Baby Weaning Meal Plan Ideas For Happy Healthy Babies

Are you looking to wean your baby but aren’t sure where to start?

Do you find yourself getting bored thinking of giving your baby nothing but purees for months?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were some other solid foods you could offer your child as early as six months?

In this article, we’ll provide you with a helpful baby weaning meal planner to help teach you all this and much more!

You’ll learn about what you can and can’t offer your child at each stage of the weaning process, and you’ll even be given three separate days of meals to choose from for each stage, too. When you find yourself stuck for ideas on what to feed your baby, refer back to this list and get inspired all over again!

Now, let’s get started!

Benefits of Creating a Meal Plan

There are a few great reasons why making a meal plan can make your life much easier and improve the quality of your weaning experience, too. Check out this list below to help you find out more about why this habit might work for you:

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  • You’ll never be at a loss for what to feed your baby. You’ll be able to look at your list and figure out what to serve your baby at any point of any day. This saves you a lot of planning time every day!
  • Grocery shopping will be much easier. You’ll be able to make a solid list of what you need and you’ll even save money by not buying too much of one ingredient at a time.
  • Caretakers will know what to feed, too. If you leave your baby with a sitter or a family member, you’ll have a meal plan ready to send along with your little one to avoid any confusion.

Six Months

Six months is the earliest point you should start weaning your baby. At this point, your little one is still getting most of his or her nutrition from milk, and that’s okay! Your infant will still be relying on milk for a while yet, and it’s important to provide plenty of milk to supplement the small bites of food your baby will probably be taking during this step. This 6 month old baby weaning plan should help you get started on the right foot.

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Day One

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • Skip breakfast when your baby is six months old.

Mid-morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Lunch

  • 5 whole cooked green beans that are very soft, or
  • 3 sticks of sweet potato, roasted until very soft in water and ¼ tsp olive oil

Afternoon

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Dinner

  • 1 soft extra-ripe banana, or
  • 3 to 5 thin strips of soft roasted parsnip

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Two

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • Skip breakfast when your baby is six months old.

Mid-morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Lunch

  • 2 to 3 toast fingers and 1/4 very ripe avocado, mashed, or
  • ½ cup of broccoli florets that have been boiled until very soft

Afternoon

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Dinner

  • ½ cup of boiled baby sweet corn, very soft, or
  • 3 to 5 thin strips of butternut squash that has been boiled until very soft, with no seasonings

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Three

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • Skip breakfast when your baby is six months old.

Mid-morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Lunch

  • 3 thin strips of soft cooked chicken with no seasonings, or
  • 3 to 4 thin carrot sticks that have been boiled until very soft

Afternoon

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Dinner

  • 4 thin slices of ripe pear, or
  • 3 to 5 thin sticks of raw sliced cucumber

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Seven Months

When choosing a baby weaning plan six months of age may seem like a complicated time. In contrast, however, seven months can be quite a fun time for your little one! He or she is sure to start getting more interested in foods other than milk at this time, and you’re likely to notice a major shift in the happiness of your baby when you present him or her with something solid to eat. This is an exciting chance for you to introduce lots of tasty new treats for your baby, but be sure to only offer baby-safe and healthy foods like those listed below.

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Day One

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

Mid-morning

  • ½ cup baby sweetcorn
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Lunch

  • 3 cheddar cheese strips and 3 soft steamed apple slices

Afternoon

  • 1 sugar-free cookie
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Dinner

  • 1 cup rice cereal with 3 strips soft cooked chicken

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Two

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 4 toast fingers with pureed apple

Mid-morning

  • Toast fingers and homemade baby-safe hummus
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Lunch

  • 5 soft roasted butternut squash strips, unseasoned

Afternoon

  • 3 pieces of soft pear
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Dinner

  • 1 small homemade baby-safe lentil and rice patty and 2 pieces of soft boiled asparagus, cut into bite-size chunks

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Three

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 3 to 5 pancake strips and 1 tbsp plain yogurt

Mid-morning

  • 1 unsalted rice cake and almond butter
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Lunch

  • 3 to 5 cooked unseasoned turkey strips

Afternoon

  • 1 sugar free cookie
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Dinner

  • 3 roast chicken strips and ½ cup soft boiled broccoli florets

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Eight Months

At eight months, you can start to get a little more creative with baby weaning lunch ideas, and with dinners too! You’ll start to see your infant’s milk intake tapering off little by little, although at this point it’s still very much okay for your baby to still be drinking a lot of milk. Remember that all infants will progress at different speeds, so if you find that your child is still more interested in milk at this time than trying a lot of different finger foods, you shouldn’t worry just yet. Just keep offering things until you find the ones that get your baby excited!

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Day One

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 1 soft banana and 1 porridge finger

Mid-morning

  • Toast fingers and homemade baby-safe hummus
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Lunch

  • ½ cup fruit yogurt and toast fingers

Afternoon

  • 3 steamed soft apple pieces
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Dinner

  • 3 roast chicken strips and 5 boiled potato wedges with no seasoning

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Two

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • ½ cup fruit yogurt

Mid-morning

  • ½ cup baby sweetcorn
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Lunch

  • 1 small piece of zucchini and cheddar frittata

Afternoon

  • 1 unsalted rice cake
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Dinner

  • ½ cup soft baked butternut squash and 3 slices of soft pears

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Three

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 3 to 5 pancake strips with 1 tbsp plain yogurt

Mid-morning

  • 1 unsalted rice cake with almond butter
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Lunch

  • 1 small piece of sweet potato frittata

Afternoon

  • 3 steamed soft apple pieces
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Dinner

  • 3 strips of cooked unseasoned soft chicken and 2 slices of peaches

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Nine Months

At nine months, your baby should be well on his or her way to enjoying solid foods more frequently. You’ll notice a big difference in milk intake that signifies that your baby is starting to reach the end of the weaning process. However, he or she may still have a long way to go before it’s time to remove the bottle entirely, and that’s okay too. This baby weaning menu planner should help you better determine what your baby is ready to eat at nine months of age.

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Day One

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 1 soft banana and 1 porridge finger

Mid-morning

  • Toast fingers and homemade baby-safe hummus
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Lunch

  • 1 cup of rice pudding

Afternoon

  • 1 unsalted rice cake
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Dinner

  • 1 cup tofu mashed with ¼ soft ripe avocado

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Two

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 3 toast fingers with ½ cup fruit yogurt

Mid-morning

  • 2 unsalted rice cakes and almond butter
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Lunch

  • 1 cup of pasta with homemade Bolognese sauce (no salt, no chili, no sugar)

Afternoon

  • 1 soft banana
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Dinner

  • 1 cup soft boiled green beans with 5 strips of soft mango

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Three

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 3 to 5 pancake strips with ¼ cup crushed berries

Mid-morning

  • 2 unsalted rice cakes and almond butter
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Lunch

  • 1 cup of rice pudding

Afternoon

  • 1 unsalted rice cake
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Dinner

  • 1 (small) baby-safe homemade black bean burger

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Ten Months

If you’re practicing baby-led weaning, this is the stage at which your child will be determining how much he or she wants to eat at each meal. However, if you’re using a more traditional baby weaning meal plan and system, you’ll probably want to start encouraging your child to give you some sign that he or she is still hungry after a meal, or if he or she gets full before a meal is complete. This may take some getting used to, but ten months is a good time to start learning your baby’s individual methods of communicating to you about food.

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Day One

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 4 toast fingers and 1 soft ripe banana

Mid-morning

  • 1 rice cake with 1 soft banana
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Lunch

  • 1/2 cup poached salmon with all bones removed, flaked, with 1 piece of toast

Afternoon

  • 4 soft steamed apple pieces
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Dinner

  • 4 to 5 cooked unseasoned beef strips and ¼ cup soft cooked noodles

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Two

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 1 slice banana bread and 5 slices of soft steamed apple

Mid-morning

  • 1 sugar free cookie with 1 soft banana
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Lunch

  • 1 cup roasted butternut squash with 1 piece of toast

Afternoon

  • 1 homemade baby-safe breadstick
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Dinner

  • ½ cup spelt pasta with homemade cheese sauce and 5 strips of raw cucumber slices

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Three

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 1 small buckwheat pancake and ½ cup raw berries

Mid-morning

  • 2 sugar free cookies
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Lunch

  • 1-egg omelette with mushrooms and cheddar cheese

Afternoon

  • 4 soft pear pieces
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Dinner

  • 2 baked corn fritters and 4 strips of raw pineapple

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Eleven Months

By eleven months, you can introduce some exciting new weaning baby food ideas to your plan: desserts! While it’s not a good idea to get your baby used to eating a lot of dessert after each meal, this is a fun chance to introduce sweets at the end of a dinner to give your baby something to look forward to every evening. This will also help supplement any nutritional needs your baby might have as the amount of milk he or she is drinking tapers off even more. Remember to choose healthy desserts and to never rely on unhealthy sweets.

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Day One

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 4 toast fingers and 1 scrambled egg

Mid-morning

  • 2 rice cakes with almond butter
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Lunch

  • 1 cup of rice pudding with 1 to 2 homemade baby-safe breadsticks

Afternoon

  • 2 homemade baby-safe breadsticks
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Dinner

  • 4 to 5 uncooked unseasoned beef strips and ½ cup boiled soft green beans and carrots

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Two

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 1 slice banana bread and 1 scrambled egg

Mid-morning

  • 5 pieces of soft pear
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Lunch

  • 1 piece of toast with mango strips and cream cheese

Afternoon

  • 4 toast fingers with ½ cup mashed soft ripe avocado
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Dinner

  • 2 to 3 baked corn fritters with 5 strips of raw cucumber

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Three

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 1 small buckwheat pancake and 2 tbsp plain yogurt

Mid-morning

  • 4 fruit sticks with 1 tbsp cream cheese
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Lunch

  • 1 piece of toast with homemade baby-safe hummus

Afternoon

  • 3 slices of cheddar cheese and 1 homemade baby-safe breadstick
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Dinner

  • ¾ cup spelt pasta with homemade cheese sauce and 4 slices of raw melon

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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One Year

You’ve come a long way since that weaning diet for 6 month old baby feeding! Now, your child should be a year old, and he or she should be working toward a completely weaned diet. Although there’s no hard and fast rule about the amount of milk your child should be drinking at this point, it’s a good idea to consider that formula-fed babies need around 400ml of cow’s milk at this point, and that breastfed babies should be down to two to three breastfeeds per day by one year. Your baby’s individual needs, however, may differ.

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Day One

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • ¼ cup Cheerios with 2 tbsp blackberry applesauce and ½ cup plain yogurt

Mid-morning

  • ½ ounce cheddar cheese with 4 wheat crackers and ½ cup whole milk
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Lunch

  • 1oz minced unseasoned roasted chicken with 1 tbsp quinoa, ½ a banana, and 2 tbsp cooked yellow peppers

Afternoon

  • ½ slice of wheat toast with 1 tsp olive oil, 4oz mango pieces, and ½ cup whole milk
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Dinner

  • 1-1/2oz minced unseasoned roasted chicken thigh with 2 tbsp mashed sweet potato, 1 tbsp avocado, 2 tbsp chopped green beans, and ½ cup whole milk

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Two

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • ½ cup Cheerios with ½ banana, 3 large strawberries sliced, and ½ cup whole milk

Mid-morning

  • 1 slice of toast with 2 tbsp cream cheese and ½ cup whole milk
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Lunch

  • ½ sliced turkey sandwich (bread and meat only) with ½ cup cooked green beans and ½ cup whole milk

Afternoon

  • 3 tbsp berries with 1 cup whole milk
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Dinner

  • 2oz cooked diced chicken with ½ cup cooked yellow peppers, ½ cup rice, and ½ cup whole milk

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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Day Three

Morning

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.

Breakfast

  • 1 cooked egg with 1 whole banana and ½ cup whole milk

Mid-morning

  • 1 slice of whole wheat muffin with 2 tbsp peanut butter and ½ cup whole milk
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Lunch

  • ½ egg salad sandwich with ½ cup cooked green beans and ½ cup whole milk

Afternoon

  • 3oz cubed cheese with 1 cup whole milk
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Dinner

  • 2oz cooked ground beef with ½ cup cooked orange peppers, ½ cup pasta, and ½ cup whole milk

Bedtime

  • Feed your baby his or her usual milk at this time.
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5 Tips for Knowing your Baby is Full

When your baby gets full, he or she will let you know in some way or another. If you’ve been breastfeeding you may already know your baby’s methods of communicating this, but here are five tips for any parent or caregiver who may not be sure his or her child is ready to stop eating for the time being.

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1. Slowing down on taking bites.

Your baby won’t be as ready to take bites of food when he or she is getting full, and this may be one of the first signs you notice.

2. Shaking his or her head.

This is a clear sign your baby isn’t interested in any more food right now!

3. Closing his or her mouth.

This is another way even very small babies may tell you that they are not hungry anymore.

4. Turning away.

If your baby is uninterested in eating anymore, he or she may turn away or even get interested in something else when you try to offer more food.

5. Pushing away food.

If your baby is self-feeding, this is a good indicator of fullness. However, even a spoon-fed baby may do this if he or she gets too full.

Conclusion

Learning how to wean your baby can be a complicated process, but it doesn’t have to be. When you want to offer your baby plenty of healthy food options and get a little creative in the kitchen at the same time, you can refer back to our sample meal plans to help you get started.

Remember, too, that there are many different ways to practice weaning your baby, and finding the right one that works for you and your child may take a few tries. Baby-led weaning isn’t for everyone, and you might find that your little one is interested in the foods listed above but will only accept them if he or she is fed them.

Whichever method works for you, these recipes are a great way to help you learn how to balance your baby’s nutritional needs. Remember that all babies will eat different amounts of food and progress at different rates, and these serving sizes are only offered as samples. Have fun getting to know your baby’s likes and dislikes through weaning!

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