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As your child approaches his or her first birthday, their appetite will begin to vary.

Your baby's growth rate slows around this time, and he or she may not be as hungry as they once were. Because of this, don’t force your child to eat everything on his or her plate. Instead, let your child's appetite continue to lead feedings.

At 9 months of age, your baby should be eating more table foods. Ensuring they have a variety of food provides them with the nutrients they need as they grow.

At 10 to 12 months of age, a variety of foods is still very important. Your child may begin to feed him or herself.

Nutritional Variety

It is essential to begin habits of nutritional variety around this time. Your baby should be offered fruits and vegetables multiple times a day, as well as various sources of protein.

Dairy foods such as cheese and yogurt are fine to offer as long as they are not allergic. However, it is recommended that cow's milk not be offered to drink. Instead, remain with breast milk or formula intake.

It is also recommended to avoid offering fruit juices until they are 1 year old.

Rosann Nichols, MD

Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest

Dr. Nichols answers your questions about child health and parenting. As a mom of three children, she tells her patients that she is in the parenting trenches with them and she can relate to what they are going through. She enjoys answering questions from her patients and their parents and helping parents adapt to the changes a growing family brings. She builds trust with parents and helps them understand that they are not alone and that they can call her office anytime if they have a quest ...

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