What do you feed your 16 month old for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Trina - posted on 07/26/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My little guy is picky adnd we are still using baby food a lot more than we would like.

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Ashleigh - posted on 08/06/2010

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My daughter has been eating normal food since she was 9 months old. She absolutely HATED baby food, so we had to get things like mac n cheese, eggs and fries, easy stuff you dont need a lot of teeth to eat. She went absolutely NUTS over it. Of course, she was standing at 4 months old and was crawling in record time. She does NOT like sitting still, and never has. And she LOVES watching TV and listening to music. And she will actually let you know what type she wants to listen to as well. But I'm getting off the subject. Try using a food processor to mash up some of whatever you make for dinner. That way it looks like baby food and you can try transitioning them that way.

Rebecca - posted on 07/09/2012

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Our son eats a lot of yogurt, fruit, cereal (we let it get kinda soggy first) and mac and cheese! If we go our somewhere, he nibbles on fries!! I also noticed too that when we go to Chik-Fil-A, I order him the nuggets, but get them GRILLED instead of fried!

Denise - posted on 07/26/2010

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Try Oatmeal, Banana and Avocado blended with yogurt. My little guy loves it. Also, apple sauce mixed with banana and blueberries are a big hit and so are scrambled eggs with cheese. Try it out:)

Amber - posted on 08/04/2010

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Once my daughter got the taste of "big people" food she refused baby food, that was at 11 mo. She eats everything we eat except meat. I've hidden it in her food and she picks it out or eats around it. So we supplement with beans, she loves all types of beans, and on days when her appetite isnt very big she eats chicken noodle soup or bean with bacon. At night if I feels she hasn't had enough to eat she has a small sippy of chicken broth and loves it. Our biggest issue is she'll take a bite or two of something and toss it on the floor. I take her plate and shes done of course 30 min to an hour later shes hungry so we try that meal again, normally its successful and she'll clean her plate.

Amanda - posted on 08/03/2010

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My guy is not a picky eater, but we pretty much give him any kind of yogurt, waffles, mac & cheese, and cut up small meat. One of the tricks that I have learned with the mac & cheese is that you can mash white kidney beans and mix with mac & cheese to make it more kid friendly. If you ever have a chance to read 'the sneaky chef' cookbook, she has excellent ideas.

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Victoria - posted on 07/08/2012

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My daughter wakes up 6am every morning whether I like it or not. So I lay her down in her playpen w a sippy cup of milk. 8:30 she eats breakfast, 1pm or so is lunch., snack around 3, dinner about 5:30 and then about 6:30 she gets a new sippy cup of milk. I don't restrict her with liquids during the day. She always has a sippy cup available and more often than not I refill it once or twice through the day.

Lineo Mahula - posted on 08/09/2010

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My boy eats pronutro cereal, pap & spinach or other vegetables, bread and soup depending on what's on the menu. He is eating everything that we eat in the house. If u sometime give him sweets, try to limit that and give some more veggies and see if it'll helps. The important thing is that he is eating.

Elysia - posted on 08/08/2010

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my son generally has toast for breakfast and shares some porridge with me. Lunch is a sandwich or scrambled egg and toast or spaghetti on toast, dinner is what ever we have so veggies and sausages, beeg stroganoff, curry chicken etc just keep trying different things and try to go for stuff that u can sort of make finger food, i find whenever my son started getting fussy it was easier to get him to eat if he could do it himself. Yes it can be messy but i knew he was getting something in

Lena - posted on 08/08/2010

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My little guy is a picky eater too. He won't eat a whole lot of food - just enough to get a taste and he's done.
We still do the mixed grains cereal with whole milk & stir in some stage 2 puree fruit in it for breakfast. Sometimes he'll eat waffles or pancakes (no syrup, very lightly buttered). He will eat eggs, but it's rarely he eats more than 3 or 4 small bites.

Lunch and dinner can be anything from cut up chicken breasts, little pork tenderlions, or breaded chicken patties. He loves rice, if we let him eat that and only that he'd probably eat a whole cup or two worth.
He won't eat veggies, no matter how they're prepared or served. He'll put them in his mouth and partially chew it & then take it out and toss it.
I've started mixing the pureed veggies in with his food when I can (meatballs, turkey patties, etc). It's the only way I can get him to eat his veggies. I keep offering it to him, he keeps feeding it to the dog. :-(

Sarah - posted on 08/07/2010

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My baby eats whatever we eat. She usually has cereal (lucky charms) or scrambled eggs for breakfast. Peanut Butter and Jam sammich or Raviolies for Lunch, and then whatever I made for dinner is what she eats for Dinner

Kelsey - posted on 08/06/2010

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my lil guy is supeerrr picky . i have to feed him food WITH apple sauce for him to eat it. but for breakfast hes good. he eats pancakes, waffles, cheerios and milk with cut up bananas.

Ruth Anne - posted on 08/06/2010

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Our daughter eats a lot of fruits and veggies. Breakfast is a sippy cup of milk when she wakes up, then some bread (not toasted anymore, she gave up on that), fresh fruit, maybe some yogurt, and either more milk or water. She drinks water with a splash of fruit juice (my husband mixes more juice, I do less) during the day. Lunch is all over the place - maybe leftovers, maybe deli meat; cheese; veggies (steamed baby carrots, cooked frozen peas or corn, more and more we're able to offer raw veggies now that she has some molars to work with.) Usually some fresh fruit at lunch, too. Afternoon snack might be some pretzels and a cup of water/juice, or some cheddar cheese and a cracker or two. Dinner is whatever we're having, supplemented a bit as needed with her veggies, maybe some yogurt if she didn't eat much. We're cool with a light breakfast or lunch, or both, but we're learning that if she doesn't get a good dinner into her, we're in for a very early wake-up call. We ask her to try everything we eat, and although some food goes over better than other, she's pretty good about new foods, which is awesome. It's also totally unpredictable - we had a seafood risotto a few nights ago and she dug the rice but not the seafood. Next day, the exact opposite: she chowed down the scallops and shrimps, but wouldn't touch the rice. Odd. I was worried about enough iron, but now that she's doing much better with bread and pasta, we're in better shape. She's OK with protein or if we're worried, we can always give her cheese. She's a very good eater and we're very lucky!

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my first son would eat ANYTHING! kai, is a lot pickier...he loves yoghurt, yoghurt drops and cheese sticks and will eat them all day long! he also has a couple of 'pediasures' a day and 2-3 cups of water, sometimes with a few drops of juice in it, but usually just the water....as for breakfast- he loves waffles and pancakes, australian style baked beans, and fruit...lunch is usually a vegemite (australian yeast spread) and cheese sandwich (his absolute favourite!) or peanut butter...dinner is harder- he doiesnt really like to eat baby food anymore, but wont eat adult food either- unless its a bite from someone elses plate...its annoying but i figure he has enough snacks thru the day that he is ok- especially as he is currently in the 90th percentile for height and 75th percentile for weight! hahaha!!!

Alexi - posted on 08/05/2010

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My daughter has a mixed diet. She mainly eats what we eat. She loves broccoli, cauliflower, carrotts and peppers and she will eat any and every fruit going. She loves chicken, pasta, sausage, etc. But i do give her baby cereal for breakfast as i find weetabix has too much salt. She has plenty of yoghurts and 2 bottles of milk every day. If my older children are having a pizza day then i give her some toddler food as it is more nutritious but i also allow her to have small wedge of pizza as a treat. I am lucky that none of ym 4 children ahve ever been fussy eaters. They generally eat what everyone else has.

Melinda - posted on 08/02/2010

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There seem to be some good ideas here as I am in the same position. And since my hubby is the stay at home dad I must admit he loves the convience of baby food and I need to keep bugging him and giving him ideas for solids that our guy likes. Funny thing my guy like what Cora's LO like also. Also, I try to sneak foods into things I know he likes. The other day we had steak and I cut up small pieces and he wouldn't try it. I snuck it in his mashed potatoes and he loved it so much he ate it without the potatoes after that. He likes to dip things also- gravy and so on try things like that- ranch, catsup, peanut butter what ever works not the healthiest but a good way to get them to try things they might not touch otherwise.

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My son eats very little baby food at daycare. At home, he does get baby food veggies since he's very fussy with his veggies even though he LOVES them. He's just like his dad with veggies. They have to be cooked just right or he won't touch them. I've yet to figure out that perfect spot yet. We do feed him toddler prepared food for him and he seems to like it.

Holly Jo - posted on 08/02/2010

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My daughter doesn't eat any baby food at all. She eats everything we eat. She loves fruit and veggies.

For breakfast: she eats a fruit, pancakes, waffles, egg, whole wheat toast with strawberry jam or cheese, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt,

Lunch or Dinner: she eats a fruit, Mac and Cheese, Chicken, Steak, Pork, Hamburger, Mixed Veggies, Green beens, potatoe, Black beans, Black eyed peas and corn bread, Crab alfredo, Spaghetti, Catfish, Rice, Chicken enchiladas and quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiche.

For snacks: fruit, Milk shakes w/ any fruit (w/o ice cream), fruit and cottage cheese, yogurt, pretzel rod.

I just started feeding her what we eat and if she ate it great, if not then I gave her something I knew she liked.

Good Luck

Charlotte - posted on 08/01/2010

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My daughter usually has a cup of milk and cinnamon raisin toast. She eats it while she roams around the house or watches her morning show. She would eat fruit all day long and not eat anything else if I didnt offer it. She's been feeding herself since 10 months, off baby food since 10 months and basically she eats what we eat, though lately she has become somewhat picky. I've been running out of ideas on what to feed her for lunch. She's getting bored with PB and J, but now loves chicken strips dipped in ketchup or pizza sauce. I just keep offering things to her, some days she likes it, some days she doesnt, but i know she wont starve herself and if she's hungry she'll eat. :)

Cindy - posted on 08/01/2010

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For breakfast I feed my boy either packet Plain oatmeal

or baby Mixed cereal

Lunch is a big jar of Meat mixed Babyfood cause he is not eatting Meat otherwise

Supper is Zoodles type and a cooked veg of Sweet potatoes, Green or yellow beans, ....

he also has Applesauce, Yogurt, or other small pieces of fruit at any of those meals

Aneliese - posted on 07/30/2010

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My daughter hasn't had baby food for a long time. She will have weetbix, toast, banana, yoghurt, stuff like that, but shes not fussy at all.

Vasanta - posted on 07/29/2010

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my little one loves bagels or waffles! Even pancakes are good. We have started using a little honey from our area so the pollen will get into her system for allergies purpose.

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Each day varies but lots of fruit & veggies mainly.

Each meal consists of lots of little bits of food on my daughter's highchair tray that way she can feed herself & also she can choose what she wants to eat.

Brown rice, quinoa, goji berries, sultanas, avocado (a real favourite!), pineapple, capsicum, mushrooms, peas, lentils, grated apple, carrot sticks, blueberries, orange, nut butter, tahini etc.

I try to make sure each meal has something iron rich like green vegetables, lentils, beans, meat etc as iron is incredibly important for growing toddlers.

:-)

Daniela - posted on 07/29/2010

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Try this website for some recipe ideas: www.annabelkarmel.com
I give my son weetabix/porridge with fruit for breakfast. This morning he also helped me eat my toast!

For lunch he has one of the following (homemade):
- fish pie
- cottage pie
- chicken and sweet potato pie
- pasta with bolognese sauce
This is followed by full fat plain yoghurt mixed with fruit puree
I also give him a bit of finger food e.g. some brown bread and unsalted butter. A little fruit, or some raisins, or a fruit stick.

Dinner is one of the following@
- lentils with veg and cheese
- pasta with veggie sauce
- broccoli cheese
This is followed by a piece of fruit, chopped up. I find that he can just eat half a banana without it being mashed.

He also has two bottles during the day.

I transitioned him from purees by mashing things up less finely week by week. I found that there were some things that he liked to eat like buttered bread, fruit, rice cakes.....

Good luck!

Heidi - posted on 07/29/2010

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I sometimes wish my daughter still ate baby food....
We found that we give her what we eat and she'll eat it, if we give her something different she will fuss over it and not be really interested, for ages she would only eat from my plate too as she thought she was getting something different if she had her own, but now she likes her own bowl with spoon or fork as she loves feeding herself......
Some different Things I give her to eat are toast, weetbix, or fruit for breakky, yoghurt and a banana or apple slices or croissants with ham and cheese....
Lunch, sandwich with cream cheese, pastries such as a pie, sausage roll, vegie parcel....
Dinner, chicken with carrot slices, broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato, corn she loves corn......
Just try to give him things that you know he likes in regards to real food, and slowly try to introduce him different new foods.....

Dina - posted on 07/28/2010

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Still use baby food as well...but more as a supplement to the "big people" food because he doesn't eat enough of regular food. He tries anything I make for my other kids(6,5 &3) but not enough so I give the baby food to make sure he has had enough.
Some things we go with are: Pastina is a great anytime meal....feeds himself & loves it.(I cook it with bouillon cube, butter & parsley for flavor)
Yogurt, cereal (cheerios are great), nutri grain bars, granola bars,pancakes, waffles, pizza, chicken, sausage, hot dog(make sure to cut really tiny) rice, peas, meatballs etc ...just cut everything really small & let him try to feed himself.

Pamela - posted on 07/28/2010

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my son will some days eat a bowl of porridge a banana 2 weetbix 2 pieces of toast and a crumpet ! he is a hog!! most morning its just 3 weetbix and a banana! both my boys ate what we ate from 10 and 12 weeks of age. they do go through fazes of not wanting certain food but I just continue to serve it if they don't eat it its no problem .. but I refuse to cook a separate meal for them.
They love pancakes sundays ! and bacon and egg saturdays !! hehe they go crazy

Ashley - posted on 07/28/2010

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Nothing special... whole milk in a sippy, cherrios and fruit (like bananas) if we have time. He gets a morning snack at daycare.

Mindy - posted on 07/27/2010

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Meghan - I've heard that too. And that when trying to determine if your child has eaten enough of everything to have met proper nutritional guidelines, you should look at the week not just a day.

Meghan - posted on 07/27/2010

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oh, I wanted to add (after reading Cora's reply about loving something one day and not the next). Someone once told me that kids will eat what their bodies need, like they are in tune with what they need. So if one day they eat a ton of cheese, it is bc their body needs the calcium. The next day they wont eat as much bc they don't need it. Does that make sense?

Meghan - posted on 07/27/2010

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when he wakes up he has a sippy cup of milk while I have my coffee and watch the news. then about an hour/45 mins later he has breakfast, a scoop of yogurt on his tray, some fruit and usually some pancakes (the frozen ones) or toast. at around 11/1130 ish he has lunch, a pbj sandwich, sometimes deli meat and cheese, sometimes left overs. usually also a fruit. then when he gets up from his nap he has another cup of milk (around 3/4ish). Then we have dinner at 6, he eats whatever we eat.

I found that he likes to feed himself, so instead of feeding him a dish of yogurt, I put it on his tray and give him the spoon. Also, he wants to eat what we eat, so I make sure he knows he has that same food. The important thing is if you find one thing that he likes, like my son loves strawberries and cheese, I try to give him a little each meal, so I know he will at least eat that. I also mix his foods on his tray. He has just now started picking out things he doesn't like.

Jessica - posted on 07/27/2010

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Caleb loves scrambled eggs with spinach. I usually give him one slice of whole wheat toast w/unsalted butter or some fruit with that. He also likes waffles with PB and pancakes with applesauce. I rotate those 3 things.

For lunch, it's usually leftovers from dinner the night before. Other times I do a quesadilla with black beans or chicken. Always fruit and veggies on the side.

Dinner is whatever I fix for us to eat as a family. Turkey burgers, pasta, grilled chicken or pork tenderloin. He eats everything DH & I eat.

He gets milk or water with every meal. No juice.

Cora - posted on 07/26/2010

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I have to use baby food a lot too since my daughter is very picky. I have been giving her a lot of yogurt, cereal, and waffles lately and she seems to like them. But then again one day she loves them and the next she won't eat a bit.

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