What are you feeding your child at this age?

Kristina - posted on 08/03/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I need toddler food ideas. My son has 6 teeth and still using the big jar of baby food but honestly I feel like he has grown out of that stage. I hate cooking and not really good at it frankly, but I am also against fast-food chain stores.



Can you please share your recipe ideas, daily menus for your child, or any other ideas that might be helpful? Thanks!! :)

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Alicia - posted on 08/03/2009

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For breakfast we do a waffle or pancake with some cut up fruit or a fruit cocktail mix. I use the Eggo Nutragrain frozen waffles and make a big batch of whole wheat pancakes and freeze them to use as needed.

Lunch is usually a piece of cheese toasted on a slice of bread or a cream cheese and jelly sandwich along with fruit and veggie. Summer fruit (berries, melons, peaches) are great because they are easy to eat raw. Bananas, grapes, soft pear are also good. For veggies, I keep frozen peas and broccoli on hand. I also cube and bake squash, sweet potatoes, eggplant, carrots and keep them in the freezer so I can just pull out what I need when I need it.

Dinner is usually what we are having. But my son isn't big on meat right now so I usually have something else for him as well. I try to make sure he gets another good serving of veggies, some protein and some dairy.

For snacks, he loves Ritz crackers, goldfish, cheese, yogurt, fruit.

One realization I have had recently (and not sure why it took so long!!) is trying to remember he might not like all his bland without spice, sauce, etc. I had not really thought to put ketchup, etc on things. That makes a big difference. So now I try to serve him the food how I would like it!

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Tina - posted on 08/29/2009

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Well I have 4 children, and we pretty much started feeding the dinner we all eat to the babies once they had 2 or more teeth. this seemed to work...I just chopped any kinds of meat down to small sizes for the baby. I haven't had any problems. hope it helps

Karna - posted on 08/27/2009

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Lilly eats what I eat! LOL! At least she tries...some still ends up in her ear, the floor, or the wall. She has 10 teeth and has always been a really good eater.



Breakfast ideas: scrambled eggs, nutra grain bars, pancakes, waffles, toast (all cut up really small), fresh fruit, yogurt



Lunch: grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, pasta, macaroni and cheese, PBJ sandwiches, plain cheese sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruit, goldfish crackers, chips, applesauce



Dinner: whatever I am eating...

Ely - posted on 08/27/2009

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My son is a picky eater. He eats instant low sugar oatmeal every morning. I add 1/4 cu of oat bran, his vitamin D and prepare it w/milk. Frozen french toast is also easy and fast. He love frozen peas, rice, black beans, and salmon. He won't eat any other meat. He use to eat turkey meatball. You can buy them frozen and defrost when needed. He won't eat any fruit except no sugar applesauce. Snack: vanilla yogurt, whole wheat crackers, cheerios, graham crackers,multigrain bar etc.. The key is to find out what he likes and on Sunday I make a large portion at one time and individually wrap small portion and freeze it. So on the daily basis, it only takes 20 sec to defrost and always have something on hand. We have never have a need for fast food because there is always food in the freezer. Make sure you use freezer zip lock bag, label w/ date and you're all set. Easy, fast and always have something. The rice, beans, peas keeps nicely at room temp if you're out. Hope this helps.

Natasha - posted on 08/24/2009

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Hi, my son is 15months old and i buy a load of different vegetables, some tinned tomatoes and new potatoes and cook the veg and potatoes up first then add the tinned tomatoes add a bit of grated cheese and he loves it and for pudding i give him some fresh fruit, it's cheap healthy and easy to cook, you can mix the sauces up to go with it to. Hope that has been helpful x

Simone - posted on 08/24/2009

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My boys still eats a bit of food out the jar but he has fruit n sandwiches for lunch, toast n cereal for brekkie, n watever im havin for tea. basically watever u eat each day give him some too so u dont have to make seperate meals.. as long as its a well balanced diet

Fatma - posted on 08/24/2009

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hi my name is fatma from kuwait ... & i have an idea of what u feed ur child at this age

well i give her fish fingers with broccoli and sometimes vegtable soup also chicken with white rice .... well between the meals i give her fruites orange apples .... hope i was helpfull ..:)

Kirsty - posted on 08/23/2009

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My son eats whatever my partner and I are eating, In the morning he will have 6 scoops of honey ready break with a banana then for lunch he tends to have a sandwich of some sort with some organic corn snacks then fruit salard. Then for an evening meal he will eat any thing from shepards pie, spagette bolonase, fish pie, roast dinner. Jack loves his food he will eat almost anything you put infront of him, if you cut your meat up into tiny pieces he might find it easier to chew my son has 6 teeth also but he loves his meats.

Casey - posted on 08/13/2009

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my daughter loves eating big people foods. she really hasnt figured out the fork or the spoon yet but likes feeding herself anyway. she loves veggies and fruit. i work full time and really dont have anytime to cook. she will eat chicken and ground beef. steak and pork chops if cut into very tiny pieces. i cook canned veggies alot and she will eat any veggie weather it be canned or from a soup. she isnt very big on mashed potatoes.



for breakfast: yobaby yougart and a cereal bar from gerber. and whole milk

for morning snack: crackers, applesauce or fruit

For Lunch: turkey and cheese sandwich or left overs

afternoon snack: crackers cookies or pudding

dinner: whatever we are eating. she likes to eat anything we have.



she also gets water, and watered down juice.

Crystal - posted on 08/09/2009

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My Daughter has never eaten baby jars, she was started on baby rice, for breakfast but that didn't last long, she has always had meals i've made, many in batch and frozen starting off blended right up mainly a variety of veg and separate pots of fruits blended, then as she grew i left it till more lumpy.
It's easy to make a cassorole then put it into individual pots and freeze- you can leave them in the freezer for up to a month.
I don't want my daughter having junk food so she doesn't have sweets/ chocolate/ crisps etc. Or things with loads of chemicals in like reformed meats.
As she grew and was allowed meats and dairy etc she started eating roast (which is handy as you can make too much and freeze a few pots for nights you don't want to cook) and things like mini home made quiche which can also be made in batch and frozen.
She loves cheese, and loves fruit especially raisens. Some people think i'm mean not giving her chocolate etc but from my point of view she knows no different and loves her fruit and veg. I'm not nieve i know when she is older at friends houses for example she will eat these things but i hope she see's it as a treat rather than like many children a necessity.

Rebekah - posted on 08/08/2009

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Age 15 months: Everything we eat, with the exception of salad (which he finds weird...after all those times I told him not to eat leaves outside, I'm not surprised) and some fresh fruits that he still prefers purreed. Also not a fan of cottage cheese.



Breakfast: whole milk yogurt, toast/coffee cake/pancake/etc, bannana or other fruit, bacon/sausage/egg

Lunch: peanut butter sandwich/mac and cheese/spaghetti/etc, veggie or fruit

Dinner: meat, rice/potato/bread, veggie or fruit



Also he eats an afternoon and before bed snack: usually crackers, fruit, or desert



He gets a square of chocolate at the end of lunch and dinner if he eats a healthy meal (and doesn't chuck the remainder of it on the floor~ a new provision).



My son is at the age that he wants to eat whatever I am eating and becomes distressed if I do not share a bit of it. So, he has now tried and liked Italian, Indian, Thai, and Chinese food in addition to our regular at home meals. He even wants to drink iced tea if I am... if your little guy is eying your plate, use it to your advantage. Just cut it up small :)



Since you don't like to cook, start simple with canned soup (chicken and rice is one of my son's favorites), warm up some frozen veggies (peas are great finger food!) and grill a cheese sandwich. This gives you protien, grains, veggies, dairy, and a little fat, which developing brains actually need.



Is there a "Dinner's Ready" shop near you? You can go in and get all the ingrediants pre-prepared for delicious recipes and helpful advice. Or try a 5 ingrediants or less cookbook to start off with.



You can do it! You and your baby will be healthier if you prepare the meals, plus you will learn some new skills you can share with him as he grows up :)

Kylie - posted on 08/08/2009

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Oh and at this age I dont need to feed her at all, just supervise. She is very competent with a fork and a spoon. Obviously not using a knife yet, so she gets bite size pieces of meat etc.. Also likes to eat with her fingers.

Kylie - posted on 08/08/2009

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Our daughter has been eating 'family foods' since her first birthday. I've never given her any store bought baby food, always prepared it myself.

For breakfast, she will have a bowl of cerial and a piece of fruit.

Morning tea she will have a small piece of fruit like some grapes or strawberries etc.

Lunch is usually toast with a variety of toppings. Avocado and cheese, avo and banana, vegemite and cottage cheese, etc etc. Occasionally will give her jam (what you americans call jelly) but I dont like to as its all sugar.

Afternoon snack (after her nap) is usually some fingers of cheddar or blanched carrot sticks.

Dinner she will eat whatever we eat. Being winter atm we have alot of steamed veg w/ whatever meat I feel like cooking, but we give her pasta bakes, stirfries, homemade pies - whatever Im cooking for the family.

Shes never had a french frie or chicken nugget.. I dont know why anyone would give that processed crap to their child. But thats just me, each to their own.

Caitlin - posted on 08/07/2009

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My son pretty much lives on PB and J (on whole wheat), mac and cheese, frozen waffles, pancakes and cereal. He will eat hot dogs and chicken (if minced and mixed in mashed potatoes). He refuses fresh and canned fruit and most veggies (except peas!), so I have a hard time with that. He loves to eat with a spoon or fork and sometimes will not eat unless he can feed himself. They grow up so fast!

Andrea - posted on 08/07/2009

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I'm having a really hard time getting my picky son to eat very much. He used to eat things I fed him from a spoon like yogurt or steamed egg...not anymore. Now he will only eat finger foods, even if I give him a fork or spoon, but not enough to make me feel satisfied, especially since he is very small for his age.

He likes fruits of every sort, canned corn, cheese, noodles, raisins, purple sweet potatoes (from Asian stores - but not yams). Meat is difficult, but we have Trader Joe's frozen meatballs on hand since we rarely eat beef, and he will eat it if sliced thinly, put on his baby fork and the mood is right. He likes fish but wont eat chicken or most veggies, so I have been making pancakes with mashed veggies like sweet potatoes and applesauce or the Gerber baby foods I still have.

Jessica - posted on 08/06/2009

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breakfast usually is cereal of some sort. something fruity and healthy. ATM we have wheatbix and i mash some banana or cooked apple. put a bit of honey or golden syurp on top. lunch they have a sandwich with peanut butter and honey or jam and some more cut up fruit like oranges or pear. Sometimes we have yogurt AFTER the sandwich (not before otherwise they wont eat the sandwich.) For dinner its usually some kinda meat (chops, sausages, chicken) with some oven chips and baked beans or spaghetti. (dont go telling me that they need to eat vegies because my oldests dietitian said that because of all the fruits and other stuff they are still getting their required vitamins.

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Breakfast is usually a baby omelette. Just whisk a little milk with one egg. pop in a small pan, let it sit, flip once and your done. Very simple. Or it's waffles or french toast. That's usually is served with a fruit (strawberries, blueberries, peach, nectarine and grapes are our go to's) and a cheese. I use string cheese and slice like a hotdog. It works.
Lunch is usually leftovers. So, chicken or fish. side is usually a veggie. .but those usually get tossed on the floor. Have been having mixed success with canned carrots lately. I don't like canned food but if it gets a veggie in her then you do what you gotta do for the time. If you don't like to cook. buy a large package of chicken and bake it all or grill it. Leave a couple breasts out for the next couple of days and freeze the rest for quick meals. We do hotdogs for quick meals also. Or buy grn beef, make mini meatballs (these are so small that you wont need a binding agent). Toss them in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes. Cut them before serving to appropriate bite size. Freeze the rest in portions. So easy. can do with turkey or pork too. . .
snack is usually cheese and fruit or yogurt. We just (yesterday) introduced sugar free pudding and jello. She poked the jello and thought it was pretty funny : )

Alison - posted on 08/03/2009

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I should add, my girls eat a lot of frozen peas. I serve them cold or just warm them in some hot water. It's really healthy and they love them! Frozen corn is also a great grain to have on hand (yup! corn is a grain not a vegetable). I often add these to another dish or serve them as a quick and easy side dish.

My girls also love ramen noodles, which are great in a bind, and super quick, but not super healthy.

Alison - posted on 08/03/2009

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You're right, your son should not be eating jarred food. He needs to do more chewing to develop muscles necessary for speech among other things. Eating finger foods also helps develop hand-eye coordination and find motor skills. He is also ready to feed himself with a spoon or fork.

My daughter usually eats what we are eating. We'll be sure to make pasta once or twice a week to please the girls, but I try to feed them grown-up food as much as possible. Less headache for you!

Gina - posted on 08/03/2009

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My daughter hates meat also. I give her lots of yogurt, sweet potatoes, bananas, cheerios and watermelon. She is very picky and those are the only things I know she will eat. She also loves mac and cheese. It is hard to get her to eat meat and vegetables though.

Renee - posted on 08/03/2009

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All of a sudden one day my son decided he no longer wanted to eat jar food and wanted only "big people" food. This threw me for a loop on what to feed him all of a sudden and to make sure he still gets all the healthy foods he needs. I don't like fast foods either... One of my son's favorite foods is "Morning Star" brand soy Chicken Nuggets. He likes them with a touch of BBQ sauce. Fish sticks, noodles of any kind...His favorite sauce is Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Sauce. Go figure! Bagels, bananas, cantilope, peeled grapes, grilled cheese... My son isn't big on meats at this point. He will suck on them but won't really eat it...like hambugers, hot dogs, etc. Hope this helps some.

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