11 Months Old Baby Food Ideas

11 MONTH OLD BABY FOOD IDEAS

By the time your baby is 11-months-old, he or she is likely to be able to eat on their own. You can give your baby the same food as the rest of the family after mashing it a bit or cutting it into small pieces to help your baby chew and digest it better. Also, be sure to watch over your child during meal and snack times to make sure they do not choke over any food.

How Much a Baby can Eat at this Stage?

By the time they are 11-months-old, most babies can eat a wide range of items across fruits, vegetables, and meat. Three meals, as well as a snack, alongside formula or breast milk, are what an average 11-month-old baby needs each day. The meal and snack timings will depend on your baby’s daily routine as well as yours.

How Much Quantity Per Day?

The appetites of your baby will vary depending on his or her level of activity and their growth spurts to a large extent. The following is an approximate estimation of the quantity of food your baby needs each day:

  • Up to half a cup of cereal
  • Up to half a cup of vegetables
  • Up to half a cup of fruits
  • Up to 3 tbsp of dairy
  • Up to half a cup of mixed cereals
  • Up to 4 tbsp of meat or other proteins

Things to Follow if Not Sure Whether Your Baby is Getting Enough Breastmilk or Formula

While feeding your baby, a few concerns are bound to assail you every now and then. These will include the worry whether your child is getting enough milk or formula every day or not. Here are some ways in which you can assess this:

Breastfed Baby:

  • If your baby appears contented after every feed, it is an indication that he or she is getting enough milk.
  • When you experience let-down, it is an indication that breastmilk is being replenished on a regular basis.
  • Check baby’s urine and see if it is clear and odourless. This is a sign of a well-fed baby.
  • Your baby has regular bowel movements.

Formula Fed Baby:

  • Convert your baby’s weight into pounds and multiply it by 2 and 2.5 to get two values that will be considered as lower and upper ranges for the amount of formula your baby needs each day.
  • As your baby approaches their first birthday, the formula feed is likely to decline to just one big feed per day.
  • See if your baby wets a minimum of six diapers in a 24-hour period.

Best Foods for Your Eleven-Month-Old Baby

It is important to cultivate healthy eating habits in your baby right from an early age. So, keep a watch for any possible allergies and go ahead with introducing your child to all kinds of foods.

  1. Fruits

A great source of vitamins and minerals, fruits must be an integral part of your baby’s daily diet. From apples to oranges to bananas and pears, there is nothing that your baby cannot try.

FRUITS

  1. Poultry and Fish

Packed with proteins, fish and chicken can be extremely helpful in your child’s brain development and normal growth.

  1. Cheese

Different types of cheese like a cottage, cheddar, ricotta, and goat can enhance the taste of your baby’s meals while meeting daily protein needs.

  1. Pulses and Grains

Everything under this category can be offered to your 11-month-old baby. Switch between the grains and pulses to give your baby some variety at mealtimes.

  1. Dairy Products

Dairy items like yoghurt and curd are good foods for young children. Except for cow’s milk which is given only after the age of one.

  1. Leafy Greens

Leafy vegetables, especially the green ones such as spinach and fenugreek are particularly beneficial to babies as they contain iron.

  1. Other Vegetables

All kinds of vegetables are good for your baby. Make it a point to use three different vegetables, one at every meal of every day.

  1. Eggs

Eggs, especially the yolk is good for babies at this age. It is also easy for them to eat and digest.

11-Month Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan

Here is a sample 11-month-old baby food schedule:

  On Waking Up Breakfast Morning Snack Lunch Evening Snack Dinner Late Night
Monday Formula/Breastmilk Healthy Cereal Pieces of Apple Cud Rice With Vegetables Formula/Breastmilk Chicken or vegetable soup with toast Formula/Breastmilk
Tuesday Formula/Breastmilk Ragi Dosa Banana Slices Broken Wheat Khichdi Formula/Breastmilk Dosa with sambar Formula/Breastmilk
Wednesday Formula/Breastmilk Banana Pancake Sweet Potato Wedges Chappathi With Dal and Other Gravy Formula/Breastmilk Parantha with Dal Formula/Breastmilk
Thursday Formula/Breastmilk Regular Dosa Mashed Papaya Rice With Fish Curry Formula/Breastmilk Vegetable pulao with curd Formula/Breastmilk
Friday Formula/Breastmilk Egg Yolk On Toast Stewed Pear Khichdi With Vegetables and Curd Formula/Breastmilk Rice and gravy Formula/Breastmilk
Saturday Formula/Breastmilk Broken Wheat Porridge Rusk/Teething Biscuits Idlis and Sambar Formula/Breastmilk Chappathi with paneer curry Formula/Breastmilk
Sunday Formula/Breastmilk Paneer Bhurji Sandwich Melon Cubes Stuffed Parantha Formula/Breastmilk Baked veggies with mashed potatoes Formula/Breastmilk

Homemade Baby Food Recipes

1. Semolina (Suji) Halwa

Ingredients

  • ½ cup semolina (suji)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp powdered cashews/almonds (optional)
  • ½ tsp ghee
  • 1 date, pureed

SUJI HALWA

How to Prepare

Warm the ghee in a pan and then roast the semolina in it. Keep stirring else it will burn. When the semolina gives a nice aroma, add water to it followed by the pureed date. Stir to prevent lumps, and if using the powdered dry fruits, you can add them at this point. When the semolina appears cooked, you can switch off the heat. Keep it a little thinner than the final desired consistency as it will thicken a bit on cooling.

2. Spinach and Cottage Cheese (Paneer) Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pasta (penne or macaroni)
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 cup grated cottage cheese (paneer)
  • Water as required
  • Salt if required

SPINACH AND CHEESE PASTA

How to Prepare

First, cook the pasta and ensure it is soft enough for your baby to eat easily. You can also mash it lightly if you want. Wash the spinach well and then steam or boil it for a while. Add the cottage cheese to it and cook for a few minutes till the raw taste vanishes. Then cool this and grind it to a smooth paste with a little water. You can also add a little salt if required. Mix this with the pasta and serve it to your baby.

3. Creamy Carrot and Sweet Corn Rice

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup boiled sweet corn
  • ¼ cup carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • A piece of bay leaf
  • ½ cup rice
  • A pinch of pepper powder
  • Water as required

CREAMY CARROT AND SWEET CORN RICE

How to Prepare

Heat the butter and sauté the onions in it until translucent. Add the cooked and boiled corn to this. Next, add the chopped carrots and the pepper. Saute for a while and then turn off the heat. You can cool this and roughly or smoothly grind the mixture depending on your child’s preferences. Boil water to cook the rice and add the bay leaf. Cook the rice till it is soft enough for your baby to eat. Then stir in the mixture and remove the bay leaf. Serve it warm to your baby.

4. Apple Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 apple- peeled and grated
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 cup chicken minced or ground finely
  • A pinch of pepper
  • A pinch of thyme, finely powdered
  • Some oil to grill/fry

APPLE CHICKEN NUGGETS

How to Prepare

Mix the listed ingredients except for the egg yolk. Then shape small nuggets from the mixture. Beat the egg yolk well and brush it on the nuggets. You can also dip the nuggets in this. Then shallow fry or grill the nuggets till the chicken is cooked well. Using olive oil can make the nuggets more crispy and flavorful.

5. Kidney Bean (Rajma) Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion – chopped finely
  • ½ cup kidney beans (Rajma) soaked overnight
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato- finely chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp butter
  • A pinch of black pepper powder
  • Salt if required
  • Water as required

RAJMA SOUP

How to Prepare

Place a pressure cooker on heat and melt the butter. Add the chopped garlic and sauté it for about a minute. Then put in the onions and stir fry till they become soft. Then add the chopped tomato and sauté till it becomes pulpy. Then add the soaked kidney beans to this and sauté for a few minutes. Pour in two cups of water and cook the beans well in the cooker till they can be mashed easily. Then blend the mixture to soup consistency and boil it. Add the lemon juice and pepper along with some salt if you want. Then serve in a bowl.

Feeding Tips to Feed Eleven-Month-Old

Compiling a 11-month-old baby food list and using it as a reference can simplify things for you.

  • Sterilize the utensils you will use to feed your babies such as spoons, plates, bowls, and glasses. You can immerse these in hot water for a few minutes and then take them out when you are ready to serve the food.
  • Every time you introduce a new healthy food, be sure to keep an eye out for any signs of allergies. Also be sure to give a gap of at least three to five days before introducing the next new food and only introduce one food at a time.
  • Try to avoid sugar and salt in your baby’s food at least until the first birthday. Cow’s milk and honey are also not advised unless age one.
  • Be sure to supplement your baby’s solid feeds with breast milk or formula based on your child’s demand.
  • Check with your paediatrician if you have any concerns about your child’s feeding habits.

Your baby is growing up fast and starting to explore the world around. So, this is the right time to introduce your baby to new foods one at a time and gradually get him to eat what the family east each day. Just ensure that the food you offer your child is as healthy as possible and home-cooked as much as possible.