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  1. Hello Dear,

    Thank you for writing to us at MediMetry.
    At around 8-9 months of age most babies are having 3 meals a day along with breastfeeds or infant formula feeds. You may like to start to offer 1–2 snacks each day. Let your baby guide how much food she takes at each meal. Always watch your baby eating and provide safe foods.

    At this age many babies like to feed themselves. Encourage their efforts by offering 'finger foods' that they can hold, bite and chew. Eat with your baby as much as you can – babies learn by watching what you do. Show your baby how to bite and chew by showing him/her the motion yourself and saying 'bite and chew' as you do so. After a few times doing this your baby will learn what to do.

    Learning to self-feed is an important but messy step in your baby's development. Playing with food is part of the way babies learn about different foods. Manners can be taught when your baby is older. Be patient and allow your baby to get messy with the food served. You can let your baby start practicing using a spoon with easy foods like custard or yoghurt. Remember to always watch your child while she eats, and avoid foods that may cause choking.

    Breast milk or infant formula is still important for your baby. Make sure you include iron-rich foods regularly in your baby's diet to prevent iron deficiency. Offer your child a variety of foods from all the food groups. This list of items in different food groups will give you some ideas about the texture of foods that are good for your baby at this stage of eating:

    1. Grains: Strips of bread or toast Sandwiches (eg with avocado, hummus, commercial spread eg peanut butter or cream cheese), Cooked pasta shapes (eg spirals), Savoury biscuits (eg Cruskits, rice crackers, Ritz)
    2. Meat, poultry, fish and eggs: Strips of well cooked lamb, chicken and fish. Pieces of well cooked meats. Cubes of tofu
    Meatballs and meat or fish patties (cooked meat or fish can be finely chopped and mixed with mashed potato then shaped into balls or patties). Boiled egg .
    3. Fruit: Chopped banana and strawberries. Large sticks of watermelon with seeds removed. Orange segments with peel removed. Canned fruit (eg diced mixed fruit or peach slices). Grated or soft stewed apple or pear. Grapes cut into half. Plums with skin and stone removed.
    4. Vegetables and legumes: Soft cooked cubes or sticks of vegetables (eg pumpkin, potato, zucchini, broccoli). Thick mashed potato (try rolling into balls). Baked beans and other cooked beans (eg kidney beans, cannellini beans).
    5. Dairy: Sticks, cubes or grated cheese

    Hope this answers your query. Feel free to write back with follow-up questions.
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