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Healthy Baby Food Recipe Ideas For 8-12-Months Infants

Nandhini Gnana
0 to 1 years

Created by Nandhini Gnana
Updated on May 09, 2019

Healthy Baby Food Recipe Ideas For 8 12 Months Infants
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There is a constant requirement for a change in baby foods being served to growing babies. By 8-12 months your kids would have gotten bored of the puree and the porridges. They will also start showing signs of dislikings and preferences. Always remember to give a variety of healthy baby foods and try not to repeat the same food recipes at least a week. Ideally, children of this age group should have 3 solid feeds in a day accompanied by 3-4 milk feeds. As per the schedule of the family, these meals can be planned throughout the day. [Must Try: Initial Solid Food Recipes for 6-12 Months Baby]

Here our pro-parent Nandini Gnana shares some good baby food ideas for your children that are both healthy, tasty and easy to make. Read this blog to learn how to make the following.

  • Egg dosa
  • Fruit fingers
  • Upma
  • Rice semiyan and more 

Baby Breakfast Recipes for 8-12 Months Infant

By the time your little ones is 8-12 months old, he or she would have gotten bored of the purees and the porridges.

In a pan, add a little ghee, 3 small onions chopped, one small tomato, jeera powder, turmeric powder, finely chopped carrot, beans, potato, and any other vegetable of your choice. Saute it well. Add three cups of water and once the water boils well and the vegetables are cooked, add one cup toasted rava and mix well. Close the pan for a minute and turn off flames once the rava is cooked.

#2. Egg Dosa:

In a bowl, take only the egg yolk and stir it well with the spoon. Better to avoid egg white until your baby turns one. In a pan, pour the dosa batter, set it a little thick like set dosa, close it with lid, and after a minute pour the egg yolk over the dosa and close the lid. Sprinkle pepper powder only if your little one likes.  All this to be done on a low flame. Remove lid and check if the egg is cooked well and then serve.

#3. Rice Semiya:

In a pan, add a little ghee, three small onions chopped, one small tomato, jeera powder, turmeric powder, finely chopped carrot, beans, potato, and any vegetable of your choice. Saute it well. Add two cups of water, once the water boils well and the vegetables are cooked, add one cup of rice Semiya and mix well. Close the pan for a minute and turn off the flame once the semiya is cooked.

#4. Aval Upma( Beaten Rice):

Important: Add lime juice only if your little one is not allergic to citrus fruits.
Soak one cup beaten rice in a bowl of water until it becomes soft (max ten minutes). In a pan, add a little ghee, three small onions chopped, one small tomato, jeera, turmeric powder, lime juice, and add the soft beaten Rice and mix well. Close the pan for a minute and turn off the flame. [Read More: Easy Breakfast Ideas/Recipes for Toddlers]  

Baby Lunch Ideas/Recipes for 12 months Baby

Pongal/ Khichdi is one of the best foods to give for lunch to your child. We can try different variations by adding various vegetables and sprouted grams.

#1.Plain Pongal:

In a cooker, add a little ghee, jeera, peppercorns, washed boiled rice one cup, washed moong dal half cup, five cups of water. Keep it for four to five whistles. 
In a kadhai, add ghee, mustard, karvapillai, grated ginger and to this add the pongal. Serve.

#2. Vegetable Pongal:

Follow the same steps above, just add carrot/ beans /potato/beetroot or any other vegetable of your choice along with rice.
For a variation, you can add different vegetables. [Read More: Baby Lunch Ideas/Recipes]

Snacks Recipes Ideas/Recipes for 12 months Child

Few ideas for baby food snack recipes that are easy, healthy for babies you can offer.

#1. Egg Omelet:

Whisk only the yellow part of the egg. Add little pepper powder if you have already introduced it to your baby. Pour on a dosa pan. Cook on both sides. Make sure egg is completely cooked.

#2. Fruit Fingers:

Cut fruits into shapes of fingers. Steam them slightly in the pressure cooker ensuring they don’t become mushy. Encourage your baby to pick it up and eat on their own.
Fruits that can be boiled and given: Apple, pear. Read More: Healthy Snack Recipe Ideas for kids

#3. Veg Soup:

Boil water, add small cubes of carrot, beans, beetroot, potato, coriander, pudina, jeera, pepper powder. After the veggies are cooked, either mash the vegetables or if your little one has already learned to chew with his/her gums then mashing is not required. Flavor with a little butter and feed warm. [Suggest More: Homemade Baby Foods Recipes]

Remember, when babies grow, there is a constant requirement for a change of food being served to them.

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Jan 28, 2016

Wonderful recipes ! Will try it soon .. As my lil one is 5months old now .. But I'm going to surely feed these kinda solids in next 2 months ... Thanks a ton :)

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| Jan 28, 2016

Wonderful information.. Thanks a lot

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| Jan 28, 2016

@Jhansi: Thank you dear. I totally understand your excitement. I was excited too , when my baby was 5 months old. I would suggest you to go through my first blog, link below. You start making the powders ready. https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/homemade-baby-food-recipes-6-to-12-months/565

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| Jan 29, 2016

Thanks a lot for such detailed info ...really helpful

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| Jan 30, 2016

thankyou.... very helpful

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| Feb 02, 2016

Hi Very nice .can we try this for 10 months old

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| Feb 02, 2016

@prathibha: you can surely try for 10 month old. Egg white is advisable to be given after 12 months. First try coming these recipe with single vegetable, you try the then include multiple vegetables as per your choice. Make sure you don't try the next new ingredient before four days of introducing one. Wait for any reactions, if your baby is able to digest you can go ahead with the next.

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| Feb 03, 2016

Thanks for giving ideas

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| Feb 03, 2016

Hi My Baby is 9 months but still the teeth's are not come he cannot chew the food now, what I am doing is boiling rice with toor dal and adding some jeera and pepper powder little bit Vegetables winnowing and bit ghee after complete boiled smashing them to paste and feeding the baby and the sme with Rava also please advise if any other we can do

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| Feb 07, 2016

Thank you so much for this healthy recipes.

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| Feb 08, 2016

@sanjeev: You can try all the above recipe for your baby. Babies can chew with there gums. My son got his tooth only after good first year birthday, he ate all these. But don't expect your baby to immediately start eating everything. Slowly start by not mashing the food completely. Give home made biscuits. Encourage your baby to chew.

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| Feb 16, 2016

Don't we need to add salt to the receipies? As none of these have salt as the content. Anyways I m also avoiding salt and sugar. My baby is 7 months. I started giving her.. veg soups. .dal..ragi

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| Feb 21, 2016

What should I give to my baby as he is very moody about his meals... Manytimes he will not eat anything...

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| Feb 22, 2016

Super nandini ....very useful. thanks

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| Feb 22, 2016

@mona: Adding Salt/sugar after the first year is completely fine. Please go ahead and add. But make sure you don't add too much. Try to avoid sugar, use Jaggery instead.

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| Feb 25, 2016

Nice recepies its too good for health

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| Mar 01, 2016

Ragi is good for babies.. it ptovides calcium. pls suggest sum recipi of ragi flour.

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| Mar 09, 2016

NYC recipes for kids

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| Mar 09, 2016

Thanks nandini for sharing such healthy receipes....

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| Mar 09, 2016

Recipes ideas for babies

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| Mar 11, 2016

Very useful recipes. Thank u so much

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| Mar 11, 2016

Very healthy n easy recipes.. Thank u so much for sharing.

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| Mar 11, 2016

Thanks.... I'll try it...

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| Mar 13, 2016

Thanks a lot

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| Mar 13, 2016

Thank u ....i will try... hope she love all of them :-)

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| Mar 13, 2016

Thanks,I will try

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| Mar 14, 2016

Hello,my son is 14month old and his weight is still 7 kg. Plz advise some healthy diet that can help him to gain weight .he is allergic to milk.

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| Mar 14, 2016

New to this place let me spend sometime for candid comment :)

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| Mar 14, 2016

@Jinal: You can try to include one of the following items in your baby's diet everyday: 1. Banana 2. Sweet potato 3. Potato 4. Cheese 5. Paneer 6. Curd 7. Dry fruits powder Don't force feed at once. Try giving variety of foods after short durations. If all this does not work you can try giving sprouted sathumaavu.

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| Mar 14, 2016

@ priyanka If your baby is less than a year old then you can check the below blog written by me https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/homemade-baby-food-recipes-6-to-12-months/565 If your baby is older, 1. Ragi semiya ( anil brand) You need to just soak it in water for two min, steam it in oven/cooker. Flavor it with Jaggery or onions, grated carrot , salt. 2. Ragi biscuits for snacks. You can find the recipe online. 3. Sprouted ragi powder can be added in making chapati,Poori, porridge, payasam

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| Mar 14, 2016

My baby is 9 months old.. can I try paneer ?if yes could u pls suggest any healthy receipies with paneer

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| Mar 19, 2016

My son is nine mnths old. how many time i can gv him solids and how many time for liquid food including breast milk and bottle milk in a day?pls rwply

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| Mar 22, 2016

Nice recipes

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| Mar 29, 2016

Hi,My son is 4Years 11 Month's old and his weight is still 12 kg. Can u pls advise some healthy food that can help him to gain weight

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| Mar 30, 2016

My daughter is 1 yr &2 mnth . She is having only 8 kg. What food i must gve her increase weight

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| Mar 30, 2016

HELLO MY DAUGHTER IS 3 YEARS OLD .REST ALL IS OK WITH HER BUT SHE DONT TAKE FOOD WHOLE DAY ONLY WILL HAVE MILK OR SOMETIME SOME FRUITS AND BISCUITS

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| Mar 31, 2016

thnak you so much

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| Apr 01, 2016

Yummy

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| Apr 01, 2016

Yummy

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| Apr 01, 2016

Yummy

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| Apr 01, 2016

Yummy

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| Apr 01, 2016

Yummy

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| Apr 01, 2016

Yummy

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| Apr 01, 2016

Pls suggest how cn we introduce cheese in toddlers diet.

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| Apr 07, 2016

Thanks

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| Apr 08, 2016

Thanks

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| Apr 08, 2016

My son s 3 years old. He s very thin. Wat to do to make him put weight. He s very active

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| Apr 09, 2016

Hello mam. my baby is 15 months old.. she doesnt show any interest about eating. can u plz suggest sone new recepies so that i can try making them n giving her?

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| Apr 09, 2016

Hello mam. my baby is 15 months old.. she doesnt show any interest about eating. can u plz suggest sone new recepies so that i can try making them n giving her?

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| Apr 12, 2016

Nice recipes... will surely try these to my 1yr old.

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| Apr 12, 2016

Nice recipes... will surely try these to my 1yr old.

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| Apr 12, 2016

Nice recipes... will surely try these to my 1yr old.

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| Apr 12, 2016

Nice recipes... will surely try these to my 1yr old.

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| Apr 21, 2016

Thank u for these nice recepies for my 11 months kid.

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| Apr 24, 2016

Hi can u tell me the food for 17months baby. she is not increasing. Detail about food for increasing her weight

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| Apr 24, 2016

Hi can u tell me the food for 17months baby. she is not increasing. Detail about food for increasing her weight

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| Apr 24, 2016

Hi can u tell me the food for 17months baby. she is not increasing. Detail about food for increasing her weight

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| Apr 25, 2016

nice tips. thank you..

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| Apr 27, 2016

Nice recipies

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| Apr 28, 2016

Nice receipes

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| May 02, 2016

Hi my baby is 10 month. He is not increasing weight. Can you tell what type of food can be given to him

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| May 05, 2016

good receipes,thanks

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| May 07, 2016

Nice recipes.

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| May 07, 2016

thanks for receipe but if u can suggest any other different receipe..

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| May 12, 2016

Very helpful recipes thank u

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| May 14, 2016

Really good recipes and I'm following for my baby. Can u suggest some recipes for dinner time ? My little one is 7 months old. Now I'm giving rice with roasted channa porridge. It is not fulfilling her for whole night with my feed.

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| May 17, 2016

which fruit juice can be given to 4 mnth old baby... boiled n mashed apple can be given o way?? He is not gettong suffiecient breast milk so i hv to introduce othr liquids to him

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| May 18, 2016

thank you helpful recipes

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| May 25, 2016

I needed this. Thanks a lot.

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| May 25, 2016

I needed this. Thanks a lot.

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| May 26, 2016

Nice. Thank you. My daughter just turned 9 months and just like u have mentioned she has started showing dislikes to purees. I will try these.

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| Jun 01, 2016

thank you... very helpful message. ..

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| Jun 02, 2016

Thanks for your precious recipes

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| Jun 02, 2016

thanx a lot

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| Jun 03, 2016

What food can be given to a 6 month baby

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