Baby Chart for 9+ Months

Your baby seems to be lot more happy as with passing days with full of exciting developments like crawling, holding the ball and waving hands to what not! the bountiful smiles and winks can steal the parents work and time.

The weight is now between 6.5- 8 kg and height is 67-74 cm. They creep and crawl on the grounds and trying to stand with falls often. Mother need plenty of energy and plan their time to rejoice this phase of life with the little one.

Nutrition for your Baby:

During this month and one year of age, your baby needs 750–900 calories a day. with some portion from mother's feed that contribute to roughly 400 to 500 calorie. Try to wean off the pacifiers if that's been in use. 

Honey,cow's milk, salt and sugar are still off their platter. They are still developing the taste buds and need no extra tastes or flavours as such. 

In addition to the 8 months food, the below list can be be added to their diet.

Cereals

  • Broken wheat

  • Quinoa

  • Red poha/ beaten or flattened rice

  • Cornflakes

  • Puffed rice

Pulses and Lentils:

  • Whole moong dal

  • Urad dal

Vegetables:

  • Coconut

  • Gourds 

  • Cauliflower

  • Broccoli

  • Lotus stem

Fruits:

  • Watermelons

  • Muskmelon/cantaloupe

  • Plums

  • Apricots

Milk and Dairy products:

  • Cheese

  • Tofu /paneer

Oils:

  • Coconut oil

  • Sesame oil

Nuts:

  • All

Feeding Practices:

Babies at this age binge throughout the day in portions. So, stock up on those healthy grabs on the table and kitchen cabinets.

 

Foods like fresh/grilled fruits and vegetables, cooked pastas and healthy alternatives like nuts, dry fruits, chickpeas, cherries, home-made savouries, and ladoos are good choices. Over a course of time, these handy healthy munches can instill healthy eating patterns.

At this stage, you may consider introducing cow’s milk in small quantities, approximately 50 ml under your pediatrician’s guidance.

 

If you are still worried about introducing plain boiled milk, try to add it in recipes like kheer and milkshakes. Wait for 24 hours and look for any allergic symptoms before offering it a second time and gradually introduce them to family foods and mealtimes with varieties and flavours in their diet.

Finger food Ideas at 9 Months:

These foods can be given as snacks and to supplement the main meal.

  1. Small pieces of cooked vegetables like beans, peas, cauliflower, broccoli

  2. Potato wedges

  3. Cheese, raw or grilled

  4. Small cuts of watermelon

  5. Small cuts of muskmelon

  6. Boiled carrot pieces

  7. Bread cuts/ soft breadcrumbs

  8. Puffed rice /murmura

Approximate quantity of weaning foods include:

  • 1/2 cup of fruit

  • 1/2 cup of vegetables

  • 1/2-3/4th cup of cereals and pulses.

I have listed some collection of 9 months old baby foods.  You can choose based on the availability, convenience and seasonality of foods.

Feeding Tips:

  • Avoid adding extra salt and sugar, particularly in juices, soups, smoothies and milkshakes. The child at this stage is yet to identify the taste of it.

  • Add ghee to major meals to increase their energy needs.

  • Keep a bottle of boiled and cooled water. Let them keep sipping water throughout the day.

  • Do not force-feed them. Go by their hunger cues and comfort.

Below is a sample diet chart for 9 months old. You can swap the foods and time based on your baby's eating, playing and sleeping schedule.