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Healthy And Interesting Food Ideas For 15-Month-Olds

Age-appropriate, nutritious foods keep your little one healthy and nourished.


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Once your tiny tot hits 15 months, they can distinguish different tastes and may change their food habits. At this age, they would want to have more than just pureed and mashed foods. Hence, you could consider trying some healthy food ideas for 15-month-olds. These food options need to be healthy as well as appeal to your infant’s changing tastes.

Since your baby needs to have at least three meals a day with healthy snacks in between, you may want to try out various recipes. Hence, we have compiled a list of the best food ideas for a 15-month-old baby.

Foods You Can Feed A Toddler

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 50% of the calories should come from fat during the initial two years after birth (1). And the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests nearly 13 grams protein for a 15-month-old every day (2).
Therefore, plan a balanced meal wherein you add one source of protein to one source of carb with adequate amounts of fat to complete the dish. The meal plan for a 15-month-old can be a mix cereals, bread, rice, wheat, pasta, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dry fruits, dry beans, oil, milk, and dairy products. Below we list the essential foods that you may feed your baby.

1. Cow’s milk (whole or full cream milk)

Several mothers ask us, “How much milk for a 15-month-old?” You may give 360-480ml cow milk (3) every day to meet the daily requirements of calcium and vitamin D.

  • As your baby is a toddler now, offer them cow milk in a cup and not in a bottle.
  • Divide 480ml of milk into three servings and these can be given in any form, such as milkshakes, puddings, yogurt, paneer, custard, etc., to offer a variety rather than plain milk. But always remember to give one form only once a day.
  • You may continue or stop breastfeeding now. You no longer have to offer formula milk as the solid food diet caters to all the requirements.

2. Fresh fruits and vegetables

Encourage your toddler to develop a taste for as many unprocessed, fresh foods as possible. This includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that will not only add color to the plate but also make your baby’s meal nutritious. The daily dose of such a meal will help your toddler get a good supply of the basic nutrients necessary for growth and development.

3. Cereals

Cereals are good sources of carbohydrates, which is the main source of energy to the body. A toddler needs the energy to fuel the developmental changes happening in their body. Hence, include several varieties of cereals, such as rice, wheat, and millets, in their daily diet, given during different times of the day. Fortified cereals with no added sugar or salt or artificial coloring can also be added to the diet.

4. Protein and fat diet

Protein-rich foods are a must in the toddler’s diet. If you prefer animal protein, add meat, chicken, and egg for a balanced intake of fat and protein. You can also try fish like salmon, canned light tuna, catfish, and pollock. But as you do so, remember to cook them well.
If you prefer vegetarian protein sources, cheese is a good source. It makes a great finger food for a 15-month-old and can be included in almost any meal. Similarly, add a variety of pulses to the diet. You can also add nuts and seeds in the meal but mash or powder them to avoid choking.

Note: Introduce one new food at a time with brief waiting periods. Look for signs and symptoms of any allergy which might come up with the addition of new foods in the diet.

Diet Chart For 15-Month-Old Babies

Early morning

      • ½ to 1 cup whole milk


      • ½ cup iron – fortified breakfast cereal or 1 cooked egg
      • Add fruit to cereal or offer as it is
      • ½ banana, sliced
      • 2–3 sliced strawberries


      • 1 slice toast or whole wheat muffin
      • Apply 1–2 tablespoons cream cheese or peanut butter, or yogurt
      • A few fruit slices
      • ½ cup whole milk


      • ½ Sandwich sliced turkey or chicken, tuna, egg salad, or peanut butter
      • ½ cup cooked green vegetables
      • ½ cup cereal

Evening snack

      • 2–3 tablespoons fruits or berries or 1–2 ounces cubed or string cheese
      • 1 cup whole milk


      • 2–3 ounces ground or diced cooked meat
      • ½ cup cooked yellow or orange vegetables
      • ½ cup pasta, rice, or potato
      • ½ cup whole milk

Source: Healthychildren. org

Simple Homemade Recipes For 15-Month-Old

Here are a few simple homemade food ideas for your 15-month-old baby.

Breakfast recipes

1. Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

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Prep time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 (adult)

You will need:
  • 3tbsp butter
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup wheat flour
  • 3tbsp sugar
  • 1½tsp baking powder
  • ½tsp baking soda
  • ½tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg white
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • Cooking spray
How to:
  1. Mix flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk them together.
  2. While whisking, combine buttermilk, oil, egg, and egg whites in a bowl. Add the mixture to the flour mixture. Stir well.
  3. Heat a nonstick griddle coated with cooking spray, over medium heat.
  4. Spoon around one-fourth cup onto the griddle, per pancake.
  5. Turn over the pancakes when the tops are covered with bubbles and the edges are cooked.
  6. Serve with syrup and butter.

2. Winter Squash Puree (Healthy Starter)

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Prep time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 to 1-1/2 cups

You will need:
  • 1tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tbsp precut fresh or frozen winter squash or pumpkin cubes
  • Water or milk as needed
How to:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Mix olive oil and squash in a bowl. Toss them.
  3. Spread the squash on the baking sheet.
  4. Roast the squash for 20 minutes. Puree in a blender until smooth.
  5. Sieve the mixture and add water or milk to get the consistency.

3. Purple Puree

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2½ cups

You will need:
  • 1½ cups blueberries (puree)
  • 2 frozen spinach (10oz packages)
  • 1/2tsp lemon juice
  • 2tbsp water
How to:
  1. Place spinach in a pan and add water. Boil, cover, and simmer for seven minutes.
  2. Drain the water. Make a puree of spinach, blueberry, water, and lemon juice until smooth.

4. Ragi Idli

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Prep time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 idlis

You will need:
  • 2 cups idli batter (fermented)
  • ½ cup nachi flour or ragi flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 1tbsp oil (to grease)
  • 1/4 cup + 2tbsp warm water
How to:
  1. Add warm water and the flour to a bowl. And mix to get a thick paste.
  2. Add the paste to idli batter. Add salt. Stir gently.
  3. Set aside for nearly 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the water in a steamer and grease the plates with oil.
  5. Pour the batter into molds and place the idli stand in the steamer.
  6. Allow it to steam for ten minutes and serve warm.

5. Oats Chilla

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Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 chilla

You will need:
  • 1 cup oats
  • Water as needed
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 1tsp cumin
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • ½ grated carrot
  • 1 small onion
  • Oil or ghee as needed
How to:
  1. Add powdered oats to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Add water as per requirement.
  2. Grease the oil on a pan. Heat it.
  3. Spread a ladle of batter on the pan. Drizzle oil around the edges.
  4. Flip it once it is cooked. Cook the other side too.

Healthy Snacks For 15-Month-Old

6. Oven-Roasted Green Beans (Finger Food)

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Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: ½ cup

You will need:
  • 1lb green beans (trimmed)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 2tsp extra-virgin olive oil
How to:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºC. Put jelly-roll pan for ten minutes in the oven.
  2. Take the beans in a bowl, sprinkle oil, add salt. Toss them well.
  3. On the pre-heat baking sheet, place bean mixture in a single layer.
  4. Bake for eight minutes until crisp and tender.

7. Dates Sesame Ladoo

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Prep time: 20 min
Servings: 12 to 15 ladoos

You will need:
  • 300gm dates
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup cashews or peanuts (roasted)
  • 4 green cardamoms
How to:
  1. Take a pan, add sesame seeds. Dry roast them on the medium flame.
  2. Cool and powder them.
  3. Mash the dates well and add sesame seeds powder. Knead for a few minutes to get a soft mixture.
  4. Make it into small balls. Store in an air-tight container.

8. Pasta Kheer

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Prep time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4 servings

You will need:
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¾ cup pasta
  • ¼ cup jaggery syrup or organic sugar
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 ½ rice flour mixed in ¼ cup water or milk
How to:
  1. Boil water in a pan. Add and cook pasta for a few minutes.
  2. Drain and keep aside.
  3. Heat butter and ghee in a pan, add cashews (if desired). Keep them aside after roasting.
  4. Pour milk into the same pan and boil. Add pasta and allow it to cook.
  5. Take a cup and add rice flour, water, and milk. Mix well without lumps.
  6. Pour this into the pan slowly, while stirring.
  7. Allow the pasta kheer to thicken. Sprinkle cardamom seeds on it.
  8. Add jaggery syrup or organic sugar as a sweetener.

9. Carrot Puree

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Prep time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4 cups

You will need:
  • 1 yam (peeled and cut)
  • 3 carrots (peeled and cut)
  • 2tbsp water
How to:
  1. Add yam and carrot to a pan with water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Drain out water and puree the contents in a processor.

Lunch Ideas For A 15-Month Baby

10. Baby’s Little Pasta

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups

You will need:
  • 1½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2tbsp uncooked pasta
How to:
  1. Add the chicken broth to a pan and bring it to a boil. Add pasta.
  2. Cook for seven minutes with intermittent stirring.

11. Khichdi (Indian Baby Food Recipe)

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Prep time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 cups

You will need:
  • 2tbsp rice
  • 1tbsp tuvar dal (split red gram)
  • 2tbsp vegetables (grated and chopped)
  • Salt for taste
  • ½ tsp ghee
  • Turmeric (optional)
  • Pepper powder (optional)
How to:
  1. Wash the rice and dal together. Soak them in water for at least half an hour.
  2. Add chopped vegetables to the bowl containing rice and mixture.
  3. Pressure cook for two whistles on medium flame.
  4. After the pressure is released, mash the contents. Add salt, ghee, and turmeric. Mix well.

12. Yummy Warm Cereal

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Prep time:15 minutes
Servings: ½ cup (4 floz/125ml)

You will need:
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz/60 g) pearled barley powder
  • Water (as needed) or milk
How to:
  1. Boil water in a pan and slowly pour the powdered barley. Whisk continuously as you pour.
  2. Keep stirring and allow it to cook for ten minutes.
  3. Add water or milk to get the desired consistency.

13. Curd Oats

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups

You will need:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups water/milk
  • ¾ cup fresh curd
  • Salt for taste
  • 1tbsp grated carrot or pomegranate seeds
  • 1tbsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)
For seasoning:
  • 1tsp mustard seeds
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1 dry red chili
  • 1 finely chopped green chili
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1. 2 inch finely chopped ginger
  • 1tsp split black gram
How to:
  1. Cook oats in water for five minutes. Mix curd (well beaten) to the oats.
  2. Heat oil in a tempering pan and add all the ingredients for seasoning.
  3. Add this seasoning to the oat-curd mixture.
  4. Add salt and coriander leaves. Top with grated carrot or pomegranate seeds.

14. Curd Rice

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups

You will need:
  • 1 cup rice (cooked)
  • 1.5 cup milk
  • 1.5 cup curd
  • 2tbsp cream
  • Salt to taste
For seasoning:
  • 1tsp mustard seeds
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1 dry red chili
  • 1 finely chopped green chili
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1.2 inch finely chopped ginger
  • 1tsp split black gram
How to:
  1. Mash the cooked rice add milk and keep stirring. Add the cream and curd.
  2. Heat oil in a tempering pan and add all the ingredients for seasoning.
  3. Add this mixture with oil to curd rice.

Dinner Ideas For 15-Month-Old Babies

15. Barley With Shiitakes And Spinach

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Prep time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 adult servings

You will need:
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2tsp olive oil
  • 1/2tsp chopped dried rosemary
  • 8 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking barley
  • 3tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 8 cups bagged baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4tsp freshly ground black pepper (optional)
How to:
  1. Heat oil on medium heat in a Dutch oven. Add garlic, rosemary, and onion. Saute for three minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms. Let them cook. Stir occasionally for eight minutes.
  3. Add cheese and spinach. Stir frequently. Cook for two minutes.

16. Banana & Avocado Guacamole

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1½ cup

You will need:
  • 1 avocado (cut)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 garlic clove powder
  • ¼tsp lemon juice
How to:
  1. Scoop the flesh out of the Avacado half into a bowl.
  2. Peel banana, add the chunks into the Avacado bowl.
  3. Add garlic clove powder into the bowl. Sprinkle lemon juice.
  4. Mash them all using a potato masher.

17. Risotto Primavera

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Prep time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1½ cup

You will need:
  • 2 cups yellow squash (chopped)
  • 1½tsp olive oil
  • 3 cups asparagus (cut diagonally)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups leak (chopped)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1½tsp fresh thyme
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 32oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste
How to:
  1. Take a pan, add asparagus, squash, salt, black pepper, and saute on medium flame. Keep aside.
  2. Pour water and broth to another pan and keep them on low heat.
  3. Take a Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat.
  4. Add leek and cook for five minutes. Add in one and half cup broth mixture, and cook.
  5. Add remaining broth mixture and keep stirring. Let the broth get absorbed.
  6. Add one-fourth cup thyme and cheese. Top it with veggies.

Things To Remember

You may try various recipes and combination of ingredients for the good of your baby. But you cannot force-feed them just because it is good for their health. Here are a few things to remember and dos and don’ts to follow:

1. Make food fun

It is now time to bring out your creativity with your toddler’s meal. Try pretending cauliflower or broccoli as trees on a mashed-potato island. Try cutting sandwiches, idlis, and more with cookie cutters to get them into the shapes of stars, animals, and more. Your little one would surely enjoy eating.

2. Eating habits change

Do not worry even if your toddler is a fussy eater. Their eating habits may change due to the change in the growth pattern. The food they loved last month may not remain the same now.
The toddler’s appetite may slow down in the second year, unlike the first year. Your baby must have tripled their birth weight in the first year, but the weight gain might slow down in the second year with an expected weight gain of just around 2.4kg.

3. Exploration time

It is time your little one is busy exploring the world and may not bother much about food. Also, their appetite is still not big enough to have one big meal. Be prepared for smaller meals several times all through the day.

4. No force, please

Remember, your toddler will eat when they are hungry. Do not force them to finish the plate or judge your little one by the quantity they are eating. Instead, check for their energy levels, physical as well as mental growth.

5. Allow self-feeding

Your toddler still needs your help while feeding but allow them to feed themselves if they want to. Do not worry if they get messy. A 15-month toddler will be able to hold and drink from a cup with a little assistance from an adult. They would show interest in eating with a spoon.

1. Why does my 15-month-old baby chew the food but not swallow it?

If babies chew the food and do not swallow, the process is known as food pocketing. This may happen from weak muscles of the face and neck, sensory issues, behavioral disorders, cleft lip or palate, autism, nervous system disorders, low birth weight, and stomach problems. Talk to your child’s doctor if you notice swallowing problems in children (4).

2. How much water should a 15-month-old drink?

The suggested water intake for a 15-month old is 8 to 32oz or one to four cups daily (5).

3. What are the best foods for my 15-month baby to gain weight?

A 15-month baby can gain weight by eating high-calorie foods. You may offer them avocados, boiled and mashed beans, bananas, lentils, mashed potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, whole milk yogurt, and fresh ground meat. Thinning these foods with formula, breast milk, or broth is ideal for feeding your baby (6).

Provide a balanced diet with fish, meat, and milk products for protein, fruits, vegetables, pulses, and cereals for your baby. A 15-month-old baby’s food usually contains pureed and finger foods. They can eat the same food prepared for the rest of the family but ensure that they contain less salt and spices. Avoid forceful feeding and allow the child to explore various foods and eat independently. Try presenting food in fun and creative ways to grab your baby’s attention. Whenever possible, try to eat together as a family to boost your bonding.


MomJunction's articles are written after analyzing the research works of expert authors and institutions. Our references consist of resources established by authorities in their respective fields. You can learn more about the authenticity of the information we present in our editorial policy.

1. Feeding and nutrition tips: Your 1-Year-Old; Toddler Nutrition; Healthy Children (2016)
2. Protein; Nutrition For Everyone; Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (2013)
3.Recommendations on milk intake for young children; Department of Health, Hong Kong
4.Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Children; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
5.Recommended Drinks for Young Children Ages 0-5; American Academy of Pediatrics
6.High Calorie Diet for Infants and Toddlers; UW School of Medicine and Public Health

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15 Months Old Baby Food Ideas Along with Recipes

It is quite natural to completely run out of ideas for meals or even snacks for a 15-month-old child when you are used to a very typical meal schedule for yourself. The nutritional requirements for adults and kids are quite different and figuring out what food items can suffice them both can be quite tricky. This is where a proper meal plan and a simple schedule can be quite handy.

Video: Food Ideas for 15 Month Old Baby

Nutrient Requirements for a 15 Months Old Child

The nutritional requirements for a 15-month-old child are all-encompassing. There is a necessity for all the major nutrients to be present in the appropriate quantities, even with reduced food intake.

1. Supporting nutrients

With reduced food intake, the chances of minor nutrients such as probiotics, omega-3 acids and others falling short in their required proportion are quite high. Therefore, a special focus is needed to ensure these are included in the diet.

2. Water

Including water, especially in the diet is highly recommended since most kids won’t remember to have as much water as they should. Roughly a litre of water is the least your child should drink in a single day.

3. Iron

The requirement of iron from other food items increases strongly as your child grows up, since his dependency on breastmilk, the primary source of iron, will begin to reduce. Make sure that he gets 7mg of iron daily from his food intake.

4. Sodium

The major food item that provides us with sodium is salt. While that might usually take care of the general requirement of a child amongst other food items, households that sparingly use salt should take extra care of this.

5. Fibre

Bowel movement and proper digestion are how your children can truly get the benefits that all the nutrients provide. Including fibre in the diet not only ensures this but also keeps the rest of the body functioning optimally.

6. Carbohydrates

The powerhouse of all energy, these form the core of any meal that your kid would have. There should be no compromise in the number of carbohydrates since there is a vast dependency of various bodily processes on it.

7. Proteins

Vegetarian families might worry about providing their kids with the necessary amount of protein they need. While meat does provide a substantial amount of protein, there are vegetarian alternatives providing good nutrition, too.

8. Calories

The growth rate of your kid might not be as rapid as it was during his early baby days. This results in a calorie requirement of around a kilocalorie or so, on a daily basis, which increases gradually over the years.

How Much Food Does Toddler Need at 15th Month?

Depending on your child’s physical activities and metabolism, a toddler’s food requirements stay within the range of 1000 to 1400 calories within the first few years. Hence, breakfast ideas and meal options need to strike a balance together to ensure proper nutrition for the child.

Best Foods for Fifteen-Month-Old Baby

Some specific food items make for great choices in giving your little one a wholesome meal that provides the necessary nutrition he needs.

1. Meat

It is important to know that little kids cannot have large pieces of meat such as steaks or hams like adults. The protein requirement for their age can be substantially satisfied by opting for lean meat alternatives, such as minced pork, soft fish, crumbled chicken or ham, and so on. Precautions need to be taken when including seafood in their diet.

2. Legumes and Nuts

While eggs also make for a great meal choice to provide your kids with proteins and fats, vegetarians can rejoice with a better alternative in legumes and nuts. Giving nuts directly to your kid is not advised since it can be a choking hazard. However, using food items that contain nuts as an element shouldn’t be a problem.

3. Vegetables

Most kids will start eating their veggies around this age. Certain items might still be a bit difficult to chew, and those can be either boiled or steamed to soften them up. Avoid fried vegetables and opt for a variety that gives your kid a wider taste spectrum to enjoy.

4. Grains

Parents are suggested to go for whole grain varieties when choosing food items, as an easy way to keep up with the nutrient requirement of your child. These can exist in variants of roti, rice and pasta as well. On the other hand, any fortified cereals free from artificial additions make for a great choice, too.

5. Fruits

Not only do fruits provide your kid with a different range of tastes as compared to other food items, but the presence of natural fibre in them also helps in stimulation of the digestive system as well as help in procuring different vitamins.

6. Snacks

While your little one might munch of tiny pieces of cookie or toast, it is best to avoid giving any sugar-heavy products early in life. Make use of cheese based items or steamed veggies to satiate the random cravings.

7. Oil

Even a 15-month-old baby requires fat, much more than anybody else. Those are the energy reserves that keep them going. Opt for oils that have no trans fats or go for alternatives like butter.

8. Dairy

A combination of protein and calcium is highly necessary for kids at this age since their bones and muscles need to be strong. Make sure you include whole milk and some yoghurt in your kid’s diet.

9. Juices

Although it is best your kids have fruits instead of juices, these still can be a great addition to his diet, but only when pressed fresh and absent of any additions. Don’t replace water intake with juices.

10. Multivitamins

The body constitution or family lifestyle might make a nutrient deficiency possible in a child. Such a scenario needs to be combated with a multivitamin that can supplement any dietary shortfalls.

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15 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan

Putting together a baby diet chart for 15-month-old kids isn’t an easy task. Referring to the one below, you can create your own that suits your child the best.

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 1, Day 1

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 1, Day 2

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 1, Day 3

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 1, Day 4

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 1, Day 5

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 1, Day 6

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 1, Day 7

Breakfast Rajgira(amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins
Mid-morning Date ladoo mixed with chana(chickpeas) powder + milk

Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato

Evening Papaya and pear cubes
Dinner Roti + sabzi + dal fry

Ensure the child has at least half a cup of milk every day.

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 2, Day 1

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 2, Day 2

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 2, Day 3

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 2, Day 4

Breakfast 1 cup of poha + 1 small glass of fresh orange juice
Mid-morning 1 glass of milk
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber
Dinner Ragi(finger millet)-wheat roti with any sabzi and dal

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 2, Day 5

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 2, Day 6

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 2, Day 7

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 3, Day 1

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 3, Day 2

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 3, Day 3

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 3, Day 4

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 3, Day 5

Breakfast 1 cup of poha + 1 small glass of fresh orange juice
Mid-morning Oats-apple smoothie
Lunch Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot
Evening Dalia(broken wheat)
Dinner Shahi paneer with paratha and tomato- mushroom soup

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 3, Day 6

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 3, Day 7

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 4, Day 1

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 4, Day 2

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 4, Day 3

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 4, Day 4

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 4, Day 5

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 4, Day 6

Diet for a 15-month-old – Week 4, Day 7

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Food Recipes for a 15 Months Old Baby

For parents struggling with unique meals or lunch ideas for their 15-month-old kid, these recipes can provide a quick escape as well as stoke their imagination to make some more.

1. Curd Rice

The quintessential food preparation that works wonders no matter when and where you have it.


  • Black gram
  • Ginger
  • Curry leaves
  • Green chilli
  • Red Chilli
  • Oil
  • Mustard seeds
  • Salt
  • Cream
  • Curd
  • Milk
  • Cooked rice

How To Prepare

  • Take the cooked rice and mash it well. Add milk to it and stir it all together. Follow it up with the curd and cream and stir it again.
  • Take a pan and put some oil in it. Put all the seasoning elements together and heat them well. Add some oil and pour in the rice into this.

2. Khichdi

What might be comfort food for adults in their illness, is a perfect lunch item for young kids, providing great nutrition.


  • Pepper powder
  • Turmeric
  • Ghee
  • Salt
  • Vegetables
  • Red gram
  • Rice

How To Prepare

  • Take the rice and dal together and wash them well. Keep them soaked underwater for about 30 minutes.
  • Until then, take the vegetables and chop them properly. Add these to the rice and dal bowl. Place this inside a cooker and let it sit on medium heat until two whistles.
  • Release the pressure and check if the rice is cooked.
  • Take it out in a bowl and mash it with ghee. Add salt, pepper and turmeric for added taste and mix properly.

3. Pasta Kheer

Caught you by surprise, didn’t it? Let your child revel in delight as well when he comes across this weirdly beautiful recipe.


  • Milk
  • Rice flour
  • Green cardamoms
  • Jaggery syrup
  • Pasta
  • Water

How To Prepare

  • Take a pan and add water to it. Bring it to a boil, add the pasta to it, cook it, and drain it well.
  • In another pan, add ghee and butter with some cashews and roast them well. Follow up with milk and let it boil. Add the pasta to it and cook it all together.
  • In a cup, add milk, water and the rice flour. Mix it all properly till it is smooth. Pour it into the pan and stir continuously.
  • Once the kheer is thick, add cardamom seeds with jaggery syrup, and serve.

4. Roasted Green Beans

Do away with the usual boring snacks and add a great flavour to this healthy option that will make your child fall in love with greens.


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Green beans

How To Prepare

  • Start by heating the oven to a temperature of 425 degrees. Keep a pan inside it for 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the beans in a bowl and pour a little oil while sprinkling some salt. Toss them all together to mix it well.
  • Spread these beans on a sheet laid on the tray, without letting them cover each other.
  • Place them in the oven for around 10 minutes to make them crispy and soft.

5. Purple Veggie Puree

For kids that are bored with the same old purees, this vividly coloured version will have their eyes light up instantly.


  • Water
  • Lemon juice
  • Frozen spinach
  • Blueberries

How To Prepare

  • Take a pan and add water and spinach to it together. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 8 minutes.
  • Drain the water and mash together lemon juice, water, blueberries and spinach to form a nice thick puree.

Feeding Tips

With some simple tips, while feeding your kid, you can make the experience easier for you and better for the little ones.

  • Let your kid eat from the food prepared for your family as well, as long as it isn’t spicy
  • Start teaching your kid to eat certain items with his own hands
  • Don’t force your kid to finish up his food quickly
  • It is fine for your kid to eat intermittently than sit quietly for a full meal
  • Don’t fuss if your kid suddenly changes his eating habits
  • Make the entire experience of enjoying food items a fun-filled one

With numerous dinner ideas for your little kid at your disposal, your meals will take a new life of their own in the coming weeks. Observe your child and try to see what he likes and what he doesn’t, to balance out his meal schedule accordingly.


  1. Each child is different and so use these meal plans as a trusted guide as per your discretion. You can modify the meals according to your child’s preferences / requirements.
  2. Never force-feed a child.
  3. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it.
  4. While introducing solid food to a baby, initially, one needs to prepare watery gruels/soups. As a child gets older, the caretaker/ mother has to increase the thickness of the liquids slowly according to the child’s capacity to swallow. Foods that are too thick can cause stomach upset/ unnecessary load; while excessively watery food might cause the child to remain hungry.
  5. Some kids may eat less on some days and that is absolutely alright. However, if a child eats less for more than 3-4 consecutive days, please visit a doctor to guide further.
  6. A child may eat less during the teething phase or if he/she may not be feeling well. You could increase breast milk /formula feeds on those days. Re-introduce the foods once the child is back to normal.
  7. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea.
  8. You can alter the taste of the food by adding some natural flavours like cinnamon, jeera powder, lemon juice, curry leaves etc. if the child doesn’t accept the food initially.
  9. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them.

Also Read: List of 12 Healthy Weight Gain Foods for Babies & Kids

Union of Pediatricians of Russia

Nutrition for children from 1 to 3 years of age

The period from 1 to 3 years of life is a crucial stage in the transition to an adult type of nutrition, which has certain features. In order to ensure that all the necessary nutrients enter the child's body and at the same time prevent an excess of individual nutrients, nutrition should be balanced and varied.

The daily amount of food for children aged 1 to 1.5 years should be 1000-1200 g, from 1.5 to 3 years - 1200-1500 g, the amount of food in one feeding should not exceed 300-350 ml. The diet consists of three main meals per day and two snacks. It is considered optimal when breakfast is 25% of the total energy density of the diet, lunch is 30–35%, dinner is 20%, and additional meals are about 10%. In general, the child can eat the same food as the rest of the family.

In the diet of a child of 1–3 years of age , must be present daily: meat of animals or poultry, dairy and sour-milk products, vegetables, fruits, bread, cereals, vegetable and butter; fish and eggs are included in the diet 2-3 times a week.

Cereal products: bread - 2-3 servings per day, cereals and side dishes - 1 time per day
Fruit and/or vegetables: at least 5 times a day
Dairy products: at least 3 servings per day (including those used to make cereals, yoghurts, fermented milk drinks, cottage cheese, infant formula or breast milk).

Domestic pediatricians recommend, when compiling a diet for children aged 1–3 years, preference should be given to specialized children's dairy products of industrial production that meet high quality requirements and safety indicators for this age. Most children's dairy products are additionally enriched with vitamins and/or minerals and other biologically active components, taking into account the physiological needs of children of this age. At the same time, in foreign recommendations, children over 1 year old are offered the gradual introduction of whole cow's milk, which is rich in fats necessary for proper growth and development, the absorption of vitamins A and D, the development of the brain and nervous system of the child.

Meat dishes: 2-3 times a day
Fish dishes: 2-3 servings per week
Eggs: 2-3 per week
Dietary fats: 3-4 teaspoons of butter and/or vegetable oils per day

When cooking, use the minimum amount of salt and sugar, and do not add them to industrial products.

Offer your child a variety of foods and let them choose for themselves. Children love to eat on their own, so if possible, offer food that the child can eat with their hands.

It is important to remember that a baby can choke on pieces of food, so whatever you give your baby should be crushed or cut into small pieces that can be easily chewed.

Do not give to a small child: nuts, whole grapes, cherry tomatoes (unless quartered), whole carrots, seeds (such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds), round candies, legumes, raisins, because a child can eat them choke.

Also in the diet of children of the first 3 years of life should not be present:

Mushrooms; canned snacks, pickled vegetables and fruits
Home canned food
Dry concentrates for side dishes
Hot sauces, mustard, horseradish, pepper, vinegar, mayonnaise
Natural coffee
Juices and drinks in the form of dry concentrates; sweet carbonated drinks
Products containing food additives (flavorings, dyes of artificial origin, including chewing gum), popcorn
Combined fats; cakes and pastries

It is important to remember that children of this age should not be given too spicy and spicy foods.

We make a menu for a baby after a year. What to feed a child after a year: advice to parents

Young parents who have a baby after a year often have questions - what to feed the child next?


  • Is a nutritionist a mother?
  • Feeding a child per year: age specifics of nutrition
  • Sample children's menu for the day
  • Children's menu for the week. Option one
  • Menu for the week. Option two

Young parents who have a baby after a year old often have questions - what to feed the child next? Nutrition guides are full of complementary feeding schemes, but less attention is paid to the nutrition of one-year-old and two-year-old children. But after all, mom and dad need not only to know the principles of nutrition for the crumbs, but also to correctly compose his menu for the day, week or even month! It is necessary to plan the purchase of products, methods of preparation and even preparations for the future. Let's pay close attention to the menu of the crumbs from a year to about two years.

Important note: the recommendations of this article can only be fully applied to children whose mothers adhered to the pediatric complementary feeding regimen and gradually replaced feedings (often with formula, but sometimes also with breasts) with certain volumes of "adult" food. Babies who are breastfed on demand are more suitable for pedagogical complementary foods, which are gaining more and more supporters. These children may not be able to handle the given portion sizes - however, their mothers may well adopt the recipes and general recommendations of this article.

Nutritionist - mother?

The principles of baby food for a child of 12 months remain the same as in the second half of the first year - a gradual expansion of the set of products and a gradual change in the degree of grinding and processing of the product.

To properly organize the nutrition of your baby, it is worth considering and compiling an indicative menu for 7-10 days in advance. At first glance, this seems complicated - but let's try, using certain knowledge about products and their daily needs, to create approximate layouts.

When compiling the menu, you need to take into account the norms of daily consumption of products - that is, which products must be given to the baby every day, and which ones - with a certain frequency. For simplicity, we will make a calculation for a week - therefore, we will distribute the products by day. Daily products are calculated based on the daily norm, multiplying it by 7 days of the week, the rest - based on the number of doses.

Every day the baby receives milk and dairy products, butter, bread, vegetables, cereals, on some days of the week they distribute, for example, cottage cheese, cheese, fish, sour cream, eggs. It is recommended to give meat and fish 5-6 times a week at least - that is, 4 times meat and 1-2 times fish.

Sometimes it may not be possible to cook all the items planned in the menu. Then you have to resort to replacing the product with an approximately equivalent one. When replacing, it is necessary to take into account the calorie content and nutritional value of the product - that is, replace carbohydrate foods with them, fats with other fats, proteins with other proteins. For example, interchangeable carbohydrates are bread, bakery products, pasta, cereals. From proteins, milk, cottage cheese, meat, fish, cheese are replaceable. From vegetables - potatoes, beets, cabbage, carrots, etc. Fats are replaceable both vegetable and animal. However, by the end of the week, all quantities of replaced products are equalized.

Mandatory and indispensable in the baby's diet should be daily milk, butter, vegetables, bakery products, other products can be varied by day of the week.

In addition, when planning a baby’s menu, it is worth remembering to take into account boiling and loss of the product, take their volumes taking into account cooking - for example, fish loses up to 40% of weight during cooking, meat - up to 30%, vegetables lose up to 35% during processing % of its raw weight.

Feeding a child per year: age specifics of nutrition

In the first months of the second year of life, the main components of food are pureed or mashed with a fork puree and cereals. But the degree of their grinding should gradually change - from the beginning of the second year, you can switch to highly boiled and diluted and boiled with milk porridge, side dishes from heavily boiled vegetables or cereals - buckwheat, rice, wheat, corn or millet. Closer to one and a half years, with the appearance of 8-10 or more teeth, it is necessary to start giving more dense food - steam cutlets, meatballs, dark bread.

In addition, it must be remembered that up to a year and a half, the acidity of gastric juice is still insufficient, and therefore delicate proteins, mainly milk proteins, should prevail in the diet. It is advisable not to use confectionery and sugar in the diet of children under 2-3 years old, however, you can give dry cookies, homemade jams, marmalade, jams and honey from about a year and a half if there is no allergy.

5 or 4 meals of 200-225 ml each are considered optimal.

There are certain rules to follow when feeding babies:

  • for breakfast you can have a variety of cereals, vegetables, eggs, cottage cheese, meat, fish. From liquid dishes - milk, weak tea, herbal teas, fruit drinks;
  • lunch should consist of any kind of soup - meat or vegetable, second course - meat, fish or vegetable with a side dish and sweet - juices, fruits, compotes, mousses, soufflé;
  • closer to a year and a half, a light snack is recommended before the first course - salad;
  • for an afternoon snack, preferably a liquid, milky, sour dish with biscuits and fruits is better;
  • maximum protein in the first half of the day - breakfast and lunch;
  • dinner is built on the principle of breakfast;
  • it is obligatory to have a hot dish at each feeding;
  • after eating the baby should drink.

Sample children's menu for a day

Here are menu options developed by various doctors and nutrition guides. You can use one of them or create your own menu based on the standard ones.

For example, pediatrician Ezhova N.V. in his guide "Nutrition for children from birth to three years" offers the following menu options for the day (with some additions and changes by the author of the article).

For ages 1 year - 1 year 3 months

Breakfast Tea with milk or milk - 100 ml
Bread with butter - 30 g + 3 g


Vegetable or meat soup - 100 g
Meat puree or cutlet — 40 g
Garnish (vegetable, pasta, cereal) — 50 g
Compote or fruit juice - 100 ml


Cottage cheese - 30 g
Kefir or milk - 150 g
Bun or biscuit - 10 g
Fruit - 50 g


Vegetable puree or porridge - 150 g
Tea with milk - 50 ml

Second dinner (can be replaced with second breakfast if desired)

Kefir, milk, biolact, baby yoghurt (optional) - 150 ml

Age 1 year 3 months - 1 year 6 months



Tea with milk or milk - 150 ml
Bread with butter - 40 g + 5 g


Vegetable salad - 10 g
Soup — 100 ml
Meat cutlet (fish, liver, chicken) — 50 g
Garnish (vegetable, cereal, vermicelli) - 80 g
Compote (fruit drink, fruit juice) — 100 ml


Cottage cheese — 50 g
Fruit — 100 g
Tea with biscuits 150 g + 10 g


Vegetable puree or porridge - 150 g
Tea with milk — 150 ml

For age 1 year 6 months — 1 year 9 months


Grated carrots (fruit salad, half an egg) — 30 g
Milk porridge - 150 g
Tea with milk or milk - 150 g
Bread with butter 60 g + 5 g


Vegetable salad - 40 g
Soup (shchi, borscht) — 100 g
Meat puree or cutlet — 60 g
Garnish (vegetable, cereal) — 100 g
Fruit juice - 100 ml

Afternoon snack

Kefir with a bun - 200 g
Fruit 100 g


Vegetable puree or porridge - 200 g
Milk (kefir, yogurt) - 150 g

For the age of 1 year 9 months - 2 years


Milk porridge (noodles, vermicelli) - 150 g
Coffee, not natural, or tea with milk, or milk - 150 g
Roll with butter, jam or cheese 70 + 3 g


Vegetable salad - fresh, pickled - 30-40 g
Soup, cabbage soup or borsch — 50-100 g
Meat or fish cutlet — 50 g
Garnish (vegetable, cereal) 100 g
Compote — 150 g

Afternoon snack

Kefir with cookies — 150 g
Fruit - 50 g


Vegetable dish - 150 g
Kissel or milk - 100 g

As you can see, the menu is not without flaws. Here are approximate servings and volumes, it can only be used as a general guide. Based on it, taking as a basis an approximate layout menu from the pediatrician's reference book (District pediatrician. Reference guide. - Phoenix, 2008) and making practical adjustments, we developed several menu options for the week.

Children's menu for the week. Option one

Day one

Breakfast — buckwheat porridge, tea and bread and butter.
Lunch - cucumber salad, cabbage soup, meatballs with vermicelli, dried fruit compote, bread.
Snack - kefir, cookies - 2 pcs., baked apple.
Dinner - carrot-apple casserole, milk, wheat bread with cheese.
Let's have a snack either between lunch and breakfast, or at night - a glass of biolact, milk (100-150 ml) or cottage cheese (50 g).

Second day

Breakfast — rice porridge, tea with milk, bread with cheese.
Lunch - beetroot salad, vegetable soup, meat cutlet with mashed potatoes, compote, bread.
Snack - cottage cheese, banana.
Dinner - scrambled eggs, stewed cabbage, biolact or yogurt, bread.
Snack - milk with cookies.

Day three

Breakfast — mashed potatoes with half an egg, apple juice, bread with jam.
Lunch - cabbage salad with apple, cabbage soup, mashed meat with buckwheat porridge, apple jelly, dark bread.
Snack - cottage cheese casserole, milk.
Dinner - semolina porridge, kefir, bread and butter.
Snack - banana, apple.

Day four

Breakfast - oatmeal porridge, cocoa with milk (very diluted - if the child is not allergic), bread with cheese.
Lunch - carrot salad, boiled fish with vegetable puree, dried fruit compote, bread.
Snack - cottage cheese, peach.
Dinner - potato casserole, tea, bread.
Snack - kefir or yogurt, cookies.

Day five

Breakfast — milk soup with vermicelli, tea with milk, bread with butter.
Lunch - cabbage salad, borscht, boiled chicken with rice, pear jelly, dark bread.
Snack - milk, cookies, banana.
Dinner - oatmeal porridge, tea, bread with cheese.
Snack - cottage cheese, apple.

Sixth day

Breakfast — syrniki with pumpkin and carrots, milk, bread and butter.
Lunch - apple salad with carrots, pickle, meat cutlet, vegetable stew, compote, bread.
Snack - cottage cheese, peach.
Dinner - buckwheat porridge with milk, bread with jam.
Snack - banana, cookies with tea.

Seventh day

Breakfast — millet porridge, kefir, bread with cheese.
Lunch - beetroot salad with sour cream, chicken noodle soup, boiled egg, mashed potatoes, bread, compote.
Snack - kefir with a bun, pear.
Dinner - cottage cheese casserole, yogurt, bread and butter.
Snack - peach, cookies with compote.

All dishes can be varied according to your wishes and seasons. Salads offered on the menu are introduced into the diet closer to one and a half years.

And here is the second version of the menu for a baby of the second year of life, taken with some corrections and additions from the reference book on the practice of feeding children in the first years of life (Kalmykova A.S., Tkacheva N.V. and co-authors. A healthy child from birth to three years - Phoenix, 2008).

Menu for the week. Option two

First day

Breakfast — buckwheat porridge with milk.
Lunch - lean cabbage soup with sour cream, steam cutlet, mashed potatoes and juice.
Snack - kefir, bun, cottage cheese.
Dinner - fruit mousse (apple and apricot), cookies.

Second day

Breakfast — semolina porridge with fruit, tea.
Lunch - chicken broth with rice, naval pasta, jelly, bread.
Snack - an omelet with milk.
Dinner - vegetable stew, bread, yogurt.

Third day

Breakfast - corn porridge with milk.
Lunch - lean borscht with sour cream, zrazy, jelly.
Snack - yogurt with cookies or a bun.
Dinner - carrot-pumpkin casserole, juice.

Fourth day

Breakfast - rice porridge, jelly.
Lunch - fish soup, potato casserole with meat, compote, bread.
Afternoon snack - egg, tea with cookies.
Dinner - vegetable stew, bread, milk.

Day five

Breakfast — milk soup with noodles, bread and butter.
Lunch - potato soup with meatballs, boiled fish with beetroot puree, pear juice.
Snack - cottage cheese, cookies, kefir.
Dinner - semolina porridge.

Sixth day

Breakfast - oatmeal with fruit, bread and butter.
Lunch - vegetable soup, stewed cabbage with meatballs, bread, apple juice.
Afternoon snack - egg, tea with cookies.
Dinner - yogurt, bun.

Seventh day
Breakfast - scrambled eggs with milk, bread with cheese.
Lunch - meat noodles, boiled chicken with rice, jelly, bread.

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