This 6-9 Month Old Baby Food Menu brings new and exciting ideas to the table — literally! Know what to feed your baby for breakfast, lunch, and dinner using Stage 1 and Stage 2 baby foods. Plus, there is a free printable menu that you can use to map out your baby’s meals for the entire week!
Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
6-9 Months Baby Food Menu
Looking to plan your baby’s meals out for the week?
Then this meal plan is for you!
This easy-to-use meal plan guide featuring Stage 1 and Stage 2 Baby Food purees has month-to-month meal suggestions for your baby’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Plus, I even included a free printable for you to print and fill out with what your baby will eat at each meal. It’s a convenient tool for use at home or to be sent to your daycare, grandparent’s, or caregiver’s house.
In this post, you will find:
- When Can Baby Eat Purees?
- Feeding Tips
- FREE Printable
- 6 Month Menu Options
- 7 Month Menu Options
- 9 Month Menu Options
- Helpful Tools
WHEN CAN BABIES EAT PUREES?
When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.
2-3 Meals a Day
Aim to serve your baby 2 to 3 meals a day, and then add 2 more meals as your baby gets more comfortable with the eating process.
Start with a Small Portion
Start by feeding your baby 1-2 ounces of a puree, and if they want more food, then, by all means, offer them more. However, if they turn their heads or clamp their mouths shut, take the food away and try again later.
Pick the Right Time
You don’t want to try out new food or have mealtime when your baby is hungry. It’s best to feed your baby solid foods when they already had a little breastmilk or formula in their tummies but not when they’re too full either.
Breastmilk & Formula
Babies will continue to get most of their calories from breastmilk or formula until around one year of age. So don’t be stressed if it takes a little more time for your baby to develop their new eating skills. At this stage, feeding your baby solids is mostly for exposure and practice.
Serve a Wide Range of Foods
It’s significant to serve babies assorted foods. Aim for lots of colors, textures, and flavors. Exposing your baby to various foods now will help them be comfortable with a wide range of foods down the road and help prevent picky eating.
It may take your baby up to 10 times of trying a certain recipe to decide if they like it or not. So remember to keep offering them that particular kind of food, even if they push it away the first 9 times you offer it.
Some days your baby might eat everything you put in front of them, and other days, they might refuse to open their mouths. As challenging as it may be, you just have to increase your patience with them and follow their lead. Remember that each time you sit down for a meal together is a chance to work on new skills — how to sit on a high chair, hold (and drop) a spoon, reach out, grab a sippy cup, etc. So nothing is lost even if they don’t eat a single bite of food; they are still learning.
6 Month Menu Options
At 6 months old, your baby should be getting 2-4 tablespoons (1-2 ounces) of solids twice a day. But, again, do not be discouraged if your baby is not eating this much at each feeding. Solids are just for fun at this point!
- Apple Puree
- Baby Oatmeal Cereal with Omega-3s + Antioxidants
- Avocado + Banana Puree
- Pear Puree
- Full Fat Plain Yogurt
7 Month Menu Options
At 7 months, your baby’s expanded palate can probably tolerate thicker purees compared to last month. However, they should still be getting the majority of their calories from breastmilk or formula.
- Roasted Banana + Cinnamon Puree
- Apple, Raspberry + Vanilla Puree
- Banana, Blueberry + Avocado Puree
- Full Fat Plain Yogurt mixed with Banana, Cherry + Beet Puree
- Spinach Avocado Oatmeal Breakfast Cereal
- Spinach + Apple Puree
- Blackberry + Kale + Apple Puree
- Sweet Corn, Squash + Apple Puree
- Blueberry Chickpea with Rosemary Puree
- Green Pea Hummus for Baby
9 Month Menu Options
At 9 months, your baby should be extremely comfortable with stage 2 purees and may start transitioning to stage 3 purees, which have soft chunks that babies can easily chew. By now, your baby should be eating from all of the food groups with 3 meals and 1-2 snacks a day, along with breastmilk or formula.
- Strawberry Quinoa Breakfast Cereal
- Blueberry Oatmeal for Baby
- Apple + Mint with Cottage Cheese
- Cherry, Banana + Raspberry Puree
- Spiced Pear Oat Puree
- Sweet Potato, Carrot, Cauliflower Puree with Chia Seeds
- Carrot, Corn + Pumpkin Puree
- Apple, Spinach + Pea Puree
- Superpower Green Puree
- Thai Chicken Puree with Mango