Meal Ideas for my One year old?

Kristal - posted on 03/07/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son recently turned one and we are in the transition from baby food to table food. He definitely knows how to eat table food, but we are having behavioral problems getting him to make the complete switch. Basically, he is being stubborn. He likes to eat table food, but he doesn't eat enough of it to sustain him, and we have to supplement with baby food. I think this is also the reason he still wakes up at least once a night to have a bottle. Anyway, I'm drawing a blank on meal ideas for him. I'm interested in breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas. Nothing over the top, but I would like it to be healthy and, of course, baby-friendly. I'm trying to stay away from "kid food" as long as possible (french fries, chicken nuggets, etc.) Does anyone have any ideas? I'm just looking to change it up for him a little in case he is getting bored of what I feed him. Thanks!

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Crystal - posted on 03/10/2012

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I would do scrambled eggs and toast, or oatmeal for breakfast. cheerios and bananas (cut up in small bite-size pieces) was my daughters fave. Puree veggies for lunches and dinners so maybe he thinks he's getting "baby food." ??? I would definitely try to keep giving him what you eat..but in bite size pieces, or puree them. Soups and pastas. :) And also I gave my kids milk with their meals so I made sure they were still getting their calcium from Milk too, instead of juices... plus it will fill them up too.

Melissa - posted on 03/10/2012

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Anything that can be dipped was appealing to my son, who has sensory issues. His attention span for eating was a tiny little window since nearly any other stimulus had him off and running. He liked pancakes cut in strips and dipped in syrup or yoghurt, bites of roast to dip in gravy, apple slices can be dipped in a mixture of honey and peanut butter... I know a lot of parents are worried about high fat and sugar so young, but with some kids, you simply need to pack in the calories while they're paying attention. Making the food interesting by using shapes or even leaving some things frozen can help, too. My son loves frozen green beans. They're cold and crunchy, a favorite combination. You might also watch to see if he favors specific textures, which was a huge part of our problem. Good luck!

Trish - posted on 03/10/2012

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My one year old loves readybrek or porridge for breakfast with a piece of toast. She also loves boiled chicken stew with carrotts, pearl barley, potatoes,chicken stock, all mushed up for dinner or spag bol, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, basically any veg cooked till soft with mash. She snacks on raisins, crackers, liga etc and for tea she has yogurt or fishfingers with some bread. She still drinks 4 bottles of soya milk (she is dairy intolorant) throughout the day.She is in bed at 7.15 pm every night and sleeps through till 7.30 am.

Janelle - posted on 03/09/2012

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www.allrecipes.com they have a whole section on kid tested recipes. They were where i went when i made my 9 year old daughter cook for the family because i was tired of hearing "i don't like that" or "i don't want that"

Jessica - posted on 03/08/2012

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Anything you eat cut into tiny pieces. Make sure to cook vegetable till they are pretty soft though so it can be easily eaten. Of course mash potatoes are always a favorite as well as speghetti. Zucchini is great because it can be mushy. You can buy it frozen already sliced. Easy to pop a small amount in a bowl with a little seasoning and throw it in the microwave. If you make chicken add some chicken broth to it and let the shredded pieces you cut up for him soak it up maybe it would seem more like baby food. I don't know how you feed him but my daughter would only eat very little if we let her feed herself. She wanted us to feed her. So most nights she didn't eat much because of it. But if you sit him at the table to eat when you eat and give him the same thing he should respond well. Just move a chair aside and push the high chair all the way up to the table.

Stifler's - posted on 03/08/2012

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my kid also LOVES rice and will eat it or a sausage cut up into rounds

Stifler's - posted on 03/08/2012

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My baby woke up until 18 months through the night or very early for a drink of milk. I just fed him whatever we ate from the time he could chew. make home made sweet potato chips in the oven, real breast bits coated in crumb or just flour and baked, spaghetti bolognaise (get a big bib for this one). toast with ham and cheese cut up small or a toasted sandwich cut up small. yoghurt. i like mashed food and i'm an adult. most people love mashed potatoes forever. so if you have to mash his veggies then who cares.

Paulina - posted on 03/08/2012

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Mi hija adora la pasta, y puede comerla sin problema con sus manitos, pero para que sea mas nutritiva, en la salsa agrego muchos vegetales bien picados, asi me aseguro que coma los nutrientes que necesita.

Monica - posted on 03/07/2012

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I was in the same situation with my boy, he would eat table food but just a few bites. After a lot of 'arguing' with him over it since all I heard was 'insist insist and insist some more', I gave up! I cut little chunks of meat or whatever I'm having as well and let him nibble on it (and he does) whislt in the high chair and still feed him veggie puree or mash on the side to make sure he gets enough nutrition. It works and as long as I'm getting food into him, that's what matters to me. I've even been ridiculed with people saying I'll be pureeing his food by the age of 3, but I dont care, I decided the stress of fighting him to eat his veggies in bite sizes is not worth it.

Chrystal - posted on 03/07/2012

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Kids like "kids food" not just because it's sugar, fat laden goodness but because it's made to peak their visual interest and fits their body size. With that theory I create the healthy version kid food for my kids. I make sweet potato, jicama, carrot, cucumber, green bean, apple, pear, red bell pepper fries basically anything that can be made into a stick I call fries if it's got to be cooked it's steamed or baked. Things my kids eat for breakfast buckwheat pancakes/waffles done into shapes, wheat french toast sticks (they have no idea that syrup has been invented and hopefully won't for a few more years lol) oatmeal, eggs, any fruit (fresh, frozen, canned don't matter), yogurt, cottage cheese. For lunch soft skinned beans, veggie burger patty, nut butter sandwich (we like almond butter), grilled cheese, regular egg salad or tofu salad, pasta salad (just watch the size and hardness of the veggies you add), cheese sticks, wheat crackers, tortilla with cheese (that takes some teeth though), mac and cheese made with wheat noodles and veggie puree in the sauce. For dinner anything us adults eat minus the nights we have something spicy. My kids are 20 months and 8 months they eat all this stuff and my 8 month old doesn't have teeth yet so as long as it's not like a raw veggie or chewy she can gum it just fine we do give a bit of baby food still for those veggies she can't eat in any other form but mostly my kids eat table food. Hope you find a few ideas in here you like

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