Babies’ Foods – Meats and Dinners

We have covered ages 7 and 8 months. This post is for 8 to 9 months. The next step is to begin feeding baby meats, dinners and pureed legumes. These should be high potassium foods without salt added as a preservative. The potassium content should be 3 or more times the amount of sodium to allow baby to develop a preference for unsalted food. From 6 months to 1 year, the baby should be getting 700 mg or more potassium a day.

The table contains the baby foods that satisfy the 3 to 1 ratio. However, baby foods vary so check the label about the amount of sodium. The meats should be strained as should the dinners. At this age baby can begin eating legumes that have been pureed. Beans, whether black, navy, kidney, or lima, it doesn't matter. They are all great, as are peas and lentils, and they are all high in potassium. The potassium values for legumes can be found here. They are not in the tables below. Pureeing them should make no difference in the potassium and sodium content.

The same precautions previously mentioned should be followed. Strain the food. Avoid any foods that are tough in consistency. Avoid foods with kernels and avoid berries. Avoid any food about the size of the end of your finger. These can lead to choking. Continue to introduce foods one at a time. The dinners should only have one food or no foods that are new to the baby. If there are two new foods and there is a reaction to the food, you will not know which caused the problem. Baby should still be getting some breast milk.

Some junior high potassium foods are in the tables, but should not be introduced till baby is older. The weights all are grams except for the potassium and sodium, which are milligrams. The calories, protein, total fat, carbohydrate, sugar, fiber, potassium and sodium values given are for 100 grams of food.

The serving size and weight for a baby differs from 100 grams, so we have listed the serving weight and the common measurement that corresponds to that weight.

K is potassium. Na is sodium. 

Except for the potassium to sodium ratio and the amount of potassium per serving (which we calculated), the source of data is: 

USDA National Nutrient Database Standard Reference – Release 22

Food

Serving Wt

Serving Size

Calories

Protein

Total Fat

Carb'drt 

Fiber

Sugar

Potassium

Sodium

Ratio K:Na

K per Serving

Meat, beef, strained

14.66

1 tbsp

81

12.03

2.52

2.43

0

0

187

46

4.1

27

Meat, beef, junior

28.35

1 oz

81

12.03

2.52

2.43

0

0

187

46

4.1

53

Meat, veal, strained

16.16

1 tbsp

81

13.12

2.45

1.51

0

0

170

39

4.4

27

Meat, pork, strained

28.35

1 oz

124

14

7.1

0

0

0

223

42

5.3

63

Meat, ham, strained

15

1 tbsp

97

11.3

3.8

3.7

0

0

204

41

5

31

Meat, ham, junior

28.35

1 oz

97

11.3

3.8

3.7

0

0

210

67

3.1

60

Meat, lamb, strained

21.51

1 tbsp

87

14.07

3.41

0.85

0

0

193

43

4.5

42

Dinner, macaroni and tomato and beef, junior

16

1 tbsp

59

2.5

1.1

9.4

1.1

2.43

72

17

4.2

12

Dinner, beef noodle, strained

16

1 tbsp

63

2.44

2.26

8.18

1.3

1.42

87

15

5.8

14

Dinner, vegetables and beef, strained

256

1 cup

77

2.21

3.6

8.84

1.3

2.34

145

21

6.9

371

Dinner, vegetables and beef, junior

256

1 cup

77

2.21

3.6

8.84

1.3

2.34

145

21

6.9

371

Dinner, beef with vegetables

113

1 jar, Beech-Nut Stage 2 (4 oz)

96

2.03

6.93

6.36

1.8

2.16

127

23

5.5

144

Dinner, vegetables and ham, strained

256

1 cup

59

2.19

2.14

7.8

1.6

1.37

141

16

8.8

361

Dinner, vegetables and lamb, strained

256

1 cup

52

2

2

6.9

1.1

0.94

94

20

4.7

241

Dinner, vegetables and lamb, junior

28.35

1 oz

51

2.1

1.7

7.1

1.1

0.94

95

13

7.3

27

Dinner, chicken noodle, strained

16

1 tbsp

66

2.69

2.06

9.08

2.1

2.5

139

23

6

22

Dinner, vegetables chicken, strained

256

1 cup

59

2.47

1.73

8.42

2.1

1.58

158

24

6.6

404

Dinner, pasta with vegetables

113

1 jar, Gerber (4 oz)

60

1.7

2.1

8.4

1.5

1.2

133

11

12.1

150

Dinner, vegetables and noodles and turkey, junior

28.35

1 oz

52

1.8

1.5

7.6

1.1

 

73

17

4.3

21

Dinner, turkey and rice, strained

16

1 tbsp

52

2.27

1.24

7.94

0.9

1.66

91

20

4.6

15

Dinner, vegetables and turkey, strained

256

1 cup

48

2.32

0.9

7.62

1.5

1.54

102

20

5.1

261

Dinner, mixed vegetable, strained

28.35

1 oz

41

1.2

0.1

9.5

   

121

8

15.1

34

Dinner, mixed vegetable, junior

28.35

1 oz

33

1

0

7.9

   

112

9

12.4

32

Dinner, apples and chicken, strained

28.35

1 oz

65

2.16

1.38

10.87

1.8

7.9

95

12

7.9

27

Dinner, broccoli and chicken, junior

28.88

1 tbsp

62

3.59

2.48

6.34

1.4

1.43

170

17

10

49

Dinner, sweet potatoes and chicken, strained

16

1 tbsp

74

2.51

2.17

11.04

1.3

5.37

200

22

9.1

32

Dinner, chicken and rice

16

1 tbsp

51

1.6

0.9

9.2

1.1

0.55

60

15

4

10