What meals to feed my 12 month old?

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Joz - posted on 08/14/2009

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There is a really awesome cook book called 4 ingrediants there is things in there so easy yet so tasty and cheap, i use this book now all the time its my best friend.

Charlotte - posted on 08/06/2009

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LUNCH - I generally feed my 9 month old a slice of bread and butter with marmite (which he LOVES) - cut into strips that he can pick up - some mild organic cheese (cut up into edible bits) or a hard boiled egg - again cut up into bits - and cut up veg like 1-2 slices of cucumber ( no skin) in small strips - or 1/2 a tomato - (no skin) in bits; and organic plain yogurt and some fruit like blueberries or strawberries for dessert.
DINNER - he usually gets whatever we are having - mashed u a bit - (not fully puree as he has 7 teeth and I think he needs to learn to use them!
Generally this takes about 3-5 mins to prepare and he is getting all the basic food groups and loves being able to pick up his own food and eat it....I try to buy only organic foods for him - especially fruit and veg as I think it is best for babies to have the best possible ingredients in their meals...
if I am feeling lazy (oh heaven forbid! - a Lazy MUM!) - or there is no food in the house to prepare for him - I always have a couple jars of HIPP organic stuff to give him instead - usually the pasta based ones.

Angela - posted on 08/03/2009

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you cook regular/sweet potatos and mash them, soft fruits,apple sauce with no sugar, macaroni, peas. I noticed you didnt want any salt items so what I have provided hope it helps because by this list will control the salt/sugar intake.

Mel - posted on 08/03/2009

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anything and everything. usully yogurts, weet bix, eggs, fruit of toast for brekky, snack, then sandwich and fruit for lunch, snack then dinner whatever you are having. and the formula/milk if your baby is still on that of course

Evelyn - posted on 08/05/2009

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My daughter wasn't content with baby food so we had her on our food real fast! She loves fresh fruit which she always gets as snacks or dessert, yogurts or mini-go cheese is also great. I used to make the same types of food for dinner or lunch but for dinner she'd get more to go along with it, she loves cheese and tomatoes or cucs. One easy dish she loves is you take frozen mixed veggies (peas/carrots/corn) and boil them in a little broth, throw in a good piece of fish and then some cooked rice. I would make it in batches and freeze in portions for lunch. The other is I'd make an easy watery tomato sauce where i added grated carrots, peppers, onions, whatever and then i'd throw in those little soup noodles that look like broken spaghetti and let them cook in the sauce (that's why i said watery!). now i use regular spaghetti but most of the time she eats our meals. Chicken with rice and apricots is easy and good too! Or with couscous or quinoa. Beef stew is good too cause the meat cooks long and can be shredded easily. For our food, I never add salt... we add it at the table. Thick creamy veg soups are great too, just throw in any vegs. On hot days, cut up veggies like cuc, tomato, and some cheese and coldcuts would be fun for her to eat. Scrambled eggs are always good for quick lunches too, throw in vegs or cheese for extra nutrition. Egg salad sandwiches too. If he likes food he'll eat just about anything. Keep it healthy and avoid the store bought stuff like that's premade, it has tons of stuff they don't need to be eating!!! If you cook in batches, your homemade food is better for him and will be just as fast to throw into the micro! There are some great books online for cheap at Amazon, I got a few organic ones that had great recipes. Good luck!

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Sharyn - posted on 08/14/2009

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my daughter is 8 months old and she is eating foods off our plate and macaroni cheese as well as her bottles .... oh and cheerios ... she loves those.

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My 1 year old ate anything we did!! whatever we were having at night He had too just mashed to cut up into a size that suited him.

Samantha - posted on 08/13/2009

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My 10 month old is a great eater so far and I have found her favourites are cream cheese/american cheese singles sandwiches, blueberries, peas and basically anything she can pick up in her fingers. I am intoducing fish into her diet, slowly but tuna with a tiny bit of mayo is great on a sandwich. And it truly is the easiest thing to make your own dinners so you won't have to worry about the salt and sugar amounts. Favs of ours are boiled chicken, boiled brown rice, and steamed veggies, mixed up in the Cuisinart, or given in small chunks. Also, boiled ground beef with potatoes and veg again mixed in the cuisinart or small chunks. Experimenting is the best way to figure out menus for little ones. Just spend a Sunday afternoon cooking and mixing and finding new thigns for yourself too............And Rachel, I will be trying the Tofu idea!!

Rachael - posted on 08/13/2009

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Ok, so I know most adults won't eat this but both of my kids love it and it is the perfect lunch/snack and soft enough for them to eat. Tofu! I discovered it as a snack because both of my kids had dairy sensitivities at that age. I just buy a package of it and cut it into cubes, no seasoning, no cooking...very easy and very nutritious! My daughter is now 3 and still loves it!

Malinda - posted on 08/10/2009

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I think this is really the time to form a good nutritional balance - before advertisements and peer pressure influence what your child "likes" to eat. And I agree with pp about the pre-packaged stuff - way too much salt and sugar, which gives children a taste for those flavors and makes it more difficult to convince them to make healthy choices later.



Fish is great at this age - tilapia, salmon, pollock, anything low-mercury (not canned tuna, though, which is high mercury and filled with MSG) just cooked in the oven with some lemon juice. Also healthy meats like buffalo (I make little mini-burgers out of ground buffalo for my almost-two-year-old, but 12 months would be able to handle that, too) and grass-fed beef in small meat-ball form.

Eggs are a great source of protien, but be careful about egg allergy - watch for rashes. Before my son became allergic, I made him omlets with nitrate-free ham and veggies for breakfast. We also make things like "fried rice" with brown rice, extra virgin olive oil, a meat, peas, and other veggies.

"Finger Veggies" like a cut up baked sweet potato, cucumber, cooked carrots, cooked pepper speers, and stuff like that also make great snacks and pre-dinner apps.



Good luck! It's easier than you think to feed healthy meals and not resort to the status-quo-from-a-box stuff.

Christina - posted on 08/10/2009

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My son (3 1/2 years) was different from my daughter (18 months) - think it depends on the child. I feed my daughter anything she asks for, within reason. She did not want the baby food anymore after she was about 10 months. My son still wanted the Gerber graduates until he was about 17 months. I feed lots of steamed veggies, small pieces of chicken, scrambled eggs, pasta, and turkey and cheese sandwiches. She is a big eater and loves to try lots of things....she would eat steak if I would give it to her, but she only has two teeth!! Hope this helps!

Michelle - posted on 08/08/2009

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Grilled cheese sandwich cut up small was a favorite! Also frozen turkey meatballs cut up. Canned peaches or mandarin oranges were a big hit. Frozen waffles. Cantaloupe. Scrambled eggs are another favorite.

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I agree with Evelyn (above) - thanks for some tips on recipes !!! I cook little meals on sunday and freeze them and he gets those during the week for dinner ect...we actually ended up eating better ourselves because we were concerned about what he was eating ! don't puree anything anymore, your child needs to eat foods with texture ect and things he can grab and hold. Do not forget a sippy cup with milk, no more bottles LOL :}

Amber-Mae - posted on 08/05/2009

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My daughter is 13 months old and for supper we feed her basically anything that we are eating. For Lunch we give her the Gerber Graduates for Toddlers. She loves them. They are Lil' Entrees. They have many different kinds. There is Macaroni with veggies. Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Chicken and veggies. They have Ravioli and veggies. They are amazing and only take 30 seconds in the microwave. You can get them basically anywhere. Wal-Mart, SuperStore, Shoppers Drug Mart. Hope this helps you out. Good Luck!!!

Heather - posted on 08/03/2009

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my 8 month old loves scrambled eggs, pureed meats with veggies in it, yogurt, anything u can basically mash up or make soft. my son has always been a big eater so his ped has let us wean him....really he wasnt happy until he was eating our food!!

Carianne - posted on 08/03/2009

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My daughter loved the whole wheat Rotini pasta that I got from Food Lion. It was a really convenient food because it wasn't messy and I could put some in a baggy for her to take in the car or whatever. I wouldn't do anything to it but boil it till it was soft! Later on she started liking a little spaghetti sauce on it, but she will still eat the plain pasta for meals now. She was also a big fan of the organic yo-baby yogurts. (Also at FL)

Heather - posted on 08/03/2009

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Anna's fav is avocado mashed together with tomatoes and hummus and she loves blueberries

Kate CP - posted on 08/03/2009

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Tiffany, you can get a food processor at Target or Walmart for relatively cheap. I recommend Cuisinart brand. They have the best motors and blades I've found. The blades stay sharp for a long time and the motors can take on even the thickest batters. :)

Tiffany - posted on 08/03/2009

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Thank you Ebony;)
Where would I pick up a food grinder and do you know the cost?? Thanks

Ebony - posted on 08/03/2009

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If you want to make sure that your 12month dont become a junk food eatter... I always started my kids out with vegatable that are soft and chewy, I also gave them meat but I put it in the chopper so it can be easy to swallow..... But you can so anything that is simple easy to mash up or pick up....

Tiffany - posted on 08/03/2009

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Thank you ;)

Yea that's what I am worried about all the salt and stuff. That's why I don't want him eating everything I eat ya know.. I was just wondering about some easy healthy stuff for him to eat :)

Tiffany - posted on 08/03/2009

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Thank guys for letting me know.. I feed him bites here and there of what I'm eating but I don't want him getting a lot of salt and what not. I just don't have much ideas for lunches, dinners.. Any ideas? Thanks

Anita - posted on 08/03/2009

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hi tiff...u can pretty much feed a 12mth anything u eat as long as its soft enough and smaller pieces ....just make sure that b4 u season the food for urself scoop some out for bubs first...u dont want too much salt and seasoning in their diet...

..for me i avoided hig acidity food, sweet snacks and processed meats (sausages unless home made) until my lil one was at least 2yrs...

Arwen - posted on 08/03/2009

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I fed my daughter soft stuff at that age, she didn't have many teeth yet. She loved the gerber ravioli, and I made a lot of cheesy spaghetti for her. Just cook your spaghetti like normal, add enough sauce to make it nice and lubricated, and throw in cheese to taste. I also let her have yogurt cups for breakfast. She also liked beans and rice, non-spicy gumbo, stew, chicken and dumplings, scrambled eggs... Pretty much anything slightly bland, soft, and moist. If I was strapped for time, I'd give her bits of banana, some wheat bread, and bits of a cheese stick--stuff like that. Oh, and the Gerber raviolis are still one of my best friends, and she loves them. Spinach and Cheese are her favorite.

Arwen - posted on 08/03/2009

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I fed my daughter soft stuff at that age, she didn't have many teeth yet. She loved the gerber ravioli, and I made a lot of cheesy spaghetti for her. Just cook your spaghetti like normal, add enough sauce to make it nice and lubricated, and throw in cheese to taste. I also let her have yogurt cups for breakfast. She also liked beans and rice, non-spicy gumbo, stew, chicken and dumplings, scrambled eggs... Pretty much anything slightly bland, soft, and moist. If I was strapped for time, I'd give her bits of banana, some wheat bread, and bits of a cheese stick--stuff like that. Oh, and the Gerber raviolis are still one of my best friends, and she loves them. Spinach and Cheese are her favorite.

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