What to feed your 9-12 month old.

These recipes are from one of my favorite cookbooks; The Healthy Baby Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel.

Here are some recipes for your pre-toddler that will allow them to assert thier new found independence. We know from experience that when our girls were this age they wouldn’t allow us to spoon feed them so we had to let them use their fine motor skills to learn how to use their hands to feed themselves.

Follow these tips to make mealtime enjoyable for everyone:

  • Let your baby experiment by using a spoon. It is a good idea to have two bowls of food and two spoons; one for your baby to play with and one you use to feed them with.
  • Have lots of patience; learning to eat is just that–learning. The experience will take time and be messy!
  • Eat something with your baby at mealtimes; they are more likely to eat if they see you eating too.

Homemade Teething Biscuits

Cut a thick slice of wholewheat (cracked wheat or rye) bread into three strips. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven preheated to 350 degrees for 15 minutes. You could try adding a little grated cheese. These will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Yum!

A Grown-Up Breakfast

(Makes one portion)

  • 1 tablespoon graham crackers
  • 1 small banana
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt or milk

Finely crumble the graham crackers and mash the banana. Combine all the ingredients and serve.

Multicolored Casserole

  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 c. diced red pepper
  • 1 c. frozen peas
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 c. vegetable broth or water

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the shallot and red bell pepper, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the peas and corn, pour over the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 3-4 minutes. It would be yummy to stir in cooked pasta noodles too.

Chicken and Apple Balls

  •  1 large dessert apple, peeled and grated
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablesppon fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or sage, chopped
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube, crumbled (for babies over one year)
  • 1 c. fresh white bread crumbs salt and freshly ground pepper (for babies over one year)
  • all-purpose flour for coating vegetable oil for frying

Using your hands, squeeze out a little excess liquid from the grated apple. Mix the apple with the chicken, onion, herbs, bouillon cube, and bread crumbs and roughly chop in a food processor for a few seconds. Season with a little salt and pepper. With hands, form into about 20 balls, roll in flour, and fry in a shallow oil for about 5 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through.

**Always supervise your child while eating**

Kalisha and Reneca

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2 Responses

  1. Lovee Yourr Blogg Babss (L)(Y) 😉 Love You.’ x

    L O L !

  2. you Could Just Give Em Mashed Up Stuff.. Like What Youu Eat.. Kelliiee 😉 x

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