What things does your 12 month old eat?

Rachelle - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be almost 12 months pretty soon and she is a very picky eater. She still eats some foods that are pureed, like carrots and peas, green beans, peaches. She will not eat them no matter how soft I make them or how small I dice them. She eats plenty of crackers and some cheese, cooked chicken and others, gerber crackers and yogurt melts in moderation. I am just afraid that she is not eating enough, what could I do to help her feel more secure about eating "big girl" food?

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Samantha - posted on 03/18/2010

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I'm stressing about the same thing, and I dont want to give her processed foods and I'm really stuck on ideas, she seems to like liver thats ive put in the oven with some olive oil, I chop it up in big chunks and she absolutely loves chewing it and the nice thing about it is that is mashes up even though she doesnt have teeth, reducing the risk of her choking. She loves finger foods, so does anyone have any suggestions on healthy fingers foods to feed a 1 year old?

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Rachelle - posted on 03/31/2010

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Thank you Maggie...I will have to try the cracker trick...because the past few days she has had a rough time going number two. So more fruits and veggies!

Maggie - posted on 03/30/2010

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babies, toddlers, will not starve themselves. they will let you know when they are hungry!!! remember middle of the night feeds!!!! as long as the food she is eating is, organic and full of nutrients, I am sure they are just fine. just stay away from carbs. they are incredibly hard for babies to digest well past 12-18 months and every child is different. try removing the crackers and such from her diet for 2 weeks and see if her appetite picks up. it takes hours for their little tummies to digest grains, so that might be why she isnt eating the healthy food she needs. I truly believe this will help, I have seen it work before!
And just relax. If you are relaxed she will be too, but if you are stressed or forceful, she will rebel!! remember, she is only 12 months, they dont eat as much as us!! and as long as she is getting breastmilk or fresh whole at least organic (raw is the best) milk, she will be fine!!!!

Christine - posted on 03/17/2010

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I think all kids go through phases of eating. I have 19 month old twin boys and sometimes they won't eat something, the next time they will. I just keep offering it. I think that's part of it. Kind of like my boys like the same books read over and over - it's familiar, but once a "new" book keeps coming around it becomes the new favorite after a couple weeks. I honestly think it's the same with food. Of course if they get yogurt melts they are going to be like "heck yeah' but things that don't tickle their taste buds right away, may just need to make several appearances before it's "familiar" or accepted into their exclusive club. Another thing I do is not make a big deal. Even if they don't eat it, I let them play with it mash it, just to make it something, like I said, familiar. At some point they put everything in their mouth, let them play with it long enough and ta da!



I also, when times get tough, just make smoothies. I use almond or coconut milk, frozen berries, banana, apples and VEGGIES! cauliflower, carrots, beets, spinach. They have no idea! They love it, like it's ice cream. Then at least I know they got the veggies in there even if they were disguised. I also mix pureed veggies in other things like mashed potatoes and stuff I know that they will eat. Works like a charm!

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