Food for a 1 year old

Samantha - posted on 05/18/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi, can anyone help me with some recipie ideas for my nearly 1 year old? She is not a fussy eater, i just feel like i give her the same things over and over. And im not sure im giving her challenging enough food. Also, what are your best ideas for healthy snacks and finger foods?

Thanks!

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Samantha - posted on 05/24/2009

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Thank you everyone. There are some very helpful ideas there. Im going to need them all as my little one has decided in ther last few days to become fussy. The joys of kids never stop :)

Audrey - posted on 05/20/2009

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Children under one are not supposed to have Peanut Butter or Honey. What are they thinking? Look it up if you need to but your pediatricians should have advised you of both foods.
I was just going to give you some ideas until I saw the other comments so...
There are so many things that you can buy your little one besides Gerber meals and cheaper too if you have some spare time at the grocery store. One of my favorite things was adding things to my boy's diet when they were little like that. It is so funny what they will love and what will make them squirm.
Canned veggies and fruit are always soft and cut to manageable sizes. Which I found that the Graduates were way to small for picking up on their own. Look for the cans that say "no sugar", "no syrup" or "in water". Those will be the best for a little one. Also try things you don't even eat. I don't eat sweet potatoes but my 3 year old loves them! Canned potato, squash, yams, carrots are all good veggies. Applesauces, tangerines, pears, peaches, cherries are all soft enough and soon add tropical or passion fruit that have pineapple and melons. Meat is kinda tricky I think. Vienna sausages are great but get old fast. Most people are scared to do hotdogs but at 1 you can cut them long ways into 4ths then dice. Chicken nuggets, fish sticks, toasted ravioli w/ meat, are quick one for lunches. All kiddos love noodles! Try to use ones you normally wouldn't like multi colored or weird shapes. When you get to the end of them add them together. Cereals and crackers are always trial and error. I remember giving my son a Chicken in a Biscuit cracker and he crenged so badly I wet myself. (They have a lot of flavor!) I had never had them before that. Fruit bars & Poptarts are good and pancakes, french toast sticks, oatmeal with diced fruit in it and even cereal. Pancake on a stick are our favorite quick breakfast around here!
Go to the store late at night by yourself and seriously walk up and down the isles looking at everything I promise you will find gobbs of new idea! I did it when mine were little and it worked for me. Good luck, Have Fun and have your camera ready!

Kari - posted on 05/20/2009

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My daughter just turned one in April. She hasn't cared for baby food at all and she wouldn't let us feed her with a spoon because she wanted to do it herself. So we have had to find "people food" she could do on her own. She loves broccoli, I let her pick them up and she eats them as finger food. I do carrots for her as well; I do cut them into little pieces. Frozen peas and carrots are pretty easy and you can just heat them in the microwave. For fruit, I cut apples, pears, peaches and also banana's up into little pieces. Gerber makes some freeze dried yogurt, if your little one likes yogurt. Good luck and hope this helps.

Malinda - posted on 05/20/2009

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Oh yes - before my son came up egg allergic, omlets were awesome, too. Just throw a green and maybe a slice of ham into a cooking egg and voila! Protien packed goodness!

Malinda - posted on 05/20/2009

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At 12 months my son's favorites were cut up broccoli (steamed - if you don't have a steamer there are microwave bags now that do a decent job), chunks of a baked sweet potato, avacado slices, ANY fruit (especially tangarines, blueberries, and watermelon), and chicken or fish chunked and served on a wheat cracker.



Another thing you can try, similar to Ani's smoothie idea, is green smoothies. This is just like a smoothie with fruit, but you also add spinach or kale or something. The fruit covers up the taste of the green item (though the green takes over and they never look that great) and your child gets all the nutrition of leafy greens. We're just starting to do this now at the recommendation of a nutritionist and my son loves them! You just take a small bunch of a green (like kale) and then whatever fruit you like (berries and banannas are my favorite - just half of a bananna and then a handful of berries) and water for consistency. They're really awesome and give great nutrition - and it's good to get started early before the child knows that they don't "look" tasty.



GL!

Ani - posted on 05/20/2009

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Try experimenting with fruits. When my son was an infant, I used to puree ripe bananas and blueberries and give it to him like that, or I would mix that fruit mixture with plain or vanilla flavored yogurt. I would even add some cinnamon and he would love eating it (still does at 2).

For lunch, I would saute spinach in a little oil until fully cooked. Then, I would pour 1 or 2 scrambled eggs on top of the spinach and mix them together. He would love eating that for lunch. Try different variations; onion, mushroom, and potatoes work very well together. Hey, he even loves cheese omelet.

For finger foods, I started him with the Gerber puffs and cheerios. I wanted to make sure he knew how to bite and chew on those before I introduced anything else. Once he'd mastered eating those, I used to give him dried cranberries, little cubed cheese, any wheat crackers, goldfish, cubed ripe fruit (or pureed). Try giving her any fruit that's in season. Right now, my son is enjoying little chunks of watermelon with feta cheese. Oh try steaming broccoli and have her eat it by herself. My son also loved Motts applesauce. Cream cheese on wheat toast (I'd cut them in little squares).

I used to worry a lot about his eating habits because it took him a while to learn to chew his food fully before swallowing. Now, when he reaches for something I don't tell him he can't. I let him have a taste; sometimes he'll chew fine and sometimes he'll just chew and spit. Sometimes I get ideas when I look into the fridge; he eats what we have. Or when I'm at the grocery store, I'll check out the snack section for healthy choices. Just experiment and see what she likes.

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My little one loved Gerber Graduates also. I would also start giving her food of ur plate. in doing so she will learn to like all sorts of yummy healthy foods. My daughter likes everthing from sushi (cali rolls) to reg. meat and taters. Snack wise string cheese, gerbers puffs, fruit cocktail and so much more. I like to use cute cookie cutters and make little sandwiches.Just try ur own little creations! Best wishes, Mommy pruden

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Boiling carrots with honey in the water made for a great first finger-food for my son. Just sweet enough to get him to eat it, and also squishy enough that you don't have to watch like a hawk as they're eating. Well-cooked noodles (my son always got a kick out of the spirals) with a veggie-filled spaghetti sauce was also a big hit. Nutrigrain cereal bars are, to date, still his favorite food in the world! The Gerber meat sticks are great to keep in the diaper bag as an on-the-go, emergency meal.

Amanda - posted on 05/20/2009

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Have you tried the gerber graduate lil' entrees? They help for my son even though he is a picky eater. they have a mixture of veggies on the side. Also you can try given chicken nuggets that come in different shapes. For snacks have you tried multigran cereal bars, animal crackers or motts applesauce in different flavors. you can also try to make a pb&j sandwich and then cut them up in fours so that she can eat them herself. let me know what happens.

Best wishes

Amanda - posted on 05/20/2009

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Have you tried the gerber graduate lil' entrees? They help for my son even though he is a picky eater. they have a mixture of veggies on the side. Also you can try given chicken nuggets that come in different shapes. For snacks have you tried multigran cereal bars, animal crackers or motts applesauce in different flavors. you can also try to make a pb&j sandwich and then cut them up in fours so that she can eat them herself. let me know what happens.

Best wishes

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