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Weaning Diary – 10 1/2 months old

Posted on: 12th August 2013

Posted in: Baby Led Weaning Diary, Weaning

My little angel delight has just turned 10 1/2 months. I can’t believe how much she’s grown and developed over the last couple of months. She has been a little later than my previous 2 on the developmental front. Although verbal noises are on track (‘mama’ at 6 months, ‘dada’ at 7 months), physical development has been slower. She is quite content to sit and stretch about, or to flop onto her front and roll around to get what she wants. We’re still a way off crawling – I predict a month, and walking – well who knows! She continues to have a wonderful appetite, and is not at all phased by trying new foods and textures.

A good weaning plan for an 10-11 month old is to offer :

  • A portion of starchy food at each meal
  • 2 portions of meat/fish (or non-meat alternative), e.g. at lunch and dinner
  • 2 portions of diary (in addition to breast or formula milk) e.g cheese with sandwich, cheese cubes as a snack or milk/yoghurt pudding
  • At least 4 portions of fruits and vegetables each day (a variety at meals and snacks)
  • 1-2 snacks a day – one should be fruit based and one starchy carbohydrate based
  • Tap water from a non-valved cup at meal and snack times
  • Continue to avoid salt, honey and sugary foods

Recorded below is her usual mealtime & milk feed schedule:

7.30 – breastfeed

8.00 – breakfast:  Cereal, e.g. 1 weatabix / shredded wheat, or 2 tablespoons cooked porridge oats / ready brek, made with whole milk

11.00 – Snack: Fruit, e.g. clementine, pear, nectarine, grapes (approx 8), 1/2 banana

12.30 – lunch: 3/4 cheese/ham/tuna mayo sandwich or most of a piece of toast with cheese or with olive spread & peanut butter, 2-3 small tomato/cucumber slices, 1-2 portions of fruit e.g. 8 whole blueberries and 6 whole grapes, or 4 halved strawberries and 1/2 banana. Cubed/sliced cheddar cheese if she’s not had cheese in sandwich/toast

3.00 – breastfeed, followed by starchy snack, e.g. oatcake, plain ricecake

5.00 – dinner: whatever the rest of the family is eating, e.g 50g meat, 1 tablespoon mashed potatoes, carrot slices and sweetcorn, or spaghetti bolognaise

Dinner will either by mashed and spoonfed, or if something she can pick up, like meat, potato, pasta etc, she will just pick it up and feed herself by hand

Pudding: Dairy, e.g. fromage frais, 1 tablespoon tinned rice pudding/semolina/whip/icecream. Fruit may be added too, depending on her other fruit intake, e.g. pear/berries/plum

6.30 – breastfeed

If you have a baby around the 10-11 month age, I hope this blog post gives you some ideas, inspiration and reassurance that you’re on the right track. Remember to be guided by your baby and advice from your Health Visitor – you know your baby best, so enjoy the weaning process as it won’t last forever! Please feel free to ask me a question via email, Facebook or Twitter @expertdietitian.

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