lunch ideas for my 14 month old

Jordan - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I realized recently that my son doesn't really have a lunch. Usually up around 8am and between then and 11am he'll have a banana and some cereal then take a nap. When he wakes around 1:30 he has snacks till dinner. I need some lunch ideas that are healthy and that he can chew easily (6 1/2 teeth) Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Lauren - posted on 08/18/2010

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My daughter has 8 teeth, but has been eating strong since she had 4 at 6 months.
oatmeal with molasses and raisins
sausage, eggs, pancakes
whole wheat bagel with cream cheese or sugar-reduced jam
mashed sweet potatoes with ginger/cinnamon (these make a great puree in pancakes)
whole wheat tortilla with soyrizo/eggs and cheese
turkey patties with cheese
plain yogurt with a smidge of honey or berries
cottage cheese and applesauce
whole-wheat pasta with veggies chopped into the marinara
rice with stir-fry veggies and chicken
tuna-fish on bread
Pb&J =)
enchiladas
organic chili
refried beans with veggies cut into it
whole wheat naan with hummus
olives/corn/black beans compote heated with cheese
snacks:
grapes, berries, string cheese, whole wheat crackers, peanut butter, banana, Annie's organic bunny crackers, edamame, cubed butternut squash
I can usually modify anything we are eating; unfortunately, we usually eat "worse" than she does =) I try and keep her calcium up (she refuses milk) and don't worry too much about fat yet.
I try and heat most things over flame and not in the microwave. I also try and avoid pre-packaged meals or overly processed foods. She has never had mac-n-cheese or hot dogs or yogurt melts. I watch her sugar mostly, but I should also watch sodium since a lot of what she eats is high in sodium (beans, cheese, olives, etc.)
Hope that helps =)

Ashley - posted on 08/17/2010

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mac and cheese, speghetti, grilled cheese sandwiches, fish sticks, jelly sandwiches, rice with veggies. ANYTHING left over from the night before. and then i always give fruit with whatever food i give. canned pears, mandarins, strawberries, bananas, etc...and a sippy of milk. ;0)

Tina - posted on 09/02/2010

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I was talking to my dr about this.. and he said that texture is her perogative! give her what she wants! If she wants soft stuff then thats fine!. My daughter when through the same thing but now she is starting to eat more solid stuff! It is totally frustrating, I know! Just keep offering her stuff.. the first solid thing Khloe loved was grilled cheese!

Sarah - posted on 09/09/2010

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my daughter gets up at 8 am ish, eats a danino yogurt with dha , has oatmeal if she dont eat it right away shell eat it cold later on, lol with no quams, then we nap between 1130-2 pm if shes napping b4 lunch so b it, otherwise i feed her friut cup, cheese, graduate puff rice snacks and scorn cheese sticks , a veggie n friut combo baby canned jar food , nutrios softened with milk, ill offer a taste of a food i might eat, toast chef boy r d is good too cuz its a whole serving of veggies in them now and its made with whole wheat pasta, and has meat in them, i cut in 4 and she can feed herself or i feed her, depending on her mood, then i might give her oatmeal again or some baby cookies, custart or fruit, cereal bars are good, i dont think it matters if they r getting 3 swuares , small protions 5 times or more a day for adults is the best recomendation isnt it? so why not for kids too? as long as what they r snacking on is healthy thats all that matters, the nutritional content, and they should start the day with a bannanna or cereal/oatmeal. and have a veggie, fruit and meat , grain items ( puffs are grains, cereals are, fibres in oatmeal etc etc and i give my girl low acid apple juice 1/3rd water , nevero.j too acidity, fruit berry juice, as long as its real fruit juice. shell eat pickles cut up, peppers, i get the toddler baby jarred food to, like the vegetables,pasta and beef for lazy meals , they have good fruit dessert varieties,and they dont rott if not used right away, lol
eggs are good, sandwhiches in small peices are good, after a yr u give peanut butter, tuna salad, toast crackers, cheese strings...goldfish....popsickles in summer or for teething, ice cream
i think u r doing a good job feeding your baby from what u say you are giving her so dont worry to much, i do once in a while too its normal i think cuz we want to ensure the best for our babies!

Anna - posted on 09/02/2010

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Lisa You migfht try mixing thing she likes with other food. I often mix my sons dinner with applesauce to get him to eat it. Other things to try are small pastas (like orzo or alphabets) that you can mix with yogurt, tofu or apple sauce. A food grinder is really handy for mashing up foods and making them easier to eat. I have ground up pasta, and rice when my son was smaller and didn't like the texture.

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Karen-Jo - posted on 09/02/2010

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ravolli's my daughter likes the greber ones that have the chicken or turkey with spinach in them..she also's like the adult ones..I also give her sandwichs with turkey ham or tuna or the old classic pb&j..but she will also make a lunch out of block cheese of any kind and oranges

Rachael - posted on 08/31/2010

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Also, I did see a lot of people saying that they give their kids peanut butter sandwiches. Definitely talk to your doctor before you do that. Some say different things, but introducing a child this young to that much tend to cause peanut allergies (a small taste here and there is fine), as it does with shellfish. I know it's probably the simplest thing to make, and it has lots of the fat and calories that they desperately need, but you should check with you pedi if you do plan to give him pb.

Rachael - posted on 08/31/2010

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My son has been eating Gerber Graduate Lil' Entrees for lunch since he was 12 months old (he had 6 teeth then, but I taught him to chew properly when he had 4). They take 30 seconds to heat up, and there's a full serving of veggies, and usually some kind of pasta with smalls, soft bits of meat. They also have pasta pick-ups, which are really simple since I don't need to feed them to him.

Vanessa - posted on 08/30/2010

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my Ethan is the same way. I usually make him a 1/2 bagel with sauce and cheese and then let him snack on graduates puffs and fruit

Helen - posted on 08/30/2010

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I have no problems with my sons food thankfully. He is too good an eater. a normal day is breakfast (1weetbix and 1 slice of wholemeal toast with jam or peanut butter) then he'll nap for about and hour and have a snck around 10/10:30 (banana or pear, whole) lunch can be anything from some beans with toast or mini hot dogs and spaghetti, some home made veg/chicken/lentil soup with bread. He will eat sanwich with cold meat. also some scrambled eggs with a little cheese. i follow this with a small pot of fromage fra and a cup of juice. Some times he don't bother about snack in the afternoon. Then dinner is quite often what we have with lots of veg. i try everything with Tyler and always have a back up if he doesn't like it. if he does have a snack in the afternoon it is normally grapes or rasins and rice cakes. reading some of these my son is a wee piggy compaired to some of your children.

Lucy - posted on 08/30/2010

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My daughter is the same way. Normally when she wakes up I feed her some yogurt with fruit and toast. When she gets up from her nap she gets some grilled cheese and then some lunch meat. We normally have dinner around 6 and she eats what ever we do and is in bed by 7:30. Considering she is above the 95% for height and weight I would guess that it is enough. Hope this helps.

Mwape Kapenda - posted on 08/30/2010

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Thank you for all the ideas. My son loves oranges and banana (he calls it nana). He has a good appetite though he doesn't seem to find the time to sit and eat. He is also not a picky eater so thats good. I have noticed that he likes french fries so I try to give him potatoe wedges or baked potatoes as a substitute.

Octaviana - posted on 08/29/2010

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My daughter is 14 months old, and eat the first meal soon after they wake: biscuits + appel+ carrot + banana + peach + orange + fruit only what you want to be. Lunch rice with chicken mixed in blender. Evening, fruit yogurt or cereal or cheese fresh whit banana

Krystle - posted on 08/29/2010

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My son (also 14m, with 6 teeth) hardly eats anything. Except meat! His favorite is guacamole with chicken pieces. lol And crackers with hummus. Plus, little fruit pieces.

R - posted on 08/28/2010

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I usually throw a slice of American cheese on a piece of whole wheat bread, fold it in half and cut into 3-4 piece - instant cheese sandwich - about the easiest lunch thing ever.

Also, you can make up an asian noodle salad (like chicken chow mein) with whole wheat spaghetti noodles, chicken, diced veggies and a splash of sesame oil and soy sauce, refrigerate and serve for lunch over 2-3 days. (note, this was my kid's first "finger food" - loves eating pasta and it's not that messy)

Also feed yogurt, cheddar cheese cubes, smashed banana on toast.

Cheryl - posted on 08/27/2010

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Peanut butter sanwiches, bananas cut up, diced peaches, steamed vegetables (cooked for a long time so that they are soft and can easily be self fed), apple sauce, yogurt, left overs (if we have left over I don't think my daughter can chew well, I will mash it up a little or put it in a blender and spoon it to her- we have even done this with steak), grilled cheese, cereal bars, raviolis cooked and cut up.

Natalie - posted on 08/27/2010

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try lil grilled cheese or pasta or puree a carrot spinnach n some cheese n thsts a good meal or chicken nuggets

Susan - posted on 08/26/2010

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My LO usually has yohgurt and a sandwich with cheese on or some leftovers, or strips of cheese and cucumber.

Donna - posted on 08/26/2010

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i have a similar sort of issue with my daughter she still does not eat alot of solid food and it drives me nuts. cheese fruit sticks and buscuits are the only things i can get her to eat on a regular basis with any ease anything else is i small amounts and only sometimes. so though i cant offer any ideas dont feel that you are alone.

Belinda - posted on 08/26/2010

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1 day Ill make Cheese ad Vegemite scrolls...give him one of those with a yoghurt or a sml bowl of fruit and water.....2nd day He'll have a ham snadwhich with a jelly cup that had fruit in it.....3rd day he'll have 2 cruscuts/salads with peanut butter and a tub of custard ;0)...for eg

Mandi - posted on 08/26/2010

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Could she be teething? My 14 month old now has all of his teeth except for one canine and his two year molars and whenever he is teething he goes back to favouring purees! Try letting her feed herself with a spoon. Breakfast is a good time for this as you can leave them in their PJs until after they finish eating!! Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 08/26/2010

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I have a 14 month old who doesn't like to eat. Everytime I feed her pretty much any type of solid foods, she rolls it right off her tongue and out of her mouth and I don't know what to do. But the funny thing is she will eat soft stuff like toast, apple sauce, yogurt, ice cream, banana's, etc, but anything else I can not get her to eat. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

Kathryn - posted on 08/26/2010

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at lunch time i usually give my daughter hotdogs and pasta if im at home followed by a yoghurt. but when shes at the inlaws she has sandwiches, crisps and yoghurt. but i do try to give her fruit after each meal. i have to peel the skin off the apple as i noticed that she started to choke with the skin. but she loves her food as she eats what we eat

Caitlin - posted on 08/25/2010

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I usually give my daughter a hot dog and some sort of side. She LOVES green beans and corn. If you give your child a hot dog, cut it up in small bites. Practically mince it. Big enough to be a finger food. Small enough that there's no way they can choke on it. A bit smaller than a cheerio.

Laura - posted on 08/25/2010

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hot dogs or chicken nuggets cut up in small pieces and then a veggie, some fruit and a yougurt for dessert.

Jess - posted on 08/24/2010

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Mine has rasin toast (loooves it), finger foods such as chicken pieces (roasted just the breast pieces), cheese, snow peas, strawberries, noodles, cheese/pickle sandwich, yoghurt, rice crackers, sultanas/dried mixed fruit. Mine used to eat 3 square meals and a snack but has just started grazing which can be hard because it feels like they don't eat alot but its suprising how much they are getting through out the day, good luck its soo hard to find what works for you!

Melissa - posted on 08/24/2010

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spinach quesidillas, spinach grilled cheese hahaha. I like to sneak the veggies in. Also peanut butter and banana sandwich, rice. Leftovers!

Carolinna - posted on 08/24/2010

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My daughter is 14 months and she started eating what we eat at 9 months.
But she still is breastfed, I will continue to do so until she's 2.
A good lunch idea is Hummus with pieces of bread or cooked carrots. My daughter loves it.

Tracey - posted on 08/23/2010

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I just had this conversation with our doctor. She said that it was time that we get my son on all solid foods and start eliminating the bottle. Eat when we eat and what we eat. At this age, they can eat anything.

Susan - posted on 08/23/2010

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my daughter snacks she eats a small meal about every 3 hours and thats fine with me she cant eat alot in one sitting she usually has a banana upon waking up about 8am then about 11 maybe a slice of cheeze and some bread then nap and when she wakes up about 1 she might have some cereal or one of those gerber toddler meals then about 3 or 4 she might have some fruit then before another snack.... it works for us

Jessica - posted on 08/19/2010

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my daughter likes yogurt for lunch, sometimes I can get her to eat a half a sandwich to.

Becky - posted on 08/18/2010

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I'm a teacher, so over the summer I have been able to cook my daughter lunches like grilled cheese or mac and cheese, but now that I'll be returning to work and she'll be going back to day care I usually replace the "warm" part of her meal with something easier like cut up pork chop from a dinner earlier in the week, deli turkey (non-salted kind), chicken, ground beef, ham steak. She always has a fruit and vegetable along with a small handful of stars, cheerios, or yogurt bites.

Debi - posted on 08/17/2010

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abbey has a corn thin with some hummus, or a sandwich with either Jam, cheese or marmite & cheese.
Always a manderin and sometimes a whole apple - i give it to her whole so she can't break bits off and choke.
other ideas are - boiled egg with toast or bread soilders, tuna and pasta, mashed potatoe and mixed veges. left over dinner from night before. Abbey eats pretty much anything - indian, chinese, mexican she has 6 1/2 teeth as well.

Bridget - posted on 08/17/2010

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Hi Jordan, I usually offer a few finger foods at lunch so he can pick and choose what he wants. Foods usually are:
kidney beans or baked beans
cheese cut into cubes
fruits - cherries, strawberries, grapes, watermelon, etc
a piece of bread made into a half sandwich
noodles or pasta of some sort
vegetables - although he leaves these as they are usually with dinner
sultanas or apricots (dried)
leftovers - pastabake and spag bol are his favourites
My little man only has 6 1/2 teeth also and seems to manage fine with all these foods!

Filomena - posted on 08/17/2010

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i usually feed my son yoghurt, fruit and sandwiches he usually eats it all too :)

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