What Can 10-Month-Old Babies Eat?

Your baby is growing like crazy and exploring all sorts of different foods. What can 10-month-old babies eat? Here's what our parenting expert recommends.

Now that baby is probably crawling (and maybe even walking!) he or she is burning more calories. You know what that means—more food! Hopefully you’re having fun helping him explore different tastes and textures as he makes his way to toddler-ville. But you might be wondering exactly what types of foods are best for baby in this stage. What can 10-month-old babies eat?

Start by learning the basics about baby food stages.

What Can 10-Month-Old Babies Eat?

By now your baby has probably tried several different fruits and veggies. Keep em’ coming! Promoting healthy eating habits at this young age will encourage healthy eating habits in the future. You can continue to puree fruits and vegetables to make baby food or cut soft produce into bite-sized portions and serve as finger foods. Be sure to also offer your baby whole grains, meats, yogurt and cheeses. And remember to cook or steam vegetables and fruits that need to be softened before feeding to baby. Here are some specific examples if you need inspiration:

Fruits

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Oranges
  • Melons
  • Avocados

Vegetables

  • Cooked spinach
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beets

Meats (Don’t forget to cut into soft, small pieces!)

  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Turkey

Other Finger Foods

  • Pasta pieces
  • O-shaped cereal
  • Tofu
  • Toast pieces

How Much Should a 10-Month-Old Eat?

Before his first birthday, breast milk or formula is still the main source of nutrition for your baby—but he should regularly be eating solid foods as well. Plan on about 6 to 8 ounces of breast milk or formula, four to five times a day. Solid foods should include three meals a day as well as two snacks. Don’t force your baby to eat if he’s not hungry, though. Look for signs of fullness like pushing food away, turning his head or closing his mouth when food is offered.

If you want to make your own baby food at home, try these Gerber copycat recipes.

10-Month-Old Baby Food Schedule

For the most part, your baby will eat at regular meal times like the rest of your family. And he can eat almost anything you’re eating, as long as it’s not a choking hazard. So have fun with feeding your baby at this stage! Here’s a simple daily menu for your 10-month-old:

Breakfast

  • 1/2 cup cereal or mashed egg
  • 1/2 cup fruit cut up as finger food or spoon-fed puree
  • 4-6 oz. formula or breast milk

Snack

  • 4-6 oz. breast milk or formula
  • 1/4 cup cooked vegetables or diced cheese

Lunch

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese or meat
  • 1/2 cup cooked vegetables
  • 4-6 oz. formula or breast milk

Snack

  • A couple of whole grain crackers
  • 1/4 cup yogurt or diced, soft fruit

Dinner

  • 1/4 cup diced, soft meat
  • 1/2 cup cooked green vegetables
  • 1/4 cup pasta or rice
  • 1/4 cup diced, soft fruit
  • 4-6 oz. formula or breast milk

Before Bedtime

  • 6-8 oz. formula or breast milk

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Erica Young
Erica is a freelance lifestyle writer with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her favorite recipes are quick, easy and something her kids will actually eat. When she's not writing you'll find her organizing a closet, roaming the aisles at Target or nursing her third Diet Coke of the day.