in an open cup. Drinking from an open cup promotes mature drinking skills.

Time of Day 7 months 11 Months 17 Months
Early Morning
  • Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding
Morning/Breakfast
  • Breastfeeding
  • Iron-fortified infant cereal
  • Mashed strawberries or other soft fruit
  • Breastfeeding
  • Iron-fortified infant cereal
  • Chopped fruit
  • Cooked oatmeal
  • Blueberries cut in halves or frozen blueberries, thawed
  • Egg, scrambled
  • Breastfeeding or homogenized (3.25% M.F.) milk
Snack
  • ¬†Whole grain toast, cut into small pieces or strips
  • Whole grain bread, cut into strips with soft margarine
  • Unsweetened stewed prunes, pureed
  • Whole wheat English muffin with thinly spread peanut butter
  • Banana, sliced
Midday/Lunch
  • Breastfeeding
  • Iron-fortified infant cereal
  • Hard-boiled egg, mashed, minced or grated
  • Cooked and mashed sweet potato or other vegetable
  • Breastfeeding
  • Cooked lentils in tomato sauce
  • Sweet potato, mashed
  • Green peas, cooked soft, mashed
  • Baked beans
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Red and green peppers, cut in strips
  • Cantaloupe or honeydew melon, diced
  • Breastfeeding or homogenized (3.25% M.F.) milk
Snack
  • Unsweetened stewed prunes, pureed
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Whole wheat pita, cut into small strips
  • Whole wheat pita, cut into strips
  • Hummus
Early Evening/Supper
  • Breastfeeding
  • Ground or finely minced plain, dark chicken or other meat
  • Cooked and mashed broccoli or other vegetable
  • Breastfeeding
  • Trout or char, deboned, flaked
  • Steamed brown rice
  • Cooked green peppers, chopped
  • Canned peaches, chopped
  • Mixed dish:
    • Pasta
    • Macaroni
    • Ground turkey, pan fried
    • Tomato, diced
    • Green beans, sliced
  • Sweet potato, mashed
  • Breastfeeding or Homogenized (3.25% M.F.) milk
Evening/Nighttime
  • Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding

Taken from Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from six to 24 months. Health Canada.