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Q&A: Nutrition For A Nine-Month-Old Baby

Dr. Christine Wood, M.D


Q Our baby is 9 months old with 4 teeth coming in. Should he still be relying on formula for his nutrition (he currently has about 25 ounces a day), or should we slowly reduce the formula since he is eating 6 jars of stage 1 or stage 2 baby food a day?

A At 9 months, most babies are taking around 20 to 24 ounces of formula per day along with 3 meals a day of solids. It sounds like he is receiving enough food and formula for now. At 9 months, they may have developed the "pincer grasp" where they can pick up small objects between their thumb and forefinger. With this, they are usually ready to start a few soft bite-size finger foods. Slices of bananas, Cheerios or Oatios, or soft cooked vegetables are appropriate to start with. Once they start into more finger foods, they will sometimes start to refuse the jar foods. Often when babies are teething, they will have a decrease in their appetite, so don't be surprised if this happens.

Dr. Christine Wood is a practicing pediatrician in Southern

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