One and half year old baby food chart

Sample Menu for a 1-Year-Old Child

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Babies and young toddlers should get about half of their calories from fat. Healthy fats are very important for normal growth and devel­opment at this stage of their development.

All fats are not created equal, though. Healthy fats like those found in avocado, olive oil, fish, nut butters, and dairy are good for your child (and you). Unhealthy fats such as those found in fried foods, fast foods and many packaged foods are not healthy at any age. If you keep your child's daily caloric intake at about 1,000 calories, you needn't worry about overfeeding and risk of weight gain

Here is a sample menu for a one-year-old child who weighs about 21 pounds (9.5 kg):

1 cup = 8 ounces = 240 ml

1 ounce = 2 tablespoons = 30 ml

½ ounce = 1 tablespoon = 15 ml = 3 teaspoons

1 teaspoon = ¹⁄³ tablespoon = 5 ml


  • ½ cup iron-fortified breakfast cereal or 1 cooked egg

  • ½ cup whole or 2% milk

  • ½ banana, sliced

  • 2 to 3 large sliced strawberries


  • 1 slice toast or whole-wheat muffin with 1–2 tablespoons cream cheese or peanut butter, or ½ cup yogurt with cut-up fruit

  • Water or ½ cup whole or 2% milk


  • ½ sandwich: sliced turkey or chicken, tuna, egg salad or peanut butter

  • ½ cup cooked green vegetables

  • ½ cup whole or 2% milk


  • 1 to 2 ounces cubed or string cheese, or

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fruit or berries

  • Water or ½ cup whole or 2% milk


  • 2 to 3 ounces cooked meat, ground or diced

  • ½ cup cooked yellow or orange vegetables

  • ½ cup whole-grain pasta or potato

  • ½ cup whole or 2% milk


Talk with your child's pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about your baby's diet.

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12-18 Months Baby Food Chart

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12-18 Months Baby Food Chart -Now your tiny little bundle of joy is one year. I am sure you have thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful journey with your baby:)  You have watched as your baby grows from first smiles to first steps. By now, your baby is ready to enjoy a variety of family foods.

What kind of foods should I give my 12-18 months old?

You can give all the foods you cook for your family with fewer spices. Offer a variety of food each day. Your child may have few front teeth now, can chew some foods. But it is still a good idea to mash or cut into small pieces (1/2 inch or less) while giving the meat or any hard foods if it is tough to chew.

Now your child is one year, she can drink cows milk. Cows milk is a readily available source of calcium, and it also provides essential vitamins and proteins for your child. Also, you can continue breastfeeding as long as you and your baby are comfortable.

How to introduce cows milk to my baby?

Prefer whole milk until three years as toddlers need fat in their diet for growth and development. Give only 200 - 300 ml (at the max) of cows milk (in a cup) per day. Anything beyond the recommended amount of cows milk leads to less appetite in toddlers. Also, don't dilute the milk with water as it reduces its nutrition content.

If your baby is not interested in taking plain milk, you can try to flavor the milk with natural homemade flavors, or add milk to porridge's/kheer/desserts or include dairy products such as curd/yogurt, paneer, cheese, etc.

Should my 12-18-month-old feed herself?

By now, your toddler might be ready for self-feeding, though she might not be able to do it perfect.  She should be able to hold and drink from a cup with little help and may be interested in eating with spoon/fingers. Foods can be cut into pieces so that she can be able to feed herself with fingers. Encourage self-feeding if your toddler is ready and eat as a family whenever possible. It helps in developing good eating habits.

What are the finger foods can I give to my toddler?

Finger foods such as chunks of soft-cooked vegetables, fruits, cheese, toasted paneer, homemade cookies/crackers, boiled eggs are easy to prepare and mostly loved by children of this age, and they can experiment on feeding themselves.

What changes can I expect in my one-year-old baby's appetite?

After one year, your baby's growth rate naturally slows down, and hence, your baby's appetite might have decreased than before. Also, your toddler might be interested in exploring the world around than eating. The quantity of food consumed on each day may vary from large to small amount depends on the appetite of your child. Be assured that your child knows when she is hungry, and they won't stuff needlessly.

How to encourage my fussy eating toddler?

Here are some tips for the fussy eating toddler

  • Never force your baby to finish the meal. Let them take their own time and enjoy the food. If your baby refuses food, try again a little later on.
  • Encourage self-feeding by offering plenty of finger foods.
  • Let your baby experience the food even it is more of playing and a mess.
  • Offer a variety of nutritious small meals.
  • Reduce sugary foods and avoid processed/junk food as much as possible.
  • Be an example for your child in food habits.

How many meals for 12-18 months baby

For 12-18 months baby, you can offer three meals, two snacks, and cows milk. If you are a breastfeeding mom, You can continue breastfeeding whenever your baby demands. Choose the timings for meal and snack according to your child's preference. Try to give food at regular intervals. If your child refuses food, try again a little later on.

How much quantity for 12-18-months baby per day? 

To ensure your child gets a balanced meal, aim for a variety of foods from four primary food groups as listed below. For the quantity of food, always be guided by your child's hunger as appetite varies from baby to baby, and most babies change from day-to-day. Here is an approximate amount, Offer a serving from within these portion size ranges at each meal and snacks.

  • Whole Grains, Cereal & Carbohydrates -  1/4 cup to 1/2 cup
  • Fruits & Vegetables -1/4 cup to 1/2 cup
  • Milk & Dairy Products - 1 cup
  • Meat/Protein/Meat Alternatives - 1/4 cup


Here is a sample food chart with recipes (please click on the hyperlink to get the recipes) for 12-18 months old baby. Please consider the below points before using this food chart:

  • Never introduce more than one food at a time when adding new food to your baby.
  • Check for allergy symptoms when you are introducing new food to your baby and stop feeding your baby if you find any signs.
  • This food chart is prepared to give an idea of what foods can be included in babies diet. It should not be considered as medical advice.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

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The most comprehensive baby food chart

When and where to start complementary foods is a question that worries any mother. Pediatricians in the clinic advise one thing, friends with grown-up children - another, and their own mothers and grandmothers - the third. Of course, all opinions have a place to be, but you need to listen to the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO). Based on many years of research, she deduced an almost ideal table for the introduction of complementary foods in the first year of a child's life. Why practically? Because do not forget that every baby is an individual, and you need to follow the WHO recommendations, adjusted for the health of the crumbs.

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Terms of the introduction of the first complementary foods

All pediatricians agree that the minimum age for an infant to be introduced to food other than milk or formula is 4 months. It is better, of course, to wait until the baby is six months old. Up to this point, the crumbs simply do not have enzymes that help digest third-party food. This is fraught not only with the indigestibility of the proposed food, but also with digestive disorders that will have to be treated with medication. If you start complementary foods closer to a year, then this will result in a lack of vitamins and nutrients for the baby. Because of this, his development, both mental and physical, slows down.

Output. Start introducing your baby to adult food when he is 6 months old if he is breastfed, and at 5 if he is artificially fed (in such children, the digestive system matures a little earlier).

No matter how much you look at forums and thematic sites, you won’t find specific information on them, what kind of food can definitely be given to a baby as the first complementary foods. This is due to the fact that the main basis for the selection of products is the health of the child, his level of development and much more, including susceptibility to allergies, stool disorders, the number of kilograms gained.

Before starting to give the baby a new food, consult with the local pediatrician, who knows the baby from birth and is aware of all the possible violations of his health.

First feeding food

Most doctors advise offering the crumbs vegetable puree from zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli as the first meal. Later, try to give pumpkin and carrots, observing the reaction of the body, since these vegetables are allergenic. Puree helps to cope with constipation, saturates the body with vitamins. It is also recommended for babies who gain weight too quickly.

In second place in terms of optimality for the digestion of the child are cereals. Buckwheat, rice without milk and sweet additives are perfect for underweight babies suffering from frequent loose stools. These cereals do not contain gluten (a protein found in many cereals) and therefore do not cause allergies.

Let's try fruit purees for a baby no earlier than 7-8 months and start with an apple and a pear (the most low-allergenic foods). Having tasted sweet food, the child will be reluctant to eat vegetables or refuse them altogether, and this cannot be allowed.

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Meat purees are introduced into the diet no earlier than 8 months. This is quite heavy food for the baby's stomach. The first meat that you should introduce your child to is rabbit fillet. It is hypoallergenic, has a pleasant taste and does not contain a lot of fat. In addition to this type of meat, the introduction of a turkey is acceptable. Pork should not be given until the age of one and a half years because of its high fat content.

Eggs are tasty and nutritious, but they are strong allergens. Therefore, enter them with extreme caution. It is better to give preference to the yolk of a quail egg. It is not as allergenic as chicken. In its pure form, the baby may refuse to eat it, so add the yolk to the porridge or grind it with formula or breast milk. For the first time, a few grains will be enough.

It is better to offer cottage cheese, kefir and other fermented milk products no earlier than 8 months of age. This advice is due to the recommendations of gastroenterologists. The abundance of protein foods at an early age adversely affects the functioning of the kidneys. After 8 months, you can buy cottage cheese created exclusively for baby food. Only it is properly balanced and does not have any unnecessary additives and preservatives.

Fish is a storehouse of vitamins and minerals. But because of the specific smell and taste, few parents give it to their babies for testing. But it is necessary for the full development of crumbs from 8-9 months. At least once a week, puree white fish without a strong smell.

Beverages. It used to be thought that juices are the best product for the first complementary foods, but this is not so. They are generally not recommended to give up to 2 years. Instead of juices, give your child herbal tea (mint, chamomile, rosehip) and dried fruit compote (pears, apples, prunes, dried apricots). Drinks are introduced into the diet of crumbs when they reach seven months.

Output. Start the first complementary foods with those foods that are shown to the baby in accordance with his state of health. It's either cereal or vegetable puree. When examining the crumbs, the pediatrician will give specific recommendations on the diet.

Output. The introduction of the first complementary foods is a purely individual process. Listen to your child, to his needs, consult with your pediatrician, and then you will easily accustom your baby to new food without harm to his health.

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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, 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 1–3 years of age , must be present daily: animal or poultry meat, 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 child's brain and nervous system.

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 their own. 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 the baby can choke on pieces of food, so everything you give the child should be crushed or cut into small pieces that can be easily chewed.

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