Foods after 12mos

Monique - posted on 09/02/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is one and it seems like there is not that much table food I can give him.

Any ideas?

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September - posted on 09/03/2010

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The options are endless....I love to cook and cook for my family a lot! Our son who is now almost 2 has been eating table foods since he was about 10 months old. Here are some ideas...chicken, beef, pork, lamb, seafood’s of all kinds (our son had king crab for the first time when he turned one which was ok'd by his pediatrician and he loved it!), fresh steamed veggies of all kinds, fresh fruit, beans of all kinds, homemade cheese bread, homemade casseroles, homemade soup, homemade pizza, homemade chicken nuggets (one of our son's all time favorites), homemade quiche, pot roast with potatoes and carrots, fruit smoothies, grilled cheese, whole grain pasta with homemade cream sauce, whole grain rice, couscous (it's a coarsely ground semolina pasta that is sooo good!), Annie’s mac and cheese, omelets, scrambled eggs...I'm always sure to offer a protein, grain, veggie, dairy and fruit with each meal. Sometime the fruit I offer at snack time so our son does not always have fruit with every meal. We tend to stay clear of processed foods or foods and fluids high in sugar. We do offer treats every now and then however :) Explore all foods and enjoy!

Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2010

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Emma is 13 months and I have been exploring things I could feed her since she turned one!

I buy a big bag of frozen fruits and frozen vegetables and divided them into little bowls (like you would find in babies r us and target) I put one fruit and one vegetable in the refrigerator every morning for lunch (veggies) and dinner (fruits). I find it easier to feed Emma veggies when she is in a great mood around lunch time and fruits at dinner when she is warn out and tired for the day.

Snacks: I keep snacks around that she can eat easily on her own (finger foods) l like mini fig newtons, baby goldfish (in the goldfish section just smaller in size), yogurt melts, puffs, cookies (in the baby section), crackers (sometimes messy),cheerios or other cereals.

Breakfast: I buy the instant Quaker oats cereal with different flavors (fruits), I start her of with a little handful of cereal while I am making breakfast for her and I then she eats the whole bowl of oatmeal. After that she is usual full but sometimes she'll eat toast broken up into little pieces when she is really hungry.

Lunch & Dinner: I have a loooong list of ideas so I hope this helps! (Please note I break everything up into small bite size pieces.) Grilled cheese, BBQ chicken, chicken nuggets (any kind of chicken really), Ham & Cheese and Turkey & Cheese - I get my meat at the deli and get it slice as thin as possible so it's easier to chew, Pizza, Spaghetti (any kind of pasta), at this point they can have fish as long as it's not shell fish so I bought frozen Italian Parmesan taliapia, it's already prepared and I just put it in the oven (really easy), quesadillas, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, stuffed shells, and I also buy the gerber graduates for toddlers - they have little cans like ravioli you just put in the microwave, pasta pick ups that come in bowls and microwave, and lil entrees that come with vegetables and microwave.

There is a tun of stuff out there, my favorite place to go is www.kraftrecipes.com because they are very family friendly and it shortens my grocery list because I usually have half of what they ask you to get already even if it's not kraft brand like cheese and spaghetti sauce and pasta.

I also started out with the softer foods first, then worked my way to meats in the grilled cheese, then chicken on it's own. She does really well with bite size pieces, it's when she tries to stuff them all in her mouth at once that we have issues ;)

Good Luck! I hope this helps!

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Tamara - posted on 09/05/2010

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My son is 8mths old and he eats everything that we eat and we have never had a problem with him choking

Dara - posted on 09/05/2010

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My 11 month old eats just about everything we eat as a family. If you're concerned about allowing him to eat your food, then maybe have a look at your diet and make sure it's wholesome? Baby can have any type of veggie if it's cooked to be soft and mashable, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, meat that's soft and cut into small pieces and pasta or rice. I use whole grain pastas and brown rice, and my baby loves her spaghetti. I also make meatballs with extra lean ground beef or ground turkey and chicken, with a few spices and bread crumbs and egg to hold it together, and she absolutely loves them. They are soft and easy for her to chew. My LO also loves little cubes of cheese and she likes yogurt.

Christina - posted on 09/04/2010

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Try the Gerbert Graduates. They're made for kids who are starting on adult table food. They come is all sorts of varieties, from snacks to dinner entrees. You can also cut his food up really small so he doesn't have to do much chewing or you could do what I used to do. Puree his food in a blender or food processor. If he has food allergies, talk to his doctor about having tested to see what foods he's allergic to and should avoid. If he's just a picky eater, my older son was a major picky eater, then just mix and match things until you find things he likes!

Ricky - posted on 09/04/2010

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I was pretty much feeding my son everything I was eating when he was 1. The day after his 1st birthday I introduced peanut butter. There is not much limits when they are 1. I just take a bit of food out of our meals before I season it or add extra fats (ex butter in our mashed potatoes).

Jennifer - posted on 09/04/2010

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I worked up until Emma turned one and I agree with you, it is impossible to think of anything after you are exhausted for the day. I suggest the prepared meals like gerber for those lazy days when you just have no energy to cook anything. I used to get everything ready on Sunday so I didn't have to do much of anything and find meals that I could freeze package in small bowls and heat up real quick. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipes/freezer...

Monique - posted on 09/03/2010

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Thank you this is very helpful. I guess it's hard for me to think of things to eat since I am at work but i will defently look into this.

Jasmine - posted on 09/03/2010

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my sons being eating everthin g that we eat since he was about 9mths old and he loves it cant gbet enough. i wasd worried he mighnt choke but hes beeing weating sicne he was 4 mths so he hardly ever gags on anything anymore hes a wonderfull eater better then my 4 yr old daughter lol

Chavon - posted on 09/03/2010

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Maybe some oatmeal and yogurt to start, small pieces of meat, banana, mashed potato's with veggies purred in with it. Keep it small and write down newly introduced foods in case of a bad reaction to foods.

Sarh - posted on 09/02/2010

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Why does it seem like there are not a lot of things you can give him? You can give him anything except the high allergens! I mean I wouldn't give him spicy food or hard candy.
By a yr old my daughter was eating what we ate.

Nicole - posted on 09/02/2010

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when my son started eating table food, he choked on everything. I gave all kinds of veggies and fruit and very small pieces of chicken, bread, yogurt. I just kept a very close eye on him

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