9 Month Old Feeding Schedule with FREE Printable Food Charts

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What is the ideal 9 month old feeding schedule?

How many meals should I give at this stage?

What to feed a 9 month old to ensure proper nutrition?

Are snacks and finger foods necessary for a 9 month old?

Are these questions bothering you? Well we present to you the 9 month old feeding schedule with FREE downloadable sample food charts.

9 month old feeding schedule

Looking back at my journey as a working mom, it seems like yesterday that I juggled with my breast pump and her daycare 😛

How time flies isn’t?

When any mother asks me what my food chart was during a specific period for Anshika, I am at ease. I peep into the month wise food charts section in the blog and suggest accordingly.

Hope the food charts are helpful for you too to get an idea of the various food options available.

9 month old baby feeding behavior:

Babies are totally unpredictable and so are their eating habits. Some may prefer fruits; some veggies while some have non-veg as their favorite. Some like their food pureed, some prefer mashed and some like their food as small chucks.

And there are some who prefer to go the easy way and stick on to breast milk or formula as their main meal. Who wants to take the pain of chewing and swallowing when you can curb the hunger just by sucking? J

By around 9 month you will be either having battles during mealtimes if you have a picky eater or you will be searching high and low to find out different recipes to please your little foodie.

There is no doubt that breast milk is the best milk and should be the main food for the baby till he is one year. But after 6 months of age, solid food is a must to meet his nutritional requirement. So how can you make sure that your baby is getting the required nutrition as per his age?

Breastfeeding on demand and following a meal plan that includes foods from all variety of edibles helps to ensure a proper balanced nutrition.

Referring to sample food charts is a great way to get an idea of how you can include all types of food in a day/week for you growing kid.

Here is a sample food chart for 9-month-old baby. Along with the food chart we will be also dealing with how to handle a fussy eater and a picky eater.

 What can a 9 month old eat?

By 9 months your baby would have got a taste of commonly used veggies, fruits and also would have started with non-veg that you commonly consume in your house.

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At 9 months you can give:

Vegetables: Almost all veggies

Fruits: All fruits including citrus fruits

Grains, Cereals and Pulses: All grains and pulses including toor dal and masoor dal, chickpeas.

Dairy: Pasteurized cheese, whole milk yoghurt, butter, ghee, paneer

Non-Veg: Egg yolks, chicken, fish (no shell fishes)

Spices: Asafoetida, cloves, coriander, mustard, fennel, fenugreek, nutmeg, curry leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, turmeric, garlic

You can notice that at 9 months of age the food items are almost the same as that of 8 month food chart, but you should bring in more variety of taste and texture into the dishes you present for your baby at this stage.

At 9 month old you can go for thicker consistency foods and also small chewable bite sized foods that are easier for the baby to chew with his teeth/gums.

If you are still sticking to loose puree consistency/ watery food, time to slowly introduce thicker consistency foods that are soft and easy to chew. When doing so always give your baby time to understand the new texture and let him decide if he is ready and can handle thick consistency foods. But as a mom, you should try to change the consistency slowly so that it gives your baby a chance to try different textures and consistency.

Foods to be avoided at this stage:

Certain foods are hard for a 9 month old’s tummy and should be avoided.

As always we say, milk should be avoided till your baby is 1 year old.

You can also read why cheese and butter is fine for baby until one year, but not cow’s milk.

 Avoid honey till one year of age as it can cause botulism. No egg whites too as it can cause allergy.

Avoid soft sticky foods like peanut butter, as it can become difficult for babies to eat due to its sticky consistency.

Don’t give whole nuts as it can cause choking. Instead you can give powdered nuts mixed along with baby foods.

Limit juices and try giving fruits as such or as purees or shakes.

 How much should a 9 month old eat?

 At 9 months, most of the babies will be having 3 meals a day plus one small snack.

On an average this is the amount of food your 9 month old may be having in a day.

  • Around ¼ to ½ cup of grains or cereals. It can be anything, rice, wheat, ragi etc.
  • Two servings of fruits and vegetables. One serving can be anything between ¼ to ½ cup of fruits or vegetables.
  • ¼ to ½ cup of diary – for eg:  ¼ cup yogurt.
  • ¼ to ½ cup of non-vegetarian foods
  • Around 4 to 5 times breastfeed or formula

The above is just an approximate amount; your baby can eat lesser or more.

Don’t force feed and let baby decide the amount of food at each meal. When the baby’s tummy is full he will turn his face away from spoon, spit food or start playing with it. Take these as the signs that he had had enough to fill his little stomach.

We as parents should try to include food from all the groups in a day. So the 9 month old baby feeding schedule should include any grain, fruit, veggies, diary and a protein rich food like egg, fish, meat or legumes.

Finger food for a 9 month baby:

Anything picked with hand goes straight into the month( except food)– this is a universal law when it comes to babies, agree moms?

Pincer grasp is a skill that we acquire when we are around 8 to 9 months of age. Pincer grasp is the fine motor skill to pick small things with thump and forefinger.

Nine month olds, if not all most babies, will be ready for finger foods. If your baby has started picking things with her fingers and if she is sitting without support and can chew small bites of foods, your baby is ready for finger foods.

Give him cooked carrots, apples, pear, cucumber, cheese, paneer etc. that can be chewed well by the baby teeth/gums. Cut all finger foods into long chip shapes big enough for your baby to hold and nibble.

Never leave a child unattended when having finger foods. Be alert always as there are chances of chocking.

If your baby is not yet sitting or is not interested in working on her pincer grasp, don’t worry. Wait for a month or two before you introduce finger foods.

Snacks for the 9 month old baby:

You can include one snack in between the main meals. Giving small quantity of food at regular intervals of time is the best way to make weaning easy and including a snack can help in this.

The idea is to not to give a large quantity of food at a time, instead give small quantity of foods in regular intervals without affecting breastfeeds. This ensures that the child gets to get a taste of a variety of foods and also fills in nutritional requirements too. So including a snack or two is a good way to encourage solid intake.

Finger foods make good snacks. Snack time can be used to encourage baby to feed himself with finger foods and also help him discover new textures.

The food given during snack should be light or lesser in quantity so that it won’t interfere with your baby’s breastfeeding and main meals. Breastfeeding is must and important for a 9 month old.

Avoid giving packet chips, biscuits and heavy foods during snack time. No chocolates and salt crackers or store bought crisps for snacking. You can give soups, porridges, plain or flavored yogurt, juices, smoothies, fruits pieces or vegetable salads or home made foods in small amount as snacks.

Handling a fussy eater:

Fussy eating is nothing to worry at this stage as long as your baby is breastfeeding/formula feeding properly and is having proper growth.

But fussy eating should be handled and shouldn’t be ignored. If ignored thinking it is a phase, it may affect the smooth weaning. Even if the child is showing aversion towards certain type of food, try to sneak in these foods in his diet. Patience is the key to deal with fussy eaters.

Try..try and try, but don’t get frustrated. Sounds difficult, but not impossible 😛

If you have a fussy eater, watch carefully and find our what he is interested in and prepare meals accordingly. Some may be bored with the same kind of food, so bring in variety.

Give new foods or foods he hate one at a time and in small quantities. Instead of setting a plate full of food that the baby dislikes, try to give his unfamiliar foods along with his favorite foods.

Don’t make meal times a time for war, never stuff food or force feed. Instead make it a fun time.

Add spices to add flavor:

Babies just like us don’t like bland food; so add some spices to your baby food to increase its taste and nutritional value.

At 9 months of age you can start including a pinch of asafoetida, curry leaves, turmeric, garlic and mustard. Fennel, fenugreek and nutmeg are also safe for a 9 month old baby.

You can also add a pinch of this multi-purpose spice powder for babies above 8 months.

To know what spices to add in your babies diet and the quantity read the article 34 essential spices for babies with a FREE downloadable chart.

 9 Month old feeding schedule with chart for a week:

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Nine month old baby feeding schedule is almost same as that of an 8 month old. Only thing is you will have to include more variety in texture and taste.

As I have discussed previously in the 8-month-old food chart article, if you are pure vegetarians, you may miss out certain vitamins, minerals and proteins as some of these are mostly/exclusively found in egg, fish and meat.

So when you plan a food chart for your vegetarian baby make sure you combine different foods in his daily diet in a way that it compensates for the minerals and vitamins he may miss out being a vegetarian.

For example, combining rice and lentils or kidney beans or a combination of bread sticks with cheese to ensure that your baby gets both essential and non-essential amino acids at the same time.

Include beetroot and green leafy vegetables like spinach for folic acid and iron.

If you completely avoid eggs, fish and meat from your LO’s diet, there is a chance of Vitamin B12 deficiency. In that case include good amount of milk products like curd, cheese and yogurt in your baby’s diet.

Here I am including sample food chart for a week separately for both vegetarian babies and non-vegetarian babies so that you can get an idea of how to plan your kiddo’s diet in a well-balanced way. Also a list of recipes is also given so that you can include as many varieties as possible.

Here is the 9 month old food chart:

9 month old feeding schedule

9 month old feeding schedule

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 Some 9 month old baby food recipes are listed below.

 Keep these in mind while feeding your 9 month old:

  • Always follow the 3-5 day golden rule whenever you introduce a new food
  • Make sure to sterilize plates and spoons
  • Baby should always sit upright while having food
  • Introduced each food items individually and make sure there is no allergy
  • When making combination foods or mixed foods, take care you combine only those ingredients that are already given to your child individually
  • If your baby is not ready for snacks you can breastfeed or formula feed during snack time
  • Constipation is a common issue when new foods are included in diet
  • Give 2-3 ounces of water to ensure necessary water intake in a day
  • Always breastfeed on demand and keep in mind that breastfeeds are important at this stage
  • Keep an eye on food allergies and seek medical advice whenever necessary

So now that you know some examples of the foods, a sample 9 month old feeding schedule and the precautions to be taken, I hope that meal times will be stress free for both mom and baby.

What all food items did you introduce to your 9 month old?Was your nine month old feeding schedule similar to this?

Did you include snacks at the age of 9 months? Was your child ready for finger foods at this stage?

Do revert with your doubts, suggestions and queries. Your feedback keep us going.

Editor’s Note June 2016: This post was originally published in March 2014 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

About Author

Sangeetha is the owner of Bumps n Baby and a super cool mom of a 4 year old princess. Her life revolves around laptop and kitchen these days as she is mastering the art of multi-tasking.

41 Comments

  1. hai am roopa .. my baby is 9 months old it opposes to drink breast milk… if I forced… it’s starts to cry… what can I do plz suggest me

  2. Good Afternoon
    Madam,

    How are you?

    I have 8 month old baby girl.

    Feeding time she cry a lots.

    I am feeding her amul milk with vita maria biscuit ( Is it good for her health).

    Kindly suggest.

    Most important.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Aditi

  3. Hi my baby is 13 months old from morning he ate Ravi,carrot juse ,one bowl of rice ,applejuse,1/2 roti,again juse and then dinner roti or rice but still not gaining a waight and looking like a week baby..and also between this breast feeding …still at night he didn’t sleep well wakes up 10 time …I am worried please help me

  4. hai sangeetha

    i am keerthi. my boy baby old 9 months. he is not sleeping well during night time. he is tend to wake atleast 10 times over the night between 10 pm to 3 or 4 am in the morning to have my milk. i was worried about whether he is insufficient in food or will the babies do this as regular. i started solid food too, more over i am a working mom this makes me so tired during the day time unable to work in office as well as at home. what shall i do for this PLS HELP ME N GIVE SOME IDEAS regarding this.

    thank you

  5. Meri beti 9 month ki hai to muje pata nahi chalta ke pure din msi woh kitana aur kitani bar khana khayengi kyu ki woh pure din mai aadhi katori khati hai to please halp me

  6. my son is 9 month old…sangeetha please prefered better oil for babies bath…olive oil much better one.. in this age we can use moisturizing cream, is it any harmful my son’s skin…

  7. Hi
    My baby boy is 9mths old now I am not getting what meal should I have to give to him,he is not gaining weight since two months please vgive me ea proper diet chat for my baby so that he can get weight he was now 7.0 kg and at the time of birth he was 2.4kg.
    Please reply

    • Hi
      My baby boy is 9mths old now I am not getting what meal should I have to give to him,he is not gaining weight since two months please vgive me ea proper diet chat for my baby so that he can get weight he was now 7.0 kg and at the time of birth he was 2.4kg.
      Please reply

  8. Hi sangeetha, I almost give everything from the mentioned chart. Only problem I have with my son’s diet is he do not like anything sweet and blant(pheeka). Its not that he will not eat he will but only 2spoons. And then he will use his hand to push it. He is 10+

  9. Hi Sangeetha,
    Hope you and ur little one doing good.i am following your foodcharts and tring to give variety to my 9 month old daughter.. as i mentioned in other post she was premature with low birth weight 1.58kg currently she is 6.3kg..she seems to be slow weight gain baby as per ped term.i am also giving sweet potato ,potato cheese mash,ghee,wheat almond porridge, ragi( daily ragi),banana but i dont see great result.she seems to be very tiny.. What should i do?? Also now she started to say no to foods and keeping her mouth shut tightly or turning her face by seeing bowl..i havent give avacado or chickoo doc says no as of now..
    Do please suggest dear.

  10. Hi sangeetha,
    Loved ur food chart for babies, can u tell me how much of food I mean quantity shud be given each time as per ur chart. My baby is 10months old now..

    regards
    monisha

    • Monisha , there is no thumb rule as to how much a baby should eat. For a 10 month olf anywhere between 2 tablespoon is enough if you are giving porridges and 1/4-1/2 cup of liquids. If your baby is ready to accept the food more than this , feel free to give. Feed your baby till he signals he is full 🙂

  11. Hai sangeetha

    I have a doubt. My son has completed 8 months. His Pediatrition said that he has to consume atleast 16oz of milk (formula) each day. But in your chart says food given for 4 times in a day. So that’s the case when I can feed him the milk? 4 times food for 9 months old baby is too high to digest ?

    • Hi Sujitha ,

      Why not add formula to the porridges you make , to the milkshakes and other foods that way you can give the required amount of milk plus the foods too 🙂 ..

      Frequent small meals every 3- 4 hours is always preferred for babies .. If you wish to give formula as the main drink , you can omit the foods at that time and give only formula if you feel its too filling.

  12. hi
    my daughter s 9 months old not eating wel.. she s thin like 6 month baby… she s avoiding breast milk too.. i started giving cows milk from this month.. not at all sleeping well.. just gve me some tips to feed her nd list of foods tat can b gvn at this stage to make her reach the rite wt…

  13. Hi sangeetha,
    i tried to give fruit using BABY mesh fruit feeder,but he is playing with it, he is not eating… how to practice him using fruit feeder… pls help me …he used to keep the net downwards and playing with the hand holder….

  14. Hi sangeeta,
    I read about oats and dates puree.how to make dates.do I need to cook the dates before pureeing.
    Neethu

    • Cook oats with water until its cooked properly. Soak 3-5 dates in water overnight and take the puree the next day. You can use dates syrup too. When oats is cooked you can add the dates syrup/ puree and mix well.. If you are using formula milk , add the prepared formula at the end. Hope you are clear now

  15. Hi sangeetha my baby z 9mnths old ,im planing to give her oats
    Seen oats with dates puree in 9mnths foodchart
    Plz tell me how to prepare

    • Hi Jaya,

      Cook oats with water until its cooked properly. Soak 3-5 dates in water overnight and take the puree the next day. You can use dates syrup too. When oats is cooked you can add the dates syrup/ puree and mix well.. If you are using formula milk , add the prepared formula at the end. Hope you are clear now 🙂

  16. Hi,

    What is the quantity of food per meal that you would give a 9 month old. My son eats only 2 meals a day and still wants to be breastfed mostly. Be tried the bottle but he doesn’t tAke it. Any suggestions for making him take the bottle/sippy cup?

    Thanks
    Prerna

    • Hi Prerna ,

      You can give around 3-5 spoons max. if he is fussy. I know how a breastfed baby discards solid food other than BM. Will do a post on this soon.

      Try giving teh bottle / sippy cup to play ..He will get used to it . My case Anshika didnt like the bottle at all. So we used the spoon and katori method

  17. yamuna balamurugan on

    hi da my baby is 7mnth i try to give her moondal ,carrot,sapotta , greenpeace wit dal , al des in liquid stage but she is not interested in having it wen i feed her she ask for brestmilk in her lanuage. am really upset pls tel me wat can i do

    • Hi Yamuna ,

      If you are breastfeeding all the time , the milk would be so heavy so that the baby wont feel hungry for meals and would keep demanding breastmilk. Try to stick to a schedule for breastmilk and give her the liquid food in a sipper cup. Let her try and explore it. Also distract her from Breastmilk while feeding by singing , rhyming or even giving her some toys in her hand. As moms we have to try out something or the other to feed our babies. Dont worry .. Keep trying 🙂

  18. Hi Sangeetha,

    My DD is 10months now and , she holds the food in her cheeks and doesn’t swallow, all of a sudden she started doing this for the past 15 days… I’m very much worried cuz it take more than one and half hours for her to finish her meal…..can you please suggest how to avoid this habit?? I tried lot of variety in food tried her favorite ones tooo…. but all in vain…. Please help

    • Hi Priya,

      Babies are unpredictable by all means 🙂 Sometimes they prefer to gulp down good sometimes takes 2 hours or so. Patience is the key. Try giving her a glass of water with a spoon while giving food and try to distract her. Sing to her , talk to her and meanwhile feed her. I have seen my mom holding the nose of my baby if she is taking time to swallow and keeps the food in her mouth w/o swallowing. Have patience , and distract her while feeding. It happens with all moms , dont worry 🙂

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