Dinner ideas for 1 year old

Shamarra - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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I have run out of ideas for meals for my nearly 1 year old son for dinner. I am still spoon feeding him at the moment as when it comes to dinner time & I've tried letting him feed himself, he just throws it everywhere & doesn't actually eat it. I make him seperate meals most of the time as we have meat meals most of the week.

So does anyone have any good ideas for meals for my a 1 year old?

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Katie - posted on 10/04/2012

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From a mom who's been there and slowly climbing out of the "food of the month club"



some tips I've learned in the last 6 months of feeding my now 1 year old:

1- Let baby hold a spoon while feeding - distracting and preparation for the future at the same time :D Music in the background helped us too.

2 - Talk to your doctor. We tried zantac - not sure it did anything but we did graduate from 1/2 oz per meal to about 3 oz per meal while on it. MD thought our daughter might have "food aversion" since she swatted at bottles starting around 5 months. Off it now but ask MD if baby doesn't want bottles or food.

4 - Don't talk to moms whose kids eat ANYTHING!!! Kidding sort of. It can be discouraging though. DO NOT COMPARE EITHER!! If your baby is happy, hitting milestones, sleeping well and MD is satisfied with care.. you are doing a good job. Some babies really do live on air and love! My best friend has two boys - one eats everything, other eats bread and cheese. Both were parented exactly the same.

5- Remember, this too "may" pass. My daughter tried spaghetti and loved it last week. Sweet potatoes were a hit for a hot minute then found their way to the floor today. Keep trying new things but don't worry if they get fed to the dog! It may take 20 tries or never stick but at least you tried.

6- Consider that there are mom's all over the world with no food to feed their babies. I had a big wake-up call last week while watching a well made video meant to remind us how fortunate we are. Yes it's frustrating when you offer 4 different options and none are accepted but consider that your baby will never starve.

7- make sure you are also eating while feeding baby. This really helped with my daughter.

8- Let other people feed her. 1 of two things will happen - she'll do better or the same. If she does better - ask yourself what they do different. If she does the same, congratulations - you are not the problem!

9-Try eating out. My daughter will down a boat load of food at restaurants. Same food from home - not restaurant food usually. I think it's more entertaining and she eats better if distracted. Same deal with company. When my nephews come over she eats much better.

This encourages me because I know her issue is not "medical"

10- Try different textures. Lilly won't eat purred apples but loves them shredded with a cheese grater. Same for pears. Didn't work for chicken but Lord knows I'll try again!

10- PRAY for patience and progress.

11- Be thankful that you have a) a baby b) food options c) internet access to learn that you are not alone.

Kimberly - posted on 08/14/2012

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My 16 month old is pretty picky as well...I think most toddlers are! Some things she "usually" will eat are: Shredded cheese or cheese crumbles, diced chicken nuggets or natural turkey dogs, mac and cheese, small pieces of bread with butter, whole wheat crackers, applesauce, yogurt, diced apples, pears and bananas, and she still really enjoys some homemade baby food purees, especially sweet potatoes and butternut squash blended with a pat of butter and a dash of cinnamon. I know many toddlers are fully off pureed foods by this age, but she still enjoys them and I feel good knowing that she is getting something healthy (and how much she is getting). She is my third child...all of mine were picky at this stage, and the older ones are now healthy, a good weight, and not overly picky about what they eat now. I sometimes make my toddler a fruit smoothie on her really bad eating days...I blend vanilla yogurt with whole milk, frozen fruit or bananas and she drinks it right up.

Jean - posted on 08/28/2012

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My baby is 13 months tomorrow and her first tooth is just popping in, you can see the tip of it, but she eats everything, sometimes she doesn’t like something but she always tries it, she even throws stuff on the floor and then when she figures out she isn't getting something else she picks it up and tries again. I made her frozen homemade smoothie pops the other day because she loves to eat unhealthy sugary store bought freezy pops. I bought the molds and mixed in 2 bananas, 1/2 cup blueberry 2cups apple juice and 3 strawberries. I also added 2 leaves of baby kale and 2 leaves of baby spinach; she ate them like it was candy! Nothing like a good healthy goodnight teething relieving snack! Oh I had to eat part of it to show her it was yummy and you can't taste the greens it’s actually very good.

Charlie - posted on 02/02/2014

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chicken nuggets are not suitable food for anyone let alone babies high in fat not nutritional value

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SUZY - posted on 07/01/2014

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YOU ARE ONLY A KID ONCE...ONCE IN A WHILE WILL NOT HURT AN INFANT..DO YOU COUNT CALORIES FOR A ONE YEAR OLD TOO...EVERYTHING HAS SOMETHING IN IT....SHOULD I HAVE MY ONE YEAR OLD A VEGAN...

Amy - posted on 04/18/2014

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Its okay for babies to play with their food now and then it in theyre nature to be curious (:

Johanna - posted on 02/28/2014

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My son is 13 months and he was very particular with is food almost to the point of frustration. Just keep diligent, they will catch on soon enough. My key tool in arsenal I have learned is "mix in foods you know they like with new foods" My son loved sweet potato, so I would mix things in with it now and again. That's how I started. Now I cube chicken, add pears (his new favourite) and quinoa- boil it in a pot until done- blend it- place into ice cube trays-sprinkle with cinnamon. When its time to eat I microwave what I need (4 cubes at the moment 2 chicken, 1 pea and 1 carrot -see below) let it cool then add some diced pears or bananas or whatever for some texture and we are good to go. Don't be afraid to go a bit gourmet. They might surprise you.
Here are a few suggestions that my son LOVES:
Chicken-pear-quinoa
oatmeal-milk-dried apricots(dice fine)-pears.(cook on stove until done-immersion blend for desired consistency)
lentils-carrots-apples
beef-mango-sweet potato
carrot-sweet potato-pears (great to add to other dishes for veggies)
homemade sauce and mini pasta shapes with carrot mixture above
butternut squash and cinnamon
scrambled eggs and cilantro
peas-apples
baked fish with the family
any of the above and rice
**all are boiled for tenderness include enough of the stock water for blending consistency (without losing the vitamins) and remaining water is reserved for flavoured stock in other dishes. Fill ice cube trays. When frozen place in a labelled zip-lock bag. Have fun mixing and matching.
Once defrosted try adding unsweetened apple sauce, rice cereal or yoghurt for really fussy days.
Have Fun!!
You can get ideas from the premade puree packs.

Barsha - posted on 09/05/2013

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my son is now 14 months old .he has a great problem of eating.plz anyone tell me what are the ideas for meals for my boy

Celina - posted on 06/15/2013

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My son does the same thing! I think its the texture in their hands that is just fun and then throwing it on top of it makes it even better. I just give him a little amount at a time. And for me I also noticed that if I dare take a bite when he wants me to look at him (even though muma is right beside him) he starts playing and throwing. So ultimately its a game, a cry for attention or he/she just dont like it, in my opinion. I was surprised to read that they expected(they meaning another website) my son to be using a fork or spoon at 11 months.And what about the jarred foods? What can you make out of that or do withit for it not to be so soupy and so they can eat it themselves? Surely once I do give him yhe spoon it is his favorite teether because HELLO, he is teething!!!!! And this website is listed as Moms join together for 1 yr old baby food recipes, However, its nice to relate. I do agree with letting your kid eat when and as much as they want as long as they are eating (healthy foods) and DEF NOT over eating!!!! As for recipes I actually cook his veggies and meet and add some of my dinner. My son loves spaghetti and meatballs.They are going to make a mess, just let em! Soon enough they wll know. Too soon
-Celina

Jessica - posted on 01/08/2013

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You're kid is 1 year old and you still spoon feed him??! Put a sheet down and let him feed himself. My girl just turned 11 in December and is already feeing herself with a spoon. You have to let them try!!

Cari - posted on 11/14/2012

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My daughter loves guacamole. Also, cut up little pieces of turkey breast lunch meat from the deli and shredded cheddar cheese. She is 14months and these are her favorite foods at the moment!

May - posted on 08/21/2012

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I have a 15 month old. I believe the trick is to feed them when they are really hungry. I started to skip snacks, I read that is what the British do, and it works (for me at least)

Elizabeth - posted on 06/29/2012

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Any kind of finger foods like chicken nuggets, peas, and carrots. And he can have stuff ya'll eat. I used to make my kids a plate and let them have at it. I usually have to clean up the mess but the learn to eat by watching us eat. And each time they got better. Just cut up the meat really good.

Steph - posted on 06/28/2012

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homemade chicken awesome- chopped cooked chicken breast very lightly seasoned gentlty boiled fresh veggies egg noodles and a tiny bit of salt n pepper throw in a blender or bullet

i always fed my daughter meat i blended it with her veggies she loved it

Deepa - posted on 06/24/2012

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my one year old son stuck his diet on yoghurt and daal n rice n sometime cereals
i m frustrated wat i can do pleeeeeeeese help me

Minnie - posted on 05/10/2012

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Bridget - posted on 05/09/2012

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My 18 month old loves mini meatloaves, mashed potatoes, chicken, spaghetti, grilled cheese, fresh fruit, cheese, green beans, quesdillas

Cheraki - posted on 05/07/2012

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Whatever you fix for yourself to eat give him any parts of it that are soft enough for him to chew. Allow him to feed himself and when he starts throwing it. Tell him "NO we do not throw our food we eat it". It may take a few attempts but he will get it. Once he realizes he's a big boy (make sure you tell him something like "what a big boy you are " or "good job mommy's big boy" he will be more than proud to show you what a big boy he is and what a good job he can do eating (or even helping pick up his toys). Good Luck to you

Kate - posted on 05/05/2012

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Mrs., thank you SO much for your post - I am brand new to Circle of Moms and love the website so far. I found this post looking for ideas to spice up my daughters foods. Luckily she will try just about anything, it's ME that has run out of ideas :)

Amy - posted on 02/16/2012

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Well at one you should try and have him feed himself to try and learn. He will make a mess but thats how they start. What kind of foods are you feeding him now? I know by one he shuld have his teeth and able to eat grownup food just in vey bite size. My nephew is one and he eats everything. they can have meats and veggies and fruit. ravolies, spagettios, soupss etc

Mrs. - posted on 01/30/2012

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I have an 11 year old daughter who is an adventurous eater, and loves healthy food, this is how we did things when she was a one year old:





We fed her everything we were having for dinner!

cut into dice sized cubes.



here are some of the benefits of feeding your children the same food you eat:



1. No menu style meals at home, one meal for one family is easier, healthier for kids, and makes for easier home life!



2. Kids don't inherently know what is good for themselves,

by letting their tasebuds instead of your parental judgement decide whats on the menu, your setting up terms for developing finicky eating habits. Instead, show your children through example, whats good for mom & dad is good for you too!



3. Pre packaged toddler meals are chock full of lifeless, unhealthy starches, and have vitamins sprayed on to make the labels read like they have something to offer,

Think of it this way:

No off-the-shelf-food you would eat, i.e canned stews and veg, canned pastas & soups, or handfuls of dry cereals would be as healthy as a freshly made alternative nor as satisfying to eat, however this is really what most of those ready made garbage foods like "graduates" really are...

just shelf food with a baby's picture on it.

Its just not an acceptable food replacement.



4. Variety is the spice of life. Eat as much variety as you can, try and eat every single vegetable & fruit you can find at market, make finding new recipes and trying new items fun and enjoyable, and you wont raise a picky eater.

My daughter didnt like everything we had her try , but at least she did try, and developed the open minded additude about food.

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there are so many fun, tasty ingredients that make great soft meals for little ones, while still being interesting enough for yourselves

try some:



* finely chopped bacon & split peas

* roasted pumpkin blended with sugar & cream

* minute tapioca with bananas or applesauce or any cooked & mashed fresh or fozen fruit

*mashy potatoes with butter & shredded cheese

* egg noodles with fresh herbs and butter

*tiny diced tomatoes with salt & chopped boiled egg

*smashed garbanzo beans with finely shredded basil & olive oil

*scrambled eggs with sour cream and chives

Cindy - posted on 01/30/2012

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My son refuses to eat any kind of carbohydrate. That means no mac n cheese, spaghetti, potatoes of any kind and now he's refusing the Graduate's food. Spits out the chicken chunks. I'm so frustrated. His diet consists of Yogurt, Strawberries and raison bread. I'm hoping it's a phase. He starts to eat what we're eating but it only lasts a few minutes then he shakes his head no. Then later he cries in the kitchen pointing to the cabinets. I give him what I think he's pointing to and he just gets upset. Any ideas for the pickiest of the picky? He like banana's but they HAVE to be super over soft. He eats graham crackers, cherrios, but nothing pertaining to a meal. He loved all veggies, but now eats a little then done.

BILLIE - posted on 01/25/2010

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They say (who ever they are) that it is normal that after 1 year of age that children stop eating somewhat. Mine loves something 1 day and can`t stand it the next. Forget feeding him anymore .... he is Mister Independent!!!
Give them finger food and allow them to feed themselves as much as they want to eat. Everyone always tells me that no child will allow themselves to strave. Plus, it is normal that they are not very hungry at supper time.
Daycare tell me that he eats really well ... which is very confusing to me these days since he doesn`t like to eat at home anymore. `
Anyway, I have stopped making various meals ... everyone eats the same thing. if they don`t like it ... they don`t eat ....

Erin - posted on 01/25/2010

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I made my own baby food in a blender and as my little one's got older i made the food chunkier and every night i added a soft or easy part of our meal. Both of my boys love pesto pasta, orzo or small noodle dishes are also good. I recomend a drop cloth under the high chair and give a couple of options every night. Eventually your baby will eat ar at least try everything. Keep offering.

Kaye - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have a 1 year old and a nearly 4 year old and sometimes I feel like I make 3 meals for the 4 of us! Pasta and meatballs go over well with both of my children. I make every attempt to give the kids what we have. Tonight I am making rice noodles with veggies and tofu. I will give the kids this, but without the spicy peanut sauce that I plan to make. Tommorrow night I am making turkey meatball hoagies (homemade) with some type of potatoe, the kids will both get meatballs, a hoagie bun and the potatoe. For dessert we'll have fruit (all of us). Filled pastas (tortellini and ravioli) are a great idea too because they are often filled with veggies and/ or meat. You can omit the sauce to avoid a mess. Good luck.

Shamarra - posted on 01/21/2010

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Thank-you all for the dinner ideas for my 1 year old. I've been giving him what we've been having for dinner for the past couple of nights. I have been looking up meals that would suit all of us instead of making my husband & I one meal, & my 2 sons 2 separate meals lol

Cindy - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son basically eats what we eat and he's 16 months old. If we're having spaghetti, he gets noodles and cut up meatballs (no sauce because he's allergic to tomatoes). If it's chicken, rice and vegetables. He gets that too! Unless it's too spicy or hard for him to eat, that would be the only time I make an exception and give him something different.

Emily - posted on 01/20/2010

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i know both my girls always loved fideo and chicken, or rice and chicken . they are both soft and filling since you make the chicken broth yourself you control the salt and everything else in it. plus its not fattening or unhealthy.

Heather - posted on 01/18/2010

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I have done some of Stacys ideas. Although I did not do much of the graduate meals, only on occasion because of the sodium content is so high.
Have you tried giving him a spoon to hold himself. My son was starting to use a spoon at that age. He wanted to be more like us. One meal that we all could eat was Meatloaf, the meat is all ground up and soft and easy for baby to eat. My son loved it. Mased potatoes, and I would just cook his veggies a little bit longer so they were softer. Other nights when we ate diffferent meat I would just give my son the veggies. Mac and Cheese, and speghetti were also a fav. for him. Rice and beans. soft bread. My son was also in love with candied yams. So you really don't need to make seperate meals, just give him the non meat items.
I would also try giving him a spoon and a plate, or bowl, and even a sippy cup or regular cup. This is a good time for him to start learning to drink from a regular cup and to use a spoon and eat off of a plate or bowl. At least that was what my doctor recommended. And it worked fine for us. Yes we did have some messes and I held the cup for him at first. But he absolutely loved eating with a spoon. Just watch out for when they are done, because thats when you get the bowl on the head or floor. lol.

Stacy - posted on 01/18/2010

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I give my 1 year old diced steamed vegetables, brown rice, chopped banana or other fruit,... anything soft that she can pick up with her fingers. She eats macaroni and cheese, which is messier but she likes it. I find it hard to let her feed herself the meals we are eating, so unless I spoon feed her our meals, I try to stick to finger foods she can eat. I don't really know what meat to feed her, the graduate meals are good. They are by the baby food and there are also little jars of chicken wienies for babies by the baby food. Those are easy for babies to feed themselves.

Shamarra - posted on 01/18/2010

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I have no idea what graduate meals are. I was thinking more home made dinner ideas for my 1 year old!

Nicolette - posted on 01/18/2010

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i get the little graduate meals for toddlers for my 1 yr old and my 2 year old eats the graduates for preschoolers.

Shamarra - posted on 01/21/2010

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Thank-you all for the dinner ideas for my 1 year old. I've been giving him what we've been having for dinner for the past couple of nights. I have been looking up meals that would suit all of us instead of making my husband & I one meal, & my 2 sons 2 separate meals lol

Shamarra - posted on 01/18/2010

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I have no idea what graduate meals are. I was thinking more home made dinner ideas for my 1 year old!

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