Food Ideas for 1 Year Old Babies

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The average age for teething in children is between six to twelve months. With teeth, comes the ability to crunch and chomp down new, solid foods. But what exactly can you feed your baby?

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Foods for your Twelve Month Old Baby

There is no need to stress about preparing special food for your one year old. Whatever the rest of your family eats can be eaten by them too. You only need to take care to avoid as much salt in the food as possible. Of course, this does rule out most take-away and restaurant food, as they usually contain a lot of salt.

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1. Cereal

All time classic! Cereals like flaked corn soften with milk and are easy to digest.Try to get whole grain cereal, as much as possible.

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2. Cucumber

Cut up cucumbers are a rejuvenating snack anytime of the day. For your baby’s ease, the best way to cut them is lengthwise, making “cucumber-sticks” shaped like French fries. If it’s a hot summer day, a few cucumbers can easily prevent dehydration.

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3. Dal

Dal is packed with protein, which helps in muscle development. Dal curry can be eaten with rice or chapatti and it doesn’t have a strong flavour. Be sure to cut up the chapatti into little nibble size pieces.

4. Vegetable Soup

This is easy to feed your one year old and it contains the goodness of all the vegetables you add in it. For instance, carrot soup would be good for the eyes, and potatoes contain fibre.

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5. Soya

Soya granules are quickly becoming a standard substitute source of protein for pure vegetarians. The soft texture it becomes after cooking makes it an ideal food choice for babies.

6. Paranthas

A regular food for the family that can easily be eaten by the baby, too. The stuffing of vegetables or paneer makes it a balanced meal.

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7. Chicken

Be careful to buy organic chicken, or chicken that is certified to be free of hormonal treatments. Over cooking the chicken to make it softer is a good idea for your toddler. Also, avoid strongly spicy flavourings, and tear the cooked meat into tiny bits, removing the bones before your feed it to your child.

8. Fish

When preparing fish, always remember that frying it makes it lose a lot of its nutritional value, as opposed to using it in a curry. Like chicken, and indeed, more so, be very careful to tear off the meat and make sure no bones remain, before you feed your child with it. Even the fine bones found in sea fish can get stuck in a toddler’s throat.

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Video: Diet plan for 1 Year Old Baby

1 Year Old Baby Food Chart/Feeding Schedule

When planning your 12 month baby food schedule you do not have to go out of the way from your usual foods. If your weekly eating pattern has turned monotonous, this may be a good time to add a bit of colour to it, as your baby and you, both, need a well rounded, balanced diet. Here is a sample baby food chart:

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 1, Day 1

Breakfast Vegetable upma + milk
Mid-morning
½ boiled egg + 1 small banana
Lunch
Jowar( sorghum)- wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes
Evening Paneer- dates ladoo
Dinner
Palak (spinach) khichdi + curd

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 1, Day 2

Breakfast Ragi dosa + milk
Mid-morning
½ egg omelette + a few slivers of orange
Lunch
Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot+ handpounded rice
Evening Mini idli + dal
Dinner
Methi (fenugreek) thepla + bottle gourd koftas

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 1, Day 3

Breakfast Apple kheer + carrot paratha
Mid-morning ½ scrambled egg + ½ guava
Lunch
Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber
Evening Multigrain chilla
Dinner Paratha + paneer bhurji

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 1, Day 4

Breakfast Dalia (broken wheat)
Mid-morning
Dahi (curd) with jaggery + ½ mango
Lunch
Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes
Evening Dahi (curd)
Dinner Roti + sabzi + dal fry

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 1, Day 5

Breakfast Jowar (sorghum)puff kheer
Mid-morning
1-2 Paneer ladoos + ½ cup pear
Lunch
Vegetable soup + fried rice + a few slices of carrot
Evening Fruit custard
Dinner
Vegetable- masoor dal (red lentil) pulao

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 1, Day 6

Breakfast Sago kheer
Mid-morning
½ egg omelette or besan chila + ½ cup watermelon or papaya
Lunch
Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber
Evening
Paneer (cottage cheese)- apple mash
Dinner Dosa + sambar

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 1, Day 7

Breakfast
Seviyan (vermicelli) upma + chocolate milk
Mid-morning
1 small chikoo (sapota) or apple + fresh coconut barfi or date- badam ladoo
Lunch
Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes
Evening
Poha (flattened rice) pudding
Dinner
Rice + egg/ paneer (cottage cheese) curry

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 2, Day 1

Breakfast
Sattu (barley) apple porridge cooked with milk
Mid-morning ½ egg custard or pancake
Lunch
Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber
Evening
Cheese sandwich with date and tomato chutney
Dinner
Vegetable soup + fried rice + a few slices of carrots

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 2, Day 2

Breakfast
Rajgira (amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness + milk
Mid-morning
½ egg scrambled or paneer (cottage cheese)
ladoo
Lunch
Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes
Evening
Boiled potato chaat with butter
Dinner
Roti+ carrot- capsicum sabzi + moong dal

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 2, Day 3

Breakfast
Seviyan (vermicelli) or sooji (semolina) upma + mango or banana milkshake
Mid-morning
½ egg omelette or 1-2 pieces of fresh coconut barfi
Lunch
Roti + a sabzi of choice + dal fry
Evening
1-2 Paneer (cottage cheese) ladoo + ½ cup pear
Dinner
Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 2, Day 4

Breakfast
Ragi (finger millet) satva with 1tsp almond powder
Mid-morning
Paneer (cottage cheese)- apple mash
Lunch
Aloo (potato) paratha with homemade butter + lassi
Evening Fruit custard
Dinner
Methi (fenugreek) thepla + bottle gourd koftas

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 2, Day 5

Breakfast
Doodh poha with chopped apple
Mid-morning
Poha (flattened rice) pudding
Lunch
Paratha + paneer (cottage cheese) bhurji
Evening Mix stewed fruit chaat
Dinner
Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot+ handpounded rice

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 2, Day 6

Breakfast Jowar (sorghum) puff kheer
Mid-morning 1 small banana
Lunch
Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber
Evening
Stewed apple + murmura (puffed rice) powder
Dinner
Tomato and kaddu(pumpkin) soup + roti or paratha

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 2, Day 7

Breakfast
Ragi (finger millet) dosa + chocolate milk
Mid-morning Fruit custard
Lunch
Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes
Evening Wheat- banana sheera
Dinner
Bajra (pearl millet) roti with turai (snake gourd)- moong dal sabzi

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 3, Day 1

Breakfast Sabudana (sago) kheer
Mid-morning Grated apple
Lunch
Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + dal palak + a few cherry tomatoes
Evening Mix stewed fruit chaat
Dinner
Baked pumpkin soup with grilled cheese sandwich

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 3, Day 2

Breakfast
Ragi (finger millet) dosa with non-spicy sambar + milk
Mid-morning
Chopped de-skinned peach or stewed apple
Lunch
Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot+ handpounded rice
Evening
Moong dal (green gram split) ladoo
Dinner
Gobi (cauliflower) paratha with curd

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 3, Day 3

Breakfast
Seviyan (vermicelli) or sooji( semolina) upma + mango or banana milkshake
Mid-morning Mix stewed fruit chaat
Lunch
Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber
Evening
Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice)powder
Dinner
Paratha + paneer (cottage cheese) or egg bhurji

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 3, Day 4

Breakfast Broken wheat porridge
Mid-morning
A few chopped strawberries or chopped apple
Lunch
Jowar(sorghum) -wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes
Evening Sattu (barley)ladoo
Dinner Kaali dal with jeera rice

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 3, Day 5

Breakfast Oats porridge
Mid-morning ½ egg custard or pancake
Lunch
Vegetable soup + fried rice + a few slices of carrots
Evening Fruit yoghurt
Dinner
Bajra (pearl millet) roti + brinjal sabzi+ urad dal

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 3, Day 6

Breakfast Banana milkshake + poha
Mid-morning
½ scrambled egg or paneer(cottage cheese) ladoo
Lunch
Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber
Evening Boiled sweet potato
Dinner
Vegetable- masoor dal( red lentil) pulao with coconut curry

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 3, Day 7

Breakfast Thalipeeth + milk
Mid-morning Rajgira (amaranth) ladoo
Lunch
Jowar (sorghum) -wheat roti + lauki (bottle gourd) sabzi + chana dal + a few cherry tomatoes
Evening
Chana (chickpeas) powder mixed with dates ladoo
Dinner
Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 4, Day 1

Breakfast
Palak (spinach) -puri bhaji + lassi
Mid-morning Besan (gram flour) ladoo
Lunch
Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber
Evening
Boiled whole moong (green gram) with chaat masala
Dinner
Spring onion thalipeeth with white butter

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 4, Day 2

Breakfast
Cheese vegetable pancake + milk
Mid-morning
Chopped guava or boiled carrot cubes
Lunch
Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes
Evening
Mango/ strawberry yoghurt with oats or poha (flattened rice) soaked in dahi with mashed banana
Dinner Curd rice with cucumber

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 4, Day 3

Breakfast
Mini idlis with sambar and chutney + milk
Mid-morning
Boiled chana (chickpeas) chaat
Lunch
Roti + a sabzi of choice + dal fry
Evening
Seviyan (vermicelli) or sooji( semolina) upma + kesar (saffron)- elaichi (cardomom) milk
Dinner
Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 4, Day 4

Breakfast
Jowar (sorghum) puff porridge
Mid-morning
Poha (flattened rice) pudding
Lunch
Aloo (potato) paratha with homemade butter + lassi
Evening
Paneer (cottage cheese) cubes with honey or chaat masala
Dinner
Low spice pav bhaji with lentil soup

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 4, Day 5

Breakfast
½ egg omelette + banana milkshake
Mid-morning
Stewed pear-chopped/ stewed apple
Lunch
Paratha + paneer(cottage cheese) bhurji
Evening
Grilled sweet potato cubes with hummus
Dinner
Vegetable khichdi with dahi (curd) or kadhi

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 4, Day 6

Breakfast Rice-apple kheer
Mid-morning Sliced banana
Lunch
Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber
Evening
1 bowl wheat porridge with walnut powder
Dinner
1-2 small star- shaped jowar (sorghum)- paneer(cottage cheese)- palak (spinach) paratha

Diet for a 12 Month-Old – Week 4, Day 7

Breakfast
Rajgira (amaranth)- jowar (sorghum)pancakes + banana milkshake
Mid-morning Dahi(curd)
Lunch
Roti + a sabzi of choice + dal + cucumber raita
Evening
Cheese sandwich with date and tomato chutney
Dinner
Peas and potato sabzi with paratha

Video: 1 Year Old Baby Food Recipes

Best Baby Food Recipes for 1 Year Old

Make sure you get the chance to prepare the following dishes for your young one :

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1. Fried Apple Rings

A quick, sweet snack!

Ingredients:

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  • 1 Apple
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • A pinch of salt

How to Prepare:

  • Mix flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and set aside.
  • Mix egg and buttermilk in a separate bowl.
  • Slice the apple into 1/4 inch thick slices discarding the core.
  • Mix the 2 bowls and dip the apple rings in them and deep fry them.

You can also coat the fried pieces with powdered sugar for older kids!

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2. Besan Parantha

The high protein content in besan a.k.a chickpeas and the carbohydrates in paranthas make this a balanced way to start the day!

Ingredients:

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  • Whole wheat dough
  • 2 tbsp besan
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp carrom seeds
  • 3-4 tsp oil

How to Prepare:

  • Mix besan, onion, coriander powder, chopped coriander, carom seeds and garam masala.
  • Knead this mixture into a dough wth a bit of oil. (Do not add water!)
  • Use the wheat dough to make a chapatti and use the besan dough as filling.
  • Cook on a tawa with ghee.
  • Serve with butter or curd.

3. Ragi Laddu

Ragi is rich in iron and can help prevent anaemia by improving haemoglobin levels.

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Ingredients

  • 1 kg –Ragi Powder
  • 1/2 kg – Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 kg – Pure ghee
  • Few Almond + cashew finely chopped
  • 2 cardamom powdered

How to Prepare:

  • Heat 250gms ghee in a pan and add the ragi powder to it.
  • Keep roasting on low flame for almost 45 mins till it becomes darker brown.
  • Add rest of ghee, chopped dry fruits and cardamom powder.
  • Fry for more 10 mins on low flame .
  • After it has cooled down, add powdered sugar and mix well.
  • Shape into balls to form ragi laddoo!

4. Plain Khichdi

Khichdi is easy to make and can be made with many different bases, such as tomato khichdi, carrot khichdi, spinach khichdi, etc. Khichdi is traditionally known to be one of the first solid foods eaten by babies.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup rice
  • 1/3 cup moong or toor dal
  • Garlic – 2 optional
  • Hing – optional

How to Prepare:

  • Wash and soak the rice and dal in water for half an hour.
  • Drain the water.
  • Cook all the ingredients in a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water.
  • Serve with ghee

5. French Toast

A quickly readied snack suited for mornings and afternoons. Did you know that in most European languages other than English, the name for French toast, translates, literally, to “Poor Knights”?

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices brown bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small pureed banana
  • ½ cup milk
  • Oil

How to Prepare:

  • Mix together milk, pureed banana and egg.
  • Beat the mixture well to a runny consistency.
  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • Dip bread piece into mixture and fry.

6. Barley Porridge With Banana

This semi-solid recipe is filling and yummy, and your little one is sure to enjoy this and, ask for seconds.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 banana
  • 3 cups water

How to Prepare:

  • Add the water and barley in a vessel and pressure cook for 5 whistles.
  • Release the pressure and check the softness of the barley. If it isn’t soft enough, let it simmer, until perfect.
  • Let this cool down completely and blend until smooth.
  • Chop the banana into bite sized pieces, add to the porridge, and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Serve warm.

Feeding Tips

  • When using homemade baby food recipes for one year olds, do not be afraid to go for variety! Some doctors believe that staying with the same food for long can lead to them to become fussy eaters.
  • The “drawback” of going for a large variety of foods, is the increase in the possibility of your child ingesting some food that they may be allergic to. In most developed countries, allergy tests are a part of due medical process for babies. We would suggest you look into the options for the same!
  • Do not jump from liquid to solid food. Take it slow. Move from softer textures to semi-solid foods before going on to solid foods.
  • The best time of day to feed your baby solid foods is when they have just woken up in the morning or from a nap and are high on energy!
  • Do not disregard the advantage of having a high chair to feed a baby. Not only is your baby safe and secure, but it is ergonomically easier on your back too – much needed after 9 months of pregnancy and a year of picking up after your infant!
  • Its never too late to create a taste for healthy food for your one year old baby. It can take up to 15 tries before a child tries a new food. So, if they didn’t eat their carrots on Monday, don’t hold back from trying on Wednesday, and even next week!
  • Don’t force feed anything to your child. It’s possible that they may not be hungry or just not enjoy a particular food. If they continue to refuse any particular food over a period of time, its okay. Just like you like and dislike certain foods, kids do as well.

Eating healthy isn’t a chore; it’s a habit. And there’s no better time to start eating healthy, than when you literally start eating.

Disclaimer:

  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.

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