Baby-Friendly Meal Ideas for the Whole Family

9-12 Months

Between 9 and 12 months, your child will graduate from “baby food” and make the transition to table food. This is great news for the home chef! Resist the urge to become a short-order cook, making different meals. With a little planning, now you can prepare dishes the entire family can enjoy (including mom and dad). Here are some wholesome baby-friendly family meal ideas.

Mexican food

Tacos and burritos—besides being delicious—are easily deconstructed for tiny hands and mouths. The combination of ground meat or beans; whole-wheat tortillas or rice; and diced avocado or tomatoes adds up to a well-balanced meal for everyone. Just go easy on the heat!


A hearty casserole does double duty by feeding the whole family while helping your littlest transition to table food. Not only are casseroles often “sticky” and easy for babies to grasp with their hands or spoon, you can also add in extra veggies. Best of all, casseroles almost always mean leftovers, so you can pack some for lunch at work and day care or freeze it for a quick meal down the road. Here are some nutritious family meal ideas for casseroles:

Zucchini and Black Bean Enchiladas

Turkey Lasagna

Chicken, Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole

Slow cooker meals

Slow-cooked meals are a great way to make soft, moist meat and veggies that are easy to shred or dice for baby. These slow-cooker family meal ideas will help your baby transition to table food while satisfying the rest of the family.

Chicken and Veggies

Pot Roast and Veggies

Vegetable Beef Soup

Lentil Spaghetti Sauce