10-Month-Old Baby Feeding Guide: How and What to Feed for Healthy Development

Discover the comprehensive 10-month-old baby feeding guide, providing valuable insights from a dad's perspective on how and what to feed for optimal growth and development. From introducing first foods to building a balanced diet, this offers practical tips and nutritious meal ideas to create an enjoyable and nourishing dining experience for your little one.


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As a proud dad, watching your baby grow and explore the world is a joy like no other. At 10 months old, your little one is entering an exciting phase of development, especially when it comes to introducing new foods. As you embark on this culinary journey together, it's essential to understand how and what to feed your 10-month-old baby. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore nutritious food options, feeding schedules, and practical tips from a dad's perspective to ensure your baby receives the best nourishment for optimal growth and development.

1. Preparing for Solid Foods
  • Readiness Signs: Before diving into solid foods, it's crucial to recognize the signs that your baby is ready. From good head and neck control to showing an interest in food during family meals, being observant of these cues will guide you in knowing when your baby is ready to start solids.

  • Gather the Essentials: From baby-friendly spoons to bibs, having the right feeding essentials will make mealtimes smoother. We'll go through a checklist of must-have items, helping you create an enjoyable and mess-free dining experience.

  • Must-Have: I can think of a dozen items you can buy for your baby but the most important of all has got to be a safe, effective, high chair. The one by Children of Design is my personal favorite after doing some more browsing. For my baby, I had bought the Infantino Grow-with-Me High Chair. Don't get me wrong, both of us love that chair and it is amazing but I really wish I got something that fits the decor of my dining room a bit better instead of buying the first high chair I see in panic mode.


  • TRANSITIONS WITH CHILD - Use this from ages 6 months to 6 years old as a high chair, booster seat, or kids chair.

  • SAFETY FIRST - This was designed with your child’s safety in mind! The back legs of the higher chair are slightly higher to prevent tipping.

  • EASY TO CLEAN - Kids are messy, simply unlatch the tray and rinse off quickly or place in the dishwasher for deep clean.


  • TRANSITIONS WITH CHILD - Use this from ages 6 months to 6 years old as a high chair, booster seat, or kids chair.

  • SAFETY FIRST - This was designed with your child’s safety in mind! The back legs of the higher chair are slightly higher to prevent tipping.

  • EASY TO CLEAN - Kids are messy, simply unlatch the tray and rinse off quickly or place in the dishwasher for deep clean.

2. Introducing Solids
  • The First Foods: Starting with simple, single-ingredient purees is the best way to introduce solids to your baby's diet. We'll discuss easy-to-digest options like mashed bananas, sweet potatoes, and avocados, providing a nutritious foundation for your little one.

  • Allergic Reactions: Food allergies are a concern for many parents. We'll guide you through the process of introducing allergenic foods one at a time, recognizing potential allergic reactions, and what to do if they occur.

  • Texture Transition: As your baby becomes more accustomed to solids, it's time to introduce thicker textures and finger foods. We'll explore age-appropriate textures and tasty recipes that cater to your baby's developing chewing skills.

  • DIY: I like to make the puree myself instead of buying the store bought options since it is better. I mean, what's better than a home made meal from Chef Dad. Just kidding, sometimes I can barely feed myself, but I must step up and be an adult for my little girl. Home made purees have no preservative, no added sugar, and all the added love. I am still lazy though so I save myself a ton of time and kitchen space using the Children of Design 8 in 1 Smart Baby Food Maker.


  • 8-IN-1 SYSTEM - Steam, Blend, Chop, Warm Milk, Reheat, Sterilize, Defrost, and Juice.

  • EASY TO CLEAN - Busy dads love the self clean sterilization option to conveniently use after every use; stirring cup, lid, and blade are all dishwasher safe

  • LEAK-PROOF SENSOR TECHNOLOGY - To avoid leaks the machine will not be ready to use until the ‘stirring cup’ is in place with the ‘lid’ closed properly.

3. Building a Balanced Diet
  • The Role of Breast Milk or Formula: Even as solid foods are introduced, breast milk or formula remains a vital part of your baby's diet. At this point, a 10 month old consumes about 750-900 calories a day and almost half of that comes from formula. My baby is currently using the Enfamil NeuroPro Gentlease Baby Formula.

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods: At 10 months old, your baby's nutritional needs are expanding. We'll highlight essential nutrients like iron, calcium, and healthy fats, and suggest foods that provide a well-rounded diet.

  • Meal Planning and Scheduling: Establishing a feeding schedule can help create structure for your baby's mealtimes. Learn how to balance three meals a day with healthy snacks, ensuring your baby stays nourished throughout the day.

  • Feeding Bottles: Babies can be pretty picky with what bottle they prefer. Just spend a couple extra bucks on the anti-colic bottles, they are easier for the baby to drink, lets in less air, and creates less digestive issues, My daughter only likes the Phillips Avent Anti-Colic bottles with a flatter spout. I cannot find it on Amazon right now for the life of me so I put a link to something similar below just so you can see it.


  • Enfamil NeuroPro Gentlease is scientifically formulated to help ease fussiness, crying, gas and spit-up in 24 hours

  • Enfamil is the #1 Trusted Brand for Brain-building & Immune Support

  • Gentle nutrition for babies through 12 months, easy-to-digest proteins and HuMO6 immune blend for immune support


  • Designed to reduce feeding issues: colic, gas, and reflux

  • Easy to clean and assemble wide neck bottle with only a few parts

  • AirFree vent makes it easy to feed in an upright position by keeping the nipple full of milk

  • These are the round spouts I was talking about

4. Overcoming Feeding Challenges
  • Picky Eating and Food Refusals: It's common for babies to go through phases of picky eating. We'll offer practical strategies to navigate these challenges and encourage a positive relationship with food.

  • Transitioning to a Sippy Cup: As your baby grows, transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup becomes necessary. We'll provide tips on making this transition smoothly, promoting self-feeding skills and independence.

  • Choosing Sippy Cups: Mini you will never switch to a sippy cup if they don't like the spout. I initially got the Chicco sippy cup but she hates the spout on it, now we switched over to one with a softer spout and she like that much better.


  • Easy grip, anti-slip handles are easy for baby to hold and removable as baby ages

  • Spill-proof, soft spout is designed to be gentle on gums while teaching baby to drink from a spout. Liquids flow easily when sipped

  • Air vent helps reduce swallowed air

  • BPA-free; Dishwasher-safe; Designed for ages 6m plus

5. Precautions and Safety
  • Choking Hazards: Safety is paramount during mealtimes. We'll discuss potential choking hazards and how to minimize risks, ensuring your baby's safety while exploring new foods.

  • Feeding in Public and While Traveling: Eating outside the comfort of home may present new challenges. There are some foods you should not feed your baby while he/she is strapped in a car seat inside a moving vehicle.

  • Easy Foods While Traveling: Sometimes you just don't have the luxury of making your own baby food. In that case, I strongly recommend the Happy Baby Organic Teethers. They're perfect especially for when your baby is teething and it's bothering them. Also, my little one loves to grab that and feed herself, which makes my life 10X easier. Most importantly, they melt easily so they never present a choking hazard even while driving.


  • The Perfect 1st Snack for Baby’s developing gums. They’re made with jasmine rice flour, a touch of organic fruits and vegetables, and contain no artificial flavors for truly happy smiles

  • Encourages self feeding

  • Certified USDA organic, made with non-GMO ingredients grown without the use of toxic persistent pesticides and in packaging made without BPA, BPS, or phthalates


Feeding your 10-month-old baby is an exciting journey filled with love and nourishment. As a dad, your role in providing a balanced and enjoyable mealtime experience is invaluable. With this guide, you're equipped with knowledge and confidence to offer the best possible start to your baby's lifelong relationship with food. Remember, every baby is unique, so be patient, have fun, and cherish these precious moments of shared exploration and discovery. It will take time to learn what your baby prefers, but in the meantime, get a headstart by getting what worked for me.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How many times a day should I feed my 10-month-old baby?

At this stage, three meals a day with nutritious snacks in between are appropriate. However, follow your baby's cues and adjust the feeding schedule as needed.

2. What if my baby refuses to eat certain foods?

It's common for babies to be selective eaters. Continue offering a variety of foods, and don't force your baby to eat. Patience and repeated exposure to new foods can lead to acceptance over time.

3. Are there any foods I should avoid feeding my 10-month-old?

Avoid honey and foods high in salt, sugar, or added preservatives. Additionally, be cautious with potential allergenic foods and consult your pediatrician before introducing them.

4. How do I know if my baby is getting enough nutrients from solids?

Breast milk or formula remains the primary source of nutrition at this age. As long as your baby is gaining weight and meeting developmental milestones, they are likely receiving adequate nutrients from solids.

5. Can I prepare homemade baby food?

It can be a little bit more work than getting something prepackaged from the store but it's absolutely worth it! Homemade baby food can be nutritious and cost-effective. Ensure proper cooking, blending, and storage to maintain food safety and hygiene standards.