Anyone have meal ideas for 14 month olds?

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My daughter Amy will be 14 months old on the sixth of September.
I try to keep as much variety in her diet as I can. But I would really like to try and mix it up a bit more. If any Moms would like to post any of their own meal ideas, it would be much appreciated!

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RaeAnna - posted on 09/08/2010

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My 13.5 month old loves fruits and veggies! I'm a vegetarian so it's really easy to prepare both our meals. He eats 2-3 bananas a day, 1-2 avocados, sweet potato, sprouted grain bread, cooked broccoli, cooked carrots, etc.
Something that I actually worked at preparing was blended potatoes with broccoli formed into little balls and baked. He loved them! Our Target sells "broccoli fries" that basically is the same concept where I got my idea. He also loves rice, lentils, beans, berries, and baked snack crackers. (Amy's brand.)

Frenika - posted on 09/07/2010

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My son will be 14 months on the 13th of September..

I used to be afraid to feed him everything because of tbought he would choke but so far so good..

I usually feed him whatever we are eating that night but if its something that I feel he can't eat, I'll either give him one of those pre-packaged dinners from Gerber for toddlers or one of those Chef -Boyodee things.. He loves the mac and cheese.

Rachael - posted on 09/23/2010

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My son will be 14 months on the 30th and he eats everything we eat, but he LOVES PB&J so that is his snack if we are eating something spicy like Jumbalaya...Just try new things, dont drive yourself nuts but but give him what your eating...There will be things she doesnt like and so just remember that for the next time. My son likes McDonalds nuggets but if I buy nuggets for home, like Tyson he doesnt like them, I think because they arent as crunchy but who knows.

Amanda - posted on 09/21/2010

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I give my son whatever we are eating..He loves chicken and yellow rice...Loves veggies and fruits....Snack time he eats graham crackers...fruit..fruit snackers...crackers with peanut butter..lunch he eats pbj...carrots..celery..hotdogs..soup...Dinner he eats it all too..fish meat..beef stew..

Just make sure to remove casings from fruits like grapes and apples ..or hotdogs at first because they have a hard time chewing it and could choke.

Michelle - posted on 09/18/2010

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My son is 14mon and only has 4 teeth. I still mash and puree most fruits and veggies. We just started feeding him tiny pieces of toast with melted cheese. Kinda my no butter way of doing a grilled cheese. I just pop it in the toaster oven. I cut them into tiny pieces and he eats them just fine. He also likes the little tiny star pasta with peas and diced carrots. My son doesn't eat meat yet. I make sure he gets his protein from lentiles, avacados, cheese, and yogurt. Also the bread we buy him has a serving of protein. It's called ezekiel bread. I get it in the freezer section. My son loves blueberries, and cherries. I will peel and bake apples, peaches and blueberries then puree it in a food processor freeze it in a ice cube tray. Once it frozen I put the cubes into a freezer storage bag. I just thaw a cube or two of this and mixed into his oatmeal in the morning. We just pureed a sugar pumpkin yesterday and mixed it with his banana. Sweet potatos are easy. Bake, cool, take off the skin and let him dig in. weelicious.com and Wholesome Baby Food.com have some good ideas and inspiration.

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Mae - posted on 09/21/2010

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My 14month old daughther super love to eat spaghetti bolognese last night we went to a restaurant and we ordered spaghetti bolognese and the waiter noticed that my daughter was eating the spaghetti and the waiter was kinda worried coz he taught that pasta is heavy is hard to digest. And this idea kinda bothered me coz my daughter so love to eat spaghetti 5 times a week.

Jennifer - posted on 09/18/2010

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My son loves avocados. I also make healthy waffles and pancakes for breakfast serving them with fruit instead of syrup. You can google "healthy" recipes. Mine have wheat germ, oatmeal, pumpkin, cinnamon..whatever. We also roast alot of veggies...he prefers them that way and we add spices that are beneficial for him.

Tiffany - posted on 09/18/2010

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I was about to post a question asking the same thing!!
My son is 14 months, and can eat MOST table foods we eat, and for dinners he usually we eats what we eat, but sometimes I feel like giving him a variety for lunch can be challenging.
He absolutely loves any kind of pasta or spaghetti and sauce we have. He will eat the Pasta pick-ups, but has to have sauce on them (I either use homemade or jar sauce if we don't have any homemade ready). I buy the cheaper tv dinners like (theres a few brands that make smaller 'meals' at a very affordable price), and I get the chicken alfredo ones, pepper steak and rice, salisbury steak and mashed potatoes, and he loves those. He adores mashed potatoes, homemade or frozen. He also loves yogurt.
We've tried giving him little pieces of sandwiches, but he just seems to play with them more than he eats them. He will eat cooked cut up pieces of vegetables, but is kind of picky about cut up fruit. He'll eat ANY baby food fruit, but isn't too keen on it whole.

Tonya - posted on 09/18/2010

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Ashlyn is also 14 months old and as far as what she eats.... she eats what i eat and them if i find out that she dont wanna eat or dont like what i am having then i will find something eles for her but b4 i even start something for her i see if she will eat what i am eatting... hope this helps

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My son eats what we do.....I encourage my stepdaughter to eat what we do too but she has her moments of being picky, so she may get something different in the meat department otherwise we all eat the same meal! I just make sure it is small enough for him to chew and he pretty much feeds himself, except for the soups and liquid stuff.

Debbie - posted on 09/14/2010

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alays encorage your children to eat whatever you eat so you are not running around making dif meals, my 14month brianna loves spagetti bol, chicken curry and rice, and i always give her mixed salad and she usually just picks out the grapes and bannnanas lol xx

Tracy - posted on 09/12/2010

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My son is 14 1/2 months and he eats anything I put in front of him, you could say he loves food. He eats what we eat at home and when we go out to eat. He eats chicken, sausage, veggies, cut up fruit and pasta. I hope this gives you a few ideas.

Cathleen - posted on 09/11/2010

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My 14 month DS is giving me a run for my money with food too. Sometimes he'll seemingly eat anything and then I wont be able to get him to eat anything but crackers. Even if he loves something one nite the next I'll make the exact same thing and he wont eat it. Veggies in a baby jar he'll eat but not steamed. Meat, pasta, rice and potatoes are hit and miss. Fruit is usually a go and baked carbs usually do okay. Usually..

I've come to the decision eat whats on your plate or go hungry. Any of you other moms notice this with your toddler?

Heather - posted on 09/11/2010

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Exactly! My sons fav is broccoli no kidding!!! And those baby meals are so expensive and full of unhealthy preservatives..I mean really thing of what type of ingrediants are in a meal that is on the shelf unrefrigerated eww!

Julia - posted on 09/11/2010

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I'm with you Heather! My boy even eats morroccan cous cous, smoked salmon, melon...(things I hated when young lol!)

Heather - posted on 09/11/2010

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I don't cater to my kids they eat what we are eating just cut up smaller!! They're not picky either thay eat well and a variety....I feel like parents make picky eater out their kids when they cater to them in this way JUST MY OPION! :)

Kim - posted on 09/10/2010

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Whatever I'm eating. He likes to feed himself so there are alot of crackers and cereals in his diet.

Rebecca - posted on 09/10/2010

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Lately i have been mixing Amy's organic spaghetti O's with organic canned peas and carrot along with white bean (for the protein b/c Lyla doesn't chew many meats) and then melting a little parm or mozzarella on top and she love it! I have found that beans are a good way to get in filling proteins and iron and all I do is mix them with something or put sea salt and butter on them and they are quite good, easy to pick up and a good texture. i find that things she can eat independently she like a lot also...

LeAnda - posted on 09/09/2010

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Jacob pretty much eats what we eat but were havin a hard time gettin him to knowingly eat veggies we have to hide them....any ideas on that???

Amy - posted on 09/09/2010

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my daughter eats much of what we eat. My DD loves saltine crackers with hummus and mac and cheese.

Julia - posted on 09/09/2010

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My little one loves soft tortilla wraps sandwiched together with my non spicy ground beef and melted cheese. I give him those cut into fingers when we have mexican. Soft beef stew and dumplings is a hit too. As well as sausage/red pepper/courgette casserole and homemade cheesy beer bread. The alcohol cooks out! Meatballs and noodles are a hit here. Mine likes all red things though!!!

Mandy - posted on 09/08/2010

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1. Veggie stirfry mix you buy from Woolies, for the family I add chicken or beef with noodles. This takes 15 minutes to make. I cut into small pieces and away you go.



2. Spaggetti bolonaise - simple and quick to make, you can freeze portions for another day. Add mushed up butternut to make you childs meals more healthy. (This you can get at spur steak ranches from the salad valley if you are lazy like me)



3. My favourite to make is rice, frozen mixed veggies and a white sauce. This I freeze and when I dont feel like cooking, I just defrost and away we go.

Cindy - posted on 09/07/2010

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My daughter is 13 months and I usually give her whatever we eat if I think she can handle it. If I feel it may be too spicy then I give her the gerber pasta pick ups or mac and cheese or something. I am having a hard time with veggies. She loves carrots and sweet potatoes but will not really eat anyother veggies.

Danielle - posted on 09/07/2010

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My daughter has a hard time still with meat, even when it is cut very small. She does do well with the Chef Boyardee pastas. I like to give her the beefaroni because she can feed it to herself, I suggest no clothes though. She also eats the beef ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs. She eats the toddler yogart. And her all time favorite is grapes and bananas. She will also eat our homemade potato soup, steamed broccoli and carrots. She also likes the Green Giant Broccoli and Cheese sauce, we mix rice in with ours for a side dish and she eats it like a meal. I hope that gives you a few more ideas. Take care.

Melissa - posted on 09/07/2010

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i pretty much give my 13 month old everything that i make. i cook a full course meal almost everynight and she eats all the same foods i eat. on the nights that i go out to dinner, i always find something at the restaurants for her to eat. but just in case, i always take at least one of those pre-packaged meals that they have in grocery stores specifically made for toddlers. My daughters favorites though include: chicken nuggets & french fries, she loves pork chops, corn mixed with peas (she wont eat either seperate), mac n cheese (with soymilk), sausage (I make sure all of the grease is wiped off with a napkin), chicken alfredo, potatoes, & baked chicken.

Vicki - posted on 09/04/2010

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I only ever give him what we're having. For example tonight I had quite a watery vegie stew. He feeds himself so can't really handle anything sloppy. I just put pieces from the stew out for him and he tried various bits.

Rashida - posted on 09/03/2010

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my daughter eats what ever we eat and has. If we go out or cook Indian, Thai, Mexican, etc she eats it all :)

Suzie - posted on 09/02/2010

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hi hun,
my daughter is just over 13 months. i bought dry baby pasta for her ( its super small like the size of rice) and when i cook dinner for the rest of my family i cook her pasta then mix tiny pieces of what ever meat and vegg we are eating to her pasta. she really enjoys it. or for a snack i will chop (again very small) pears and apples then mix them into the small baby yogurt.
i have an excellent baby food cook book. if you give me a day or so im going to try to open a group just for swapping cooking tips, recipes and meal ideas.
good luck

S.

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