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Baby food chart with recipes for 7 months to 1 year Indian baby & toddlers

By Swasthi on August 6, 2022, Comments,

Indian baby food chart along with a list of tried & tested 60 Indian baby food recipes. Thanks to the readers who led me to this post on Indian baby food chart. Before I take you to the details of the food chart and the food recipes, please be informed that this post is based on my experience. I have honestly expressed my views and opinions on easy baby weaning so that it could be helpful to new mothers.

Please read the comments below before posting your queries since similar queries may have been answered.

Well, some of my tips might look like old wives tales since they are based on Ayurveda, but I do trust them in growing healthy and happy babies. However I suggest consulting your elders or pediatrician before you follow any new foods or tip that have been mentioned here.

For the past several years, I have been consistently sharing & updating baby recipes especially for a good weight gain. You can find all the latest recipes or ideas on the baby toddler recipes section.

Readers who have been asking for suggestions on foods to gain weight, please check this detailed post on best foods for weight gain in babies & toddlers.

Is this baby food chart suitable to my Baby?

This Indian baby food chart is a generalized one suitable for most babies. However i suggest you to use your judgement whether to include or not, certain ingredients in your babies diet based on your babies allergies, intolerance, appetite, likes and dislikes.

I have tried to link most Indian baby food recipes that I have posted earlier on this blog. Many were written almost 5 years ago and are updated regularly with new tips based on the readers reviews.

This Indian baby food chart was developed by me based on what i fed my 2 kids, whose birth weight was 3. 3 kgs and 3.4 kgs. The ideas were basically drawn from the health and baby weaning booklets that were given to us during our visits to the singapore clinics, hospitals and few from clinics in Bangalore.

This chart is also suitable to babies who were preterm born or were underweight. However I suggest mums with such babies to consult a pediatrician if you are skeptical about these foods.

This post will be updated, to include tips and other information. You can leave a comment here if you want to know anything specific which will be answered. Please feel free to share or discuss your experiences, views, problems that you encounter while weaning your babies in the comment section. It could be helpful to other readers, it’s through sharing we can learn.

When to introduce food to baby – 6 months to 1 year

Here is a brief guide on the right time to introduce foods. But how to introduce them can be found in the recipe posts. Example: Oats or oatmeal – I have mentioned clearly how to choose them and the kind you can use and how to prepare it for a baby.

You can find a a detailed baby food chart for 6 months old baby here along with recipes.

This Indian baby food chart and the baby food recipes have been developed for a good weight gain in babies.

Indian baby food chart for babies above 7 months or from 8 months

Wake up – 6 am
Milk – (skip milk if baby wakes up after 8 am, make a milk based breakfast from breakfast section)
Breakfast – 7.30 to 8 am
One of the following:

 Egg, (Fully boiled or scrambled in very few drops of oil)(babies above one year)
 IDLI with rasam or sambar (sambar for babies older than 12 months)
 VEGETABLE OATS PORRIDGE(blend it in a blender till smooth)
 RAGI MALT with badam powder
 CHICKPEAS SOUP (babies older than 15 months)
 BARLEY VEGETABLE SOUP (blend till smooth)
 SWEET CORN VEGETABLE SOUP(blend till smooth)

Quick fix breakfast (for 8 to 18 months):

 Nestum rice (stage 1) with ALMOND MILK
 Nestum rice with homemade curd (plain yogurt), add water as needed while mixing

Mid-morning – 10 to 10. 15 am
One of the following:

 Steamed apple (raw apple for babies older than 12 months)
 Banana or steamed kerala banana (if baby has cold)
 Chikoo (sapota)
 Other fruits like watermelon, pears, oranges
or 2 tbsp of fresh HOMEMADE PLAIN CURD / YOGURT (3 times a week, avoid when the baby has cold & phlegm, prefer room temperature. As the baby grows you can increase the quantity)

Lunch for baby – 11.30 to 12.30 pm
Try using whole grains like

 Broken wheat (daliya).
 Half basmati brown rice with half white rice.
 Soak them for about 2 to 4 hours in warm water before cooking. Discard the water.

Try one of the following

 DALIA KHICHDI (vegetable broken wheat food)
 VENN PONGAL(skip pepper, hing)
 DAL KHICHDI with one of the vegetables: spinach, methi, pumpkin, carrot, ridge gourd, bottle gourd, tomato
 TOMATO DAL KHICHDI (no veggies)
 SWEET POTATO RICE (make the same way as potato rice, you can add a bit of jaggery instead of salt)
 PLANTAIN RICE RECIPE (raw cooking banana with rice)
 CHICKPEA TODDLER MEAL for toddlers not for babies
 INDIAN BABY FOOD with chickpeas and methi leaves (11 months, only for babies not having colic)
 Dal & mashed rice with TOMATO RASAM, RASAM made with RASAM POWDER
 mashed rice with MOONG DAL RASAM or dal ka paani (bassaru)
 Soft mashed rice withDRUMSTICK SAMBAR or SAMBAR (15 months and above,mash up the veggies along with the rice, try using homemade sambar powder)

For a lighter meal, if the baby has colic

 mashed rice with dal ka paani with a pinch of ajwain(strained dal soup)
 Soft Mashed rice with milk
 Mashed rice with yogurt (avoid this frequently)
 Soft Mashed rice & banana (if needed puree)
 Mashed rice with TAMARIND / DANIYA RASAM
 Soft cooked carrot, mashed rice with daniya rasam
 sabudana porridge with salt and ajwain (vaamu / carom seeds) powder
 rice porridge with salt and ajwain powder

Mid noon – 2. 30 to 3 pm
Fruits or steam cooked mashed veggies
Evening snack for baby -5 to 5.30 pm
One of the following:

 Large serving of Milk
 whole grain cereal
 RAGI MALT WITH MILK (almond powder can be included)
 Millet porridge (will post the recipe shortly)
 ALMOND MILK with powdered corn flakes or nestum rice (stage 1)
 CARROT BABY FOOD (can skip almonds)

Dinner – 7 to 7.45 pm
Please Note:
Feeding late can cause indigestion and the infant may not sleep due to colic. Avoid feeding heavy foods. Dinner should always be light, nutritious, mostly vegetable based.

 For babies from 10 to 12 months prefer light foods from breakfast section. Avoid egg & nuts.

 Babies above 12 months : Any foods mentioned in the breakfast and lunch can also be served for dinner.

Other options

 mashed rice with dal ka paani (strained dal soup)
 Soft mashed rice with milk
 Mashed rice, carrot with daniya rasam
 rice porridge with veggies
 Rice with dal ka pani (bassaru) and light cooked vegetables.
 Soft Rice with tomato rasam and light steamed or cooked vegetables.

Bed time – 8.30 to 9 pm
Large serving of Milk. Make sure there is a gap of at least 1 hour 30 mins in between the completion of dinner and milk. For babies above 12 months: If the baby is still hungry after the milk, can feed some light crackers.

Related post: how to make ragi flour for babies or toddlers’ porridge

Tips to increase the appetite in babies

1. Try to serve fruits 1 ½ to 2 hours before a meal. They tend to make the infant feel hungry naturally. Do not serve fruit with a meal.

2. Do not mix fruits with dairy especially milk. It leads to indigestion.

3. Babies need exercise, let them play and crawl or run around. Don’t confine them to a small area. For toddlers / babies who can walk, a small walk in the neighborhood before a meal can make them hungry.

General Tips:

1. If you have a very fussy baby, avoid milk in the early morning and serve milk based breakfast mentioned in the table.

2. Serving bread or any other baked stuff to babies, leads to colic or bloating due to the ingredients like baking soda, powder, yeast etc.

3. Limit crackers or biscuits to only once a day, avoiding is however better.

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I’m Swasthi Shreekanth, the recipe developer, food photographer & food writer behind Swasthi’s Recipes. My aim is to help you cook great Indian food with my time-tested recipes. After 2 decades of experience in practical Indian cooking I started this blog to help people cook better & more often at home. Whether you are a novice or an experienced cook I am sure Swasthi’s Recipes will assist you to enhance your cooking skills.

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Baby food recipes - 6 to 18 months

By Swasthi on August 26, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Baby food recipes – A collection of homemade Indian baby food recipes for 6 10 18 months babies. If you are a new mum, you can check this Baby food chart for 6 months baby. If you have a baby older than 7 months then you can check this Indian baby food chart for 8 months & above. You can also take a look at the best foods to gain weight in babies & toddlers. This post contains a list of all Indian baby food recipes available on this blog.

I have also included a few sample baby food recipes in the recipe card. All the recipes are tried and tested and have been served for both my babies.

If your pediatrician has suggested you to start, then You can start with a single fruit, single veggie and then single grain. For more details please check this post on How to introduce solids to baby.

I highly recommend reading every line of the baby food posts on this blog as they can guide you extensively.

Baby food recipes – babies above 6 months

How to make baby rice cereal
Apple rice
Ragi porridge for babies
Apple Wheat porridge
Apple ragi (try ragi and apple separately first, then try together)
Khichdi for babies
Methi khichdi
Moong dal soup
Carrot almond baby food
Potato rice
Barley baby cereal
Sago carrot kheer for babies
Sabudana kheer for babies
Wheat cereal for babies
Soft idli recipe
Milk oats porridge
How to make ragi flour for babies
Oats porridge with vegetables (blend till smooth)
Sweet potato rice
Apple oats

Babies above 8 months

Sprouts soup
Urad dal khichdi
Raw banana rice
Ven pongal. please mash the rice well and remove the pepper corns. You can also puree it.
Curd rice. Puree if desired, skip tempering.
Curd oats
Moong dal halwa
Ragi idli

Baby food recipes for babies above 11 months

These need to be pureed before serving
Dalia khichdi
Oats vegetable khichdi
Sweet corn soup
Barley soup with vegetables
Chickpeas toddler food
Chickpeas soup (for babies above 15 months)
Badam milk. pls consult your doctor and use buffalo or goat milk, avoid cow’s milk.
Set dosa
Banana milkshake
Lassi (avoid salt and sugar)
Neer dosa
Kambu dosa

Sample Indian baby food recipes

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time20 minutes

Total Time30 minutes



Ingredients for 6 months baby food recipes 1 – Any one of the following (refer notes)
  • ▢ ½ banana
  • ▢ 1 sapota
  • ▢ ½ papaya
  • ▢ 2 tbsp cooked rice
Ingredients for 7 to 8 months baby food recipes 2 (refer notes)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp rice or 2 tbsps ragi or wheat flour
  • ▢ 200 ml water
  • ▢ 1 small apple or banana
  • ▢ 1/8 tsp ghee homemade (refer notes)
Ingredients for 8 months baby food recipes 3
  • ▢ 1½ tbsp rice aged rice
  • ▢ 1½ tbsp dal (toor or moong dal)
  • ▢ 1½ tbsp carrots chopped
  • ▢ 200 ml water
  • ▢ 1/8 tsp ghee homemade
Ingredients for 8 months baby food recipes 4
  • ▢ 2 tbsp rice
  • ▢ 1 baby potato or 2 tbsp chopped
  • ▢ 1 pinch carom seeds powder (ajwain powder)
  • ▢ ¼ tsp ghee homemade
Making 6 months baby food recipes
  • Make sure you follow the 3 day test rule for every food you introduce. Wait for the results until 4th day.

  • To make the baby food, Mash any one of the fruits – banana, papaya, sapota very well until smooth.

  • If desired add it to a blender and puree until smooth. To thin down add a few spoons of boiled and cooled water. Fruit puree is ready.

  • If using cooked rice, then puree together rice and any of the fruit – (banana, papaya, sapota or steamed apple) along with some boiled and cooled water. Fruit flavored rice is ready.

  • You can also feed only steamed apple. Peel and chop the apples. Bring half cup water to a boil and add the apples to it.

  • Cook until the apples are slightly tender just for a minute or 2. Cool and puree with rice or just the steamed apple. Apple puree is ready.

Making 7 months baby food recipes
  • Wash rice and soak in water for at least 30 mins.

  • Pressure cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 whistles. You can also cook in a pot until soft.

  • Apple flavored rice cereal : When the pressure goes  down, open the lid and add grated apple. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 mins. Cool and make a smooth puree. If needed add some boiled and cooled water. Add few drops of hot ghee. Apple flavored rice is ready.

  • Banana rice cereal : Cool the rice completely. Add banana and rice to a blender and make a fine puree. Pour few tbsps boiled and cooled water if desired.

Making 8 months baby food recipes
  • Wash rice and dal in a cooker or pot a few times until the water runs clear. Add grated carrots and pour water. 

  • Pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles on a medium heat. If cooking in a pot add more water as needed.

  • When the pressure goes down, using a masher mash the food to smooth. This is the stage you must be teaching you baby to eat mashed foods. Reduce feeding pureed foods. Add ghee to hot food and serve warm. Rice dal baby food is ready.

Making 8 months baby food recipes
  • Soak rice until water runs clear. Soak for 30 mins and cook along with potato until soft for 3 whistles. Mash the rice well and add ghee. Feed warm. To prevent colic you can add a pinch of ajwain powder. Potato rice is ready.

The nutrition values are only for the banana flavored rice. These are approximations only.

Please follow 3 day wait rule for every food you introduce.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

Nutrition Facts

Baby food recipes

Amount Per Serving

Calories 45

% Daily Value*

Potassium 105mg3%

Carbohydrates 10g3%

Sugar 3g3%

Vitamin C 2. 6mg3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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menu, what vegetables, fruits, what to feed a one-year-old baby

Rational nutrition of a child is a necessary condition for his harmonious growth, physical and neuropsychic development. In addition, a balanced diet is the key to maintaining health and resistance to adverse environmental factors, including pathogenic microorganisms. In the first year of life, receiving food and complementary foods, the baby gets acquainted with almost all major food groups. Parents and pediatricians pay great attention to the child's diet during this period, as this is the most vulnerable stage in a person's life.

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  1. Is it possible to transfer a child to a common table in a year?
  2. Organization of nutrition for a child in the second year of life
  3. Meat and meat products
  4. Milk and dairy products
  5. Eggs, fish and seafood
  6. Fruits and vegetables
  7. What fruits to offer a child in the cold season
  8. bakery products
  9. Sweets and confectionery products
  10. Dietary fat
  11. Salt
  12. Diet of a one-year-old child
  13. Sample menu for a child per year
  14. Food culture

Is it possible to transfer a child to a common table?

There is an opinion among many people that a child's diet changes every year, and it can be transferred to a regular table. However, the menu of adults is often unbalanced, contains an excess of salt and sugar, spices, as well as dyes and preservatives. Dishes of the general table, as a rule, are prepared with aggressive culinary processing, depleted in vitamins and minerals. But the main disadvantage of the early transfer of the nutrition of a one-year-old baby to the general table is the lack of consideration for the age and individual characteristics of the child. In children of the second year of life, a high rate of physical and neuropsychic development is maintained, the functional maturation of the nervous, endocrine, digestive and immune systems continues, and the neutralizing function of the liver and kidneys is improved. Under the influence of the expansion of motor activity, the musculoskeletal system is strengthened, the social adaptation of the baby develops. All these processes determine the requirements for the quantitative and qualitative composition of the food consumed. Feeding from a common table at this age can cause a deficiency in a child of certain nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Violation of the nutritional status of a one-year-old baby has a negative impact on the formation of a health reserve and can increase the risk of diseases both now and in the future. That is why the diet in a year requires no less attention than the nutrition of an infant in an earlier period.

Organization of nutrition for a child in the second year of life

Caring and responsible parents are concerned about what is necessary and possible for a child to eat and how to properly organize the feeding of a baby in this age period. When compiling a child's menu for a year old, it is important to adhere to the basic principles: nutrition must meet energy needs, ensure the supply of necessary macro- and micronutrients; as varied as possible, while containing the main food groups daily. Of course, home-cooked dishes are increasingly included in the baby's daily nutrition, however, the assortment, degree of grinding and cooking technology should differ significantly from adult nutrition. In order for the diet to be balanced in terms of the content of essential nutrients, the menu of a child of the second year of life must necessarily include specialized food products that are designed in accordance with the physiological needs of children of this age period and enriched with useful biologically active substances.

Meat and meat products

The proportion of complete animal protein in a child's diet per year should be at least 70% of the total amount of protein. In this regard, animal meat and dairy products should be present daily in the menu of a one-year-old child in sufficient volume. In a child older than a year, the daily diet may include lean varieties of any type of animal meat (beef, pork, rabbit, lamb) and poultry (chicken, turkey). In quantitative terms, the baby should receive about 70 grams of meat. Meat products, in addition to high protein value, are a source of easily digestible iron, zinc, B vitamins, so their biological value is very high. By-products are of limited use in the diet of a child per year and can be used no more than 1 time in 7-10 days. Sausages should not be used in the diet of a one-year-old baby.

Milk and dairy products

Dairy products continue to play an important role in the rational nutrition of children over one year old. It is a source of high quality protein, easily digestible fat, calcium and vitamins. Many children in the second year of life still continue to receive mother's milk, but it is gradually being replaced by fermented milk drinks and products based on whole cow or goat milk. Dairy products are used alone or as part of the diet at least three times a day. The optimal amount is up to 500 ml per day for liquid products, as well as 40 grams of cottage cheese and 5 grams of mild cheese. Finished foods must be free of colorants and artificial additives and must contain a minimum amount of sugar. In the choice of ready-made dairy products in the nutrition of a one-year-old child, preference should be given to specialized dairy products for baby food, which are adapted for this age and meet high quality requirements. Whole cow's milk is introduced into the diet only in children older than one year, but also in the second year of life, the use of whole milk should be limited due to the high burden on the kidneys and the risk of allergic reactions. Pediatricians recommend using special baby milk in the nutrition of children of the second year of life - formula 3 and 4 as independent drinks based on milk, but adapted in composition for children older than a year.

Read also: Why is porridge called milk and not with milk?

Eggs, fish and seafood

Chicken and quail eggs are another source of complete protein, and these products are rich in fat-soluble vitamins, lecithin, iron and phosphorus, which determines their high biological value. In the diet of a one-year-old child, eggs can be used several times a week in the form of hard-boiled eggs, baked in omelettes, cheesecakes and casseroles. The inclusion of fish and fish products in the diet of a child of the second year of life allows diversifying nutrition. These products are easily digestible, are a valuable source of trace elements, especially iodine and phosphorus, and at the same time contain complete protein. Low-fat varieties of fish are introduced into the child's menu a year and are used in the diet 2-3 times a week. Unfortunately, fish and seafood are often the cause of allergic reactions, so these components must be administered with caution.

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are two more food groups that must be included in a child's daily diet every year. The fruit and vegetable group is a valuable storehouse of biologically active substances necessary for a growing child's body. They are a natural source of fiber, organic acids, a number of vitamins and minerals. In addition, they contain essential oils and aromatic compounds that improve the taste of cooked dishes. Daily consumption of fruits and vegetables has a positive effect on the processes of digestion, as well as on the state of your own intestinal microflora. Plant-based foods pair well with and complement other food groups. This allows you to include them in various dishes, which is to the taste of many kids. The required daily diet of a child per year should contain about 300 grams of vegetables and 150 grams of fruit. Divide this amount evenly throughout the day and offer the baby both as an independent dish (salad or dessert), and as additives to porridge, meat, dairy products. In children older than a year, both fresh vegetables and fruits and those that have undergone heat treatment can be used in the diet. If you take these products in their raw form, you need to grind them mechanically by rubbing them on a fine grater.

What fruits to offer the child in the cold season

The child should receive vegetables and fruits all year round, regardless of the season. What can you offer your baby in the cold season? During this period, quick-frozen berries, fruits and vegetables can be included in the children's diet, which, thanks to modern freezing methods, retain the main nutrients and vitamins as much as possible. In addition, in the cold season, it will be useful to add dried fruits to the daily menu of a child at 1 year old. Compared with fresh fruits, they are leaders in the content of minerals (potassium, magnesium, iron) and dietary fiber. On the basis of dried fruits, you can cook compotes and kissels, as well as add them to porridge and cottage cheese. But the use of fruit juices must be limited: no more than 100 ml per day for a baby of the second year of life. This is a source of a large amount of easily digestible carbohydrates, which determines an intense load on the pancreas, and this product should not be abused. What fruits and vegetables should be limited in a child at an early age? Of course, these are home-made canned and pickled vegetables and fruits, as well as products with a tart and pungent taste (fresh onions and garlic, radishes), mustard and horseradish.


For children older than one year, the diet can be supplemented with legumes. Beans, green peas, lentils are rich in vegetable protein, but this protein is incomplete, and therefore the main nutritional value of these products lies in the high content of dietary fiber, trace elements and B vitamins. But all legumes increase gas formation in the intestines and are not easily digestible foods. In this regard, legumes can be present in the child’s menu per year no more than 2 times a week; when cooking, they must be thoroughly boiled.

Cereals and bakery products

Grain-based products are the basis of modern rational nutrition of a person, especially a child of the first years of life. The advantage of this food group is that cereals contain almost all the essential nutrients and are the main sources of energy. Cereals, pasta and bakery products are combined with many other food groups, give long-term saturation and have excellent taste. A large number of cultivated cereals allows you to make the diet varied and balanced, including different types of flour and cereals in the baby's weekly menu. Porridge as an independent dish should not be in the child's diet more than once a day. The recommended volume of a serving of porridge is 150–200 ml. However, the grain component can be added to meat, vegetable and dairy dishes. The recommended daily amount of bread in a child's diet per year is 50–60 grams, preferably wheat bread, since rye bread is less digested in babies and stimulates fermentation processes. It is better if not fresh bread is used in the nutrition of a young child, but yesterday's or slightly dried. Grain products in the diet of babies stimulate the development of chewing muscles and contribute to the formation of the maxillofacial apparatus.

Sweets and confectionery

Confectionery based on margarine and high in sugar should not be used in the diet of children during the first three years of life. Cakes, pastries and chocolate should also be excluded. Nuts are of limited use in children of the first years of life and are used as finely ground additives in cereals and bakery products. What confectionery can a child eat a year? In the diet of a one-year-old baby, it is permissible to use natural marshmallows, marshmallows and marmalade in an amount of no more than 15 grams per day. These products can be included in the afternoon snack menu or offered after the main meal as a dessert. Using sweets at other times may affect the child's appetite for the next meal. In addition, the abuse of sweets leads to the development of caries and overweight.

Edible fat

Edible fats in the form of vegetable and butter oils are very important components of a balanced human diet. Vegetable oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are absolutely necessary for the normal functioning of the cardiovascular and nervous systems, the synthesis of hormones and many other important biologically active substances. In the diet of a child of one year, the approximate daily amount of vegetable oil should be 5 grams (1 teaspoon). Butter is an easily digestible product with excellent taste and an excellent addition to cereals and vegetable products. Every day, a baby can eat up to 15 grams of butter with a fat content of 72.5-82%.


Another question that often worries parents when organizing meals for a child older than one year is whether salt can be used. It is the main source of sodium, the level of which in the blood must be within a strict range. Both a decrease and an increase in this indicator compared to the norm can cause deviations in the state of health. Therefore, it is necessary to use salt in the diet of a baby older than a year, but you need to control its amount. For cooking, use no more than 3 grams of salt per day (1/2 teaspoon). Children's products of industrial production do not require additional salting.

One-year-old baby's diet

Like adults, babies' daily diet includes three main meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Proper selection of products provides the main supply of energy and nutrients. So, the breakfast and dinner menu should cover up to 20-25% of the daily energy requirement, and lunch - 30-35%. In the diet of young children, three additional meals are necessarily provided: second breakfast, afternoon tea and a milk drink before bedtime. The volume of the stomach in the second year of life is no more than 300 ml, so the volume of one feeding cannot be more than 250–300 ml. In this regard, additional meals are necessary for the baby, and they account for 10% of the daily calorie intake. Choose the diet of the second breakfast and afternoon snack in such a way that it does not affect the appetite for the main meal.

Breakfast traditionally includes milk porridge, and this is due to the high nutritional and energy value of milk and cereals. Pasta and cheese, egg dishes, curd products can diversify breakfasts. A warm drink is also recommended to replenish your daily fluid requirement. For lunch, you can feed your child with vegetable or chicken soup with bread, as well as a meat or fish dish with a side dish or vegetable salad. A small amount of compote from fresh fruits or dried fruits will help to complete the meal. Since lunch involves the presence of two or three dishes, do not insist that the baby drink the entire drink - the volume of his stomach is limited. Offer him water and drinks based on a decoction of fruits and berries without added sugar outside of meals. In the afternoon, please your baby with a delicious fruit and milk dessert, cookies or marshmallows. Dinner must include a hot dish. It can be a casserole or cheesecakes, milk porridge, pasta with a vegetable side dish and a warm drink. If desired, before going to bed, you can offer the child a dairy or sour-milk product. Specialized fermented milk drinks for children not only have a high nutritional value, but are also enriched with probiotics, which positively affects the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.

Food culture

When organizing the nutrition of a child in the second year of life, parents need to plan a weekly diet in advance. It is necessary to evenly distribute dishes in such a way that the menu remains balanced, but at the same time alternates between different types of products within the same food group. Do not forget to include one of the baby's favorite foods in the daily diet, food should bring positive emotions. Children are often conservative and refuse to try new foods. Do not insist, you can have one of the adults start eating this dish next time. This will help to draw the attention of the child to the product in a playful way. In these situations, creative solutions in the form of decorating the dish in the form of funny animals or using new dishes also help a lot. Show your imagination, and your baby, supported by positive emotions, will appreciate the new product. Try to teach your child to eat together with adults. It is a unifying factor for the whole family. The kid learns cultural and hygienic skills from the elders, in addition, the child has an appetite when he sees that his loved ones eat with pleasure.

Menu for a 1-year-old child (diet)

A one-year-old child eats 4-5 times a day in the amount of 25% of the daily allowance for breakfast and dinner, 15% for an afternoon snack and 35% for lunch. During the day, the baby should eat 1000-1200 ml of food, excluding drinks, so his diet expands, and the menu for a 1-year-old child becomes more diverse. In this form, everything is stored up to 1.5 years.


How is the nutrition of a one-year-old child different?

What dishes and from what to prepare a baby?

Should I add spices and seasonings?

How much to give to drink?

How to create a menu?

The nutrition of a one-year-old baby has its own characteristics that must be taken into account when compiling the menu:

  • breast milk or formula feeding should take a backseat. One-year-old artificial babies are now offered the mixture twice: at bedtime and in the morning. While lactation is maintained, natural feeding continues on demand, which does not exclude the need to expand the child's diet at 1 year of age due to other foods. The breast is given after waking up, taking regular meals or in between them, as well as at bedtime;
  • Mom's task is to organize a feeding schedule and stick to it: this helps to improve the production of digestive enzymes. During the day, the child should eat at least four times: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner with an interval of 3.5-4.5 hours. The fifth feeding is allowed in the form of a second breakfast or kefir / milk at night. Meal time can be individual, but it is better if it initially coincides with that established in kindergartens. This is especially true for children who will go there very soon;
  • it is unacceptable to clog breaks between meals with snacks, otherwise the baby will refuse the main meal;
  • 1-year-olds find it difficult to digest fried food, so food is prepared in three ways: by boiling (including steaming), stewing and baking. You need to cook every day, not offering what was cooked yesterday or the day before yesterday;
  • it's time to get acquainted with solid food, so meals for a 1-year-old child are not only liquid, but also thick, with small pieces of food, consistency. You need to cut the food into small cubes, grate or knead with a fork, and using a blender is no longer necessary;
  • At this age, the first taste preferences are formed, so now is the time to show your child how diverse the food world is and start experimenting with cooking options. With the right approach, in the future, the baby will not only have a good appetite, but will not turn away from the plate in which he saw broccoli or onions.

The main condition for preparing meals is maintaining a nutritional balance, so if the child has already eaten meat for lunch, then for dinner he needs to serve vegetables or cereals. It is not at all difficult to diversify the children's diet, if you use a new set of products every day, then the child's nutrition at 1 year old will be complete.

What to prepare dishes from? These should be fermented milk products and milk, cereals and cereals, meat and fish, vegetables, fruits, eggs, vegetable and butter, wheat bread. They are used to make porridges, mashed potatoes and soups, and some are served fresh.

Source products

In addition to milk and kefir, the child needs to be given : cottage cheese and hard cheese (50 g per day), all dairy products in its daily diet should be 1000-1200

Cereals and cereals

are useful: buckwheat, rice, oatmeal, semolina, corn, barley, rye and wheat, so the menu for a child of 1 year old should include porridge cooked from them (on water or milk basis, 200 g).


Your baby needs the protein found in meat to grow muscle tissue. For a one-year-old child, dishes are prepared daily from chicken, rabbit, beef or veal, or from their liver. It can be meat puree, broth, meatballs, meatballs, pate, casserole (60-70 g of meat per day).


And what to feed a child for a year, except for meat dishes? Once or twice a week (at least 80 g) children need to cook and fish dishes . Fish is rich in calcium, which is essential for bone growth. First, non-fat and non-bony types of it are used: white, pollock, cod.

The list is expanded later. Since children are reluctant to eat fish, it is served under a vegetable coat, after removing the backbone and bones, or they bake the fillet in batter, or after boiling it is minced and added to the dish.

Vegetables, fruits and berries

One of the main components of the daily diet, they are selected according to the season. From vegetables, a 1-year-old child is given potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, zucchini, radish, pumpkin, cabbage (white cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower), as well as greens: dill, parsley, sorrel, spinach, lettuce (200 g per day).

They are boiled, stewed, baked and served fresh as puree, puree soup or salad, cut or grated. Compared to vegetables, fruits are better digested, so fresh salads are made from them. These are apples, pears, plums, apricots, currants, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries (100 g per day).

Soups and purees

This is the basis of the daily menu. Soup for a 1-year-old child is cooked in broth (meat, fish).

Boneless products are used for cooking, and the boiled (first) broth must be drained to avoid additional stimulation of digestive enzymes. Vegetables (potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, cabbage) are added there, their set can be alternated.

Greens, cereals and small amounts of pasta are used to add thickness and taste. All ingredients are boiled at the same time, then kneaded with a fork or ground. Puree soup can be meat, vegetable or mixed, it is thicker than regular soup.


A 1-year-old child's menu should not consist of sweets and juices (they interrupt appetite), citrus and seafood (these are allergens), mushrooms (they are difficult to digest), nuts (the baby has weak teeth and there are not enough of them to gnaw), semi-finished products, canned food, sausages and sausages (these are not natural products).

Should I add spices and seasonings?

They say it's better to do without them. In fact, it all depends on spices and seasonings. Artificially flavored (for example, monosodium glutamate) and spicy (pepper, mustard) additives should be avoided.

But the child must already be taught to enjoy the natural flavors that cinnamon, coriander, cumin, cloves, mint, lemon and others give.

As for salt and sugar, it is not necessary to add them yet. But you can try putting garlic in an already prepared dish in an amount of less than a quarter of a clove.

How much to drink?

The daily diet of a one-year-old child should be supplemented with drinks in the amount of at least 300-500 ml, now they should partially replace breast milk and formula. It can be boiled water at room temperature, compote, jelly, tea without sugar, cocoa, decoction of berries, kefir, drinking yogurt, goat or cow's milk.

Drink should be given after meals or between feedings, and pour it not into a bottle, as before, but into a non-spill cup.

How to create a menu?

When preparing a menu for a baby, you need to be guided by his needs.

  1. Most one-year-olds eat breast milk or formula for breakfast. For the rest, for breakfast, you can offer porridge, cottage cheese, a casserole from it, steamed cheesecakes, and an omelette. From drinks - tea, jelly or cocoa.
  2. At second breakfast - yogurt, milk/tea with biscuits or sandwich (butter and cheese).
  3. Lunch consists of first and second courses, dessert and drink. As a first course, meat, vegetable, fish broth, soup or puree soup is served as an option to replace two dishes with one. The first thing to cook is mandatory, without it, the nutrition of a child of 1 year of life cannot be considered complete. The second dish is meat, poultry, liver or fish with a side dish (cereals, vegetables). Dessert will be fruit, vegetable or mixed (fruit and vegetable) salads. Drink - compote.
  4. Snack should not be full. This is one light cottage cheese or fruit dish / cereal porridge with pieces of fruit with kissel, kefir, fermented baked milk or compote.
  5. Dinner is a vegetable or meat puree, porridge, steam omelet. It is better to drink tea, a decoction of berries or compote.

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