What table/people food are you feeding your 15-16 month old?

Jessica - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My almost 16 month old daughter loves hot dogs, noodles, and green beans. She has just started to eat chicken, if we "hide" it with rice. What other foods should we be trying to give her? What is your 16 month old eating?

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Wendy - posted on 01/14/2010

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Hot dogs are not generally healthy especially for small children. They are very high in nitrates, as is packaged deli meat (buy it fresh sliced if you intend to feed it to your children). This is coming from someone who has had high nitrate problems since childhood, I wouldn't wish it on anybody. Babies and toddlers least of all need to ingest things like hotdogs and pre packaged delis. There are plenty of other things you can do for meat. Save a piece of pork or chicken from dinner and pull it apart for them the next day, or something. Easy peasy!

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Elisa - posted on 01/21/2010

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My 16.5 month old eats everything we do. We all sit down to dinner together. I just cut everything up into bite size pieces for her. When we're eating something she doesn't like or won't eat I have back up meals frozen that I heat up for her. Spagetti bolognase is her favorite- I just pack it full of veggies and it goes down beautifully. She loves sucking in the noodles.

Arlene - posted on 01/20/2010

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hi we give our 16 month old pretty much everything we would eat but we try to stay away from junk food and foods that she doesnt have enough teeth for she absolutly loves fruit strawberries,blueberries you name she'll eat it

Lindsay - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter doesn't like deli meat but does like hot dogs. The only kind I give her are from whole foods and they have no nitrates. The deli meat at the regular grocery store has nitrates even if you buy it fresh! It has to say on the package that it is nitrate free, if it is organic it should be free of the nitrates. Here in maryland I have found the nitrate free deli meat at whole foods, trader joes and Giant ( only organic products) the regular meat and hot dogs still have them. Nitrates are a no-no when you are pregnant too! Children should also NOT be eating anything with artificial sweetners or high fructose corn syrup. I find even though my daughter will eat ground beef and steak I like to supplement her red meat consumption with beef hot dogs.

Adrienne - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter eats everything! If we are having it for supper, she eats it too, besides allergy risk foods (like peanuts, or shellfish). So far she hasn't come across a food she hasn't liked, you just gotta let them eat basically whatever they want, so long as you are only offering healthy foods. My daughter gets "junk" only once per week, the rest of the week supper is healthy lean meats with tonnes of veggies, and dessert is some yogurt or a piece of fruit. Aside from the allergy risks, the only time when we make her something special is if we are having something really spicy for supper, because that is too tough on her tummy...

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My little guy is eating everything. He eats what we have for all meals. He really likes cereal and toast. I have noticed with both of my kids they started eating regular table foods by 10 months and my doctor says that it is just fine.

Hannah - posted on 01/19/2010

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i give my daughter any food she wants to try shes been eatting our food since about 10 months i stoped feeding her baby food and shes been eatting table food ever since

Amanda - posted on 01/19/2010

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Let them explore their food world. the more you introduce now, the better! the will eat more variety when they older. and they will be more willing to try new things. we started with just veggies for the longest time when she could first eat and then worked to the sweet stuff. even though they love the sweets. since we started with the veggies she like the plain stuff an not just the sweet. we dont have to hid anything from her she will eat anything we eat. especially if she sees us eating it.

Kristy - posted on 01/19/2010

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my so is a bit funny with his food he loves spagetti bog and tuna mornay used to love veggies but now i can just get im to eat brocolli but loves spinich and fetta or riccotta sausage rolls normal sausage rolls dim sims and meat pies cheese of any kind custard and youghurt and will eat fruit pureed but thats it any suggestions on how to get him to eat a more balanced diet would be appreciated

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Xiao eats what we eat too, his favorite food, by far, is mushrooms!! If we eat something with mushrooms in it, we have to make sure he eats everything else first because if he eats one mushroom, he doesn't want to touch the rest of the food! The only we really don't feed him is steak... neither of us eat spicy food so that's not an issue. For a sort of 'backup' for him if we have steak for dinner, we get lunchmeat at the deli counter, and just ask them to slice it 1/4 inch thick. that way we can cut it into chunks like we do if we eat chicken or pork and he can still feed himself. He'll have it for lunch some days too... and it's amazing the different flavors they have in chicken and turkey at the deli!! We're sort of foodies, so we're lucky we don't have a picky eater.

Lindsay - posted on 01/17/2010

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My daughter likes waffles, bagels w/ cream cheese, yobaby yogurt, grilled cheese, string cheese, grapes, clementines, strawberries, raspberries, apples, bananas, applesauce, chicken, steak, burgers, pork chops, ham, pasta w/ meatsauce, broccoli, green beans, lima beans, kidney beans, garbonzo beans, olives, salad, rice, scrambled eggs, toast. I think thats everything! Hopefully that gave you some ideas to try, I'm lucky my litlle girl is a great eater!

Monica - posted on 01/16/2010

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Sophia eats everything we eat, I try to make balanced meals with meat veggies and pasta

Amy - posted on 01/16/2010

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Anything she can chew & swallow easily I give it to her, she only has 4 teeth so I have to be selective, but she eats green beans, corn, rice, chicken, ham, spaghetti, she will pretty much eat whatever we give her she is not a picky eater, hasn't met a food she doesnt like! I know they're sugary, but I buy the fruit in a can with syrup because they are soft she likes pears, peaches, mandarins, I have to give her soft cause she only has 4 teeth!

Megan - posted on 01/16/2010

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My son eats veggies like you wouldn't believe! He also loves mini bagels and mac and cheese, as well as regular cheese. Not a meat eater at ALL! He also likes yogurt and crackers.

Michelle - posted on 01/16/2010

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My son is a pig he eats everything most days, then some days he wont eat anything.

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Veggies - try mixing them in to the food in very small chunks. For example, I always add frozen peas (and sometimes carrots) to my macaroni & cheese. Even picky toddlers tend to eat SOME of the veggies in that case.

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We give our daughter everything that we eat - even spicy foods (I try to remember to make less-spicy portions, but sometimes I forget).

The things we avoid giving her: nuts (choking hazard - we do give peanut butter); popcorn; tortilla chips; raw veggies; hot liquids.

If we're doing something that's completely new to her, I make sure that I have a back-up plan of food that she likes (noodles, rice, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, applesauce, etc.) We'll offer that together with the new food, and she'll usually eat some of both.

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My son eats everything we do. He can't have tomatoes or oranges because he is allergic but other than choking hazards like nuts he eats it all. He loves to eat. One thing I've learned is just because they do not like something the first time , it does not mean they won't like it again later. My other son Noah is a picky eater and has many food allegies, but he usually will eat something eventually.

Joy - posted on 01/15/2010

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My son is 16 months old. He eats weetbix,porridge,toast,bananas,grapes,biscuits (savoury or sweet) potatos, sweet potatos,broccoli,cauliflower,carrots,pumpkin,bubble n squeak,yoghurt, custard,cheese,bread n butter,muesli bars,fruit bars,scrambled eggs,spag bol, tuna mornay,sheppards pie,noodles,rice and tuna,fish,chicken nuggets/bbq chicken,spring rolls...the list is so long because he changes everyday. I just offer him different things all the time so he doesnt get sick of it.

Jillian - posted on 01/14/2010

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my daughter is also almost 16 months old and we give her just about anything to try. she loves spinach and beets but hot dogs are favorite by far. we stay away from any tough meats though. just make sure everything is cut down to small size and she should be fine.

Kylie - posted on 01/14/2010

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my almost 16month old daughter eats everything i cook i found that if i cut the meat up really small shed just throw it on the floor so i cut the meat into strips so she can hold it like cheese stick and shell just bite bits off andeat it or suck on it and i found that i just started giving her her bowl and spoon at 12months and let her go and she loved having the freedom of making a mess and she actually ate even more so now she feeds herself with a fork & spoon and enjoys eating anything!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/14/2010

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My son is a very picky eater - a huge texture kid. Won't eat any veggies (raw, steamed) unless I hide it in things like soup, casserole or spaghetti. I still offer him every veggie we eat, but he LOVES his fruit so that helps. He eats everything we eat to some degree, but his favorites are chicken, pasta, cheese sticks, gold fish crackers and fruit. Any ideas from anyone on the veggie issue?

Theresa - posted on 01/14/2010

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My daughter doesn't have a lot of teeth yet, but we still give her everything we eat including steak. We just cut it into very small bites. She's hit and miss on meat. She loves pastas and pizza best.

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Same here. Pretty much everything we eat. He is not much for fresh fruit for some reason but loves any canned or applesauce. Chance loves any veggies and whole grain breads/pancakes. We do yogurt and string cheese. Why in the world would you give your kids hotdogs? I just can not for the life of me see a reason. There isnt anything beneficial there.

Susan - posted on 01/13/2010

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She eats what we eat for the most part I cut everything fairly small. She loves her fruit - apples, peaches, pears, grapes, blueberries, oranges, melon and especially bananas. She also likes peas, corn, green beans, tomatoes, and anything noodle wise...she loves her noodles! She's not much for rice, when we used to buy the baby food that had rice in it she would suck off the good stuff and spit the rice out the side of her mouth ;) She used to have an obession with Cheetos but hasn't ate those in a long time and by obession I mean she LOVED them but we cut her off after 4 or 5 pieces.

Adrianne - posted on 01/13/2010

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My girls always ate everything we did. I never really fed them baby food at all. If they could gum it down it was all good. Noodles were a great one. Just give her what you are having are she can eat it or not but she will eat when she gets hungy. Dont hide the food that give her to much control.

Brittany - posted on 01/13/2010

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my daughter eats mostly anything we do except for spicy things & as long as its healthy.. like noo fast food or chourico or anything like that.. cheese puffs for a snack here & there is okay but not too often. they need to know its a treat & not an everday thing. she always eats vegetables & fruit the most also chicken & hotdogs & she loves all pastas. just make sure whatever you give is cut up small enough so they dont choke! my daughter really loves hamburg & rice soup with carrots in it.. she'd eat almost anything.

Wendy - posted on 01/13/2010

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Our son eats whatever we do, for the most part. If we are making something spicy we make the effort to put a little aside if we can, before adding whatever it is that will make it spicy (or spicier). We also just make sure everything is cut into suitably sized pieces for him. We sometimes eat something we know we shouldn't and he definitely should not eat (take out, greasy, etc), for those meals, we make him something else that we know he enjoys eating. We started out with very small portions for him, and once he began finishing those portions and was comfortable with them, we might give him a little more. Increasing portion the older he gets and the more he wants to eat (within reason of course). Sometimes he will eat everything we give him, sometimes he will pick and choose. Just be sure you know when you introduce her to something new (food, spices, liquids, etc) in case she is allergic to something, then it should be easy or at least fairly easy to pinpoint what it was that caused her reaction. I always take note when I add something to a meal I know my son hasn't had before, just in case!

Tanya - posted on 01/13/2010

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I give my almost 16mo old almost everything as long as it is healthy, as I am trying to stay away from sweet things for as long as possible. I just have to cut things up pretty small and make sure it isn't too spicy. She doesn't like everything though, so that is my challenge!

Julie - posted on 01/13/2010

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My son eats everything we do, with the exception of choking hazards like nuts or popcorn. We just cut everything down to his size bites and let him try it. I try to make sure there is at least one thing at dinner that I know he likes (usually applesauce because we mix his meds into it), and if he doesn't eat the rest very well, I don't worry too much because he'll eat if he's hungry. Some days he eats tons and he'll eat anything in sight, other days he's very picky and doesn't eat much. I don't fix special meals for him very often; he just eats with the family.

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