Most babies are eating solids and expanding their food selection by 10 months of age. Your baby likely has a few teeth and is able to chew and swallow food more easily. A 10-month-old still needs breast milk or formula in addition to solids. A balance of proteins, dairy, fruits, vegetables and iron-fortified cereals create a nutritious menu for these older infants.
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Scrambled eggs are an excellent source of protein for infants. The soft texture makes scrambled eggs safe to eat, even if your 10-month-old doesn't have teeth. A baby can also pick up the scrambled pieces himself because the pieces don't flake apart easily. Pair the egg with a serving of his favourite iron-fortified cereal and some small pieces of soft fruit or vegetables.
Finger Food Combination
A baby doesn't need a three-course meal like some adults. Combine a few of her favourite finger foods at meal time and let her practice feeding herself. Don't get into the habit of giving her the same finger foods every day; introduce new finger foods to expand your child's diet. Good finger foods for a 10-month-old include peaches, blueberries, avocado, cooked vegetables, soft cheese, beans and small pieces of soft meat.
There's are lots of foods that can be made with pasta for a 10-month-old. Cook the pasta until it is soft and easy for your 10-month-old to chew. Penne, rotini and other shaped pastas are usually easier than spaghetti for a 10-month-old to grab. Cut the pasta into bite-sized pieces to prevent choking. A pasta casserole with sauce, cooked vegetables and soft meat makes an excellent meal for a 10-month old. Macaroni and cheese or noodles with pasta sauce is another good option.
Rice creates a good base for meals for a 10-month-old. Cook the rice until it is soft and easy to eat. If she doesn't like the texture of the rice, purée the rice in a food processor to smooth it out. Add cooked vegetables, cheese and cooked meat and purée longer for more flavour and nutritional content. Feed her the purée with a spoon or form it into balls or patties for your baby to eat on her own. If your baby prefers larger pieces, skip puréeing the meal and just mix together the rice, vegetables and small meat pieces.
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