Mega List of Table Foods for Your Baby or Toddler - Your Kid's Table

Get this awesome list perfect for 1 year olds, toddlers, and babies learning to eat table and finger foods from a feeding therapist and mom. Grab a free printable list too!

Get this awesome list perfect for 1 year olds, toddlers, and babies learning to eat table and finger foods from a feeding therapist and mom. Grab a free printable list too!


It is time to talk about the first real-deal table foods you should give your baby. Most of the ideas I am sharing are for babies 10 months and up, but it really depends on how well your baby or toddler is chewing up foods. For instance, you could be introducing these a little earlier or later. Also, as the parent, you know what’s best, go with what makes you comfortable!

In general, these are perfect foods for 1 year olds and those a little younger!

If you have questions or concerns about choking and foods that are safe to introduce, head to When Can Babies Eat Cheerios for foods parents are often wondering about. And, of course, ask your child’s pediatrician. Keep in mind that gagging is different than choking though. See baby gagging for more information.

These guidelines are based on my experience as a licensed occupational therapist and the 15 years of experience working with hundreds of families. The suggestions are also in alignment with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations.

I am going to do this a little backward and give you food ideas and some meal plans in this post and then follow-up soon in a second post on exactly how to begin making this transition (UPDATE: head to how to transition to table foods to learn more). To be honest, I wanted to have a resource for myself, since Isaac (10 months old) is right in the middle of this transition and I am struggling to make sure he has enough variety.

I do have to admit that Isaac isn’t (hmm, need to choose my words carefully here,) the best eater.

He chews and manages food very well, but unless it’s not extremely palatable to him, he isn’t very interested. Of course, this is very frustrating! To make sure I optimize my chances at success (aka: he actually eats something other than Gerber Puffs or Cheerios), I need a go to a list with all of my ideas (plus some new ones), so I am not scrambling in the craziness of meal prep.

The list is organized into three categories: fruits/vegetables, starches/carbs, and proteins. When putting together meals, plan for at least one food in each of these three groups. Also, keep in mind that if you mash up a casserole or lasagna, all three categories may be covered in one shot. For example, with the lasagna: spaghetti sauce= protein, noodles= carbs, and meat or cheese= protein.  

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Tips for Feeding Table Foods to Babies

  • Make sure everything you give your baby for the first time is closely monitored. Chew a small piece in your mouth first and pay attention to how hard it is to chew. If it doesn’t break down easily and quickly, it probably isn’t a good choice.
  • Stay calm if your baby coughs or chokes a little, it will happen. If you freak out, they will freak out. If they are coughing or choking on a food frequently, stop giving it to them and re-introduce at a later date. Read more about how to handle and move past frequent baby gagging here.
  • Cut food into small pieces so they can chew it easily. Cut beans in half and make sure meats are soft and moist. Help your baby with foods that are difficult to pick up, don’t make the pieces bigger until you are sure they can manage them.
  • This is a list of table foods, not necessarily finger foods, although many of them are. For example, spread hummus on crackers or serve cottage cheese.
  • I nearly always use whole wheat or whole grain for noodles, crackers, and bread and I would urge you to set the trend now and your child will not know any different. Okay, I won’t lecture on the benefits of whole grains, well not right now, anyways!
  • Cutting foods into small pieces can be a pain, but I love these easy to use Funbites cutters that keep everything neat and clean.

Get this awesome list perfect for 1 year olds, toddlers, and babies learning to eat table and finger foods from a feeding therapist and mom. Grab a free printable list too!

  • This suction mat is also my favorite if your using a chair that pulls right up to the table or if your going to a restaurant. Check out the little pocket to catch the food, brilliant. I used this with all three of my kids, and it’s held up amazingly! Seven years of use, not too shabby.
  • If you use a high chair, these suction bowls are awesome for trays!

**If your baby is 9-10 months old and struggling to eat table foods, check out the free workshop that will help you get your baby or toddler on the right track: 5 Big Feeding Mistakes That Are Stopping Your Child From Learning to Eat Table Foods Workshop. It’s free, click below I’ll send you a free workbook and link to your inbox.


Protein Ideas for Baby

Cheese shredded from a hand grater (it is thicker and easier to grab this way)
Chicken (make sure it is extra soft)
Turkey (ground or breast/cutlet)
Hard-boiled Egg
Scrambled Egg
Black Beans
Cheese Spreads
Cottage Cheese
Ricotta Cheese
Crumbled Goat Cheese (or use as a spread)
Plain Pulled Pork (make sure it is extra soft)
Shreds of Pot Roast  (make sure it is extra soft)
Tzatziki Sauce (may need to puree if there are large pieces of cucumber in it)


Carb Ideas for Baby

Plain or Buttered Bread
English Muffin
Corn Grits/Polenta
Brown Rice
Short Pasta
Graham Crackers
Town House Crackers
French toast




Cream Of  Wheat


Fruits/Vegetables Ideas for Baby

Sweet Potato
Cooked Diced Apples
Cooked Diced Carrots (great to use pieces from soups)
Cooked Diced Celery
Pureed Soups (i.e. tomato, butternut squash)
Inside of Baked Potato
Mashed Potato
Mashed Sweet Potato
Broccoli (make sure this is extra soft)
Cauliflower (make sure this is extra soft)
Puree Fruits and use as a spread
Butternut Squash
Raspberries (many babies will find these too tart, but still give it a try)
Spinach (use in casseroles or foods you are mashing up)


Baby Meal Plans

Below, I am outlining some various meal plans, just to give you some ideas. Many of the meals would suit a toddler or big kid as well. Again, depending on how your child is managing foods, you may need to dice or mash foods more. I would encourage you to think of what you are eating and if you could modify it for your baby. Ideally, you want your baby (soon to be toddler) to be eating what you are eating.
This may mean some planning ahead.
Mash up or chop what you are eating into small pieces. Once you get into this frame of mind, you will be surprised to think of all the foods your baby can enjoy, too!
Also, I try to vary textures at each meal. Meaning, I want one kind of food that needs to be eaten from a spoon and at least one that is finger-fed. It doesn’t always work out this way, but that’s the goal, especially as they are transitioning off of all pureed foods.

Breakfast Ideas for Babies

  • English muffin with cream cheese and chopped strawberries
  • Cottage cheese (depending on age, may need to chop coarsely in food processor), diced pear, and graham crackers
  • Diced hard-boiled egg, diced toast with butter, and applesauce
  • Cream Of  Wheat with pureed berries and plain whole milk yogurt (yes, mix this all together)
  • Pumpkin waffles and diced banana

Check out toddler breakfast ideas for more inspiration.


Lunch Ideas for Babies

  • Tortilla folded in half (quesadilla style) with a little melted cheese inside and mashed avocado
  • No sugar added applesauce, zucchini bread, and shredded mozzarella pieces
  • Tomato soup with black beans and blueberry cornbread
  • Hummus spread on pita with diced fruit salad (or whatever fruit you have on hand)
  • Shreds of pot roast in tzatziki sauce and pureed mango-banana sauce (blend pieces of mango and banana together, leaving it a little chunky)

Head over to toddler lunches for 17 more easy and healthy ideas perfect for 1 and 2 year olds!


Dinner Ideas for Babies

  • Ricotta or cottage cheese, spaghetti sauce, spinach, and whole wheat noodles chopped coarsely through a blender or food processor. Also, give some pieces of noodles to finger feed
  • Tilapia, steamed and slightly overcooked broccoli, and polenta
  • Meatballs, barley, and diced carrots
  • Mashed sweet potatoes, tender turkey breast or cutlet, and pieces of buttered bread
  • Canned salmon (I always use wild Alaskan), quinoa, and diced apples/butternut squash

Find even more food ideas for babies and toddlers in Ultimate List of Baby/Toddler Meal Ideas and if you’re looking specifically for high calorie foods, click on over to High Calorie Foods for Baby and Toddlers.


Want a Free Printable Finger Food List for Babies and Toddlers?

Yup, you heard me right, get a printable of tons of finger food ideas for babies, it’s something I’ve written about a lot here on Your Kid’s Table. You can print this out and hang it right on your fridge. I’ll send it right to your inbox!

Free toddler meal ideas printable! Tons of ideas, that are totally do-able.

Grab your free toddler/baby table foods printable here.

Follow along on Pinterest, I am always pinning new, fun, and easy meal ideas. I have lots more food ideas and developmental info for your babe!


More for Babies and Toddlers

How to Transition Your Baby to Table Foods

How to Wean from the Bottle

Toddler Portion Sizes

How to Teach Your Baby or Toddler to Feed Themself


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Alisha Grogan is a licensed occupational therapist and founder of Your Kid’s Table. She has over 14 years experience with expertise in sensory processing and feeding development in babies, toddlers, and children.  Alisha also has 3 boys of her own at home. Learn more about her here.



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