Easy 9 Month Old Meals


Make it easier to feed your 9 month old meals with this cheat sheet of nutritious ideas. With foods and meals appropriate for 9-12 month old babies, these ideas are yummy, doable, and nutrient-dense for all meals of the day.

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9 Month Old Meals

Babies start to be able to eat so many more finger foods at the 9 month mark, which continues towards 12 months and after. And it’s normal for them to start eating more solid foods and continue to explore textures. Which means that it’s a great time to start to have more regular meal times, even if you’re still adding meals to the feeding schedule with bottles of formula or breastmilk, or breastfeeding.

The meal ideas here are easy for a 9-12 month old baby to eat, generally speaking, and can be diced, shredded, or mashed for easy eating.

If you’ve done baby-led weaning, it’s usually a good time to start introducing smaller pieces of food since babies usually develop the pincer grasp around this age. Which means they can pick up and self-feed small pieces of foods.

I’ve included baby meal ideas for breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner so you can use the ones that seem best for your family—and baby’s current stage of eating.

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9-12 Month Old Breakfast Ideas

Find easy baby breakfast ideas that are either fast to make in the moment or you can make ahead and stash in the fridge until you need them per your menu. Dice the food up small to ensure that it’s easy to eat.

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Overnight Oats with Applesauce

Overnight Oats are a perfect breakfast recipe to make ahead. They pack protein, probiotics, vitamin C, fiber, and healthy fats—and all you need to do to make them is to stir the ingredients together and let it hang out in the fridge while you sleep!

Easy Overnight Oats with Applesauce

You can easily double (or triple!) the recipe to make more servings. It uses a 1 to 1 ratio of yogurt to applesauce so you can easily scale it up. Mix these up the night before you plan to serve them.

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Baby Pancakes

Blend up a fruit or veggie with an egg for the fluffiest, easiest, healthy pancakes for kids. These 2-Ingredient Pancakes use one simple method for all 4 flavors and are a perfect baby pancake or toddler pancake.

The Best 2-Ingredient Pancakes (Baby and Toddler Approved)

This recipe makes one small batch of super tender 2-Ingredient Pancakes. It usually makes 1-2 little-kid-size servings. To make more, simply double the recipe. These are delicate pancakes with a texture that’s sort of custardy like French toast, so be gentle when flipping them. See the NOTES at the bottom for the flavor variations.

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Made with just three simple ingredients, these nutritious Cottage Cheese Pancakes are a healthy breakfast for kids you make in under 10 minutes. They’re loaded with protein and healthy fats—and are also fluffy and delish.

Quick Cottage Cheese Pancakes

These 4 ingredient pancakes are packed with nutrients and are so yummy. Double the ingredients to make a larger batch to feed a family of four as this recipe is on the smaller side.

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Spinach Eggs

With a heaping pile of spinach and a super simple method, you can make these bright green Spinach Eggs in less than 10 minutes to share with the kids. They’re packed with protein and a great source of iron. And they are just so yummy!

Favorite Spinach Eggs (Green Eggs Recipe)

Packed with spinach (and iron!), these bright green eggs are fun and delicious. You can serve them as you would scrambled eggs, or use in a breakfast burrito or egg sandwich.

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Made with just a few wholesome ingredients, this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal cooks up fast and easily—which is exactly what you want in a breakfast! (P.S. I love it just as much as my kids do.)

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Raisins

You can double this recipe to make a larger batch to warm up and serve throughout the week.

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ABC Baby Muffins

Made with a nutrient-packed ingredient list, these tender Baby Muffins are a perfect first muffin. They are easier to chew than a regular muffin, have three kinds of produce, are added sugar free, and they boast a solid dose of healthy fats—exactly what the littles need!

ABC Baby Muffins (Apple, Banana and Carrot!)

These are deliberately very moist (and moister than regular muffins) to ensure they are easy for baby to chew and swallow, so expect that from the interior. If you’d like to make them sweeter for older kiddos, add ¼ cup sugar to the batter.

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9-12 Month Old Snack Ideas

Not all 9 month olds are eating three meals and snacks, but you may have moments when you need an in between meal to tide them over. These are some favorite baby snack ideas that you can serve at home, packed for daycare in a container or baby lunchbox, or on the go. Some favorites that don’t need a recipe include:

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Sauteed Apples

Made with just three ingredients (and no added sugar!), these simple Sauteed Apples pair perfectly with oatmeal, pancakes, and yogurt, as well as savory mains like pork and chicken. We also love to make them ahead for snacking on their own!

Simple Sauteed Apples with Cinnamon

You can use any type of apple you have or like, though generally tart cooking apples (like Granny Smith or Pink Lady) soften nicely without falling apart too quickly.

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Applesauce Pouches

I sometimes buy applesauce pouches at the store, but when apples are in season and I can get them for a low price, making them at home is a favorite option. This method, which involves simply simmering diced apples until soft on the stove into homemade applesauce, is fast and delivers consistently great results.

Favorite Applesauce Pouches

Learn the easiest way to make a batch of Applesauce Pouches, with six flavor options, in less than 30 minutes. This is easy, delicious, and versatile—and a perfect way to batch-prep a snack or meal component.

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Sugar-Free Banana Muffins

Mix up a batch of these easy-to-make Sugar-Free Banana Muffins to share with your baby or toddler come breakfast or snack time. You don’t need any special ingredients and they are super moist and flavorful. (P.S. There’s a vegan option too!)

Sugar-Free Banana Muffins

Be sure to use very ripe bananas (with lots of brown spots!) for the best flavor and natural sweetness. (I updated this recipe December 2020 to ensure the most reliable results. The original version of this recipe is the “Egg-free” option in the Notes if you loved that. In the main recipe, I reduced the oil, added an egg, increased the baking soda a smidge, and reduced the baking time. They’re great!)

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Banana Smoothie with Yogurt

We love serving smoothies regularly as an easy kids drink option, and this simple banana smoothie is a forever favorite. Made with just a few nutritious ingredients, this has pure banana flavor and the creamiest texture.

Banana Smoothie with Yogurt

With the creamiest texture and the simplest ingredient list, this classic Banana Smoothie with Yogurt is a delicious (and nutritious) breakfast or snack.

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Creamy Hummus with Tahini

With just 5 minutes of your time, you can make homemade hummus from basic ingredients (and without tahini, which I know many people don’t always have on hand!) that’s perfect for dunking crackers or spreading on bread. So easy!

Creamy Hummus Without Tahini

You can use regular plain yogurt, though I like the consistency that Greek yogurt yields a bit better.

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Baby Lunch Ideas

If you have a baby in daycare and need to pack a lunch box, or you want lunch ideas to offer at home, these are some easy ones.

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Spinach Pesto Pasta with Peas

Spinach Pesto with pasta is one of the best ways that I’ve found to serve greens to my kids. It’s mild, easy to make, and is a super quick family dinner that’s ready in about 20 minutes! Plus, there are veggies and protein in the mix so you don’t even need any sides.

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Peas

This bright green pesto is cheesy and mild, making it a perfect sauce for a quick dinner of pasta and peas!

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Pastina Soup

Tiny star pasta soup was one of the staples of my Italian-American childhood, and it’s something my kids adore eating now. The shape of the tiny pasta, or pastina, is so fun, and the rest of the ingredients add plenty of cozy flavor.

Quick Pastina Soup

With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can make this cozy Pastina Soup to share with the kids in under 30 minutes. Look for little star “pastina” pasta in the pasta aisle.

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Egg and Cheese Mini Muffins

These Mini Egg Muffins with Cheese and Veggies are a go-to for quick and easy toddler breakfasts on busy mornings. These savory muffins are packed with nutritious ingredients and are so quick to bake up—and they work so well to make ahead!

Make-Ahead Egg and Cheese Mini Muffins

These soft breakfast egg cups are packed with protein and vitamins—and can be made ahead of time! Add any veggie you like, whether carrots, butternut squash, broccoli, or spinach.

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Zucchini Tots

We are always looking for new ways to use up zucchini—from Zucchini Slice, Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, and Freezing Zucchini—and these tots are a new favorite.

They are a fun shape that are easy to dip, they rival any tot you find in the freezer aisle for flavor, and you can enhance them with even more flavor by serving them with any dip you like.

Favorite Zucchini Tots

These bite-size Zucchini Tots are perfect to dip and dunk into ketchup, salsa, guacamole or sour cream. And they are such a delicious way to transform zucchini into a lunch or dinner main dish. Plus: You can make them in under 30 minutes and they store well for future days, too.

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Baked Chicken Meatballs

With just four simple and affordable ingredients, you can make tender Baked Chicken Meatballs to share with the kids. Bonus: You can tuck a veggie into the mix if you want to and they are perfect to batch cook and stash into the freezer!

4-Ingredient Baked Chicken Meatballs

Serve with Marinara sauce, Pesto, Cheese Sauce, or with a side of ketchup or any other favorite dip. We like to have these on hand to use an easy lunch component or have them with pasta.

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Quinoa Patties

With just a few ingredients, including quinoa, broccoli, cheese, and eggs, and a super fast method that allows you to make a batch in under 10 minutes, these Quinoa Patties are a favorite meal to share with the kids.

Easy Quinoa Patties (Favorite Quinoa Cakes)

These quick Quinoa Patties are a delicious way to serve quinoa to kids—and adults! Plan to make the quinoa ahead of time so these come together in minutes.

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9 Month Old Meals for Dinner

Find easy dinner ideas you can make for baby and also enjoy yourself (or save the leftovers for future meals) with some of our favorites. (As baby gets closer to 1 year old, check out my One Year Old Food section for more ideas.)

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Turkey Sweet Potato Meatballs

Paired with sweet potato for extra nutrition and flavor, these meatballs are seriously delicious. They are great served straight out of the oven, simmered in Marinara Sauce, or even paired with a Cheese Sauce. You can even add them to Alphabet Soup or Minestrone to make an easy meatball soup.

Turkey Sweet Potato Baby Meatballs

With just a few nutritious, flavorful ingredients, you can make a batch of Baby Meatballs (for a baby, toddler, or parent!) with turkey and sweet potato. They freeze well and can be served plain or in marinara sauce.

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Serve up a filling, yummy baby meal with this easy Baby Pasta. It includes a tomato based sauce with extra veggies and beans blended in for an iron-rich meal perfect for lunch or dinner. Plus: The sauce freezes so well so you can have a stash of future meals ready and waiting!

Extra-Veggie Baby Pasta (with Iron)

Adding beans and extra veggies helps make this easy baby pasta satisfying, nutritious, and yummy. Serve it more or less saucy as you like. (You can even freeze the sauce for easy future meals.)

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Use the crock pot to cook up a hearty and nutritious Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup with veggies and lots of kid-friendly flavor. It’s easy, versatile, and a great freezer meal!

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup (with Instant Pot Option)

The addition of grains helps to thicken the soup to a nice consistency for little eaters, so don’t be worried if it’s pretty thin before you add them in before serving. (This post was updated and the recipe was streamlined November 2020. You can get the original recipe here.) 

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Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Shredded chicken thighs made incredibly tender in a rich tomato sauce with hints of Indian spices…oh yes! This Instant Pot Butter Chicken is an easy family dinner that everyone at the table (babies on up) can enjoy.

Easy Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Forget takeout—deliver this popular Indian dish to your table instead. Shredded chicken thighs are coated in a rich, buttery sauce with hints of tomatoes, ginger, and garam masala—a messy but very flavorful finger food. Adapted from The Multi-Cooker Baby Food Cookbook.

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Yogurt Chicken

We love Baked Chicken Tenders and Chicken Nuggets, and I wanted to try to have another easy option in the rotation that wasn’t breaded. This version, which uses yogurt and pantry spices to make a quick marinade, is incredibly tender and perfect for shredding. That makes it a great chicken recipe for babies, toddlers, and really anyone who’s interested!

Yogurt Chicken (Baked or Air Fried)

The most tender, flavorful, delicious chicken? This Yogurt Chicken is in the running! The easy chicken recipe is delicious on its own, shredded for kids, or added to pasta, rice, or another favorite meal. Plus, it stores well and can be served cold or warm.

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Best Tips for Success

  • Find my favorite baby food storage containers to hold leftovers and find tips on freezing baby food.
  • Cut food into very small pieces to ensure that it’s easy to eat and help as needed. Check in on the common choking hazards and avoid foods that are very hard, very sticky, or round.
  • Remember that appetite may vary from meal to meal and day to day and you can zoom out to look at the variety of food you’re offering over a whole week. Follow baby’s cues for hunger and fullness.
  • Avoid honey for babies under age 1 as it’s a risk for infant botulism.
  • Continue to introduce potential food allergens (which can help train the immune system and lower the overall risk for food allergies).
  • Try to include iron-rich foods regularly in your baby’s meals.
  • Add herbs and spices to baby meals to add flavor as you like.

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