Feeding Guide for a 10-Month-Old

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This is a general feeding guide for a 10 months baby. Remember every little one is different! Since the process of starting solids is a transition period, it may take some time to learn your little one’s specific cues.

Foods for a 10-Month-Old Baby

Around this age, it’s recommended to start advancing textures to lumpier or chopped foods, and or soft finger foods. Remember babies will often not eat a lot of the very first food, so start with small portions 1 tbsp or 1 small finger food. Remember, the majority of their nutrient needs will be met with milk feeds in the beginning and with time they will slowly eat more. You can read more in our other article Introducing Solids to Baby: A Guide for Parents.

Some first food ideas are sweet potato, ground beef patties, egg, broccoli, cooked pumpkin or squash, and banana. Don’t stress about them eating a specific amount, just follow their cues and know that you are offering multiple meals and also milk feeds.

How many meals should I start with my 10-month-old?

At 10 months you will be closer to having around 3 consistent meals per day, and some babies may benefit from a small simple snack like Little Bellies puffs as well. We recommend starting with one meal, then slowly increasing the meal amounts as your baby shows more interest or with time. This can look different for everyone!


  • 10 months: breakfast, lunch, dinner (snack optional)
  • 11 months: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner
  • 12 months: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner

Building a Plate for a 10-Month-Old Baby

Even though we don’t expect them to finish everything on the plate, building a nutritionally balanced plate helps ensure your 10-month-old receives essential nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. To introduce your baby to a variety of foods and also help them meet their nutrient needs try to build their plate with high energy, iron and zinc-rich foods and a rainbow of fresh, and preferably organic, fruits and vegetables.

Iron and Zinc-Rich Foods: meats such as beef, chicken, and turkey. Some plant-based sources are lentils, chickpeas, beans, and peas.  You can offer tender meats in finger length strips cut parallel to the muscle grain so they easily flake apart which may help them learn to take bites. You can also offer ground or minced meat in patties or meatballs. If they have their pincer grasp you can also offer small chickpea-sized pieces of tender meats. For foods like chickpeas or beans, make sure they are cooked to be soft and smash them as they are considered choking hazards in hard and round shapes.

Energy-rich foods may be avocado, potato, sweet potato, yams, legumes, fats such as butter, ghee, olive oil, avocado oil, full-fat yogurt, and cheeses.

Fruit/veggies: There’s really no limit on what fruits or veggies can be offered to babies as long as any inedible or poisonous membranes or seeds/pits are removed, as well as textures are modified or cooked to be soft and fork-tender.

Check out our best fruit and veggie guides for every age and stage.

Sample 10-month-old meal plan:

It’s important to note that every baby is different, and individual dietary needs may vary. Before introducing new foods or making significant changes to your baby’s diet, it’s always a good idea to consult with a paediatrician. That being said, here’s a general example of a daily meal plan for a 10-month-old:

Start with 2-4 tablespoons of each food option below and offer more if they finish.


  • Oatmeal: Cooked with water or breast milk/formula.
  • 1 tbsp butter or neutral-flavoured oil.
  • Mashed or pureed fruit: Try bananas, peaches, or pears.
  • Small pieces of soft, well-cooked fruit for self-feeding like small pieces of ripe banana.


  • Shredded chicken or mashed beans.
  • Soft finger foods: avocado
  • Tomato slices or diced tomatoes
  • Fruit (diced and ripe)

Afternoon Snack (optional):


  • Fusilli pasta with butter or olive oil.
  • 1-2 small beef meatballs or plant-based option like smashed peas.
  • Cooked and chopped vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, or green beans.
  • Fruit (diced and ripe).


  • Always offer water in sips with meals or throughout the day in an open cup or straw cup.
  • If your baby has a pincer grasp, ensure that food is cut into small, safe pieces to prevent choking.
  • Introduce the top 9 allergens one at a time if you haven’t already, to monitor for any potential allergies.
  • Avoid adding salt, sugar, or honey to your baby’s food.
  • Remember to be flexible and pay attention to your baby’s cues. Some babies may eat more or less than others, and appetite can vary from day to day. Adjust portion sizes and food choices based on your baby’s preferences and development.

Mid-Morning Snack (optional depending on your schedule):

  • Yogurt: Full-fat plain yogurt or yogurt with no added sugar.
  • Soft fruit pieces: Such as small chunks of melon or berries.

What snacks are safe for a 10-month-old?

At this age, any food can be a snack. Sometimes this looks like an extra piece of fruit or some cheese, leftovers or a packaged snack. If you are shopping for a packaged snack we recommend ones that are sugar-free and very low in sodium (ideally salt-free). Little Bellies range of organic, unsweetened and salt-free puffs for 10+ months is a great option and to balance them out pair them with some shredded cheese or seasonal fruit.

Hunger and Fullness Cues:

Understanding your baby’s hunger and fullness cues is pivotal. Observing subtle signs, such as increased interest in food or turning away when full, helps establish a positive relationship with feeding. Responding to these cues fosters healthy eating habits in the long run.

  • Hunger cues at this age may look like bringing hands to their mouth or face, chewing on objects, crying/whining, or similar signs to how they ask for milk
  • Fullness cues can be less interest in the food/meal, very distracted, not bringing the food to their mouths, pushing the food away or turning their head, getting tired and rubbing their eyes, playing with the food, crying or raising their hands asking to be taken out of the chair.

Please reach out to a healthcare professional if you need an individualised plan as this is not a substitute for medical advice.

For more guidance on what to feed your baby as they transition into toddlerhood, please read Leah’s guide to healthy snacking.

Author: Leah Hackney, RD, LD, CSP @kids.nutritionist

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