Feeding Your Infant: Ages 9 to 12 Months
Is your baby pointing and grabbing for the food you are eating? Are you wondering if it is okay to share some of your meal? When children get close to one year old, they are getting ready to expand their tastes.
When your baby reaches 9-12 months, they may be ready to:
- Use fingers to eat
- Reach for a spoon
- Hold a cup
- Eat soft table food
To help your child get accustomed to eating table foods, remember the following:
- When your baby is eating, have a quiet and calm atmosphere.
- When you give your baby table food, be sure that it is easy to chew since most infants this age do not have molars.
- Avoid foods that can cause choking.
- Constantly supervise your baby when eating.
- Give your baby healthy foods. Your baby has a small stomach, so it is easy for them to become full, especially on junk food.
- Encourage your baby to drink water. Avoid giving your baby soda, fruit punch, and other sugary drinks, tea, or coffee.
Last reviewedMay 2014by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.