19 Months Old Baby Food – Ideas, Chart and Recipes

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Most of our traditional meals would revolve around typical Indian food recipes. These can quickly get repetitive for children, even though our flavours are quite diverse. Opting for some different snack choices or creating a fusion of various cuisines is how you can create a meal chart that has exciting recipes all around.

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Video: Food Ideas for 19 Month Old Baby

Nutrient Requirements for 19 Months Old Child

All the meal planning right from lunch ideas to the little snacks your kid would have in the evening need to work together in ensuring a balanced nutrition all around.

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1. Carbohydrates

For kids carbs are everything that they need to keep their energy levels high which allow them to play around and engage in anything they wish to.

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2. Proteins

The actual physical growth of a child is highly dependent on protein, even though the daily requirement might not be as much as you might think. Based on your own family diets, the protein intake needs to be regulated accordingly.

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3. Iron

Anaemia in children is not unheard of and it can severely impact their development in myriad ways. The inclusion of iron in different forms is highly recommended since children might not be breastfeeding at this age.

4. Multivitamins

Contrary to the popular opinion, multivitamins are not suggested by doctors after an issue is diagnosed. These are usually prescribed as a pre-emptive measure to balance any kind of deficiency a child might be at the risk of experiencing.

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5. Sodium

An addition of sodium can lead to heart-related issues later in life, while its absence can cause developmental problems now.

6. Calories

Energy and nutrition might be two sides of the same coin, but both are procured by the body in different ways. A nutritive diet may not necessarily be an energetic one, which makes it necessary to keep a proper track of calorie intake.

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7. Fibre

The deficiency of fibre is one of the rarest things to occur with a child since their presence is prevalent in numerous food items. The more you maintain a regularity in consuming certain raw veggies and fruits, the better your fibre intake remains.

8. Water

Time and again, kids are advised to drink water throughout the day. It is quite simple to lose track of keeping yourself hydrated only to reach a breaking point and experience its side effects. 8 glasses of water are all it takes.

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How Much Food Does Toddler Need at 19 Months?

Most kids begin to increase their activities as they cross the 1.5-year mark. Therefore, their calorie requirements usually hover between 1.2-1.4 kilocalories (1200 to 1400 calories), which depends on their physical constitution and metabolism as well.

Best Foods for Nineteen-Month-Old Baby

Here are some snacks for a 19-month-old that you can try.

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1. Meat

For families that choose to go ahead with giving meat to their child, it is important to remember that the meat procured needs to be fresh and organic, as well as prepared in the right way. Offer small chunks of meat than large pieces.

2. Milk

A glass of milk on a daily basis provides a substantial amount of nutrition in a single go. Whether your kid drinks that in the morning or in the evening, fortifying it with some added nuts is also a good way to maintain high nutrition.

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3. Fruits

Simple fruits such as bananas and apples are quite useful along with kiwi and dragon fruit included occasionally. Eating them directly is better than drinking their juices.

4. Milk-Based Products

Curd and buttermilk keep a balance of nutrition and better health simultaneously. Cheese sandwiches are a good choice, too.

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5. Nuts

Whether you mix them up in milk and other products or offer them directly to your little one, nuts include many nutrients ranging from omega-3 acids to fats that are quite beneficial for your kid.

6. Seafood

Keeping away from the fishes that contain higher amounts of mercury as well as different varieties of shellfish that could trigger allergic reactions, is all you need to know when giving seafood to your child.

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7. Grains

If your child is not a fan of bread or similar products, you can switch the foods by replacing them with brown rice or even millets. These whole grain foods are great for the body and provide good amounts of protein.

8. Eggs

Make omelettes, use them with sandwiches, give them in a boiled egg form, scrambled eggs, you can immerse yourself in a large variety of egg preparations and come up with ideas that can provide a boost of nutrition and energy in the best way possible.

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9. Oil

Sunflower oil is not advised for adults so you might be keeping its usage minimal in your family. It is best to switch to a healthier oil and use it in proper amounts so that your child receives the health benefits from it as well.

10. Vegetables

The entire Indian cuisine revolves primarily around using different vegetables in a variety of food preparations. It is important to note that some veggies can be used raw in various salads as well, adding a twist to their usual taste.

Video: Diet Plan for a 19-Month-Old Baby

19-Month-Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan

When figuring out what to feed my 19-month-old, don’t fret too much. All you need to do is make small changes in your existing one, and the following meal plan can be a good guide for doing so.

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 1, Day 1

Breakfast Ragi (finger millet)-oats- banana pancake with milk
Mid-morning Coconut water with malai (cream)
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice
Evening Murmura (puffed rice) chikki + milk
Dinner Thalipeeth with white butter and buttermilk

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 1, Day 2

Breakfast Pongal with curd
Mid-morning Fruit custard
Lunch Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled carrot + curd rice
Evening Roasted poha (flattened rice) chivda without whole nuts + milk
Dinner Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander and tomato soup

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 1, Day 3

Breakfast Homemade ragi (finger millet) cake with milk
Mid-morning Grapes cut in half
Lunch Roti + dal (lentil) + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice
Evening Plain khakhara cut into bite- sized pieces mixed with curd
Dinner Rajma (kidney beans) with toast and cheese

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 1, Day 4

Breakfast Mint paratha with date- -tomato chutney and chikoo (sapota) milkshake
Mid-morning Papaya
Lunch Paneer (cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup
Evening Mashed potato with grated paneer (cottage cheese)
Dinner Appe with coconut and dahi (curd) chutney

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 1, Day 5

Breakfast Scrambled eggs or paneer (cottage cheese) ladoo with anjeer (fig) milkshake
Mid-morning Guava
Lunch Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice
Evening 2-3 homemade cookies + milk
Dinner Tofu bhurji with jowar (sorghum) wheat roti and grated carrot raita

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 1, Day 6

Breakfast Sooji (semolina) kheer with almond powder
Mid-morning Watermelon
Lunch Besan (gram flour) methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot and palak (spinach) raita
Evening Masala makhana (fox nuts) + banana milkshake
Dinner Paneer (cottage cheese) paratha with tomato soup

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 1, Day 7

Breakfast Makhana (fox nut) porridge with raisin paste and walnut powder
Mid-morning Apple
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice
Evening Rajgira (amaranth) chikki dipped in milk
Dinner Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 2, Day 1

Breakfast Grated cucumber and oats pancake
Mid-morning Plain curd with any fruit (except pomegranate and grapes)
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice
Evening Boiled chana (black chickpea) chaat
Dinner Ragi (finger millet) dosa with potato sabzi and sambar

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 2, Day 2

Breakfast Vegetable upma made with buttermilk
Mid-morning Pineapple cubes with chaat masala or honey
Lunch Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled carrot + curd rice
Evening Wheat- walnut ladoo
Dinner Methi (fenugreek) pithla with jowar (sorghum) roti

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 2, Day 3

Breakfast Omelette with bread or paneer (cottage cheese) sandwich
Mid-morning Peach/apple
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice
Evening Hara bhara kabab with curd dip
Dinner Stuffed paratha with curd or lassi

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 2, Day 4

Breakfast Rajgira (amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness
Mid-morning Watermelon
Lunch Paneer pulao with pumpkin soup
Evening Boiled sweet potato pieces or potato pieces
Dinner
Besan (gram flour) methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot and palak (spinach) raita

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 2, Day 5

Breakfast Oats- almond kheer
Mid-morning Mango slices
Lunch
Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice
Evening Pear-dates milkshake
Dinner
Sprouted moong (green gram)-oats cutlets with homemade date-tomato- mint chutney

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 2, Day 6

Breakfast Poha with tomato and capsicum + chocolate- walnut milkshake
Mid-morning Pomegranate juice
Lunch Curd rice with grated cucumber
Evening Chana (chickpeas) powder mixed with date ladoo
Dinner Puri with aamras and aloo sabzi

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 2, Day 7

Breakfast Banana pancakes
Mid-morning 2-3 mathris
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomatoes + hand pounded rice
Evening Fruit yoghurt
Dinner Mini roti pizza with vegetable soup

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 3, Day 1

Breakfast Fruit custard
Mid-morning Papaya and apple chaat
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber+ hand pounded rice
Evening Murmura (puffed rice) chikki + milk
Dinner Thalipeeth with homemade butter or buttermilk

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 3, Day 2

Breakfast Grated cucumber and oats pancake
Mid-morning Sweet lime and orange juice
Lunch Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled carrot + curd rice
Evening Roasted poha (flattened rice) chivda without whole nuts + milk
Dinner Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander and tomato soup

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 3, Day 3

Breakfast Vegetable upma made with buttermilk
Mid-morning Pomegranate and watermelon juice
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice
Evening Plain khakhara cut into bite-size pieces mixed with curd
Dinner Rajma (kidney beans) with toast

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 3, Day 4

Breakfast Omelette with bread or paneer (cottage cheese) sandwich
Mid-morning Chikoo (sapota) + peach/apple
Lunch Paneer (cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup
Evening Mashed potato with grated paneer
Dinner Appe with coconut and dahi (curd) chutney

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 3, Day 5

Breakfast Rajgira wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness +milk
Mid-morning Apple and banana chaat
Lunch
Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice
Evening 2-3 homemade cookies + milk
Dinner Tofu bhurji with jowar (sorghum)- wheat roti and grated carrot raita

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 3, Day 6

Breakfast Doodh (milk) poha with chopped peach or strawberries
Mid-morning Guava + pear with black salt
Lunch
Besan (gram flour) methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot and palak (spinach) raita
Evening Masala makhana (fox nuts) + banana milkshake
Dinner Paneer (cottage cheese) paratha with tomato soup

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 3, Day 7

Breakfast Jowar (sorghum) puff kheer
Mid-morning Papaya
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomatoes + hand pounded rice
Evening Rajgira (amaranth) chikki dipped in milk
Dinner Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 4, Day 1

Breakfast Dalia (broken wheat) upma with grated carrot and milk
Mid-morning A few slices of pineapple or apple
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice
Evening Anjeer (fig) and walnut ladoo
Dinner Mixed vegetable raita + vegetable pulao + moong (green gram split) dal (lentil) soup

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 4, Day 2

Breakfast Banana- walnut pancakes and chocolate milk
Mid-morning Pear
Lunch Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled carrot + curd rice
Evening Boiled corn
Dinner Vegetable pulao + palak (spinach) soup

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 4, Day 3

Breakfast Scrambled eggs with toast + chikoo (sapota) milkshake
Mid-morning Orange
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice
Evening Banana sheera
Dinner Chole and paratha + pumpkin soup

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 4, Day 4

Breakfast Moong (green gram split) dal (lentil) – spinach dhokla with green chutney
Mid-morning Guava juice with chaat masala
Lunch Paneer (cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup
Evening Roasted poha (flattened rice) chivda (without whole nuts) + milk
Dinner Chicken or paneer (cottage cheese) curry with rice

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 4, Day 5

Breakfast Sattu (barley) with milk, almonds, and dates (sieved)
Mid-morning Any melon
Lunch Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice
Evening Chana (chickpea)-murmura (puffed rice) chaat
Dinner Methi (fenugreek) thepla with potato sabzi + curd

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 4, Day 6

Breakfast Idli with chutney or sambar
Mid-morning Chikoo (sapota)
Lunch Besan-methi paratha with carrot palak raita
Evening Seviyan (vermicelli) porridge
Dinner Chole puri + lassi

Diet for a 19-month-old – Week 4, Day 7

Breakfast Mango lassi + murmura (puffed rice) chikki
Mid-morning Pineapple raita
Lunch Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice
Evening Chikoo (sapota) milkshake
Dinner Pongal with vegetable soup

Video: 19 Month Old Baby Food Recipes

Food Recipes for 19 Months Old Baby

Here are some interesting recipes that can leave your little one smacking his lips at the end of the meal.

1. Carrot Cheese Paratha

The nutrition of two essential ingredients all wrapped up within a delicious paratha.

Ingredients

  • Ghee
  • Ajwain
  • Tomato
  • Black pepper
  • Cheese
  • Carrot
  • Wheat flour

How to Prepare

  • Take a pan with oil and add ajwain to it, making them pop.
  • Follow up with tomato, carrots, black pepper and salt, letting them all cook together.
  • Once it cools down, use the flour to make some dough and roll a roti out of it.
  • Fill it up with the veggie mix and grate some cheese over it.
  • Roll it up again to close it and cook it on the pan with ghee.

2. Steamed Dosa

When your kids are extremely hungry and you barely have any time to make a meal, dosa is your best buddy.

Ingredients

  • Ghee
  • Dosa batter

How to Prepare

  • Take a pan and heat it well.
  • Once hot, add a dollop of batter in the centre and spread it into a circle.
  • When the holes begin to form, add some ghee over and around the dosa.
  • Let it cook for a few minutes with a lid and remove it once it gets spongy.
  • Pair with tomato chutney or flavour the batter with some other ingredients.

3. Suji on Toast

Suji not only provides health benefits but the toast is quite crunchy and delicious in its flavour as well.

Ingredients

  • Bread
  • Ghee
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Capsicum
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Milk cream
  • Suji, roasted

How to Prepare

  • Keep the bread and ghee on one side. Take a bowl and mix all the other ingredients together in it.
  • Use this as a paste and coat the bread slices.
  • Take a pan and add some ghee to it. Toast the bread slices on the pan upside down.
  • Once done, flip it around to make both sides brown and then serve.

4. Wheat Pancakes

Pancakes can be a nutritious breakfast item as well if you pair a sweet dip with these healthy wheat ones.

Ingredients

  • Ghee
  • Fennel seeds
  • Water
  • Jaggery syrup
  • Wheat flour

How to Prepare

  • Mix the jaggery syrup with the flour to form the batter. Follow up with fennel seeds and water. This can be prepared overnight as well.
  • Add some ghee to a pan. Heat it up and pour batter to form a solid circle.
  • Spread it, cook one side, and then flip it around. Serve with some honey for added sweetness.

5. Spring Rolls

This awesome recipe will literally have the little one eating out of your hand.

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Wheat flour
  • Maida
  • Soy sauce
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • French beans
  • Baby corn
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Onion
  • Carrot

How to Prepare

  • Prepare a dough with medium consistency using flour, maida and water.
  • Take a small portion and roll it, shaping it to be a rectangle. Make multiple such shapes as thin as possible. Cover them with a wet napkin.
  • In a hot pan, saute onions in oil, with veggies and seasonings, keeping them slightly crunchy.
  • Take maida and water in a bowl to form a thick paste.
  • Now, fill the veggie mix in one rectangular shape and paste it up with the maida mix. Roll it up and close the open end with more paste.
  • Prepare all the rolls in this manner and deep fry to make spring rolls. Pair with nice chutneys.

Feeding Tips

In lieu of preparing different breakfast ideas as well as feeding them, try to adhere to some important tips to ease the experience.

  • Keep adding variety to the meal plan
  • Let your child use plastic spoons by himself
  • Teach him to use a fork with small food items
  • Talk to your doctor when starting your child on meats
  • Keep mealtimes a relaxed affair
  • Squeeze a lemon on vegetables to pep up the taste
  • Let your child drink limited water during meals
  • Avoid giving whole nuts or even whole finger foods
  • Don’t stop breastfeeding just to get him to eat
  • Keep liquids to a minimum around dinner time

Putting together an effective meal plan that works for your kid as well as gives him the nutrition he needs can take a huge load off your chest. It is better to come up with dinner ideas that are easy to prepare, keeping the complex ones for the weekends or holidays as a celebration.

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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