Diet Plan (6 Months+)

6 Months Old Baby Food Ideas
6 Months Old Baby Food Ideas
Congratulations, your baby has hit the half-year milestone. In the first six months, she has gained all the nutrients from breast milk. It is now time for your baby to start tasting solids and relish them. Video: Food Ideas for 6 Months Old Baby https://youtu.be/KNgzvFiX1IU Nutrient Requirements of a 6-Month-Old Infant Here are the nutritional components that 6-month-old baby food should have: Calcium: Calcium is essential for bone and teeth development. Iron: Iron helps to carry oxygenated blood to developing parts of the body. Zinc: Zinc improves cell repair and growth. Fat: Fat insulates the baby and stimulates brain development. Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates provide energy for doing day-to-day activities. Protein: Proteins act as building blocks for cells. Vitamins: Different vitamins contribute differently to a baby’s growth. Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E and K are essential to a baby. Minerals: Minerals like sodium and potassium directly influence the growth of a baby. How Much Food Should Your Baby Eat? A six-month-old baby is primarily breastfed or formula-fed. However, solid food can be introduced for breakfast or lunch. Introduce only one fruit or vegetable and feed it to your baby for at least three days. If she responds well and does not show any signs of allergy, then you can continue with that fruit or vegetable and also try other foods. Best Foods for a 6-Month-Old Baby Expert paediatricians recommend avoiding salt and sugar until the age of one, as it puts unwanted stress on the kidneys. Some healthy food options for 6 months+ babies include: Fruits Puree: Fruits should be steamed, and mashed or pureed while introducing for the first time. Fruits like apples, bananas, pear, avocado, chikoo and peaches can be given. Vegetable Puree: Vegetables such sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, sweet pumpkin, french beans, etc. can be steamed and given either as finger foods or as a puree. Pulses Soup: A variety of pulses, especially dals, can be boiled with water and the soup can be given to babies. Rice Porridge: Rice is a good source of carbohydrates and vitamins for babies. Broken rice, made with breast milk or formula milk can be given as porridge. Cereal Porridge: Porridge can also be made from a variety of single grain cereals like wheat, millet, barley, oats, etc. These cereals can be dried and powdered together or separately, to make gruel. Vegetable Soup: A variety of vegetables can be boiled in water, and the stock can be given as soup. Yoghurt: Although cow’s milk is not recommended until the age of one, unsweetened yoghurt can be given in moderate amounts as an alternative to purees. What If Your Baby Is Allergic to Particular Foods? An allergic reaction can occur in the form of diarrhoea, vomiting, rashes, constipation or pain in the stomach and is a cause for concern. If there is an allergic reaction, stop the food that you have been giving the baby immediately. If the allergic reaction persists, seek medical assistance. You can retry it after a few months if your paediatrician gives the go-ahead. 6-Month-Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan You can prepare a meal plan or chart for your baby’s meals and follow it as much as possible. The chart below can help you design your own 6-month-old baby food schedule according to your baby’s preferences. Diet for a 6-month-old – Week 1 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Moong dal (yellow split gram) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Moong dal (yellow split gram) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Moong dal (yellow split gram) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed pear Mother’s milk /formula feed Dal (lentil) -spinach soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Diet for a 6-month-old – Week 2 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed pear Mother’s milk /formula feed Dal (lentil) -spinach soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed pear Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed potato Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed potato Mother’s milk /formula feed Dal (lentil) -spinach soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Diet for a 6-month-old – Week 3 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed pear Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice porridge with mashed carrot Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice porridge with mashed carrot Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice porridge with mashed carrot Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot-beetroot puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot-beetroot puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Dal (lentil) -spinach soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot-beetroot puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed pear Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice porridge with mashed carrot Mother’s milk /formula feed Lauki (bottle gourd)- moong dal (green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Diet for a 6-month-old – Week 4 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed potato Mother’s milk /formula feed Lauki (bottle gourd) moong dal ( green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- pumpkin soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Lauki (bottle gourd) rice Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice porridge with mashed carrot Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Dal (lentil) -spinach soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach)khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed potato Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - moong dal (green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - moong dal (green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Video: 6 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sUGK_qAiVY Food Recipes for 6-Month-Old Baby Here are some interesting Indian baby food recipes thaty your baby can try. 1. Apple Stew With Cinnamon Ingredients: Apple - 1 Water Cinnamon powder How To Prepare: Cook the peeled and diced apple slices in boiling water. Alternatively, you can also cook them in a pressure cooker for two to three whistles. Take the steamed apples and blend them in a mixer jar. You can also sieve it to thin the consistency of the stew. To this, add a pinch of cinnamon powder and mix well. Apple stew is ready. 2. Mango Puree Ingredients: Mango - 1 How To Prepare: Peel and remove the mango pulp. Blend the pulp to a paste or sieve it. As the fruit has natural sugars, serve without any added sweetners. 3. Oatmeal Ingredients: Powdered Oats – 1 cup Water Breast milk or formula milk – as per requirement Banana – 1/2 How To Prepare: In a pan, boil 2 cups of water. Once the water starts boiling, add the cup of powdered oats slowly to the water and stir continuously to avoid forming lumps. Once the oats are cooked, add 2 tablespoons of milk. You can add the banana paste to give a nice flavour to the dish. 4. Sweet Pumpkin Puree Ingredients: Sweet pumpkin – 1/4 Water How To Prepare: Deseed a small pumpkin and remove the pulp. Dice it into small cubes. Boil 2 cups of water and add the pumpkin cubes to it. Cover the lid and let it cook for a few minutes. Mash or blend the cooked pumpkin to a fine paste and feed your baby. The natural sweetness of the vegetable gives a good taste to the dish. 5. Rice Porridge Ingredients: Powdered rice – 1 cup Water Breastmilk/formula milk – as per requirement How To Prepare: Take water and boil it in a pan. Slowly, add the powdered rice and cook it well. Take care to avoid formation of lumps. Top up the cooked rice with 2 tablespoons of milk and stir well. 6. Potato Puree Ingredients: Potato – 2 Breast milk/formula milk – as per requirement How To Prepare: Select potatoes that doesn’t have soft spots or cracks. Wash them and peel the skin off. Dice it into small cubes. To a cooker half-filled with water, add the potato cubes and cook for 1-2 whistles. Transfer the cooked potatoes to a bowl and mash them with a spoon. Add breast milk or formula milk. Delicious potato puree is ready. 7. Bottle Gourd (Lauki) Puree Ingredients: Bottle gourd – 1/2 Moong dal – 1 tbsp Jeera powder – a pinch How To Prepare: Wash and peel the lauki. Cut it into small cubes. Add the lauki cubes and moong dal to a pressure cooker with 50 ml of water. Cook for 2 whistles on medium flame. Mash or blend it after it cools down. Add jeera powder (optional) and serve. Feeding Tips Feeding babies can be a daunting task for mothers. Here are some tips to make your baby’s mealtime happy and stress-free. Always start with just one or two spoons and give more only if your baby likes the taste. Introduce only one new fruit or vegetable at a time and observe her reaction to it, before starting with another foodstuff. Follow the 3-day rule and note down all the new dishes and ingredients you’ve fed your baby. This makes troubleshooting easier if she has an allergic reaction. Do not lumpy foods or finger foods to babies as small as six months. It can sometimes cause gagging and even choking. Decide on a calm and quiet place for feeding like the living room or the kitchen. Avoid distraction feeding, i.e. don’t feed your baby by getting her to watch something on a TV or mobile screen. Prepare and store baby food in sterilised steel or glass bowls instead of plastic containers. Give only homemade food as your baby’s digestive system is still underdeveloped. Introducing solid foods to babies can be tricky, and mothers may feel confused as to what food is right for their baby. Most of the time, babies love to eat foods that are of varying tastes, textures and colours. A little effort towards tingling their taste buds can go a long way in successful feeding. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: Food Ideas for 7 Months Old Baby
Food Ideas for 7 Month Old Babies
Food Ideas for 7 Month Old Babies
When your baby hits the seven-month mark, he/she gears up for some important physical milestones like sitting up, teething, etc. Providing the right kind of nourishment in this critical growth period is very important for the baby. During this time, the baby receives the essential nutritional supplements from both, breast milk/formula milk and solid food. Here are some amazing options for healthy food for a 7-month baby that you can incorporate into your child’s diet. Video: Food Ideas for 7 Month Old Baby https://youtu.be/CEqJ0gePZBY Best Foods for Seven Month Old Babies After introducing a few solid foods to your baby at six months, you can slowly diversify the options and incorporate more variety by the next month. Here are some interesting options for solid food for a 7 month baby. 1. Fruit Puree Fruits are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Fruits like apple, chikoo, papaya, banana, watermelon, avocado, etc. are great options for a snack or a meal. 2. Vegetables Vegetables contain essential multi-vitamins and minerals. Different nutritious vegetables can be given, by steaming them and making a puree. Steamed vegetable wedges can also be fed to the baby as an excellent snack. 3. Porridge Porridges made from single grain cereals make for a great nutritional supplement for babies. Grains like rice, wheat, oats, barley, millets etc. can be processed and powdered to make a porridge mix. 4. Meat Puree Meat, such as chicken, are high protein and carbohydrate foods that can be introduced to babies in the form of a puree. 5. Egg Egg is a popular source of healthy fat and protein. It can be given to babies in bite-sized pieces after boiling. 6. Cheese Cheese made from pasteurised milk is widely available in the market. It is rich in fat, protein and vitamins, and babies love it as well. 7. Kichdi Kichdi, made out of rice, wheat, or dal, with mild spice and salt is a filling and nutritious meal for small babies. This also serves as their first taste of adult food. Quantity of Food Per Day Typically, babies who are seven months old take three solid food meals and two snacks in between. Breastfeeding in the morning and night, with some mid-day feeding sessions are also part of the routine. Typically, babies consume about a quarter cup of puree or porridge in a single meal. Based on the demand, you can increase the quantity. Babies also consume an average of 800-900 ml of Breast milk or formula milk. 7 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan Following a food schedule helps immensely in planning and preparing baby meals. It also helps in incorporating a variety of of recipes that balance the nutritional requirements of the baby. Here is a sample 7-month-old baby food schedule that you can follow, to design your own chart. Diet for a 7-Month-Old – Week 1 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot- spinach puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - moong dal (green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice- carrot porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach) khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed potato Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - tur dal puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - tur dal (red gram) puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - tur dal (red gram) puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Diet for a 7-Month-Old – Week 2 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Wheat sheera (soft) (use jaggery to sweeten it mildly) Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach)khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Wheat sheera (soft) (use jaggery to sweeten it mildly) Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice- carrot porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Wheat sheera (soft) (use jaggery to sweeten it mildly) Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) + boiled and grated broccoli Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - moong dal (green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma soft (strained tadka) with grated boiled broccoli Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed sweet potato + murmura (puffed rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot- spinach puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - tur dal (red gram) puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice-carrot porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Diet for a 7-Month-Old – Week 3 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet) - moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) + boiled and grated broccoli Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet) - moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach)- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet)- moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - tur dal (red gram) puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot-spinach puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed sweet potato + murmura (puffed rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Jowar (sorghum) puffs + apple puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Lauki (bottle gourd)- rice porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Jowar (sorghum) puffs + apple puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Diet for a 7-Month-Old – Week 4 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice- carrot porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot- spinach puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet) - moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Lauki (bottle gourd) - rice porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) + boiled and grated broccoli Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg yolk (boiled) or moong dal (green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg yolk (boiled) or moong dal (green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Jowar (sorghum) puffs + apple puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Wheat sheera (soft) Mother’s milk /formula feed Mother’s milk /formula feed Video: 7 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EONvVNkM4hc Food Recipes for 7 Month Old Infants Many babies would have started growing a tooth or two by seven months of age. Even if they do not have well-sprouted teeth, they definitely have stronger gums, which gives them the tendency to chew on finger foods for a long time. Here are some homemade baby food recipes for 7-month-olds. 1. Wheat Pancakes Ingredients: Wheat flour-1 cup Jaggery syrup- ¼ cup Water– as per requirement Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon How to Prepare: To the wheat flour add jaggery syrup and mix well. Dilute with water to a semi-solid consistency Add fennel seeds to the batter and mix. Allow it to rest overnight or for a few hours before preparing pancakes. In a tawa, grease with ghee and pour it in the shape of dosa. Cook on both sides with ghee and tease it out to serve. 2. Ragi Apple Porridge Ingredients: Ragi flour-1 cup Apple- ½ Ghee-1 teaspoon Water-as per requirement How to Prepare: Cut and peel the apple into small cubes. Steam it in water or in a pressure cooker and mash it well to a smooth paste. In a pan mix the water and ragi flour to a smooth paste and cook it in low flame till it bubbles. To this mixture add the apple puree and cook further for five minutes. Switch off the heat once it’s cooked and add a spoonful of ghee. 3. Millet Porridge Ingredients: Homemade millet powder-1/2 cup Water- 1-2 cups Breast milk/formula milk- ½ cup How to Prepare: In a vessel, mix the millet flour with water and stir continuously to make a smooth paste without lumps. Switch on the heat and cook the mixture well till it starts to form bubbles. At this stage reduce the heat and add the milk to bring it to the required consistency. As an additional flavour, you can add the puree of any fruit to give it a sweetness. 4. Moong Dal Khichdi Ingredients: Green moong dal-1/2 cup Rice-1/2 cup Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon Cumin seeds- ¼ teaspoon Ghee-1 teaspoon Water-3/4 cup How to Prepare: Clean the rice and dal and soak it for about half an hour Add a pinch of turmeric powder and cumin seeds to the drained dal and rice . Cook it in a pressure cooker with a ¾ cup of water. Mash it with a blender or with a ladle and feed 5. Pear Puree Ingredients: Pear-1 Water/milk-1/4 cup How to Prepare: Clean and peel the pear.Cut the fruit into small pieces after taking out the seed. In a pan of boiling water, cook the fruits for a few minutes with closed lid. Mash the cooked pear with a blender or a mixie. Add water or milk to the puree to bring it to the right consistency. 6. Lentil Soup Ingredients: Red lentils- 3 tablespoons Carrot- 1 Onion- 1/2 an onion Water- as required Oil- 1 teaspoon How to Prepare: Finely chop the the onion and carrot. Heat the oil in a pan, on medium flame, add the onions and cook till translucent. Add the carrots and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the lentils to the pan. Pour water till the lentils are covered and allow to boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are soft. Cool down completely, and puree into a soup consistency. Warm it up before serving to your baby. 7. Carrot Badam Kheer Ingredients: Carrot- 2 Almonds/ Badam- 5 Milk- 3/4th cup Sugar- 3 tablespoons How to Prepare: Wash, peel, and cut the carrots in halves. Add water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Once completely cooled, grind into a smooth puree. Transfer to a pan, add sugar and milk, and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve warm. Feeding Tips Here are some important tips for feeding your seven-month-old baby, Do not force feed your baby. Different babies have different appetites and taste preferences. Look at the wet and soiled diaper count (which should ideally be 5 or above, per day) to determine if they are getting enough food. Supplement solid foods with a generous amount of breast milk or formula milk to make up for the nutritional requirements. When introducing a new food, always wait for three days. This gives time for the body to react to the food and show symptoms of an allergic reaction. In cases where the baby has an allergy to a particular food, stop it for a few months and retry again. Keep a dedicated place for eating food, to establish proper eating habits. This habit creates a connection between the place and food, in the baby’s mind, making feeding sessions less strenuous for the parents. Encourage the babies to explore different food by giving them finger foods. At this age, babies tend to have a strong urge for biting and finger foods greatly help them soothe the gums. This also gives them a first-hand experience with the texture and taste of their food. Avoid feeding with a distraction. This takes away from the fun of enjoying their food. Gagging or choking is a serious hazard in babies, especially when they eat food with lumps or when they chew off a large piece of finger food. Try to monitor the baby while he or she is eating, and react immediately in the event of the baby having a chocking episode. Clean fruits and vegetables properly before feeding them to your child. Fruit and vegetable purees can be used as a snack option, rather than a meal. Try to avoid mixing milk with fruits, as it interferes with digestion. Clean and sterilise the utensils used for making baby food, as babies tend to catch infections very soon. Make use of a good food processor to prepare baby food without lumps. Seven-month-old babies require a healthy and nutritious diet to fuel their developing body and brain. It is also a transitory phase where they start eating solid food and get acquainted with different tastes. Exposing them to as many vegetables and fruits will go a long way in establishing good eating habits. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: Food Ideas for 8 Months Old Baby
8 Months Old Baby Food Ideas
8 Months Old Baby Food Ideas
Your eight-month-old baby is at a stage where he is curious about everything. With a tooth or two, your baby must be grinning its way to becoming a toddler. By eight months of age, babies master the art of gulping down mashed food and slowly they even start chewing on the solid foods. Your baby is in growing stage right now, hence you will have to make sure that the foods you give him help develop his chewing skills as well as meet his dietary requirements. Read this article to find out what foods you should include in your eight-month-old baby’s diet. Video: Food Ideas for 8 Month Old Baby https://youtu.be/ZlUV5s_InLg Food Ideas for an Eight-Month-Old Baby A wholesome diet that comprises of foods rich in carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals is essential for a growing eight-month-old baby. There are many natural food substances that offer a right mix of these nutrients. Typically, food for an 8-month-old baby should include one or more of the following. 1. Fruits Fruits are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and other micro nutrients. Apart from the regular fruits like apples, bananas, papayas, chikoo, etc., you can also include some fruits like kiwi, strawberries, pomegranates, etc. Fruits that are cut in the shape of long cubes make for excellent finger foods for babies. So, cut the fruits in different shapes and give them to your child. 2. Vegetables At eight months of age, your baby can start making a switch from mashed vegetable puree to small cubes of steamed vegetables. You can incorporate a variety of vegetables into your baby’s diet. Add the veggies to khichdi or make a steamed vegetable bowl. You can slowly introduce vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green peas, and pumpkin can be slowly introduced into his diet. 3. Fish Fish is a very nutritious food that can be given to babies as young as eight months. Fish like tuna, salmon, rohu, etc., that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are very good for the growth and brain development of babies. Fish can be given to babies in the form of puree or as soup. 4. Tofu/Paneer Tofu or paneer is made out of soy milk and cow’s milk respectively. They are rich in protein and very good for developing babies. Tofu can be given to babies who are lactose-intolerant or are allergic to paneer. 5. Chicken Chicken is believed to be one of the healthiest foods for babies. It can be typically started at the age of seven months and is usually given in the pureed form or as soup. The broth or the juice in which the chicken is cooked is also nutritious for babies. 6. Cheese Cheese made out of pasteurised milk is a great source of calcium for growing babies. The processed cheese available in the market makes for a great snack for babies to munch on. You can give cheese to your baby but, give it in limited quantities as too much of anything could result in an upset stomach. 7. Eggs Eggs are a wholesome food as they contain good fats and healthy proteins. You can give a boiled egg to your baby in bite-sized pieces. Some babies are allergic to eggs, so you must watch out for any warning signs of allergy in babies. 8. Yoghurt Thick yoghurt made from cow’s milk can be given to babies, especially in summers. There are many fruit flavored yoghurt available in the market that make for excellent snack options for babies. They not only provide good bacteria for the gut but also serve as a great source of essential vitamins and minerals. How Much Food Should a Baby Eat at This Stage? Most often eight-month-old babies feed actively but sometimes they may throw tantrums while eating and get distracted away from food due to their new-found mobility. Babies who start crawling by this age, usually feed on the go as they show more interest in exploring the things around them. A typical eight-month-old baby should have three solid meals and two snacks along with at least two sessions of breastfeeding or formula feeding. Food Schedule Here is a sample food schedule for an eight-month-old baby. Morning- Wake up and nurse for a few minutes (about 200 ml) Breakfast - 1 cup of pureed veggies or anything else in breakfast Mid-morning Snack - Half a cup of fruit/yoghurt/boiled vegetables Lunch- 1 cup of cereal Nap time Evening Snack - Breast milk or formula milk (about 200ml) Dinner - 1 cup of porridge/pureed veggies/cereal Night - Breastfeed before putting him to bed A Sample Food Chart/Meal Plan for an Eight-month-old Baby Here is a sample chart that you can use as a guideline for your eight-month-old baby. Diet for an 8-Month-Old – Week 1 Meals Early Morning Breakfast Mid-Morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Idli with a little ghee or butter Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice-carrot porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Jowar (sorghum) puffs + apple puree Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Idli with a little ghee or butter Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot-beetroot soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - wheat sheera Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Idli with a little ghee or butter Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot-beetroot soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in dal Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in dal Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Beetroot- broccoli- mushroom soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in dal Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Beetroot- broccoli- mushroom soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - wheat sheera Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet) - moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) + boiled and grated broccoli Mother’s milk /formula feed Dal (lentil) -spinach soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Millet- moong dal (green gram split) soup Diet for an 8-Month-Old – Week 2 Meals Early Morning Breakfast Mid-Morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg yolk (boiled) or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Mother’s milk /formula feed Millet- moong dal (green gram split) soup Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) + boiled and grated broccoli Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg yolk (boiled) or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato-masoor dal (red lentil) soup Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Jowar (sorghum) puffs + apple puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - wheat sheera Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) mix Mother’s milk /formula feed Idli with a little ghee or butter Mother’s milk /formula feed Millet - moong dal (green gram split) soup Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) mix Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - tur dal (red gram) puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet) - moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) mix Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed sweet potato + murmura (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Lauki (bottle gourd) -rice porridge Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - wheat sheera Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice- carrot porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - tur dal (red gram) puree Diet for an 8-Month-Old – Week 3 Meals Early Morning Breakfast Mid-Morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple + murmura (puffed rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Wheat sheera (soft) Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet) - moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple + murmura (puffed rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) + boiled and grated broccoli Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed sweet potato + murmura (puffed rice) powder Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple + murmura (puffed rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley)mix Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - tur dal (red gram) puree Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Jowar (sorghum) puffs + apple puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg yolk (boiled) or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot-spinach puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi finger millet) - moong dal (green gram split) soup Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed papaya Mother’s milk /formula feed Idli with a little ghee or butter Mother’s milk /formula feed Lentil- sweet potato soup Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed papaya Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - wheat sheera Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot-beetroot soup Diet for an 8-Month-Old – Week 4 Meals Early Morning Breakfast Mid-Morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) + boiled and grated broccoli Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach)khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Idli with a little ghee or butter Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg yolk (boiled) or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- pumpkin soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Millet- moong dal (green gram split) soup Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg yolk (boiled) or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Mother’s milk /formula feed Beetroot- broccoli- mushroom soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Lentil- sweet potato soup Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) mix Mother’s milk /formula feed Stewed apple + murmura (puffed rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in dal Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot-beetroot soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed sweet potato Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) - wheat sheera Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed carrot Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sooji (semolina) upma (soft, strained, with tadka) + boiled and grated broccoli Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach)khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Cheesy potato Video: 8 Month Baby Food Recipes https://youtu.be/NAH8XHYBoYY Food Recipes for an 8-month-old Baby Apart from the regular pureed foods that your baby is now used to having, you can try some of these new recipes to tickle your baby’s taste buds. Here are some interesting Indian homemade baby food recipes for an 8-month-old: 1. Broccoli Soup Recipe Broccoli is nutritious and tastes delicious too. Here is how you can make broccoli soup for your baby. Ingredients Butter -1 teaspoon Broccoli florets - 1 cup Pepper powder - A pinch A pinch of salt How to prepare Add the butter in a pan and allow it to melt. Add broccoli florets to it and sauté for a few minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook. Once the broccoli cools, blend it to make a fine paste in a blender. In another pan, add some butter and add the broccoli paste to it. Allow it to cook and add the salt and pepper powder to it. Feed the baby once it cools down. 2. Fish Puree Recipe If you love eating fish, your little one will like it too. Learn the recipe of fish puree. It’s easy-to-make and tastes delicious! Ingredients Cleaned and prepared fish Water - 1 cup How to prepare Boil the water in a vessel. In a small vessel take the chopped fish and place this vessel inside the vessel containing water. Allow it to cook. The colour of the fish should change to white once it cooks completely. Grind the cooked fish to puree and add the salt and jeera powder to taste. 3. Apple Ragi Porridge Recipe Ragi, also known as finger millet or nachni is high in proteins, calcium, and iron. It also helps a baby gain weight and you know apples are always good. So include ragi in your baby’s diet by making yummy apple and ragi porridge! Ingredients Grated apple - 1 cup Ragi flour - 1 tablespoon Ghee - 1/2 teaspoon Water - 1.5 cups How to prepare Take the ragi flour in a bowl and slowly add the water to it. Mix it well making sure that no lumps are formed. Heat some ghee in a pan and add the ragi mixture to it. Stir continuously till you see the bubbles forming. At this stage, add the grated apple pieces to the porridge. Allow the apple pieces and ragi to cook well. If the porridge turns thick, dilute it with water and bring it to the required consistency. Once it is cooked, turn off the flame and add a drop of ghee before giving it to your child. 4. Suji Upma Recipe Upma is a healthy breakfast and is enjoyed by both adults and kids. So how about introducing this tasty breakfast to your child? Learn the recipe here - Ingredients Suji - 1/2 cup Finely chopped veggies (of your choice) - 1 cup Curry leaves - 5-6 Ghee -1 teaspoon Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon Water- 2 cups Salt- 1/4 teaspoon How to prepare Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a pan and roast the suji until it turns brown. Once done, transfer it to a large dish and keep aside. Next, heat some ghee in the pan and add the mustard seeds to it. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add a cup of vegetable and cover it with a lid, allowing the vegetables to cook. Then add 2 cups of water and salt to taste. When the water comes to a boil, add the suji and stir continuously to make sure no lumps are formed. Cover the pan with a lid for some time. Add a teaspoon of ghee then switch off the flame. Feed once it cools a bit. 5. Carrot Wedges Recipe Carrots are nutritious and are very good for the eyes. Carrot wedges are a perfect finger food which you can give to your little one as a snack. Here’s how you can make carrot wedges. Ingredients Carrots (cut into wedges) - 1 cup A pinch of salt Pepper powder - A pinch Ghee - 1 teaspoon How to prepare Boil the water in a pan and when it comes to a boil, add the carrot pieces. Allow it to cook to a biting consistency. Then turn off the flame. Heat the ghee in a pan, add the carrot pieces to it, and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the salt and pepper powder and mix well. Switch off the flame and allow it cool. Once it cools, give it to your baby. Feeding Tips Keep these tips in mind while feeding your 8-month-old baby: Remember that breast milk or formula milk should remain the primary source of nutrition for an eight-month-old baby. Besides starting with solid food, doctors recommend one or two sessions of feeding for babies up to one year of age. Avoid giving cow’s milk to your baby, until he turns one. If there is a history of any food allergy in the family, especially for dairy products, watch out for the signs of allergy in your baby. Also, speak to your doctor about the possibilities of your child inheriting such allergies. Avoid giving deep fried foods to your little one. Try to incorporate steamed fruits and vegetables in his diet. Always feed the baby in a particular position and location every day. This develops a strong connection in their mind between food and the place where they are being fed. For example, if you make your baby sit on a high chair to feed him solids, he will associate it with food. Keep the consistency of the food a little grainy and do not mash it completely. It will help your eight-month-old baby to transition from mashed to solid foods. Avoid adding salt and sugar in food if your baby is below one year of age. Many doctors advice against the use of both, as it puts unnecessary stress on the kidneys. Eight-month-old babies usually get easily distracted while feeding, as they develop mobility and are curious about things around them. When your baby refuses to eat anything, try to feed in small quantities at different times. Babies tend to gag or choke while nibbling on finger food. They may also accidentally bite a large chunk of food. Parental attention is very important while your baby is chewing on solids. Prepare and store baby foods in steel or glassware. Avoid the use of plastic as it contains harmful chemicals that have a likelihood of entering the food. At eight months of age, babies move around quite a lot and spend a lot of their time and energy in exploring the things around them. To make sure that your baby stays active and doesn’t get exhausted, you must ensure that he eats healthy food. So plan your baby’s food chart well in advance after consulting with a nutritionist. Include fresh fruits and steamed vegetables in his diet - it will provide him with the much-needed nutrition, and he will get into the habit of eating healthy foods. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: Food Ideas for 9 Months Old Baby
Food Ideas for 9 Month Old Babies
Food Ideas for 9 Month Old Babies
With thousands of options and multiple voices of advice, the initial stage of parenthood isn’t the least bit easy. Amidst staying up all night and diaper duties, feeding healthy food to your baby may seem like a tough task. Video: Food Ideas for 9 Month Old Baby https://youtu.be/HEA7UsR0i8k How Much Food Should a Baby Eat at This Stage?  While babies may not be able to consume everything that adults eat, their taste buds will be delighted with the introduction of new food and flavours. It can be scary and troublesome for most new parents to figure out what to give and how much to give their child, but know that there is no golden rule by which you must operate. Do not place unnecessary stress on the food itself, and remember to keep it as nutritious and natural as possible. As the experience is new for your baby, he/she will nibble on the food and spit it out if the taste is not enjoyed. Remember that a baby’s tummy is the size of a person’s fist, and it doesn’t take a lot to get them full. Also, since their taste buds are still developing, they may not like all the different kinds of food you give them. Some of them will like vegetables, some will like fruits, and some will even determine what texture of food they like. It can be either in puree form, mashed, or even small tiny chunks. Trial and error are crucial at this stage to understand your baby’s preference. Don’t forget, though, that your baby is also getting all the nutrients required for  formula or breast milk. Make sure that your baby is eating three meals a day in addition to the milk. Best Food for a Nine Month Old Baby Your baby will be adventurous or develop into a fussy eater, with the introduction of new food, so make sure you pick the best and delicious tasting food for them. Some of the food you can start with for your 9-month-old Indian baby is: 1. Fruits Berries such as blueberries, melons, cranberries, or dates, figs, cherries, and citrus fruits can be cut into 1/4th their size and given to your child. Always ensure these are completed cooked and either pureed or mashed before serving your baby 2. Vegetables Brocolli, Asparagus, potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, mashed potatoes, onions, and parsnips, all which can be cooked and mashed, are nutritious and a great food option for your baby. 3. Meat and Egg Eggs, chicken and fish which are thoroughly cleaned and cooked should be fed to your baby. Do not give any raw meat or runny eggs. 4. Water and Juices Your baby’s digestive system is still developing, so make sure he/she gets plenty of water. Try making natural juices (no sugar) at home instead of giving your baby processed juice. 5. Cheese and Other Dairy Products Cream cheese, cottage cheese or paneer, dahi or yoghurt, ghee, and butter can be given in very small quantities to your baby. 6. Cereals Cooked quinoa, millets, whole wheat pasta (softened), rice, and oatmeal are tasty options to give your baby 7. Grains Toast, small pieces of chapatti or flatbread, crackers give your baby his/her fill of grains. 8. Legumes Mashed lentils, beans, and soups made from legumes are a great way to feed flavourful, yet nutritious food to your baby. 9. Spices As your little one’s taste enhances, try using small quantities of asafoetida, cloves, coriander, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek, nutmeg, curry leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, turmeric, and garlic while cooking for him/her. 9 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan Make sure your baby’s food is soft to prevent choking. Here is a detailed schedule of what you can give your child at meal times and as snacks: Diet for a 9-Month-Old - Week 1 Meals Early Morning Breakfast Mid-Morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Wheat sheera Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet)- whole moong (green gram) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Lentil- sweet potato soup Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed White dhokla with ghee or butter Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet)- whole moong (green gram) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Bhagar/ (millet)- moong dal (green gram split) soup Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) mix Mother’s milk /formula feed Beetroot- broccoli- mushroom soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Lentil- sweet potato soup Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach- pumpkin puree Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in carrot- moong dal (green gram split) soup Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed banana Mother’s milk /formula feed Idli with ghee or butter Mother’s milk /formula feed Dal (lentil)- spinach soup Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach) khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet)- whole moong (green gram) soup Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed banana Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in dal Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice with egg yolk or dal Diet for a 9-Month-Old - Week 2 Meals Early Morning Breakfast Mid-Morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed White dhokla with ghee or butter Mother’s milk /formula feed Cheesy potato with poha (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- pumpkin- rice soup Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) mix Mother’s milk /formula feed Cheesy potato Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice- carrot porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet)- moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Apple puree + jowar (sorghum)puffs Mother’s milk /formula feed Multigrain chilla Mother’s milk /formula feed Dal (lentil) khichdi Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed peach or grated apple Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed avocado + sweet potato + murmura (puffed rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Bhagar (millet) cooked in buttermilk Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed chikoo (sapota) or mashed banana Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet)-tur dal (pigeon pea) puree with mashed rice Mother’s milk /formula feed Lauki (bottle gourd)-rice porridge Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in dal Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- pumpkin- soup Diet for a 9-Month-Old - Week 3 Meals Early Morning Breakfast Mid-Morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Mother’s milk /formula feed Multigrain chilla Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach- pumpkin puree + jowar (sorghum)puffs Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot- beetroot- coriander soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Dal (lentil)- spinach soup + rice porridge Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed banana Mother’s milk /formula feed Cheesy potato Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) -tur dal (pigeon pea) puree Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Idli with ghee or butter Mother’s milk /formula feed Bhagar (millet) cooked in buttermilk Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot- beetroot soup with murmura (puffed rice) powder Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) mix Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Potato- paneer (cottage cheese) mash Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats-apple smoothie Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Dal (lentil) khichdi Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Wheat- banana sheera Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice- carrot porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Beetroot- broccoli- mushroom soup Diet for a 9-Month-Old - Week 4 Meals Early Morning Breakfast Mid-Morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Apple puree + jowar(sorghum) puffs Mother’s milk /formula feed Lauki (bottle gourd) rice porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed potato + crushed murmura (puffed rice) Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Idli with with non-spicy sambar Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet)- wheat- pumpkin soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Potato- paneer (cottage cheese) mash Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Seviyan (vermicelli) upma Mother’s milk /formula feed Spinach-pumpkin puree + jowar (sorghum)puffs Mother’s milk /formula feed Potato- paneer (cottage cheese) mash Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Multigrain chilla Mother’s milk /formula feed French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat) Mother’s milk /formula feed Lentil- sweet potato soup Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) satva Mother’s milk /formula feed French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat) Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet)- moong dal(green gram split) khichdi Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Apple puree + jowar(sorghum) puffs Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha(flattened rice)powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in dal- palak Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats-apple porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in dal Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg yolk or paneer (cottage cheese)pulao *Introduce small portions and then depending on your baby’s taste and appetite, increase the portion. Never force your baby to finish the food Food to Avoid It is important to serve your baby clean and fresh food. Be alert and notice the texture of food that your baby prefers, so that you can incorporate more of it into the next meal. While your child can now happily join you at family meals, here are a few foods that must be avoided at all times. 1. Honey It contains bacteria that can cause a serious illness in your child, by damaging the intestines and leading to a rare syndrome called infant botulism. It can also be damaging to a baby’s emerging teeth. 2. Some Types of Fish Shark, swordfish, and marlin contain high traces of mercury which can affect a baby’s nervous system. Also, avoid shellfish to avoid food poisoning 3. Whole Nuts Do not give whole nuts to your child, until he/she turns five, in order to avoid choking 4. Sugar Sugary food is bad for your kid’s growing teeth. These include ice-creams, biscuits, and sweets 5. Salt Do not add salt to your baby’s food, as the kidneys cannot cope. Avoid salty foods, such as namkeens and chips altogether. Babies should have less than 1 gm of salt a day 6. Citrus or Acidic Fruits Some infants may suffer from acidity due to citric fruits. However, a dash of lemon is allowed in purees. 7. Peanuts/Tree Nuts This is sensitive food and may cause allergic reactions in your baby. It is typically introduced 1 year onwards. 8. Whole Milk This can cause tummy issues and should never be supplemented with breast milk. It can also hinder absorption of iron, which is crucial to an infant’s growth Can You Give Your Baby Finger Foods and Snacks? Nine-month-old babies are generally ready for finger food and snacks. They have what you can call, a ‘Pincer grasp’, which is a skill where they pick up small objects with their thumb and forefingers. If your baby has started picking up small objects with his/her fingers without any support and can chew small bites of food, then its time to introduce finger foods for him/her. Finger foods can be cooked carrots, apples, pears, cucumbers, or even paneer, that can be chewed well by baby teeth. Cut all of them into small, long shapes for your baby to hold and nibble on. Be cautious and never leave your child alone while they have finger food. If your baby has still not picked up things with his/her fingers, wait for a month or two before introducing finger food You can include one or two snacks between meal times for your 9-month-old baby. Give small quantities of food at regular intervals, which can help weaning easy in the future. Make sure that this does not affect breastfeeding. Video: 9 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://youtu.be/_jihWeTG_Wo Homemade Baby Food Recipes for 9 Month Old  Babies Here are a few recipes that you canwhip up quickly to delight your baby at home. 1. Pumpkin Puree An easy and simple recipe that is full of beta-carotene, potassium, and iron. Ingredients: 1 small pumpkin 1-2 cups of water, vegetable stock or breast milk How to Prepare: Cut the pumpkin and peel away the skin. Scoop out all the seeds and put the fruit in a blender or food processor. Add water or vegetable stock till you get the desired consistency. Blend until smooth. Once you have the puree, cook it in a cooker for 10-15 minutes (1 or 2 whistles). 2. Quinoa and Banana Mash A nutrition rich and filling meal that is great for lunch or dinner. Ingredients: 1/2 banana Pinch cinnamon 3 tablespoons cooked quinoa 1 tablespoon whole milk yoghurt How to Prepare: Mash the banana in a bowl. Cook 3 tbsp of quinoa, without any oil, in a separate pan with water for 10-12 minutes. Add the cooked quinoa to the banana, along with yoghurt, and stir to combine the ingredients. You can also add powdered cinnamon (a pinch) for taste. Serve cold or at room temperature. 3. Plain Vegetable Khichdi An staple Indian recipe when you are introducing rice and vegetables to your child’s diet. Ingredients: ½ cup rice ½ cup moong dal (green gram) 1 cup mixed vegetables washed properly and chopped into small pieces (carrots, peas, potatoes and beans) 1 teaspoon ghee A pinch of turmeric ½ teaspoon cumin seeds chopped coriander leaves How to Prepare: Clean the dal and rice. Soak both of them in water for thirty minutes. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker. Now add the cumin seeds till they crackle. Follow it with dal and rice and then vegetables. All these can be sautéed, followed by a pinch of salt. Add water and pressure cook this for 3-4 whistles, till everything is well- cooked. Mash khichdi lightly with a spoon. Serve it with a little ghee on the top. 4. Atta Halwa Atta halwa or porridge is a food recipe for 9 month old Indian baby Ingredients 2 teaspoon Atta ½ tsp ghee 2 cups hot water Formula or breast milk How to Prepare: Heat ghee in a pan and add atta. Roast the atta, stirring continuously. Once the atta is slightly roasted and gives off a nice aroma, slowly add hot water. Keep stirring to avoid lumps and bring it to your desired consistenty. Your baby will love the smooth texture of ghee. Turn off the heat. Once the atta halwa is a little cool, add milk to adjust the consistency and add flavour to the halwa. You can add banana puree or applesauce for sweetness. 5. Finger Vegetables Finger foods for 9-month-old baby are perfect for a mid-morning or evening snack Ingredients 1 carrot 1 pumpkin 1 sweet Potato 1 zucchini/ cucumber How to Prepare: Cut any or all of the vegetables into long slices that your child can grasp in his/her. Steam them in a pressure cooker for 5-7 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. 6. Oats Pancakes These pancakes are super easy to make and delicious, as well. Ingredients 1/4 cup oats 1 medium banana 1/4 cup milk How to Prepare: Mash the banana in a bowl, and add the milk. Mix well and add oats. Mix until well blended. Heat up a pan and add 1-2 drops of oil. Add 3-4 tablespoon of the mixture, and let it cook on one side. After 30 seconds to a minute, or until slightly brown, flip and cook well. Serve warm. 7. Vegetable Soup This is a comfort food, especially in the winters and monsoon, and easy to make for your baby. Ingredients 1/2 carrot chopped 3-4 beans chopped 10 peas 1/2 tomato chopped 1/2 potato finely chopped 1/2 tablespoon ghee Pinch of pepper Pinch of jeera powder How to Prepare: Pressure cook all the vegetables in 2 cups of water for 3 whistles. Let them cool, and blend into a smooth puree. Reheat the puree, add water if required, as well as the pepper and jeera powder. Serve warm. Feeding Tips Start by taking any solid food that you want to introduce to your child in a big spoon and give them little nibbles off the spoon. All vegetables and fruits can be given to babies at this stage, but create a schedule and discuss it with your paediatrician before deciding. This can help avoid any allergies or reactions your baby may have. Follow a ‘4-day rule,’ i.e. wait for 4 days before introducing a new food, in order to check for allergies. Time flies, and soon your little nine month old will be walking and running. Make the most of this time by introducing healthy food habits and create a solid foundation for  their food habits, down the line. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: 10 Month Old Baby Food Ideas
10 Month Old Baby Food Ideas
10 Month Old Baby Food Ideas
Congratulations! Your baby is 10-months-old now, and you must be so proud that you have taken care of your little munchkin so well. You must have noticed a lot of changes in him - he must be crawling, communicating, or even playing. But like every responsible parent out there, you must be worried about his nutritional requirements and overall health. If you are looking for food suggestions for your child, we have something for you. Here we will discuss what you should feed to your 10-month-old baby. Video: Food Ideas for a 10-Month-Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weS_5b6njk4 Nutrient Requirements of a Baby at This Age The calorie requirements of a baby at this age depends entirely on his weight. As a general rule of thumb, your 10-month-old baby will need anywhere between 90 and 120 calories per kilogram of his weight. According to the experts, this translates to 793 calories for male babies and 717 calories for female babies. Your baby will need food from the main food groups. You can follow the basic food pyramid chart in order to understand the ratio of fruits, vegetables, and grains that you need to follow while serving food to your child. Apart from this, you will have to make sure that your baby gets an adequate amount of calcium and iron in his diet. This is essential for his physical and mental development. How Much Food Can Your Baby Eat in a Day? The amount of food consumed regularly will be dictated by your baby’s nutritional requirements and appetite. However, as a general rule of thumb, your baby will need different food items in the following quantities. Cereal - between ¼ and ½ cup Fruits - between ¼ and ½ cup Vegetables - between ¼ and ½ cup Dairy products - 2 to 3 tablespoons Protein or meat - 4 tablespoons Best Foods for Your Ten-month-old Baby An important thing you should remember while giving food to your 10-month-old baby is that you can start supplementing breast milk with regular foods. You can give him finger food or mashed food instead of breastfeeding him. However, there is no hard and fast rule as to when you must stop breastfeeding entirely. This is a decision that you should take after consulting your doctor. If you do decide to wean your baby, there are some foods that should be your top choice. Whole wheat idli or dosa Moong dal khichdi Upma with vegetables Dalia Homemade milkshake with fresh fruits Boiled or scrambled eggs Vegetable soup Homemade halwa Mildly spiced sambar A Sample Food Chart/Meal Plan for a 10-month-old Baby Here is a sample chart that you can follow for making a healthy meal plan for your ten-month-old baby. However, it is recommended that you introduce each new food item one at a time. Wait for three days before you introduce another food item as it is the perfect window to observe if your baby has any allergies. This will also let him get used to the flavour. You can make some changes in this plan and create a meal plan that suits your 10-month-old baby. Diet for a 10-Month-Old - Week 1 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Soft dosa with non-spicy sambar Stewed apple Roti dipped in dal-palak Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg yolk or paneer (cottage cheese) pulao Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats-apple smoothie Mashed banana Bajra (pearl millet)- moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Bhagar (millet) cooked in buttermilk Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Multigrain chilla Orange segments without the white skin French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat) Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato- pumpkin- soup Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Seviyan (vermicelli) upma Mashed papaya Egg yolk or paneer (cottage cheese) pulao Mother’s milk /formula feed Wheat- banana sheera Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Potato- paneer (cottage cheese) mash Mango or mashed papaya Roti dipped in carrot- moong dal (green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Idli with non-spicy sambar Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Stewed pear or grated and boiled beetroot French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat) Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats- apple porridge Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed White dhokla with ghee or butter Stewed peach or stewed apple Ragi (finger millet)- whole moong (green gram) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach) khichdi Diet for a 10-Month-Old - Week 2 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Seviyan (vermicelli) upma Stewed pear or grated and boiled beetroot Roti dipped in dal-palak Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet)- wheat- pumpkin soup Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Apple Puree + jowar (sorghum)puffs Mango or mashed papaya French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat) Mother’s milk /formula feed Potato- paneer (cottage cheese) mash Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Rajgira (amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness Mashed papaya Palak (spinach) dhokla Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Orange segments without the white skin Tomato- pumpkin- soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) mix Stewed peach or stewed apple Mashed potato with homemade butter and crushed murmura (puffed rice) Mother’s milk /formula feed Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed White dhokla with ghee or butter Mashed chikoo (sapota) or banana Ragi (finger millet)- wheat- pumpkin soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats-apple porridge Stewed apple French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat) Mother’s milk /formula feed Dalia (broken wheat) Diet for a 10-Month-Old - Week 3 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao Roti dipped in tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) -tur dal (pigeon pea) puree with mashed rice Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats-apple porridge Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao Spinach-pumpkin puree + jowar (sorghum) puffs Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet)- moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Soft dosa with non-spicy sambar Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao Dalia (broken wheat) khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Carrot- beetroot- coriander soup Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) apple porridge Orange segments without the white skin Roti dipped in carrot- beetroot- coriander soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach) dhokla Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Rajgira (amaranth) -wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness Mashed papaya Bhagar (millet) cooked in buttermilk Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in dal Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Multigrain chilla Mango or mashed banana Dal (lentil)- spinach soup + rice porridge Mother’s milk /formula feed Cheesy potato Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Stewed pear or stewed apple Vegetable upma cooked in buttermilk Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach)khichdi Diet for a 10-Month-Old - Week 4 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Wheat- banana sheera Orange juice Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao Mother’s milk /formula feed French beans and peas dalia (broken wheat) Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) mix Grated apple Dalia (broken wheat) khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach) dhokla Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Besan (gram flour)- jowar (sorghum)-coriander chilla made with curd Stewed peach or stewed apple Egg yolk or paneer (cottage cheese) pulao Mother’s milk /formula feed Bhagar (millet) cooked in buttermilk Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Soft dosa with non-spicy sambar Mashed chikoo (sapota) or mashed banana Roti dipped in carrot- moong dal Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi-tur dal (pigeon pea) puree with mashed rice Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) dosa Stewed pear or stewed apple Spinach pumpkin puree + jowar (sorghum) puffs Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in masoor dal (red lentil) + lauki (bottle gourd) sabzi Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Mashed papaya Tomato- pumpkin soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed rajma (kidney beans) with rice Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Grated cucumber- oats pancake Mango or mashed banana Roti dipped in carrot- beetroot- coriander soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Curd rice Video: Food Recipes for a 10-month-old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkU4Krw9m44 Tasty Recipes That You Can Try Given below are the recipes to some healthy food items that you can make for your 10-month-old baby in no time. These recipes are nutritious and will ensure your baby's all-round development. 1. Semolina Upma Ingredients Semolina/suji - ½ cup Mixed veggies like carrots, peas, beans, and boiled potatoes - ½ cup diced Jeera - 1 cup Water - ¼ tsp A pinch of turmeric A pinch of salt Oil or ghee - ¼ tsp  How to Prepare Roast the suji in a pan until it gives a toasty aroma. Keep stirring continuously as it burns quickly otherwise. Keep aside in a bowl. In a pan, heat the oil or ghee.  Add in the jeera and wait until they turn brown. Add in the veggies then turmeric and salt. Sauté for about 5 minutes. Add in the semolina and mix it well. Next, add in the water and stir continuously to make sure no lumps are formed. Stir until the desired consistency is reached. 2. Plain Khichdi Ingredients Toor dal - ¼ cup Rice - ¼ cup Water - 2 ½ cups Tomato - 1, diced Oil or ghee - ¼ tsp Jeera - ¼ tsp A pinch of asafoetida Ginger - ¼ inch Salt to taste How to Prepare Wash and clean the dal and rice separately until the water runs clear. Soak the rice and dal separately in water for about 30 minutes. Strain the water and pressure cook the dal and rice together for up to three whistles. Add in the turmeric also. Since you will be making it for your child, add in more water to make it soft. Heat the oil or ghee in a pan. Add some cumin seeds and wait till their colour changes. Add in the asafoetida, ginger, and tomato and sauté for a few minutes. Add in the cooked rice and dal mixture and give it a nice stir. Add some salt and let the khichdi boil for a few minutes. It should be a little watery. 3. Scrambled Eggs Ingredients Egg - 1 Whole milk/formula/breast milk - 2-3 tablespoons Fresh cheddar cheese or any other fresh cheese (grated) - 1 tbsp Refined oil - 1 tsp Salt to taste Pepper to taste How to Prepare Crack open the egg into a bowl then add the milk and whisk for a couple of minutes. Add in the grated cheese and mix well. Heat the oil in a pan. Pour the whisked egg mixture into the pan and stir continuously until the eggs are fully cooked. Add the salt and mix well. Serve warm! You can also add some finely cut vegetables to get your child to like veggies. 4. Chicken and Potato Soup  Ingredients Potatoes (peeled and diced) ½ cup Diced chicken - ½ cup Diced onion - ½ cup diced Freshly grated cheddar cheese - ½ cup Garlic cloves - 2 Butter - 2 tbsp Water - 2 cups Salt to taste Pepper to taste How to Prepare In a large pot, heat the butter. Add in the onions and cook them until they turn transparent. Add the garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add in the potatoes and cook them for some time. Next, add the water and bring to a boil. Add the cheese bit by bit while continuously stirring. Bring to a boil once again and add the diced chicken. Cover the pot with a lid and let it cook for 10 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper and the soup is ready. If you have cut the potatoes and chicken small enough, let your baby eat them. However, if you think your baby is finding it difficult, Blend the soup then give it to your baby. 5. Broken Wheat Porridge Ingredients Broken wheat - ¼ cup Water - 1 cup Roasted almond powder 1 tsp Apple or banana puree - 1 cup How to prepare: Pressure cook the broken wheat and water for three whistles. Allow it to cool. Next, transfer it to a blender and blend to get a smooth consistency. Transfer it to a bowl then add the almond powder and mix. Add the banana or apple puree for sweetness. Some Tips to Consider Here are some tips that you should follow before and while feeding your little one. Sterilize the utensils you use for your baby. Taste the food you prepare for your little one before giving it to him. Make sure it is neither too hot nor too cold. The food should be warm. Don't add too much salt. To enhance the flavour of any dish, add in the cheese! Be sure to adjust the ingredients according to your baby's preferences and nutritional requirements. Introduce only one solid food at a time. Wait for three days before introducing any other food. This way you will help your child develop a taste for that particular food. You should also look for any symptoms of allergy in three-days time after having introduced the new food. Consult your paediatrician before introducing any new food. Feeding a 10-month-old is a period of experimentation. As your baby begins to distinguish between flavours and starts to have favourites, you will be able to develop meal plans that your baby truly enjoys. Keep the food pyramid in mind when planning meals and be sure to consult with your paediatrician on what you can and cannot feed your baby. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: Food Ideas for 13 to 16 Months Old Baby
11 Months Old Baby Food Ideas
11 Months Old Baby Food Ideas
By the time your baby is 11 months old, he is likely to be able to eat on his own. You can give your baby the same food as the rest of the family after mashing it or cutting it into small pieces to help him chew and digest it better. Be sure to watch over your child during meal and snack times to make sure he does not choke on any food. Video: Food Ideas for 11-month-old Babies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2WRtXdHtAQ How Much Can a Baby Eat at This Stage? By the time they are 11 months old, most babies can eat a wide range of items like fruits, vegetables, and meat. Three meals and a snack alongside formula or breast milk are what an average 11-month-old baby needs each day. The meal and snack timings will depend on your baby’s daily routine as well as yours. How Much Quantity Per Day? Your baby's appetite will vary depending on his level of activity and his growth spurt to a large extent. The following is an approximate estimation of the quantity of food your baby needs each day: Up to half a cup of cereal Up to half a cup of vegetables Up to half a cup of fruits Up to 3 tbsp of dairy Up to half a cup of mixed cereals Up to 4 tbsp of meat or other proteins How to Check If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk or Formula While feeding your baby, a few concerns are bound to creep up every now and then. You might wonder if your child is getting enough milk or formula every day - here are some ways in which you can assess this: Breastfed Baby: If your baby appears content after every feed, it is an indication that he is getting enough milk. When you experience a let-down, it is an indication that breastmilk is being replenished on a regular basis. Check your baby’s urine and see if it is clear and odourless. That is a sign of a well-fed baby. Your baby has regular bowel movements. Formula-fed Baby: Convert your baby’s weight into pounds and multiply it by 2 and 2.5 to get two values that will be considered as lower and upper ranges for the amount of formula your baby needs each day. As your baby approaches his first birthday, the formula feed is likely to decline to just one big feed per day. See if your baby wets a minimum of six diapers in a 24-hour period. Best Foods for Your Eleven-month-old Baby It is important to cultivate healthy eating habits in your baby right from an early age. So, keep a watch for any possible allergies and introduce your child to all kinds of foods. 1. Fruits A great source of vitamins and minerals, fruits should be an integral part of your baby’s daily diet. From apples to oranges to bananas and pears, let your baby try everything. 2. Poultry and Fish Packed with proteins, fish and chicken can be extremely helpful in your child’s brain development and growth. 3. Cheese Different types of cheese like cottage, cheddar, ricotta, and goat cheese can enhance the taste of your baby’s meals while satisfying daily protein requirements. 4. Pulses and Grains Everything under this category can be offered to your 11-month-old baby. Switch between grains and pulses to give your baby some variety during mealtimes. 5. Dairy Products Dairy items like yoghurt and curd are good for infants. Refrain from feeding your baby cow's milk - that can be given only after the age of 1 year. 6. Leafy Greens Leafy vegetables, especially greens such as spinach and fenugreek are particularly beneficial to babies as they contain iron. 7. Vegetables All kinds of vegetables are good for your baby. Make it a point to use three different vegetables - one at every meal - every day. 8. Eggs Eggs, especially the yolk is good for babies at this age. It is also easy for them to eat and digest. 11-month-old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan Here is a sample meal plan for an 11-month-old baby: Diet for a 11-Month-Old – Week 1 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice) powder Stewed peach or stewed apple Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach) dhokla Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) dosa Mashed chikoo (sapota) or mashed banana Spinach- pumpkin puree + jowar (sorghum) puffs Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats- apple porridge Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) -apple porridge Stewed pear or stewed apple Dalia (broken wheat) khichdi with white pumpkin soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in carrot- beetroot- coriander soup Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Besan (gram flour)- jowar (sorghum)- coriander chilla made with curd Mashed papaya Curd rice Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet)- moong dal (green gram split) khichdi Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Rajgira (amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness Stewed pear or stewed apple Roti dipped in masoor dal (red lentils) + lauki (bottle gourd) sabzi Mother’s milk /formula feed Grated cucumber- oats pancake Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) satva with 1tsp almond powder Mango or mashed banana Vegetable upma cooked in buttermilk Mother’s milk /formula feed Methi (fenugreek) thepla with lauki (bottle gourd) sabzi Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Orange segments without the white skin Stewed apple + murmura (puffed rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Seviyan (vermicelli) upma Diet for a 11-Month-Old – Week 2 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) satva with 1tsp almond powder Mashed chikoo (sapota) or mashed banana Roti dipped in dal Mother’s milk /formula feed Aloo (potato) paratha with homemade butter Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) satva with 1tsp almond powder Mashed peach or mashed apple Dalia (broken wheat) khichdi with white pumpkin soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Peas and potato sabzi with paratha Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Orange segments without the white skin Masala khichdi Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) -wheat- pumpkin soup Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Besan (gram flour)- jowar (sorghum)- coriander chilla made with curd Mashed banana Tomato- pumpkin- soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Kadhi with rice Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Rajgira(amaranth)- jowar (sorghum)pancakes Banana slices Jowar (sorghum) roti dipped in dal-palak Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet) roti with turai (snake gourd)- moong dal (green gram split) sabzi Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Vegetable upma cooked in buttermilk Papaya cubes Chicken broth or tur dal (pigeon pea) with mashed rice Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg or paneer (cottage cheese) paratha Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats-apple porridge French fries Roti dipped in dal Mother’s milk /formula feed Methi (fenugreek)- tinda (Indian squash) pulao Diet for a 11-Month-Old – Week 3 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Rajgira (amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness Mango or mashed banana Veg pulao with pakoda kadhi Mother’s milk /formula feed Egg or paneer (cottage cheese) paratha Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Besan (gram flour)- jowar(sorghum)- coriander chilla made with curd Grated apple Roti dipped in carrot- moong dal (green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Vegetable- masoor dal(red lentil) pulao Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats-apple porridge Chopped de-skinned peach or stewed apple Spinach- pumpkin puree + jowar (sorghum) puffs Mother’s milk /formula feed Pumpkin paratha with curd Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Banana pancakes or soft egg white pancakes Cubed chikoo (sapota) or mashed banana Dal paratha with palak (spinach) paneer Mother’s milk /formula feed Besan (gram flour)- palak (spinach) dhokla Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Ragi (finger millet) dosa with non-spicy sambar Stewed pear- chopped or stewed apple Roti dipped in tomato- masoor dal (red lentil) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Tomato and kaddu(pumpkin) soup + roti or paratha Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Seviyan (vermicelli) upma Sliced banana Wheat- banana sheera Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti with dal-palak Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Broken wheat porridge Boiled potato chaat with butter Stewed apple + murmura (puffed rice) powder Mother’s milk /formula feed Bajra (pearl millet) roti with turai (snake gourd)- moong dal (green gram) sabzi Diet for a 11-Month-Old – Week 4 Meals Early morning Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mini idli + non-spicy sambar 1 small banana Vegetable- masoor dal (red lentil) pulao Mother’s milk /formula feed Rice with fish curry or dal Day 2 Mother’s milk /formula feed Broccoli sabzi upma (soft) Mashed papaya Roti dipped in carrot- moong dal (green gram split) soup Mother’s milk /formula feed Methi (fenugreek) muthia Day 3 Mother’s milk /formula feed Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer (cottage cheese) Mix stewed fruit chaat Aloo (potato) paratha with homemade butter Mother’s milk /formula feed Palak (spinach) khichdi + curd Day 4 Mother’s milk /formula feed Multigrain chilla Dahi (curd) Jeera rice with dal fry Mother’s milk /formula feed Paratha + paneer bhurji Day 5 Mother’s milk /formula feed Sattu (barley) porridge Paneer- dates ladoo Methi (fenugreek) thepla + bottle gourd koftas Mother’s milk /formula feed Gobi (cauliflower) paratha with homemade butter Day 6 Mother’s milk /formula feed Oats-apple porridge A few chopped strawberries/ de-skinned and de-seeded fresh tomatoes Besan (gram flour)- palak (spinach) dhokla Mother’s milk /formula feed Roti dipped in carrot- moong dal (green gram split) soup Day 7 Mother’s milk /formula feed Mashed potato+crushed murmura (puffed rice) Ragi (finger millet) ladoo Bhagar (millet) cooked in buttermilk Mother’s milk /formula feed Jowar (sorghum) roti dipped in dal + any sabzi Video: 11-month-old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YyFVC_9p2I Homemade Baby Food Recipes 1. Semolina (Suji) Halwa Ingredients ½ cup semolina (suji) 1 cup of water ½ tsp powdered cashews/almonds (optional) ½ tsp ghee 1 date, pureed How to Prepare Warm the ghee in a pan and then roast the semolina in it. Keep stirring to avoid burning. When the semolina turns aromatic, add the water and date puree. Stir to prevent lumps, and if you are using the powdered dry fruits, you can add them in at this point. When the semolina appears cooked, turn off the heat. Keep the consistency of the halwa a little thin as it will thicken further while cooling. 2. Spinach and Cottage Cheese (Paneer) Pasta Ingredients 1 cup pasta (penne or macaroni) 1 bunch spinach 1 cup grated cottage cheese (paneer) Water as required Salt if required How to Prepare First, cook the pasta and ensure it is soft enough for your baby to eat easily. You can also mash it lightly if you want. Wash the spinach well and boil it for a while. Add the cottage cheese to it and cook for a few minutes till the raw smell and taste disappear. Cool this mixture and grind it to a smooth paste with a little water. You can also add in a little salt if required. Mix this with the pasta and serve it to your baby. 3. Creamy Carrot and Sweet Corn Rice Ingredients ¼ cup chopped onion ½ cup boiled sweet corn ¼ cup carrot peeled and chopped ½ cup of rice 1 tbsp butter A bay leaf A pinch of pepper powder Water as required How to Prepare Heat the butter in a pan and sauté the onions in it until translucent. Add the cooked and boiled corn to this. Next, add the chopped carrots and pepper. Saute for a while and turn off the heat. You can cool this and roughly or smoothly grind the mixture depending on your child’s preferences. Boil water to cook the rice and add the bay leaf. Cook the rice till it is soft enough for your baby to eat. Stir in the mixture and remove the bay leaf. Serve it warm to your baby. 4. Apple Chicken Nuggets Ingredients 1 egg yolk 1 apple- peeled and grated 1 clove of garlic 1 cup chicken minced or ground finely A pinch of pepper A pinch of thyme, finely powdered Some oil to grill/fry How to Prepare Mix the listed ingredients except for the egg yolk. Then shape the mixture into small nuggets. Beat the egg yolk well and brush it on the nuggets - you can also dip the nuggets in the beaten egg yolk. Shallow fry or grill the nuggets till the chicken is cooked well. Using olive oil can make the nuggets more crispy and flavorful. 5. Kidney Bean (Rajma) Soup Ingredients 1 small onion, chopped finely ½ cup kidney beans (rajma) soaked overnight 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 small tomato- finely chopped 2 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp butter A pinch of black pepper powder Salt if required Water as required How to Prepare Place a pressure cooker on heat and melt the butter. Add the chopped garlic and sauté it for about a minute. Then put in the onions and stir fry till they become soft. Then add the chopped tomato and sauté till it becomes pulpy. Add the soaked kidney beans to this and sauté for a few minutes. Pour in two cups of water and cook the beans well in the cooker till they are soft enough to mash. Blend the mixture to a soup consistency and boil it. Add the lemon juice and pepper along with some salt if you want. Serve in a bowl. Feeding Tips to Feed Your Eleven-month-old Baby Compiling an 11-month-old baby food list and using it as a reference can simplify things for you. Sterilise utensils like spoons, plates, bowls and glasses that you will use to feed your baby. You can immerse these in hot water for a few minutes and take them out when you are ready to serve the food. Every time you introduce a new healthy food, be sure to keep an eye out for any signs of allergies. Also, be sure to give a gap of at least three to five days before introducing the next new food and only introduce one food at a time. Try to avoid sugar and salt in your baby’s food at least until the first birthday. Cow’s milk and honey are also not advised unless your baby turns one. Be sure to supplement your baby’s solid feeds with breast milk or formula based on your child’s demands. Check with your paediatrician if you have any concerns about your child’s feeding habits. Your baby is growing up fast and starting to explore the world around him. So, this is the right time to introduce your baby to new foods one at a time and gradually get him to eat what the family eats. Just ensure that the food you offer your child is as healthy and home-cooked. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: Healthy Egg Recipes For Babies & Kids 10 Simple & Healthy Rice Recipes For Kids
Food Ideas for 1 Year Old Babies
Food Ideas for 1 Year Old Babies
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? Video: Food Ideas for 1 Year Old Baby https://youtu.be/HPqb-Yo2BhM 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 plan for a 12-Month-Old – Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Vegetable upma + milk ½ boiled egg + 1 small banana Jowar( sorghum)- wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Paneer- dates ladoo Palak (spinach) khichdi + curd Day 2 Ragi dosa + milk ½ egg omelette + a few slivers of orange Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot+ handpounded rice Mini idli + dal Methi (fenugreek) thepla + bottle gourd koftas Day 3 Apple kheer + carrot paratha ½ scrambled egg + ½ guava Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Multigrain chilla Paratha + paneer bhurji Day 4 Dalia (broken wheat) Dahi (curd) with jaggery + ½ mango Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Dahi (curd) Roti + sabzi + dal fry Day 5 Jowar (sorghum)puff kheer 1-2 Paneer ladoos + ½ cup pear Vegetable soup + fried rice + a few slices of carrot Fruit custard Vegetable- masoor dal (red lentil) pulao Day 6 Sago kheer ½ egg omelette or besan chila + ½ cup watermelon or papaya Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Paneer (cottage cheese)- apple mash Dosa + sambar Day 7 Seviyan (vermicelli) upma + chocolate milk 1 small chikoo (sapota) or apple + fresh coconut barfi or date- badam ladoo Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Poha (flattened rice) pudding Rice + egg/ paneer (cottage cheese) curry Diet plan for a 12-Month-Old – Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Sattu (barley) apple porridge cooked with milk ½ egg custard or pancake Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Cheese sandwich with date and tomato chutney Vegetable soup + fried rice + a few slices of carrots Day 2 Rajgira (amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness + milk ½ egg scrambled or paneer (cottage cheese) ladoo Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Boiled potato chaat with butter Roti+ carrot- capsicum sabzi + moong dal Day 3 Seviyan (vermicelli) or sooji (semolina) upma + mango or banana milkshake ½ egg omelette or 1-2 pieces of fresh coconut barfi Roti + a sabzi of choice + dal fry 1-2 Paneer (cottage cheese) ladoo + ½ cup pear Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Day 4 Ragi (finger millet) satva with 1tsp almond powder Paneer (cottage cheese)- apple mash Aloo (potato) paratha with homemade butter + lassi Fruit custard Methi (fenugreek) thepla + bottle gourd koftas Day 5 Doodh poha with chopped apple Poha (flattened rice) pudding Paratha + paneer (cottage cheese) bhurji Mix stewed fruit chaat Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot+ handpounded rice Day 6 Jowar (sorghum) puff kheer 1 small banana Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Stewed apple + murmura (puffed rice) powder Tomato and kaddu(pumpkin) soup + roti or paratha Day 7 Ragi (finger millet) dosa + chocolate milk Fruit custard Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Wheat- banana sheera Bajra (pearl millet) roti with turai (snake gourd)- moong dal sabzi Diet plan for a 12-Month-Old – Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Sabudana (sago) kheer Grated apple Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + dal palak + a few cherry tomatoes Mix stewed fruit chaat Baked pumpkin soup with grilled cheese sandwich Day 2 Ragi (finger millet) dosa with non-spicy sambar + milk Chopped de-skinned peach or stewed apple Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot+ handpounded rice Moong dal (green gram split) ladoo Gobi (cauliflower) paratha with curd Day 3 Seviyan (vermicelli) or sooji( semolina) upma + mango or banana milkshake Mix stewed fruit chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Sweet potato + poha (flattened rice)powder Paratha + paneer (cottage cheese) or egg bhurji Day 4 Broken wheat porridge A few chopped strawberries or chopped apple Jowar(sorghum) -wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Sattu (barley)ladoo Kaali dal with jeera rice Day 5 Oats porridge ½ egg custard or pancake Vegetable soup + fried rice + a few slices of carrots Fruit yoghurt Bajra (pearl millet) roti + brinjal sabzi+ urad dal Day 6 Banana milkshake + poha ½ scrambled egg or paneer(cottage cheese) ladoo Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Boiled sweet potato Vegetable- masoor dal( red lentil) pulao with coconut curry Day 7 Thalipeeth + milk Rajgira (amaranth) ladoo Jowar (sorghum) -wheat roti + lauki (bottle gourd) sabzi + chana dal + a few cherry tomatoes Chana (chickpeas) powder mixed with dates ladoo Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Diet plan for a 12-Month-Old – Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Palak (spinach) -puri bhaji + lassi Besan (gram flour) ladoo Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Boiled whole moong (green gram) with chaat masala Spring onion thalipeeth with white butter Day 2 Cheese vegetable pancake + milk Chopped guava or boiled carrot cubes Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Mango/ strawberry yoghurt with oats or poha (flattened rice) soaked in dahi with mashed banana Curd rice with cucumber Day 3 Mini idlis with sambar and chutney + milk Boiled chana (chickpeas) chaat Roti + a sabzi of choice + dal fry Seviyan (vermicelli) or sooji( semolina) upma + kesar (saffron)- elaichi (cardomom) milk Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets Day 4 Jowar (sorghum) puff porridge Poha (flattened rice) pudding Aloo (potato) paratha with homemade butter + lassi Paneer (cottage cheese) cubes with honey or chaat masala Low spice pav bhaji with lentil soup Day 5 ½ egg omelette + banana milkshake Stewed pear-chopped/ stewed apple Paratha + paneer(cottage cheese) bhurji Grilled sweet potato cubes with hummus Vegetable khichdi with dahi (curd) or kadhi Day 6 Rice-apple kheer Sliced banana Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber 1 bowl wheat porridge with walnut powder 1-2 small star- shaped jowar (sorghum)- paneer(cottage cheese)- palak (spinach) paratha Day 7 Rajgira (amaranth)- jowar (sorghum)pancakes + banana milkshake Dahi(curd) Roti + a sabzi of choice + dal + cucumber raita Cheese sandwich with date and tomato chutney Peas and potato sabzi with paratha Video: 1 Year Old Baby Food Recipes https://youtu.be/ozOxs8JhIyk Best Baby Food Recipes for 1 Year Old Make sure you get the chance to prepare the following dishes for your young one : 1. Fried Apple Rings A quick, sweet snack! Ingredients: 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! 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: 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. 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: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: First foods for Babies Finger Food for Babies Baby Not Eating
13 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
13 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
A toddler of 13 months ideally requires optimum nutrition to cope with the needs of his growing body and increasing activity levels. By this time, he may have successfully made the shift from exclusively having milk to eating solids as well. Most toddlers by this age tend to become picky eaters. Their feeding habits are likely to change and get more unpredictable. They may seem to eat reasonably well on some days while other days they can appear completely disinterested in eating. Setting up a feeding schedule may help in restricting the unpredictability. Also incorporating a variety of healthy foods into your toddler’s diet may help in curbing possible picky eating and meeting his daily nutritional requirement. Video: Food Ideas for 13 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ug44kuj4pE Nutrient Requirements for A 13 Months Old Child Some essential nutrients that are vital for your developing 13 months old child can be: 1. Protein Your growing toddler may need 13 grams of protein per day. Protein is the building blocks which help in the formation and repair of tissues and muscles. 2. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are crucial for a toddler as they contribute to the healthy brain development and provide energy for the bodily functions. The daily requirement of carbohydrate for a toddler is about 130 grams. 3. Fat Your infant may derive his dose of healthy fat from drinking 1 to 2 cups of whole milk and consuming full-fat dairy items daily to support muscle movement, the build-up of cells, blood clotting, mineral and vitamin absorption by the body. Fat also fuels your child’s body with energy. 4. Fibre 13 months old baby needs around 19 grams of fibre in a day which may help stimulate bowel function and prevent digestive troubles like constipation. 5. Iron Iron intake of a toddler at this age should be around 7 mg per day. Most toddlers are prone to iron deficiency which can cause anaemia and negatively impact their normal growth and development. 6. Sodium A toddler of 13 months may need approx 1 g of sodium (1/2 tsp of salt) per day to facilitate proper muscle and nerve function, maintain blood pressure. 7. Water Your toddler of 13 months may require around 1.3 litres of fluids on a daily basis which includes milk, water, fresh juices and other healthy fluids to keep himself suitably hydrated. 8. Vitamins D It helps the body in the absorption of calcium which is central for healthy bone development in kids. A developing toddler of 13 months may need 400 IU (International Units) of Vitamin D every day. How Much Food does a 13 Month-Old Toddler Need? Every toddler of 13 months can be different and may have diverse physical activity levels and his own specific needs. Parents need not calculate calories on a day-to-day basis to confirm sufficient consumption of food by their toddler. The more important thing to consider is that the child is gaining weight satisfactorily and remains active and energetic. Make sure your child has well-balanced and wholesome meals every day. Include green vegetables, starchy vegetables, fruits, cereals, protein, dairy products in his daily snacks and meals. Go in for whole foods which are home cooked rather than packaged processed food items. Having said that the total sum of food a toddler may need from every food group depends on per day calorie requirements. Most toddlers usually need around 1000 to 1400 calories in a day. Also, it is important to comprise about 3 to 4 tsp of healthy oils like canola oil in your toddler’s daily intake. Best Foods for Thirteen-Month-Old Baby Some of the best foods for 13 months old baby can be: 1. Vegetables Making your child get familiar with eating vegetables at an early age is very important. Vegetables are full of minerals, vitamins and fibre necessary for the healthy growth of your toddler. You can either cut raw vegetables like carrots, tomatoes and offer them as finger foods or cook them using simple recipes to produce tasty dishes. 2. Fruits Different fruits can offer a host of health benefits for your infant. They are an excellent source of essential nutrients which are significant for the proper functioning and maintenance of his body. Encourage your child to eat one or more seasonal fruit daily. Alternatively, you can also prepare a colourful fruit salad with various fruits available. 3. Milk Providing whole milk (full cream milk) to your child may not only ensure healthy bone-building but also cater to his body’s requirement of fat and Vitamin D. Keep in mind not to give too much milk every day as it can affect your infant’s intake of solid foods and lead to a possible iron deficiency. 4. Yoghurt Plain yoghurt which is unsweetened and formed from whole milk comprising of live cultures may be the ideal choice for your toddler. Kids who are lactose intolerant can benefit from eating yoghurt and get their supply of fats and calcium. Yoghurt also boosts digestion and may prevent the occurrence of several common digestive disorders like diarrhoea. 5. Nuts Nuts can be a beneficial addition to your infant’s diet as they are power packs of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, healthy fats, fibre, protein. In case you fear that nuts can become a possible choking risk for your child process or ground them to powder and add them to his food. Make sure to check your child for any allergies to nuts before feeding him. 6. Chicken Chicken can be a healthier meat choice to introduce to your baby’s diet. It is a good source of vitamin B complex, protein, iron, omega-6 fatty acids which may help promote body stamina and healthy haemoglobin count. 7. Legumes Legumes like peas, beans, lentils can provide your baby with protein for muscle building, calcium for bone formation, magnesium for a healthy heart, iron for healthy energy and blood, fibre for good digestion. You can serve legumes to your child after boiling them gently or steaming them. 8. Eggs Your toddler can tremendously benefit from eating eggs as they are a nutritious source of iron, protein, folate, omega 3 fatty acids, choline, vitamins A, B 12, D, E which may encourage his healthy physical and mental development. 9. Cheese Cheese can constitute a healthy and balanced diet for toddlers as it provides protein, calcium, vitamin A and also fulfils their fat and energy requirements. 10. Whole Grains Grains like oats, barley, brown rice can form an important part of your infant’s diet as they offer nutrients like fibre, protein, carbohydrates and an array of vitamins and minerals for his normal growth. 13 Month Baby Meal Plan It may be challenging to establish a 13-month-old eating schedule because of their altering eating habits and changing food preferences. The following meal plan is simply a sample schedule which can vary depending on the specific needs of different toddlers. Diet plan for a 13-Month-Old –Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 ½ boiled egg + 1 small banana Vegetable dalia (broken wheat) + 1 small glass of milk Ragi (finger millet)-wheat roti + methi(fenugreek leaves)-besan(gram flour) ki sabzi + cherry tomatoes 1 bowl of wheat porridge with almond powder Tomato-pumpkin-masoor dal(red lentil) soup with hand pounded pulao Day 2 Thepla + chunda + 1 small glass of milk ½ scrambled egg + 1 small chikoo(sapota) Bajra(pearl millet)-moong dal(yellow split gram) khichdi Seviyan(vermicelli) upma + kesar(saffron)- elaichi(cardamom) milk Palak(spinach)-paneer(cottage cheese) paratha Day 3 ½ scrambled egg + ½ pear 1-2 jowar(sorghum)-paneer(cottage cheese)- palak(spinach) paratha Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Sattu(barley)-apple porridge Vegetable khichdi with dahi or kadhi Day 4 1 cup of poha + 1 small glass of orange juice ½ egg omelette + 1 small glass of banana milkshake Paratha + paneer(cottage cheese) bhurji Poha(flattened rice) soaked in dahi(curd) with mashed banana Mildly spicy pav bhaji with moong dal(yellow split gram) soup Day 5 ½ boiled egg + 1 slice of papaya 1 bowl of oats-honey-almond porridge Vegetable soup + fried rice + a few slices of carrot Oats-apple smoothie Besan(gram flour)-jowar(sorghum)-coriander chilla made with curd Day 6 2 small ragi(finger millet) dosas + green chutney 2-3 paneer(cottage cheese)-anjeer(fig) ladoo Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Grilled sweet potato cubes with hummus Rajma( kidney beans) chawal with tomato soup Day 7 ½ egg omelette + ½ cup of watermelon 1 small cup of chole(chickpeas) + 2 small puri + 1 small glass of lassi Jowar(sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Paneer cubes with honey/sugar or chaat masala(spice powder mix) Roti + sabzi+ dal fry Diet plan for a 13-Month-Old –Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Rajgira(amaranth) puff milkshake with chopped anjeer(fig) Palak(spinach) dhokla Ragi(finger millet)-wheat roti + methi(fenugreek leaves)- besan(gram flour) sabzi + a few cherry tomatoes Mosambi(sweet lime) segments French beans and peas dalia with curd Day 2 Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer(cottage cheese) Mashed potato with poha(flattened rice) powder Rajma( kidney beans) chawal with pudina(mint) soup Cucumber cubes with dahi(curd) dip Palak(spinach) dhokla Day 3 Besan(gram flour)-jowar(sorghum)-coriander chilla made with curd Carrot-beetroot soup with mashed murmura(puffed rice) Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Pineapple sheera Grilled paneer(cottage cheese) sandwich with palak(spinach) soup Day 4 Oats- strawberry smoothie 2-3 paneer(cottage cheese)-anjeer(fig) ladoo Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Mashed cheesy potato Peas and potato sabzi with paratha Day 5 Scrambled egg Papaya and pear cubes Roti with paneer(cottage cheese) bhurji Ragi(finger millet) ladoo 1 small cup of chole(chickpeas) + 2 small puri + 1 small glass of lassi Day 6 Seviyan(vermicelli) upma + kesar(saffron)- elaichi(cardamom) milk Coconut barfi Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Sliced apples Bajra(pearl millet)- moong dal(yellow split gram) khichdi Day 7 Ragi(finger millet) satva with 1 tsp of almond powder Palak(spinach) + grapes + apple juice (strained) Mini idlis and sambar Pineapple raita Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Diet plan for a 13-Month-Old –Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Soft dosa with non- spicy sambar Mint-lemon sharbat using honey Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice Chikoo(sapota) milkshake Bisi bele bath + apple raita Day 2 Sattu(barley)-apple porridge Sliced banana Bajra(pearl millet) roti with brinjal and urad dal(black lentil) Date and skimmed milk powder ladoo Gobi(cauliflower) paratha with homemade butter Day 3 Jowar(sorghum) puffs with apple puree Boiled carrot and sweet potato chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Palak(spinach) + grapes + apple smoothie Besan(gram flour)-palak(spinach) dhokla + pea soup Day 4 Besan(gram flour) chilla with grated carrots Palak(spinach) puri Jowar(sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Date ladoo mixed with chana(chickpeas) powder + milk Mixed vegetable dalia khichdi Day 5 Vegetable upma made with buttermilk Pineapple sheera Vegetable soup + fried rice + a few slices of carrot Banana milkshake Mooli(radish) paratha + lassi Day 6 Omelette with bread or paneer(cottage cheese) sandwich Mashed cheesy potato Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Mixed fruit chaat Bajra(pearl millet)- moong dal(yellow split gram) khichdi + pineapple raita Day 7 Rajgira(amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins Ragi(finger millet) ladoo Palak(spinach) khichdi + carrot raita Dalia(broken wheat) Roti + dal + sabzi Diet plan for a 13-Month-Old –Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Broccoli- sooji(semolina) upma + elaichi(cardamom)-kesar(saffron) milk Orange-peach-apple smoothie Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Paneer(cottage cheese) cubes with honey or chaat masala(spice powder mix) Whole wheat pasta in homemade tomato puree Day 2 Banana- vanilla milkshake Crushed khakhara Methi(fenugreek leaves)-tinda(Indian squash) pulao Papaya cubes with lemon juice + makhana(fox nut) Black dal with jeera(cumin) rice Day 3 Egg or paneer(cottage cheese) paratha with green chutney Palak(spinach) puri Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Banana milkshake Paneer(cottage cheese)- apple mash Day 4 Ragi(finger millet) dosa + chocolate milk Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer(cottage cheese) Jowar(sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Fruit yoghurt Poha(flattened rice) pudding Day 5 Seviyan(semolina) kheer with raisins and almond flour Cucumber sticks Egg yolk or paneer(cottage cheese) pulao Lauki(bottle gourd) halwa Paneer(cottage cheese)- apple mash Day 6 Rajgira(amaranth) puffs with milk and dates Multigrain chilla Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot Homemade muffins or roti + jaggery Coconut rice with sabzi Day 7 Whole wheat banana sheera with milk Vegetable rava idli Jowar(sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Besan(gram flour) ladoo Vegetable pulao with raita Video: 13 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nba2uz439r8 Food Recipes for 13 Months Old Child Here are some easy food recipes for 13 months old child: 1. Oatmeal Muffins Muffins can be one of the quick breakfast ideas as they are easy to eat. Ingredients 2 eggs ½ cup oil ½ cup milk 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup flour ¾ cup oatmeal ½ tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder How to Prepare Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius. Grease the muffin tray. Whisk all the liquid ingredients together. Sieve all the dry ingredients and blend into the wet mixture. Pour the batter into the muffin cups and bake for about 20 minutes. 2. Scrambled Eggs This can be a simple way to provide your toddler with the goodness of eggs. Ingredients An egg ¼ cup milk Butter Salt How to Prepare Beat the egg and salt. Heat butter and pour the egg mixture into a pan. Gently fold, lift the mixture with a spatula to form soft curds. 3. Fruity Chicken Rice For interesting dinner ideas you can prepare this yummy dish which may delight your baby with its varied textures. Ingredients ¼ cup steamed chicken breast (shredded) 1 cup apricots ½ cup cooked rice How to Prepare Bring together all the ingredients and mix well. Serve warm or cold. 4. Pasta This delicious pasta with melted cheese can qualify for great lunch ideas. Ingredients 1 cup pasta (boiled) A tomato (diced) Cheese (grated) Oil How to Prepare Heat oil in a pan. Add the pasta and cheese. Cover the pan with and let it cook till the cheese melts Spread diced tomato on top and serve. 5. Carrot Coins Your toddler may find these carrot coins too tempting to resist. Ingredients A carrot (peeled, cut into coins) Olive oil Salt (optional) How to Prepare Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Place all the carrot coins on a baking tray. Sprinkle salt and bake for 30 minutes. Feeding Tips Some useful feeding tips can be: Creating a feeding plan can assist you to tackle your toddler’s various feeding transitions. Keep in mind to include more table foods instead of baby food in your toddler’s meals. Encourage your baby to self-feed. It may be a messy affair but this how kids learn. While planning a 13-month-old food menu try to cover all the major food groups and bring in as much variety as you can using your creativity. Limit sugary and processed foods to a minimum. You can offer them as an occasional treat. Try introducing new foods regularly so that your baby gets a chance to develop a taste for different flavours and textures. Parents can be a role model for their kids when it comes to developing healthy food choices and habits. Making mealtimes family fun time can motivate your toddler to eat well and healthier. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. 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.
14 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart, and Recipes
14 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart, and Recipes
If your baby is going to turn 14 months in a couple of days, you must be looking for some food items that can be given to him, aren't you? But coming up with a 14 months baby food menu will not be an easy task for a parent. The feeding habits of your growing baby will have changed considerably since he turned one and now you will have to give it a lot of thought before giving anything to your baby because this is the age when a child starts being picky. While introducing new foods to your 14-month-old baby, you must make sure that those foods meet his nutrient requirements. Well, if you are all confused now, then read this article to know what you can give to your baby. Video: Food Ideas for 14 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjjgWEF8zzw Nutrient Requirements of a 14-month-old Child Your child is still in a growing stage and needs the best nutrition to keep his development on track. 1. Calories Energy is the biggest requirement for kids who are 14 months old. Beginning with 1000 calories from the previous months, the daily requirement would plateau somewhere around 1200-1300 calories at this time. 2. Proteins Our diet usually focuses highly on carbohydrates, which can leave the amount of protein on the lower side. But don' ignore it. A 14-month-old kid requires around 13-15 grams of protein on a daily basis. 3. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates should be included in your child’s diet since they not only provide energy but give the brain all the support it needs to function and grow. Their requirement is the same as that of an adult, i.e. roughly 130-150 grams per day. 4. Dietary Fibre Dietary fibre is important for your child's good health. It helps in digestion and ensures bowel movement.  A child's daily intake of fibre from fruits and whole foods should be at least 19 grams. 5. Sodium Sodium is one of the most vital nutrients required for our bodily processes. Kids need it too. A baby would need around 1 gram of sodium every day. 6. Iron If your child has weaned, he needs to keep his iron intake optimal from other sources. With a 7mg daily intake of iron, your child will easily steer clear of any kind of iron deficiency. 7. Water While most parents might not look at water as a nutrient, the requirement of water to keep the body’s electrolyte balance perfect cannot be stressed enough. Make sure your child drinks at least 1 litre of water throughout the day. 8. Supplementary Nutrients Apart from the major ones, some trace substances are also necessary to support different areas of the body. Omega 3 fatty acids, DHA, probiotics, and many others can be included by adding variety to your meals. How Much Food Does a Toddler Need At 14 Months Before looking for breakfast ideas for your little one, it is important to know that a 14-month-old toddler won't eat as much as they used to before. Even though they are growing, their development rate is plateauing down to a fixed pace. A daily requirement of 1000 calories is usually enough for kids at this age. Best Foods for a Fourteen-month-old Baby To ensure that your 14-month-old baby gets the best nutrition, here are some popular food items that you can include in his diet without fail. 1. Breastmilk Although many mothers might choose to wean their child from their breast, if breastmilk consumption is continued at this age, it is quite beneficial for the little one. Numerous antibodies along with enzymes and vitamins are easily provided via breastmilk and keep your kid healthier and protected from infection for a longer duration. 2. Meat While choosing meat, it is necessary to opt for lean meat products such as fish or poultry for your kid. These can provide the required amount of protein for your kid’s age as well as introduce him to a tasty and delicious palate at the same time. Around 30g of meat should suffice. 3. Cheese Kids love to eat cheese. It doesn’t have to always be paired with bread items or any fast foods. Include cheese with your regular vegetables or breakfast items for an added twist, and your kid will get enough calcium and proteins from it. 4. Beans When giving beans to your child, mash them. These are a blessing for families that are vegetarian since they can provide a good quantity of proteins and vitamin C. Furthermore, synthesis of iron within the body is also supported by them. 5. Eggs Eggs are highly recommended and one of the most popular choices for breakfast. Since there are so many ways to make eggs, your child will never get bored. Along with that, the presence of folate, vitamin B12, iron, and other nutrients make it the healthiest meal your child will have. 6. Juices When we say juices, we strictly mean the ones prepared at home from fresh fruits. Don’t give your child the commercial juices that contain preservatives, sugar, or any sort of additional elements. Stick to only 180-200ml of quantity at the most. 7. Milk Some kids are weaned off by the time they are 14 months, so they must drink around half a cup of milk on a daily basis without fail. Pairing it with some interesting food items can elevate the taste, and the fat from the milk can provide him with energy. 8. Vegetables These form the very core of any meal for a child. Avoid giving raw vegetables to your child and choose to steam or boil them, making them soft. Opting for items of various colours would make the entire dish interesting for your child, and help him meet his vitamin intake properly. 9. Fruits It is a great habit to eat a fruit after having a meal since they top up any missing nutrients that your body requires. Make sure the fruits are ripe when given to your kid. A 14-month-old child can have around a small cup of fruit quite easily. 10. Grains The largest constituent present in a child’s meal are foods made from grains. Whole foods or even vegetable pasta can be tasty ways to include grains in his diet. Opting for bread made from whole wheat or including oatmeal in breakfast is highly recommended for kids to make sure that their nutrients requirements are met in an easy way. 14 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan If you’re struggling to prepare a meal plan or a diet chart for 14 months baby, here’s a simple one that you can use as a starting point. Diet plan for a 14-Month-Old –Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 1 boiled egg+ small parathas Orange- peach juice Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Poha(flattened rice) + milk Palak(spinach)-paneer(cottage cheese) paratha Day 2 Thepla + chunda + 1 small glass kesar(saffron)-elaichi(cardamom) milk Paneer(cottage cheese)-anjeer(fig)-walnut barfi Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot Whole wheat crackers with dahi(curd)-palak(spinach) dip Curd rice with grated cucumber Day 3 Scrambled eggs + multigrain toast Mango milkshake Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Rava(semolina) kheer Whole wheat pasta in homemade tomato puree Day 4 1 cup of poha + 1 small glass of fresh orange juice Mixed berry or banana yoghurt Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot Paneer(cottage cheese) cubes with honey or chaat masala(spice powder mix) Dal khichdi with vegetable soup Day 5 1 half-fried egg + multigrain toast Chocolate milkshake Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Vegetable upma + milk Stuffed parathas with curd or lassi Day 6 2 small ragi(finger millet) dosas + green chutney Milk + a small apple or pear Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of beetroot Fruit custard Bajra(pearl millet)-wheat roti with dal methi Day 7 1 egg or besan(gram flour) omelette Oats or jowar(sorghum) puff porridge Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Dal pakoda with pudina dahi Paneer(cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup Diet plan for a 14-Month-Old –Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Jowar(sorghum) puff porridge Chopped pear Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Sev murmura Curd rice with grated cucumber Day 2 Multigrain chilla + milk Yoghurt Jeera(cumin) rice with dal fry Chopped and de-skinned peach/ chopped apple Bajra(pearl millet)-wheat roti with dal methi Day 3 Wheat sheera Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer(cottage cheese) Mooli(radish) paratha with homemade butter and lassi Cubed chikoo(sapota) Paneer(cottage cheese) or egg bhurji with roti and vegetable soup Day 4 Vegetable upma + milk Palak + grapes + apple smoothie Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot Palak(spinach) puri Non-spicy pav bhaji with moong dal(yellow split gram) soup Day 5 Oats porridge Paneer(cottage cheese)-anjeer(fig)-walnut barfi Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Grated apple Besan(gram flour)-jowar(sorghum)-coriander chilla made with curd Day 6 Dalia(broken wheat) Mashed avocado Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot Cucumber raita Rajma(kidney beans) chawal with tomato soup Day 7 Ragi(finger millet) dumplings + kesar(saffron)-elachi(cardamom) milk Chopped melon Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Popcorn Whole wheat pasta in homemade tomato puree Diet plan for a 14-Month-Old –Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Wheat pancakes with honey or sugar and milk Cauliflower-potato mash with some cheese Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Paneer(cottage cheese)-apple mash Jeera(cumin) rice with dal fry Day 2 1 cup of poha + 1 small glass of orange juice Sweet potato + poha(flattened rice) powder Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot Poha(flattened rice) pudding Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot Day 3 Thalipeeth + milk Mint-lemon sharbat using honey Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Mango/ strawberry yoghurt with oats or poha(flattened rice) soaked in dahi(curd) with mashed banana Palak(spinach) khichdi + curd Day 4 Banana pancakes or soft egg white pancakes Mosambi(sweet lime) segments Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot Seviyan(semolina) upma + kesar(saffron)-elaichi(cardamom) milk Methi(fenugreek leaves) thepla + lauki(bottle gourd) kofta Day 5 Seviyan(semolina) upma + mango / banana milkshake Cucumber cubes with dahi(curd) dip Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Paneer(cottage cheese) cubes with honey or chaat masala(spice powder mix) Paratha + paneer(cottage cheese) bhurji Day 6 Ragi(finger millet) satva with 1 tsp of almond powder Boiled carrot and sweet potato chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of beetroot Potato and dahi(curd) chaat Roti + sabzi + dal fry Day 7 Doodh poha with chopped peach/strawberries or grated apples Sliced pear Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Mango milkshake Vegetable- masoor dal(red lentil) pulao Diet plan for a 14-Month-Old –Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Broccoli- sooji(semolina) upma (soft) + elachi(cardamom)- kesar(saffron) milk Chopped guava Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Methi(fenugreek leaves) thepla + lauki(bottle gourd) kofta French beans and peas dalia with curd Day 2 Banana vanilla milkshake Boiled chana(chickpeas) chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot Besan(gram flour)–palak(spinach) dhokla Besan(gram flour)-jowar(sorghum)-coriander chilla made with curd Day 3 Egg paratha or paneer(cottage cheese) paratha with green chutney Poha(flattened rice) pudding Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Bhagar (millet) cooked in buttermilk Rajma(kidney beans) chawal with tomato soup Day 4 Ragi(finger millet) dosa + chocolate milk Chopped stewed pear / apple Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot Poha(flattened rice) + milk Peas and potato sabzi with paratha Day 5 Seviyan(semolina) kheer with raisins and almond flour Chopped mango / banana Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Whole wheat crackers with dahi(curd)-palak(spinach) dip 1 small cup of chole(chickpeas) + 2 small puri + 1 small glass of lassi Day 6 Rajgira(amaranth) puffs with milk and dates Sprouted moong(green gram) chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of beetroot Yoghurt Bajra(pearl millet)-moong dal(yellow split gram) khichdi Day 7 Omelette with bread or paneer(cottage cheese) sandwich Lassi Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Murmura sev Vegetable sandwich with dal soup   Video: 14 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc_WEVbffm4 Food Recipes for a 14-month-old Child Here are some great food recipes that can be used for various meals throughout the day. 1. Instant Rawa Idli The cornerstone of a healthy breakfast, this recipe can double up as a quick snack in the evenings with variations that make it tastier than it already is. Ingredients Ghee Garam masala Black pepper Salt Capsicum Carrot Onion Curd Rawa How To Prepare Except for salt and ghee, put together all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them up properly. Coat the idli moulds with ghee and pour the batter in them, leaving some space at the top. Use the vegetables to decorate the top and place the moulds in an idli steamer for around 10-15 minutes. 2. Vegetable Pasta If your kid is bored of eating the same thing, surprise him with this vegetable pasta and watch him dive into it. Ingredients Olive oil Black pepper Mixed herbs Mayonnaise Ketchup Pasta Salt French beans Capsicum Carrot Tomato Onion How To Prepare Take a pan and add water to it. Add salt and oil to it and let it boil. Once it starts boiling, add the pasta and let them cook on a low flame. Later, strain it out and wash with cold water. Take olive oil in a large pan and add some onion and sauté it properly. Follow up with tomato, beans, capsicum, and let it cook together. Then, add some carrots and let them get tender as well. Finally add all the seasonings and condiments along with mixed herbs, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Cook this entire mixture for a few minutes. Add the cooked pasta to it and mix it well. Serve warm. 3. Carrot Rice Plain rice can be too bland for kids. Pep up the taste with one of these healthy lunch ideas. Ingredients Water Ghee Cashews Almonds Cinnamon Sugar Rice Carrots How To Prepare Saute almonds and cashews in a pan with ghee and place them aside. Cook cinnamon in the same pan, along with carrots. Add some water to it and let it boil. Once it does, add rice to it and cover the pan to cook it well. Sprinkle some sugar midway. Stir it properly and garnish with the nuts sautéed earlier. 4. Vermicelli Pulao For kids that may or may not like vermicelli, this pulao combo will definitely have them drooling. Ingredients Mustard seeds Black pepper Turmeric Salt French beans Capsicum Carrot Ginger Tomato Onion Vermicelli How To Prepare Take a deep pan and add water, salt, and ghee to it and let it boil. Add vermicelli and let it cook. In another pan, add ghee followed by mustard seeds. Follow up with onions and tomatoes when they pop. Later, add the vegetables and let them cook. Finally, sprinkle the condiments with some salt and add vermicelli to the mixture. 5. Oats Pancakes Make the weekend a fantastic one with these pancakes for breakfast or even for dinner. Ingredients Ghee Water Black pepper Coriander powder Salt Turmeric Onion Carrot Besan Oats How To Prepare Put together carrots, onions, condiments, besan, oats in a bowl and mix them to form a batter. Coat a pan with ghee and use the batter to make round shaped pancakes. Cook both sides till they are brown and coat with ketchup, honey, or jam. Feeding Tips Here are a few tips to keep in mind before feeding your child: Continue breastfeeding your child if you can. Make sure you give tiny pieces of fruit or other food items. Teach him to take small bites and chew properly. Make him eat only when he is sitting up. Do not make him sip juices or milk around bedtime. Teach your baby how to use a cup. Try these amazing recipes for your 14-month-old baby and he will eat it without any fuss. With a proper meal plan and a diet that covers all the necessary nutrients, you can know for sure that your tiny tot is developing in the right way. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: 15 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
15 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
15 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
It is quite natural to completely run out of ideas for meals or even snacks for a 15-month-old child when you are used to a very typical meal schedule for yourself. The nutritional requirements for adults and kids are quite different and figuring out what food items can suffice them both can be quite tricky. This is where a proper meal plan and a simple schedule can be quite handy. Video: Food Ideas for 15 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d7Noe6d95o Nutrient Requirements for a 15 Months Old Child The nutritional requirements for a 15-month-old child are all-encompassing. There is a necessity for all the major nutrients to be present in the appropriate quantities, even with reduced food intake. 1. Supporting nutrients With reduced food intake, the chances of minor nutrients such as probiotics, omega-3 acids and others falling short in their required proportion are quite high. Therefore, a special focus is needed to ensure these are included in the diet. 2. Water Including water, especially in the diet is highly recommended since most kids won’t remember to have as much water as they should. Roughly a litre of water is the least your child should drink in a single day. 3. Iron The requirement of iron from other food items increases strongly as your child grows up, since his dependency on breastmilk, the primary source of iron, will begin to reduce. Make sure that he gets 7mg of iron daily from his food intake. 4. Sodium The major food item that provides us with sodium is salt. While that might usually take care of the general requirement of a child amongst other food items, households that sparingly use salt should take extra care of this. 5. Fibre Bowel movement and proper digestion are how your children can truly get the benefits that all the nutrients provide. Including fibre in the diet not only ensures this but also keeps the rest of the body functioning optimally. 6. Carbohydrates The powerhouse of all energy, these form the core of any meal that your kid would have. There should be no compromise in the number of carbohydrates since there is a vast dependency of various bodily processes on it. 7. Proteins Vegetarian families might worry about providing their kids with the necessary amount of protein they need. While meat does provide a substantial amount of protein, there are vegetarian alternatives providing good nutrition, too. 8. Calories The growth rate of your kid might not be as rapid as it was during his early baby days. This results in a calorie requirement of around a kilocalorie or so, on a daily basis, which increases gradually over the years. How Much Food Does Toddler Need at 15th Month? Depending on your child’s physical activities and metabolism, a toddler’s food requirements stay within the range of 1000 to 1400 calories within the first few years. Hence, breakfast ideas and meal options need to strike a balance together to ensure proper nutrition for the child. Best Foods for Fifteen-Month-Old Baby Some specific food items make for great choices in giving your little one a wholesome meal that provides the necessary nutrition he needs. 1. Meat It is important to know that little kids cannot have large pieces of meat such as steaks or hams like adults. The protein requirement for their age can be substantially satisfied by opting for lean meat alternatives, such as minced pork, soft fish, crumbled chicken or ham, and so on. Precautions need to be taken when including seafood in their diet. 2. Legumes and Nuts While eggs also make for a great meal choice to provide your kids with proteins and fats, vegetarians can rejoice with a better alternative in legumes and nuts. Giving nuts directly to your kid is not advised since it can be a choking hazard. However, using food items that contain nuts as an element shouldn’t be a problem. 3. Vegetables Most kids will start eating their veggies around this age. Certain items might still be a bit difficult to chew, and those can be either boiled or steamed to soften them up. Avoid fried vegetables and opt for a variety that gives your kid a wider taste spectrum to enjoy. 4. Grains Parents are suggested to go for whole grain varieties when choosing food items, as an easy way to keep up with the nutrient requirement of your child. These can exist in variants of roti, rice and pasta as well. On the other hand, any fortified cereals free from artificial additions make for a great choice, too. 5. Fruits Not only do fruits provide your kid with a different range of tastes as compared to other food items, but the presence of natural fibre in them also helps in stimulation of the digestive system as well as help in procuring different vitamins. 6. Snacks While your little one might munch of tiny pieces of cookie or toast, it is best to avoid giving any sugar-heavy products early in life. Make use of cheese based items or steamed veggies to satiate the random cravings. 7. Oil Even a 15-month-old baby requires fat, much more than anybody else. Those are the energy reserves that keep them going. Opt for oils that have no trans fats or go for alternatives like butter. 8. Dairy A combination of protein and calcium is highly necessary for kids at this age since their bones and muscles need to be strong. Make sure you include whole milk and some yoghurt in your kid’s diet. 9. Juices Although it is best your kids have fruits instead of juices, these still can be a great addition to his diet, but only when pressed fresh and absent of any additions. Don’t replace water intake with juices. 10. Multivitamins The body constitution or family lifestyle might make a nutrient deficiency possible in a child. Such a scenario needs to be combated with a multivitamin that can supplement any dietary shortfalls. 15 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan Putting together a baby diet chart for 15-month-old kids isn’t an easy task. Referring to the one below, you can create your own that suits your child the best. Diet Plan for a 15-Month-Old - Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Rajgira(amaranth) puff milkshake with chopped anjeer(fig) Chopped pear / apple Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato Seviyan(semolina) porridge Paratha + paneer(cottage cheese) bhurji Day 2 Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer(cottage cheese) Chopped melon Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Chikoo(sapota) milkshake Vegetable soup + fried rice + a few slices of carrot Day 3 Besan(gram flour)-jowar(sorghum)-coriander chilla made with curd Orange juice Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + grated carrot Palak(spinach) dhokla Mixed vegetable khichdi with kadhi Day 4 Besan(gram flour) chilla with grated carrots Chikoo(sapota) milkshake Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Sweet potato + poha(flatenned rice) powder Whole wheat pasta in homemade tomato puree Day 5 Vegetable upma made with buttermilk Date and skimmed milk powder ladoo Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot Carrot-beetroot soup with mashed murmura(puffed rice) Dal khichdi with vegetable soup Day 6 Omelette with bread or paneer(cottage cheese) sandwich Palak(spinach) + grapes-apple smoothie Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber 2-3 paneer(cottage cheese)-anjeer(fig) ladoo Stuffed parathas with curd or lassi Day 7 Rajgira(amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins Date ladoo mixed with chana(chickpeas) powder + milk Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato Papaya and pear cubes Roti + sabzi + dal fry Diet Plan for a 15-Month-Old –Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 1 egg or paneer(cottage cheese) paratha with green chutney 1 glass of apple milkshake Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato Seviyan(semolina) porridge Paneer(cottage cheese) cutlets with broccoli soup and toast Day 2 Scrambled eggs + multigrain toast + 1 glass of fresh orange juice 1 glass of chocolate milkshake Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Whole wheat crackers with dahi(curd)-palak(spinach) dip Paneer(cottage cheese) or egg pulao with vegetable raita Day 3 Rajgira(amaranth) puff porridge with almond and walnut powder Papaya Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + grated carrot Boiled sweet potato with chaat masala(spice powder mix) Chole(chickpeas) paratha and pumpkin soup Day 4 1 cup of poha + 1 small glass of fresh orange juice 1 glass of milk Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Paneer(cottage cheese) cubes with honey or chaat masala(spice powder mix) Ragi(finger millet)-wheat roti with any sabzi and dal Day 5 French toast + 1 glass of fresh apple juice 1 glass of chikoo(sapota) milkshake Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot Rajgira(amaranth) ladoo dipped in milk Spinach-quinoa khichdi with curd Day 6 Dhokla + green chutney Strawberry yoghurt or banana raita Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Ragi(finger millet) satva Baingan(brinjal) bharta with bajra(pearl millet) roti and kadhi Day 7 1 egg or besan(gram flour) omelette Custard apple milkshake Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato Potato-cheese lollipops Drumstick soup with moringa leaves+ paneer(cottage cheese) paratha Diet Plan for a 15-Month-Old –Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Vegetable upma made with buttermilk Date and skimmed milk powder ladoo Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato Potato and dahi(curd) chaat Vegetable khichdi with dahi or kadhi Day 2 Whole wheat pancakes with honey or sugar and milk Palak(spinach) + grapes- apple smoothie Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Wheat and soy flour cookies with milk 1-2 small star-shaped jowar(sorghum)-paneer(cottage cheese)-palak(spinach) paratha Day 3 Jowar(sorghum) puff porridge Date ladoo mixed with chana(chickpeas) powder + milk Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + grated carrot Paneer(cottage cheese) cubes with honey or chaat masala(spice powder mix) Peas and potato sabzi with paratha Day 4 Murmura(puffed rice) porridge with almond powder Mango/strawberry yoghurt with oats Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Apple kheer + carrot paratha Dal khichdi with grated carrot Day 5 1 cup of poha + 1 small glass of fresh orange juice Oats-apple smoothie Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot Dalia(broken wheat) Shahi paneer with paratha and tomato- mushroom soup Day 6 French toast + 1 glass of fresh apple juice Peanut ladoo Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Methi(fenugreek leaves) thepla + lauki(bottle gourd) kofta Idli with non-spicy sambar Day 7 Multigrain chilla + milk Mashed potato with cheese Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato Fruit milkshake Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Diet Plan for a 15-Month-Old –Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Fruit custard Sattu(barley) ladoo Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato Grilled carrot coins with cheese Methi(fenugreek leaves) paratha with lauki(bottle gourd) kofta Day 2 Grated cucumber and oats pancake Methi(fenugreek leaves) puri Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Seviyan(semolina) porridge Paneer(cottage cheese) cutlets with palak(spinach) soup and toast Day 3 Vegetable upma made with buttermilk Mashed and eseeded custard apple Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + grated carrot Whole wheat crackers with dahi(curd)-palak(spinach) dip Kadhi chawal and tomato slices Day 4 Omelette with bread or paneer(cottage cheese) sandwich Melon juice Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Homemade French fries or aloo(potato) chips 1 small cup chole(chickpeas) + 2 small puri + 1 small glass lassi Day 5 Rajgira(amaranth) wheat sheera with mashed raisins Scrambled eggs or paneer(cottage cheese) ladoo Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot Makhana(fox nut) + chocolate milkshake Fish curry or paneer(cottage cheese) curry with rice Day 6 Mini Kanchipuram idlis with chutney Murmura sev Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Sliced apple or banana Paneer(cottage cheese) paratha with capsicum sabzi Day 7 Scrambled egg + multigrain toast + 1 glass of chocolate milkshake Boiled chana(chickpeas) chaat Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato Mango milkshake Peas and potato sabzi with paratha Ensure the child has at least half a cup of milk every day. Video: 15 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNuRGkQao1I Food Recipes for a 15 Months Old Baby For parents struggling with unique meals or lunch ideas for their 15-month-old kid, these recipes can provide a quick escape as well as stoke their imagination to make some more. 1. Curd Rice The quintessential food preparation that works wonders no matter when and where you have it. Ingredients Black gram Ginger Curry leaves Green chilli Red Chilli Oil Mustard seeds Salt Cream Curd Milk Cooked rice How To Prepare Take the cooked rice and mash it well. Add milk to it and stir it all together. Follow it up with the curd and cream and stir it again. Take a pan and put some oil in it. Put all the seasoning elements together and heat them well. Add some oil and pour in the rice into this. 2. Khichdi What might be comfort food for adults in their illness, is a perfect lunch item for young kids, providing great nutrition. Ingredients Pepper powder Turmeric Ghee Salt Vegetables Red gram Rice How To Prepare Take the rice and dal together and wash them well. Keep them soaked underwater for about 30 minutes. Until then, take the vegetables and chop them properly. Add these to the rice and dal bowl. Place this inside a cooker and let it sit on medium heat until two whistles. Release the pressure and check if the rice is cooked. Take it out in a bowl and mash it with ghee. Add salt, pepper and turmeric for added taste and mix properly. 3. Pasta Kheer Caught you by surprise, didn’t it? Let your child revel in delight as well when he comes across this weirdly beautiful recipe. Ingredients Milk Rice flour Green cardamoms Jaggery syrup Pasta Water How To Prepare Take a pan and add water to it. Bring it to a boil, add the pasta to it, cook it, and drain it well. In another pan, add ghee and butter with some cashews and roast them well. Follow up with milk and let it boil. Add the pasta to it and cook it all together. In a cup, add milk, water and the rice flour. Mix it all properly till it is smooth. Pour it into the pan and stir continuously. Once the kheer is thick, add cardamom seeds with jaggery syrup, and serve. 4. Roasted Green Beans Do away with the usual boring snacks and add a great flavour to this healthy option that will make your child fall in love with greens. Ingredients Extra virgin olive oil Sea salt Green beans How To Prepare Start by heating the oven to a temperature of 425 degrees. Keep a pan inside it for 8-10 minutes. Add the beans in a bowl and pour a little oil while sprinkling some salt. Toss them all together to mix it well. Spread these beans on a sheet laid on the tray, without letting them cover each other. Place them in the oven for around 10 minutes to make them crispy and soft. 5. Purple Veggie Puree For kids that are bored with the same old purees, this vividly coloured version will have their eyes light up instantly. Ingredients Water Lemon juice Frozen spinach Blueberries How To Prepare Take a pan and add water and spinach to it together. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 8 minutes. Drain the water and mash together lemon juice, water, blueberries and spinach to form a nice thick puree. Feeding Tips With some simple tips, while feeding your kid, you can make the experience easier for you and better for the little ones. Let your kid eat from the food prepared for your family as well, as long as it isn’t spicy Start teaching your kid to eat certain items with his own hands Don’t force your kid to finish up his food quickly It is fine for your kid to eat intermittently than sit quietly for a full meal Don’t fuss if your kid suddenly changes his eating habits Make the entire experience of enjoying food items a fun-filled one With numerous dinner ideas for your little kid at your disposal, your meals will take a new life of their own in the coming weeks. Observe your child and try to see what he likes and what he doesn’t, to balance out his meal schedule accordingly. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: List of 12 Healthy Weight Gain Foods for Babies & Kids
16 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
16 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
As kids start growing up, parents are constantly faced with a dilemma of figuring out what to feed them. He might have begun eating solid food items but the challenge of maintaining proper nutrition with a variety of food items that can appeal to him can seem like a circus act. Video: Food Ideas for 16 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb1S2wJXa5U Nutrient Requirements for 16-months-old Child Be it regarding breakfast ideas or any other meals, it is necessary that your 16-month-old toddler gets the right nutrients in the proportion that he ought to have. Fruits: Fruits not only help in providing fibre but some very essential vitamins that can be absorbed by the body easily. A couple servings of fruits such as bananas, kiwis, mangoes, and many others are recommended. Whole grains: These still remain an essential ingredient in the meal options that constitute a child’s healthy diet plan. Even a simple bagel or cereal crackers can be effective in providing enough grain proportion for a child. Fats: Apart from being energy reserves to tap into, fats are what make your child healthier and larger in the coming months. Using olive oil in meal preparations or including coconuts and avocados provide good quantities of fat. Vegetables: With solid foods being edible for your kid, it is necessary to expand the type of vegetables he consumes. Go with green leafy ones as well as broccoli and cauliflowers after steaming them. Sauces are a great accompaniment as well. Meat and eggs: These are cheap, easy, and the best sources of protein for your little one. A simple egg, few pieces of shredded meat, or tiny chunks of seafood can be a great addition to your kid’s diet. Iron: Apart from including iron-rich food items, it is also necessary to pair them with vitamin C rich foods, since it allows the iron to be absorbed within the body. Any leafy vegetables, red meats, and citrus fruits are a great combination to be included together. Dairy: The weaning of the child from the breast makes it necessary to include fortified milk products in his diet to keep his nutrition intact. Different cheeses, yoghurt and full-cream milk are essential in that regard. Nuts and legumes: The chewing ability of kids is put to great use by the inclusion of such items in the daily meals. Right from flaxseeds to peas or even peanut butter, a small serving of these on a regular basis is quite beneficial in the long run. How Much Food Does Toddler Need At 16 Months Toddlers experience a reduction in the pace of their growth when they turn 16 months old. While their nutritional requirements are pretty much the same, their calorie intake hovers roughly between 1kcal to 1.5kcal at the most. Best Foods For Sixteen-month-old Baby When putting together lunch ideas for your 16-month-old baby, there are certain essential food items that are considered the best choices to be included in his diet plan. 1. Porridge Being a complete package of multiple nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and fibre, porridge is not only healthy but also quite filling for the little one, early on in the day. 2. Seafood Yes, certain fish products do contain mercury and arsenic, making them harmful for the little one. However, fishes such as herring, mackerel and salmon are quite safe and contain enough omega-3 acids that benefit the brain development of the child. 3. Eggs A simple food item that can provide a huge boost of energy is an egg. Prepare it in whichever form that suits your child, the healthiness in their constitution provides great taste and ready-to-use energy, which should ideally become a lifelong habit. (Avoid the semi-cooked recipes though - sunny side up, soft boiled eggs, and poached eggs.) 4. Beans Beans are great for either breakfast or even evening meals since they are pretty light on the digestive system and provide enough vitamins, fibre, and iron to fulfil the child’s daily requirement. Preparing soups with legumes are also a great way to include them in the diet. 5. Vegetables While eating steamed and boiled veggies is a great way to consume them, you can even make use of vegetable stock to provide him with the necessary immunity boost. 6. Poultry Not only is chicken meat rich in protein, but it is also a great source of iron, which is necessary for kids at this age. Simple chicken recipes are not quite difficult to prepare. 7. Fruits If your little one hasn’t started gorging on fruits yet, it is high time that he begins. Vitamins and minerals are not the only reason for it. The palate that different fruits provide, along with their smells and textures, help in evolving the taste buds of your child. 8. Yoghurt Amongst many dairy products, yoghurt is recommended by dieticians and doctors alike. These can be paired with different food items to elevate their flavour as well as provide the benefit of probiotics entering his gut and enriching it to function properly. 9. Whole Milk If you are still breastfeeding your child, then you are all set. But if not, start giving him full cream milk via a cup instead of a bottle. Drinking milk is extremely essential in keeping his growth on track, and keep his nutrient levels optimal. 10. Whole Grains You don’t need to resort to the typical grain preparations when giving to your child. These can be acquired from a variety of items such as bread, muffins, sandwiches and so on. Make sure different options are included in his meal pan regularly. 16 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan To help you get started by putting together a 16-month-old baby food schedule for your own kid, we have provided a sample that can be used as it is or even tweaked to better suit your lifestyle. Diet Plan for a 16-Month-Old –Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Whole wheat pancakes with honey or sugar and milk 1 small apple Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Mango / banana milkshake Methi (fenugreek) thepla + lauki (bottle gourd) kofta Day 2 Scrambled egg + multigrain toast + 1 glass of chocolate milkshake 1 small bowl of muskmelon Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Sooji (semolina) sheera with milk Vegetable soup + fried rice + a few slices of carrot Day 3 1 cup of kabuli chana (chickpea)-capsicum poha with 1 glass of milk 1 small bowl of papaya Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + grated carrot + hand pounded rice Bajra (pearl millet) porridge with curd Shahi paneer with paratha and tomato-mushroom soup Day 4 Ragi (finger millet) dosa or idli with chutney + 1 glass milk Apple Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Boiled carrots or sautéed broccoli with dahi-palak dip Grilled paneer sandwich with pumpkin soup Day 5 Bajra (pearl millet) puff porridge with almond or walnut powder Chikoo Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Ragi (finger millet) porridge made using curd Pongal with vegetable soup Day 6 Jowar (sorghum)upma with vegetables and curd Peach or banana Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Grilled paneer (cottage cheese) with hummus Stuffed paratha with curd or lassi Day 7 Fruit custard Custard apple mashed, seeds removed Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice A glass of milk with homemade cookies or roti with sweet pickle Jowar(sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Diet Plan for a 16-Month-Old –Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Vegetable upma + milk A few cubes of pineapple or apple Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Ragi (finger millet) ladoo Baingan (brinjal) bharta with bajra (pearl millet) roti and kadhi Day 2 Ragi (finger millet) dosa + milk Sliced pear or apple Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Khandvi with chutney Pasta in white sauce with vegetable soup Day 3 Apple kheer + carrot paratha Orange segments Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + grated carrot + hand pounded rice Jowar (sorgum) pancake Rajma (kidney bean) cutlets with mixed vegetable soup Day 4 Dalia (broken wheat) Sliced papaya Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Grilled paneer (cottage cheese) with pudina (mint) chutney Drumstick soup with drumstick leaves and paneer (cottage cheese) paratha Day 5 Pongal with milk Deseeded and chopped jamuns Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Apple milkshake Roti with lauki (bottle gourd)-chana (chickpea) dal with buttermilk Day 6 Puri bhaji with lassi Chopped mango Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Gur papdi with milk Paratha + paneer (cottage cheese) bhurji Day 7 Egg or paneer (cottage cheese) in any form Chopped peach or apple Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Bajra (pearl millet) porridge with curd Gobi (cauliflower) paratha with homemade butter and curd Diet Plan for a 16-Month-Old –Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Poha with milk Rajgira (amaranth) sheera Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Oats and fruit smoothie Dal khichdi with carrot halwa Day 2 Broccoli sooji (semolina) upma + elaichi (green cardamom)-kesar (saffron) milk Fresh coconut barfi Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Dhokla with green chutney Tomato-pumpkin-masoor dal (red lentil) soup with hand pounded rice pulao Day 3 Banana-vanilla milkshake Pumpkin soup with toast Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + grated carrot + hand pounded rice Fruit custard Palak (spinach)-paneer (cottage cheese) paratha Day 4 Egg or paneer (cottage cheese) paratha with green chutney Pear and papaya chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Fresh coconut barfi Vegetable khichdi with dahi (curd) or kadhi Day 5 Sooji (semolina) sheera with milk Pineapple juice Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Ragi (finger millet) satva Methi (fenugreek) thepla + lauki (bottle gourd) kofta Day 6 Wheat ladoo and milk Melon balls Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Potato-cheese lollipops Paratha + paneer (cottage cheese) bhurji Day 7 Fruit custard Phirni Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Boiled corn and sprouts chaat Chicken curry with plain rice and vegetable soup Diet Plan for a 16-Month-old –Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Jowar (sorghum) idli + chutney Pista (pistachio)-paneer (cottage cheese) pudding Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Mathri with milk Dal khichdi with rajgira (amaranth)-lauki (bottle gourd) soup Day 2 Cornflakes with milk and sliced apple A few chopped strawberries or chopped banana Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Potato chaat with dahi (curd) Rice porridge with besan (gram flour) - methi (fenugreek) sabzi Day 3 Almond-date milkshake Ragi (finger millet) ladoo Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + grated carrot + hand pounded rice Paneer (cottage cheese)-date ladoo Pongal with vegetable soup Day 4 Omelette or besan (gram flour) chilla with bread and butter 1 glass of apple milkshake Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Roasted poha (flattened rice) chivda with milk Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander-tomato soup Day 5 Banana pancakes + milk 1 glass of chocolate milkshake Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Chicken soup Pulao with tomato soup Day 6 Multigrain muffin + a glass of milk Chopped papaya Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Rose milk Ragi (finger millet) dosa with potato sabzi and sambar Day 7 Sattu (barley)-apple porridge with milk 1 glass of milk Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Gur papdi Methi (fenugreek) pitla with jowar (sorghum) roti Video: 16 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uFnVEBkMTE Food Recipes For 16 Months Old Baby Whether they are proper meals or even evening snacks for 16-month-old kid, these recipes will be quite effective in rustling up something quickly and being nutritive for your little one, too. 1. Moong Dal Dosa An interesting variant on the typical dosa, this one is not only tastier but the interesting texture will leave your kid with a great taste. Ingredients Buttermilk Hing Garam masala Coriander powder Turmeric Salt Moong dal sprouts Besan How To Prepare Take the sprouted dal in a bowl and mix it together with besan. Apart from salt, put together the rest of the condiments in the bowl, following up with buttermilk. Mix them all properly to create a thick batter. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then add salt to it. Take a pan and coat with ghee. Pour batter on it and cook it thoroughly. Flip it to cook each side properly. Once it gets brown on either side, serve it with a chutney. 2. Aloo Peas Paratha This is a popular recipe amongst many due to its wonderful taste and the ability to fill up your stomach in a great way. Ingredients Ghee Whole wheat dough Anaar powder Amchur Coriander Peas, boiled Garam masala Coriander powder Salt Boiled potatoes How To Prepare Take a large bowl and put together coriander, anaar powder, amchur, coriander powder, garam masala, salt and boiled potatoes. Mash them all together and mix it all well. Roll some dough to make a roti and fill it with this mix. Cover it properly and add the boiled peas into it. Roll it up again properly. Add some ghee to a pan and cook the paratha on it. Serve it with some curd. 3. Pongal This popular recipe from the southern region of India is not purely meant for festive occasions. It is a great meal option for your little one as well. Ingredients Curry leaves Ginger Jeera Ghee Moong dal Rice How To Prepare Let the moong dal and rice soak underwater for 30 minutes. Until then, heat some ghee in a cooker along with jeera. Follow up with ginger and curry leaves when hot and sauté them well. Put in the dal and rice mix along with 4-5 cups of water and let it cook for about 5 whistles on medium heat. Take out the rice once cooked, separate the curry leaves and mash it all together. 4. Besan Paratha If you’re tired at the end of the day and still need to cook something for your kid’s dinner, besan paratha is here to your rescue. Ingredients Ghee Oil Cardamom seeds Garam masala Coriander Dhaniya powder Salt Onion Besan How To Prepare Apart from oil and ghee, put all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix them well. Add some oil and knead the mix to form the dough. Roll a small portion of usual wheat dough and fill it up with the besan one. Roll it fully to form a paratha and cook it on a pan with some ghee. Pair with butter and chutney for great taste. 5. Beetroot Rolls A wonderful evening calls for some great snacks. Surprise your kids with these beetroot rolls that are downright delicious. Ingredients Oil Bread Rawa Lemon juice Chaat masala Garam masala Salt Mustard seeds Cumin seeds Onion Carrot Beetroot Boiled potatoes How To Prepare Take a pan and add oil to it, along with onion, cumin and mustard seeds to saute them. In a bowl, add carrot, beetroot, and potatoes along with seasonings and mix them well. Follow up with the onions. Add moist bread slices to the mix and roll them up in a plate of rawa to cover them fully. Fry these rolls deep in oil and serve with ketchup. Feeding Tips Apart from the usual dinner ideas, here are a few tips that can make the entire food experience better for your kids. Try out old items that your kids have rejected in a different way Present food items creatively to entice kids into eating them Choose a variety of colourful foods to make the palate visually appealing Put together tasty foods with the ones your kid dislikes Offer small portions instead of large ones that would go waste Make sure your kid drinks water at the end of the meal There are loads of Indian food recipes that can be great meal options for your little kid to gorge on. Just make sure they aren’t too spicy or strong on any particular flavour, and make sure to offer desserts in controlled portions. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: 12 to 24 month Baby Food Chart and Feeding Tips
17 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart, and Recipes
17 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart, and Recipes
Feeding a toddler is not an easy job. By the time your toddler turns 17 months, he will throw a lot of tantrums and feeding him will become a challenge for you. If you constantly wonder what to feed to your 17-month-old toddler, then worry no more. You are not alone in this. All new moms face this situation in life as their babies grow. Taking care of a toddler is not an easy task but slowly you will learn to take care of him. Meanwhile, here are a few tricks and interesting recipes that can turn the tables in your favour and maintain your toddler's health at optimal levels. Video: Food Ideas For 17 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSKEfoGPDG8 Nutrient Requirements of a 17 Months Old Child While putting together some great breakfast ideas, parents should remember that the nutritional requirements of their 17-month-old child should be met appropriately. Here is what your child requires at the age of 17 months. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates make it possible for the little one to carry out all the activities of a day. Apart from giving energy, carbohydrates also promote brain development in toddlers. A toddler should consume around 135 grams of carbohydrates daily. Proteins Proteins are another essential requirements for a baby. For toddlers, who eat only veg food may not get enough protein. Hence, you need to make sure that your child's protein intake is not compromised. Iron Once the baby is weaned, his iron consumption may be affected. When a baby is breastfed, he gets enough iron from the breastmilk but later it may be compromised and as a result, it can affect the growth of the baby. Hence, when a baby is 17 months old or above, you should include iron-rich foods in his diet. Around 7mg of iron intake is necessary at this age. Sodium Sodium is rarely considered essential, primarily because most of our salts and other food items do contain sodium in the required quantities. Families that follow a very unique dietary pattern do need to ensure the presence of sodium in their meal choices. Calories The appetite of your child might not be as high as before, but that also poses a risk of them not getting enough calories required to stay active in the day. Maintaining a range of 1000 to 1400 calories on a daily basis is a great way to keep them healthy. Dietary fibre Most parents wonder which food items or vegetables can provide the required amount of fibre to a child. While there are numerous whole wheat food items, choosing some simple fruits that are fibrous in nature can be an easy way to keep your diet balanced. Water You may fail to keep a track of your toddler's water intake as he runs around the house. But, you must not take it lightly. Make sure that your child drinks enough water during the day. How Much Food Does a Toddler Need at 17th Month? The food requirements of a kid vary according to size, weight, metabolism, and many other factors. Some kids may be more active than others and may need more food. However, in general, they may need around 1-1.2 kilocalories on a daily basis. Best Foods for a Seventeen-month-old Baby Whether you are putting together some kickass lunch ideas for your toddler the following food products have been known to satisfy substantial nutritional requirements of kids. 1. Eggs Eggs are the best multipurpose option you can go with at any time of the day. The perfect balance of protein and low cholesterol makes it great for the entire family itself. 2. Milk The inclusion of milk in a young kid’s life is irreplaceable, be it breastmilk or full-cream milk from the dairy. If your child is lactose intolerant, you can opt for soy milk as an alternative. Ensure that it is fortified with all the necessary nutrients your kid needs. 3. Other Dairy Products While milk is essential for a child's development, other products derived from it are just as important. Yoghurt provides probiotics, cheese provides protein, and butter just makes everything tastier than it already is. So, include dairy products in your baby's daily diet. 4. Seafood Most parents may not consider seafood as a safe food choice for a 17-month-old baby and they are not wrong. Fish such as shellfish and swordfish should be strictly avoided. Consuming safe fish can provide tons of additional elements like DHA and omega-3 acids to a baby in a healthy proportion. 5. Meat Avoid giving heavy meat items such as turkey, steak, or mutton to a baby. Instead, stick to poultry items as that meat is easy-to-digest and provides good proteins to the child. Grilled meat that is fresh and organic remains the healthiest choice in this matter. 6. Nuts While nuts are extremely beneficial for kids, it is essential to check your little one for the presence of any allergy before starting him off with them. If your child has no allergy, you can give him some chopped almonds or walnuts regularly with his meals. 7. Fruits Choosing fresh and organic fruits over any commercially available juices is always the right decision. Citrus fruits can provide numerous vitamins that a child needs, while some fruits like avocado can provide a good proportion of healthy fat in a single serving. 8. Vegetables Almost all vegetables are safe to consume for a toddler at this age. If your kid is throwing tantrums and refusing to eat vegetables, get a little creative. You can chop and steam the vegetables and then serve. You can also give vegetables in the form of curry. 9. Grains Quinoa is quite an interesting choice that should definitely be tried out since it is rich in proteins and iron. Similarly, millets and rice should be included regularly in a child’s diet. 10. Oil Although oil is not specifically a food item, it is necessary to prepare the meals in healthy oils to ensure that your baby gets enough fats and nutrients from it. While preparing any snacks, use olive oil. 17 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan The meal plan mentioned below for a 17-month-old toddler will prove useful if you want to give different foods to your child every other day. Diet Plan for a 17-Month-Old – Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Idli + sambar + milk A few cubes of pineapple or apple Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Potato and dahi (curd) chaat Missi roti with chicken or paneer (cottage cheese) curry + vegetable raita Day 2 Wheat pancakes + chocolate milk Pear Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Oats-apple smoothie Paneer (cottage cheese) paratha with coriander- drumstick soup Day 3 Oats chilla + chikoo (sapota) milkshake 1 orange Chole paratha and pumpkin soup Paneer-date ladoo Mixed vegetable soup or chicken broth with vegetable paratha and curd or lassi Day 4 Boiled egg + 1 glass of banana milkshake Guava juice with chaat masala Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Paneer and apple mashed Ragi (finger millet) and tomato soup with rajma (kidney bean) chawal Day 5 Banana pancakes + milk Any melon Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Pineapple raita Bajra (pearl millet) roti + brinjal sabzi + dal Day 6  Besan (gram flour) paratha + a glass of milk Chikoo (sapota) Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak + a few cherry tomatoes Banana-walnut milkshake Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with baked bean soup and grated carrot raita Day 7 Sattu (barley)-apple porridge with milk Papaya Paneer (cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup Besan (gram flour) pakoda with curd dip Kanji with besan(gram flour)-methi (fenugreek) sabzi Diet Plan for a 17-Month-Old – Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Grated cucumber and oats pancake Date-peanut ladoo Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Aloo wadi Paneer (cottage cheese) sandwich with mint sauce + drumstick soup Day 2 Vegetable upma made with buttermilk Mixed fruit juice Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Tomato or coriander soup Pulao with tomato soup Day 3 Omelette with bread or paneer sandwich Guava juice with chaat masala Chole and paratha with pumpkin soup Paneer and apple mashed 1 small cup of chole + 2 small puris + 1 small glass lassi Day 4 Rajgira (amaranth)-wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness Any melon Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Phirni Shahi paneer with paratha and tomato- mushroom soup Day 5 Sprouted moong (green gram)-oats cutlet with homemade date-tomato-mint chutney Chikoo (sapota) Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Milk + popcorn Idli with non-spicy sambar and chutney Day 6 Milk with ragi (finger millet)-besan (gram flour) ladoo Papaya Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Fruit yoghurt Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber Day 7 Boiled eggs or besan chilla Khandvi with chutney Paneer pulao with pumpkin soup Pista (pistachio)-paneer (cottage cheese) pudding Methi matar malai with paneer (cottage cheese) pulao Diet Plan for a 17-Month-Old – Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Homemade ragi (finger millet) cake with milk Chopped guava Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Anjeer (fig)-walnut ladoo Rajma (kidney bean) chawal with tomato soup Day 2 Mint parathas with date-tomato chutney + chikoo (sapota) milkshake Boiled chana (chickpea) chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Plain dahi (curd) with a fruit of choice (except pomegranate and grapes) Tofu bhurji with jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti and grated carrot raita Day 3 Scrambled eggs or paneer (cottage cheese) ladoo + anjeer (fig) milkshake Murmura (puffed rice) sev Chole paratha and pumpkin soup Chopped mango Pongal with vegetable soup Day 4 Bajra (pearl millet) roti with milk Stewed pear -chopped Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Crushed khakhara with milk Thalipeeth with white butter and buttermilk Day 5 Apple kheer + carrot paratha 2-3 mathris Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Banana milkshake Bajra (pearl millet)-wheat roti with dal methi Day 6 Dalia (broken wheat) Sprouted moong (green gram) chaat Jowar (sorghum)- wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Phirni Pudina (mint) paratha with lauki (bottle gourd) soup Day 7 Omelette or besan chilla with bread and butter Papaya Paneer (cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup Ragi (finger millet) satva Sabudana (sago) khichdi with cucumber raita Diet Plan for a 17-Month-Old – Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Omelette or besan chilla with bread and butter Any melon Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomatoes + hand pounded rice Date-peanut ladoo Vegetable soup with grilled chicken / paneer (cottage cheese) and vegetable sandwich Day 2 Vegetable upma made with buttermilk Chikoo (sapota) Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Mixed fruit juice Palak (spinach)-moong dal (green gram split) muthias Day 3 Boiled egg + banana milkshake Chole and paratha with pumpkin soup Guava juice with chaat masala Dal khichdi with lotus stem soup Day 4 Thalipeeth with white butter and buttermilk Oats muffin Missi roti with chicken or paneer (cottage cheese) curry and vegetable raita Ragi (finger millet) ladoo Paneer (cottage cheese) paratha with coriander- drumstick soup Day 5 Sprouted moong (green gram)-oats cutlet with homemade date-tomato-mint chutney Fresh coconut barfi Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Khandvi with chutney Mixed vegetable soup or chicken broth with vegetable paratha and curd Day 6 Homemade ragi (finger millet) cake with milk Pumpkin soup with toast Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Wheat pancakes with grated carrots Ragi (finger millet)-tomato soup with rajma (kidney bean) chawal Day 7 Mint paratha with date-tomato chutney + chikoo (sapota) milkshake Pear and papaya chaat Paneer (cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup Grilled paneer (cottage cheese) with pudina (mint) chutney Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Video: 17 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMu3vXbkuxM Food Recipes For 17 Months Old Baby While dinner ideas amongst many other meal options might be easy to come up with, snacks can get quite tricky and repetitive after a few weeks. Here are a few interesting snacks recipes that you can try for your toddler. 1. Toast with Avocado Fats are essential for kids and including avocado in his diet through this recipe can make sure he gets the right amount of it. So, try this tasty recipe for your baby. Ingredients Salt Pepper Cheese Whole wheat bread Banana Avocado How To Prepare Take an avocado and separate the seed. Mash the fruit properly in a bowl so that it forms a creamy paste. Add some salt and pepper to it to enhance the flavour. Toast the slices of bread and arrange them on a plate. Spread the avocado mashed mix on the slices. Add banana pieces over it and shred some cheese on top. 2. Banana Oatmeal Breakfast time is the perfect time to ensure that a child gets the most of nutrients. This recipe can provide enough fibre and vitamins in a single go, as well as keep your child satisfied for a long duration. Ingredients Cinnamon Bananas, chopped Almond milk Water Oats How To Prepare Cook oats in a pan. Make use of water or even almond milk as a base for it. Stir the oats intermittently so that they are cooked properly. Once the oats are softened, add cinnamon powder to enhance its taste. Turn off the flame and let it cool. Transfer it to a bowl and mix some banana pieces in it and the dish is ready! 3. Mediterranean Salad A toddler may not show much interest in eating salad but if you garnish it with cheese, he sure will eat it. Try this salad recipe for your baby. Ingredients Cheese Black pepper Salt Coriander Black olives Tomato Bell pepper Onion Vinegar Olive oil Quinoa, cooked How To Prepare Dice the vegetables in small pieces and put them in a bowl. Take a pan and add olive oil to it. Put onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, and coriander and sauté them. Add these vegetables with cooked quinoa in a large bowl and garnish with cheese. 4. Tasty Risotto When looking for a dish that is light on flavour and heavy on nutrition, go with this choice. Ingredients Cheese Lemon juice Butter Frozen peas Carrots Vegetable stock Rice Olive oil Spring onion How To Prepare In a pan, add butter and spring onions, and saute them until they soften. Add peas and rice and cook it well. Follow up with the vegetable stock, and stir it until it is absorbed fully. Add more stock thereafter till the rice softens. Cover the pan with a lid. Once the rice is cooked, grate cheese over it and serve fresh. 5. Pumpkin Dip Not only will this add great flavour to your snack, but it is a great source of vitamin A as well. Ingredients Lemon Pepper Salt Pumpkin, canned How To Prepare Make pumpkin puree and add pepper, salt to it. You can also add a few drops of lemon. Serve with digestive cookies or even various fruits. Feeding Tips Feeding your toddler won’t be a difficult task anymore if you keep the following tips in mind. Let your child handle plastic cutlery by himself. Allow judicious meal times for your kid to eat calmly. Focus on trying out variety instead of finishing the food. Keep the diet balanced at all times. Talk to your doctor before introducing a new item. Make sure your kid drinks water after a meal. Use colourful bowls to make the food look appealing. Cut fruits and foods into tiny pieces when giving it to your baby. Don’t let your kid eat without your supervision. Don’t scold your kid if he spits out any food he doesn’t like. Meals always constitute a larger portion of your child’s food but snacks for 17-month-old baby are what tend to do the trick many times. Offering a variety can help your kid warm up to food items he hated earlier and you never know he may start eating them. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: 5 Indian Winter Foods for Babies with Recipes
18 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
18 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
Simple biscuits and milk along with some random food items won’t be the favourite snacks for the 18-month-old toddler in your home anymore. He is growing up, and so are his tastes and preferences. Therefore, a little variety in his meal plan can go a long way in ensuring he meets his nutritional requirements as well as looks forward to his food once again. Video: Food Ideas for 18 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLZlrp1v_xc Nutrient Requirements for 18 Months Old Child While putting together some awesome lunch ideas to hook your 18-month-old on to, here the nutrients that need to be in them. Iron: The importance of iron-rich foods in your child’s diet keeps getting important throughout his growing years. It is necessary to ensure that your kid keeps getting items like broccoli and spinach regularly in his meals. Fats: Your kid’s appetite would not be as high as it used to be earlier. Hence, it is important to ensure he gets the right amount of fat on a daily basis. A couple of servings of butter along with coconut or fat-rich fruits is a good way to make that happen. Whole Grains: The benefit of consuming whole grain food items is not instantly visible but takes place internally over time. Even simple habits such as using whole grain bread instead of white can bring about an improvement in your child’s health. Meat Products: With his growing age, your child might begin to prefer meat, as well as his digestive system, will get stronger. Nevertheless, a controlled amount of meat intake, along with eggs, is a good way to meet his protein requirements. Legumes: Some families might tend to use leguminous foods in their veggie preparations regularly while others might go for nuts once in a while. If your child is allergic to nuts, you could try using peas as well as flaxseeds or hemp for him. Dairy Products: Milk continues to be a major foundational element in the growth of kids during the early years. While whole cream milk is highly recommended, supplementary products such as cottage cheese, kefir, can provide health benefits, too. Vegetables: Parents may be at their wits end in figuring out how a variety could be maintained in vegetables in the longer run. Keeping a balance of leafy vegetables with raw salads, you can mix and match preparations to satisfy your kid’s nutritional requirements. Fruits: Including fresh fruits with your kid’s breakfast is a great way to make sure his body appropriately gets the necessary nutrition. Don’t refrain from giving dry fruits as well, since they have a whole other constitution that can benefit your kid. How Much Food Does Toddler Need at 18th Month? The quantity of food a toddler eats around this age is comparatively less than what he would have been earlier. Therefore, it is necessary to match a calorie intake of about 1.2 kilocalories than looking at a quantity of food. Best Foods for Eighteen-Month-Old Baby Figuring out the right food items for your little toddler might present some obstacles, as your dinner ideas might not fit well with his requirements. Here are some foods you can include in the meal plans. 1. Milk If your child is still on breastmilk, it would be great if you can alternate it with a little full milk once in a while. Apart from the nutritional benefit, it is necessary to teach your kid to start drinking milk as well as water from a cup instead of a bottle. 2. Fruits It is best to keep away from juicing the fruits or pureeing them since it robs your kids of the fibrous benefits they provide. Mix up different fruits to keep a balance of tastes. 3. Vegetables Various recipes can make even the hated vegetables pretty interesting to eat along. Using coloured vegetables as raw alternatives in small pieces can be easy finger food, too. 4. Meat and Nuts While this combination might seem weird, pairing both these foods together packs quite a 'protein' punch! Supplement portions of chicken or fish with soy chunks, sprouted beans, cashews, and so on. You don't have to do this everyday; having this combination every alternate day of the week should still provide you with the benefits you're looking for. However, discontinue having portions of meat and nuts together if you notice any signs of a food allergy. 5. Bread Avoid choosing white bread for your kid as much as you can. Whole wheat bread should be your go-to option for any sandwiches you make. To meet the grain requirement, you can even go with dry cereal or crackers instead of bread. 6. Butter When making sandwiches, make sure you butter the bread lavishly for your child. Even for khichdi or paratha, use a good dollop of ghee to go along with it. These tiny measures will ensure a good fat intake by your child and keep him healthy. 7. Jaggery Most of the processed and refined sugar in the market don't pose any direct, using jaggery instead as a sweetener comes as a recommendation from the old ages. Not only is this more natural and healthy, but the sweetness is quite controlled as well. 8. Cheese Even if your child is consuming milk daily, supplementary dairy products are necessary to go along with it. Different varieties of cheese along with yoghurt provide probiotics and other nutrients that simple whole milk may not always do. 9. Salad Mixes Use raw salads or other vegetables in a tasty salad or in a baked recipe to entice them and keep their diet plan going. 10. Water Before you even think that your kid has enough water, it is important to note that juices and liquid foods are not an equivalent for drinking plain good water. There are chances of your kid suffering from digestive issues and health problems if his water intake is not up to the mark. 18 Month Old Baby Food Chart / Meal Plan A food chart that establishes some general meals for each week can assist you in creating your own. Diet Plan for an 18-Month-Old –Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 French toast with milk Mashed potato Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Strawberry yoghurt Sprouted moong (green gram)-oats cutlet with homemade date-tomato-mint chutney Day 2 Besan (gram flour) dhokla + banana milkshake 1 small glass of watermelon juice Palak paneer and paratha Seviyan (vermicelli) kheer Mixed vegetable - paneer (cottage cheese) paratha Day 3 Wheat pancake with chocolate milk Chikoo (sapota) Tofu bhurji with jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti and grated carrot raita Milk + 2-3 whole wheat or multigrain biscuits Dal khichdi with plain lauki (bottle gourd) soup Day 4 Appe with chutney and chikoo (sapota) milkshake Banana Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Apple-date milkshake (strained) Pulao with tomato soup Day 5 Scrambled eggs or paneer (cottage cheese) ladoo with anjeer (fig) milkshake Papaya Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Homemade aloo (potato) chips with tomato chutney + milk Ragi (finger millet) dosa with potato sabzi and sambar Day 6 Broken wheat porridge with almond or walnut powder and crushed raisins Guava Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Ragi (finger millet) satva Methi (fenugreek) pithla with jowar (sorghum) roti Day 7 Whole wheat pancake with milk 1 small glass of pomegranate juice Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Banana-walnut milkshake Stuffed parathas with curd or lassi Diet Plan for an 18-Month-Old –Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Rajgira (amaranth) puffs milkshake with chopped anjeer (fig) Aloo wadi Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Besan (gram flour) ladoo Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander-tomato soup Day 2 Boiled egg yolk or homemade paneer Carrot juice Palak paneer and paratha Appe with coconut and dahi (curd) chutney Rajma (kidney beans) with toast and cheese Day 3 Besan (gram flour)-jowar (sorghum)-coriander chilla made with curd Boiled beet sticks Tofu bhurji with jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti and grated carrot raita Murmura (puffed rice) chikki with milk Paneer (cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup Day 4 Oats-strawberry smoothie Mini chilla with green chutney Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Dal pakoda with curd Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander-tomato soup Day 5 Scrambled eggs Moong (green gram) dhokla Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Murmura (puffed rice) chikki + milk Thalipeeth with white butter and buttermilk Day 6 Seviyan (vermicelli) upma + elaichi (green cardamom) - saffron milk Apple-papaya chaat Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Sprouts bhel Chole puri + lassi Day 7 Wheat-banana sheera Sooji (semolina) ladoo Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Plain curd with any fruit (except grapes and pomegranate) Vegetable cutlets with bean soup Diet Plan for an 18-Month-Old –Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Banana pancakes + milk Almond or peanut ladoo Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Multigrain cookies with milk Dal dhokli with pumpkin-barley soup Day 2 Multigrain muffin + a glass of milk Mixed fruit chaat Palak paneer and paratha Jowar (sorghum) puff chivda with milk Curd rice with grated cucumber Day 3 Sattu (barley)-apple porridge with milk Homemade mava barfi Tofu bhurji with jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti and grated carrot raita Sooji (semolina) dhokla with coriander chutney Bajra (pearl millet)-wheat roti with dal methi Day 4 Jowar (sorghum) idli + chutney + kesar (saffron) milk Guava cubes with black salt Jowar (sorghum) -wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Masala buttermilk with vegetable sandwich Paneer (cottage cheese) or egg bhurji with roti and vegetable soup Day 5  Cornflakes with milk and powdered walnuts and strawberries Paneer (cottage cheese) or boiled egg (chopped) with chaat masala Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Dalia (broken wheat) upma with milk Non-spicy pav bhaji with moong dal (green gram split) soup Day 6 Almond-date milkshake Murmura (puffed rice) chikki Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Fruit custard Besan (gram flour)-jowar(sorghum)-coriander chilla with curd and bean soup Day 7 Poha with tomatoes and capsicum + chocolate-walnut milkshake Soya-wheat gur papdi Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Milk custard or egg custard pudding Rajma (kidney bean) chawal with tomato soup Diet Plan for an 18-Month-Old –Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 1 egg or paneer paratha with green chutney Papaya cubes with chaat masala and honey Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Seviyan (vermicelli) kheer Paneer cutlets or grilled fish with rajma (kidney bean) soup and grated carrot sticks Day 2 Scrambled eggs + multigrain toast + 1 glass fresh of orange juice 2-3 whole wheat crackers with hummus Palak paneer and paratha + cucumber Milk + 2-3 whole wheat or multigrain biscuits Tofu bhurji with jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti and grated carrot sticks Day 3 Rajgira (amaranth) puff porridge with almond and walnut powder Boiled aloo (potato) and carrot chaat Tofu bhurji with jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti and grated carrot sticks Apple-date milkshake (strained) Paneer (cottage cheese) paratha with tomato soup Day 4 1 cup of poha + 1 small glass of fresh orange juice Poha (flattened rice) soaked in dahi with mashed banana Jowar(sorghum)-wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Dahi (curd) with masala puri Methi matar malai with paneer (cottage cheese) pulao Day 5 French toast + 1 glass of fresh apple juice Oats-apple smoothie Bajra (pearl millet) khichdi with lauki (bottle gourd) soup Carrot phirni Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Day 6 Dhokla + green chutney Peanut ladoo Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Cornflakes chivda White sauce pasta with mixed vegetable soup Day 7 Omelette or besan chilla Mashed potato with cheese Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Lauki (bottle gourd) halwa Pongal with vegetable soup Your kid should also have at least half a glass of milk every day. Video: 18 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpmjQMjhewU Food Recipes for 18 Months old Baby Coming up with new breakfast ideas or novel plans for dinner can be made easier if you have a few recipes at your disposal that you can get started with right away. 1. Soya Cutlets Bring together the goodness of soya chunks with the tasty preparation of cutlets made from it. Ingredients Onions Oil Coriander Pepper Salt Chaat masala Garam masala Boiled and mashed potatoes Soya bean dal paste How To Prepare Use a large bowl and mix the soy paste, potatoes, spices, coriander and some salt. Mash the potatoes further and mix them well. Now, use portions of this mix to roll balls and flatten them to create the cutlets. If they are loose, keep them in the fridge for 30 minutes. Add some oil to a pan and shallow fry the cutlets on both sides using a medium flame. Pair with some tomato chutney and serve. 2. Besan Paratha The versatility of this recipe is what makes it a great hit amongst children and adults alike. Ingredients Oil Carrot Capsicum Onions Coriander Salt Water Besan How To Prepare Mix salt and besan with coriander and chopped vegetables. Add water to adjust the consistency and form the batter. Sprinkle a little oil on a pan and pour batter in the middle. Once it starts bubbling, flip the paratha and let the other side be cooked as well. Use ketchup or yoghurt with the small pieces of paratha for your toddler. 3. Banana Dosa We were just as surprised to read the title as you are. But once we tasted it, there was no going back. Ingredients Ghee Bananas Dosa Batter How To Prepare Take a large bowl and add banana pieces to it, mash them well. Mix these with the dosa batter properly. Coat a pan with ghee and add a cup of this batter on it, while sitting on medium flame. As you spread, add a little more ghee on the edges. Flip it around and cook both sides. Pair this with honey for an ecstatic flavour. 4. Oats Apple Porridge This breakfast recipe can be made for the entire family in a single go. Ingredients Jaggery or honey Apple Cashews Walnuts Raisins Almonds, soaked Milk Instant oats How To Prepare Heat together oats and milk in a deep pan for a few minutes to cook them well. Peel and grate almonds along with other nuts, and add them to the mix with raisins and jaggery. Keep stirring constantly. The moment it starts thickening, turn off the flame. Garnish with apple pieces and some more nuts before serving. 5. Spinach Moong Khichdi Evolve the popular comfort food into an item that has the nutritional benefit of multiple items combined. Ingredients Ghee Turmeric Pepper Cumin seeds Garlic Spinach Rice Moong Dal How To Prepare Add ghee and cumin seeds, along with garlic and spinach in a cooker. Add spices and saute them all. Put the washed and soaked dal to the cooker with a dash of turmeric, followed by washed and soaked rice. Add some more water and let it cook for five whistles. Mash it properly and add some ghee before serving. Feeding Tips Here are a few tips to make your meal times better. Lead by example so that your kids follow Use attractive cutlery to add visual appeal Pair food items to mask the hated ones Let your kid play around with the food Focus on table foods from this age Avoid including too many sweets or fried foods Resort to smaller meals on a frequent basis Keep the variety going to expand their palate Keep juices to a minimum Teach your kid to chew food properly With the recipes mentioned above and the diet chart as a benchmark, you would have a good answer to your question around what to feed my 18-month old for his meals. Tweak them to your liking and keep track of his behaviour over the months. Disclaimer 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: 15 Healthy and Tempting Finger Foods for Toddlers
19 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
19 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
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. Video: Food Ideas for 19 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXFszEYK_fo 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 Plan for a 19-Month-Old – Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Ragi (finger millet)-oats- banana pancake with milk Coconut water with malai (cream) Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Murmura (puffed rice) chikki + milk Thalipeeth with white butter and buttermilk Day 2 Pongal with curd Fruit custard Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled carrot + curd rice Roasted poha (flattened rice) chivda without whole nuts + milk Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander and tomato soup Day 3 Homemade ragi (finger millet) cake with milk Grapes cut in half Roti + dal (lentil) + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Plain khakhara cut into bite- sized pieces mixed with curd Rajma (kidney beans) with toast and cheese Day 4 Mint paratha with date- -tomato chutney and chikoo (sapota) milkshake Papaya Paneer (cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup Mashed potato with grated paneer (cottage cheese) Appe with coconut and dahi (curd) chutney Day 5 Scrambled eggs or paneer (cottage cheese) ladoo with anjeer (fig) milkshake Guava Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice 2-3 homemade cookies + milk Tofu bhurji with jowar (sorghum) wheat roti and grated carrot raita Day 6 Sooji (semolina) kheer with almond powder Watermelon Besan (gram flour) methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot and palak (spinach) raita Masala makhana (fox nuts) + banana milkshake Paneer (cottage cheese) paratha with tomato soup Day 7 Makhana (fox nut) porridge with raisin paste and walnut powder Apple Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Rajgira (amaranth) chikki dipped in milk Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Diet Plan for a 19-Month-Old – Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Grated cucumber and oats pancake Plain curd with any fruit (except pomegranate and grapes) Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Boiled chana (black chickpea) chaat Ragi (finger millet) dosa with potato sabzi and sambar Day 2 Vegetable upma made with buttermilk Pineapple cubes with chaat masala or honey Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled carrot + curd rice Wheat- walnut ladoo Methi (fenugreek) pithla with jowar (sorghum) roti Day 3 Omelette with bread or paneer (cottage cheese) sandwich Peach/apple Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Hara bhara kabab with curd dip Stuffed paratha with curd or lassi Day 4 Rajgira (amaranth)- wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness Watermelon Paneer pulao with pumpkin soup Boiled sweet potato pieces or potato pieces Besan (gram flour) methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot and palak (spinach) raita Day 5 Oats- almond kheer Mango slices Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Pear-dates milkshake Sprouted moong (green gram)-oats cutlets with homemade date-tomato- mint chutney Day 6 Poha with tomato and capsicum + chocolate- walnut milkshake Pomegranate juice Curd rice with grated cucumber Chana (chickpeas) powder mixed with date ladoo Puri with aamras and aloo sabzi Day 7 Banana pancakes 2-3 mathris Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomatoes + hand pounded rice Fruit yoghurt Mini roti pizza with vegetable soup Diet Plan for a 19-Month-Old – Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Fruit custard Papaya and apple chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber+ hand pounded rice Murmura (puffed rice) chikki + milk Thalipeeth with homemade butter or buttermilk Day 2 Grated cucumber and oats pancake Sweet lime and orange juice Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled carrot + curd rice Roasted poha (flattened rice) chivda without whole nuts + milk Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander and tomato soup Day 3 Vegetable upma made with buttermilk Pomegranate and watermelon juice Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Plain khakhara cut into bite-size pieces mixed with curd Rajma (kidney beans) with toast Day 4 Omelette with bread or paneer (cottage cheese) sandwich Chikoo (sapota) + peach/apple Paneer (cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup Mashed potato with grated paneer Appe with coconut and dahi (curd) chutney Day 5 Rajgira wheat sheera with mashed raisins for sweetness +milk Apple and banana chaat Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice 2-3 homemade cookies + milk Tofu bhurji with jowar (sorghum)- wheat roti and grated carrot raita Day 6 Doodh (milk) poha with chopped peach or strawberries Guava + pear with black salt Besan (gram flour) methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot and palak (spinach) raita Masala makhana (fox nuts) + banana milkshake Paneer (cottage cheese) paratha with tomato soup Day 7 Jowar (sorghum) puff kheer Papaya Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomatoes + hand pounded rice Rajgira (amaranth) chikki dipped in milk Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Diet Plan for a 19-Month-Old – Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning  Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Dalia (broken wheat) upma with grated carrot and milk A few slices of  pineapple or apple Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Anjeer (fig) and walnut ladoo Mixed vegetable raita + vegetable pulao + moong (green gram split) dal (lentil) soup Day 2 Banana- walnut pancakes and chocolate milk Pear Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled carrot + curd rice Boiled corn Vegetable pulao + palak (spinach) soup Day 3 Scrambled eggs with toast + chikoo (sapota) milkshake Orange Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Banana sheera Chole and paratha + pumpkin soup Day 4 Moong (green gram split) dal (lentil) - spinach dhokla with green chutney Guava juice with chaat masala Paneer (cottage cheese) pulao with pumpkin soup Roasted poha (flattened rice) chivda (without whole nuts) + milk Chicken or paneer (cottage cheese) curry with rice Day 5 Sattu (barley) with milk, almonds, and dates (sieved) Any melon Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Chana (chickpea)-murmura (puffed rice) chaat Methi (fenugreek) thepla with potato sabzi + curd Day 6 Idli with chutney or sambar Chikoo (sapota) Besan-methi paratha with carrot palak raita Seviyan (vermicelli) porridge Chole puri + lassi Day 7 Mango lassi + murmura (puffed rice) chikki Pineapple raita Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of tomato + hand pounded rice Chikoo (sapota) milkshake Pongal with vegetable soup Video: 19 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eFpmRfKxA4 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: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: 17 to 20 Months Old Baby Food Ideas
20 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
20 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
By the time your little one reaches the age of 20 months, he will start throwing tantrums. He won't accept what you feed him and those amazing breakfast that he loved earlier won't work anymore. Children are at a peculiar stage when they approach two years, and their eating habits change as well. In such scenarios, keeping certain quick-to-prepare recipes at your fingertips and opting for a meal plan that he willingly accepts, can make your life easier. Video: Food Ideas for 20 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKlpZIpwhN4 Nutrient Requirements of 20 Months Old Children Even while putting together interesting lunch ideas for your 20-month child, it is important to keep in mind that certain nutrients are essential for a baby and you cannot do away with it. Following are the nutrient requirements of a 20-month-old child. Make sure your child gets these nutrients: 1. Calories Calories help provide energy for the body. The key aspect here is to know the difference between a diet that provides good nutrition as well as enough calories that power the core of the body. A balance is necessary in order to avoid a meal plan that skews towards either direction. 2. Proteins Proteins are considered to be the building blocks of the body and are essential for toddlers, especially in their development stage. Ensure that his diet consists of adequate protein. 3. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates help provide fuel for the brain, muscles and nervous system. 4. Fibre Fibre helps in proper bowel movement and proper digestion. A simple habit to ensure enough fibre content in your kid’s meal is to opt for whole food items instead of any processed stuff. Most of the times, many carbohydrate-rich food items have a substantial fibre content in them. 5. Sodium Not many doctors or nutritionists stress on the necessity of sodium to be present in the child’s diet. All it takes is just 1 gram of sodium every day. Any reduction can severely hamper the nerve function in a kid. 6. Iron Iron is required by the by the body for the proper functioning of the blood. Most kids that have an iron deficiency are primarily those that have a strong preference in their food choices. Iron supplements are barely needed, and most of it can also be obtained from vitamin C rich fruits or even utensils made from cast iron. 7. Vitamin D Vitamin D is needed for children of this age as it helps to absorb calcium and improves bone growth. This can be found in milk and through adequate exposure to sunlight. 8. Water Water helps in numerous bodily functions such as digestion, the creation of saliva and regulating body temperature. The activity of your child and the consumption of water needs to be directly proportional at all times. Even if your little one isn’t playing around all the time, keeping up with the daily water intake is essential in every way. How Much Food Does Toddler Need at 20th Months? The activities of your little one will begin to increase as he approaches the 2-year mark. Therefore, his calorie requirement will now begin to approach closer to 1400, even though his appetite stays more or less the same. Best Foods for twenty-month-old Baby Your dinner ideas for your little one can be enhanced by including certain foods in the diet of your 20-month-old baby. 1. Fruits When it comes to including fruits for nutrition variety can make it so much easier. Mangoes, kiwi, berries of various types, grapes, bananas, and even dry fruits play a vital role in introducing numerous tastes and nutrients to your kid. 2. Eggs Eating an egg every day can be great for your child’s health. Pair them up with bread to ensure a breakfast that provides all nutrients or even include them in various vegetable recipes. 3. Dairy Products Apart from a glass of milk, there are multiple items such as cheese, yoghurt, kefir, that ought to be a part of your child’s diet. Lactose intolerant kids can opt for fortified alternatives. 4. Fatty Oils Coconut oil and avocado oil have a special place in the diet of kids that are 20 months old. Appropriately served, these provide enough fat supply to the child, which creates energy reserves that keep the body going. 5. Vegetables While leafy vegetables, as well as greens like peas, cauliflowers, broccoli and numerous other veggies, are good for your child, these are not the only sources. Simple tomato sauces and salsa do contain beneficial nutrients, too. 6. Meat As your child comes closer to completing 2 years, you can start introducing small chunks of different meat items such as turkey, mutton, beef and so on. Make sure to start off slow and teach him to chew them properly. 7. Legumes And Nuts Right from seeds such as hemp, chia, flaxseeds as well as legumes like peas, lentils, beans and many others, a couple of servings provided each day to your child would be a great addition to his nutrition. 8. Greens And Citrus Fruits Leafy vegetables in a large proportion combined with fruits that are rich in vitamin C work together in providing the kid’s body with iron and helping it absorb within the system effectively. Red meat is known to do the same job, too. 9. Bread and Oatmeal The reason oatmeal is highly recommended for kids, along with whole wheat bread, is the larger benefit, the inclusion of grain food items brings to their body. Quinoa is also suggested by most parents for kids between 1-2 years old. 10. Seafood Seafood is a tad tricky since it does have some great benefits but also comes with the risk of arsenic or mercury poisoning. As long as you stick to specific fishes which are procured from reliable sources, your kids would benefit greatly from them. 20 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan Here’s a diet chart for a 20-month-old baby to help you with planning his meals. Diet Plan for a 20-Month-Old – Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning  Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 1 egg or paneer (cottage cheese) paratha with green chutney Custard apple milkshake Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + masoor palak + a few cherry tomatoes Peanut laddoo made with jaggery + milk Bajra (pearl millet) roti + baingan (bringal) bharta + dal Day 2 1 cup poha + 1 small glass fresh orange juice Pineapple raita Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Egg custard Shahi paneer with paratha and tomato and mushroom soup Day 3 Multigrain muffin + a glass of milk Pineapple slices with chaat masala or honey Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Murmura (puffed rice) chivda with kesar (saffron) elaichi (green cardamom) milk Pudina (mint) paratha with lauki (bottle gourd) kofta Day 4 Idli + sambar + milk Peach/apple Paneer (cottage cheese)-pea pulao with spinach soup 2-3 homemade cookies with milk Dal dhokli with grated carrot dumplings Day 5 Boiled egg+ saffron-almond milkshake Muskmelon Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Anjeer (fig) and almond milkshake Bisi bele bath with curd Day 6 Rajgira (amaranth) puff porridge with almond and walnut powder Grilled sweet potato cut into different shapes Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes 1 bowl of wheat porridge with walnut powder Navratna korma with paneer (cottage cheese) paratha and white butter Day 7 Vegetable upma with chikoo (sapota) milkshake Orange Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Palak (spinach) soup with bread sticks and butter Mixed vegetable soup with dal khichdi Diet Plan for a 20-Month-Old – Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Dudh (milk) poha with chopped strawberries 2-3 biscuits of choice Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Strawberries and milk Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander-tomato soup Day 2 Jowar (sorghum) puff kheer Kiwi slices Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Khakhara chaat Rajma (kidney beans) with toast Day 3 Boiled egg or paneer (cottage cheese) cubes Pear slices Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Curd with any fruit (except pomegranate and grapes) Appe with coconut and dahi (curd) chutney Day 4 Appe with chutney Strawberry milkshake Paneer (cottage cheese)-pea pulao with spinach soup Palak (spinach) dhokla Stuffed capsicums (stuffed with quinoa and paneer (cottage cheese)) in tomato sauce Day 5 Oats-almond kheer Custard apple mashed without seeds Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber+ hand pounded rice Seviyan (vermicelli) upma + kesar (saffron) elaichi (green cardamom) milk Dal baati with grated carrot raita Day 6 Poha with capsicum and tomato + chocolate- walnut milkhake Fresh coconut barfi Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Plain khakhara cut into bite-sized pieces mixed with curd Dal vadi with brinjal vegetable and bajra (pearl millet) roti Day 7 Banana pancakes Pumpkin soup with toast Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Plain milk with poha (flattened rice) Curd rice with cucumber and carrot raita Diet Plan for a 20-Month-Old – Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Ragi (finger millet) dosa with sambar or chutney Pineapple yoghurt Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Murmura (puffed rice) chivda with kesar (saffron) elaichi (green cardamom) milk Mixed vegetable soup + chole + paratha Day 2 Besan (gram flour) chilla with green chutney Plain khakhara cut into bite-sized pieces mixed with curd Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice 2-3 homemade cookies with milk Pongal with vegetable sambar Day 3 Banana-oats milkshake Mashed potato with grated paneer (cottage cheese) Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Anjeer (fig) and almond milkshake Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander-tomato soup Day 4 1 small bowl of papaya 2-3 homemade cookies + milk Paneer (cottage cheese)-pea pulao with spinach soup 1 bowl of wheat porridge with walnut powder Rajma (kidney beans) with toast Day 5 Some jamun (black plum) or strawberries - (as per the season) Masala makhana (fox nuts) + banana milkshake Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Palak (spinach) soup with bread sticks and butter Appe with coconut and dahi (curd) chutney Day 6 Chikoo (sapota) Rajgira (amaranth) chikki dipped in milk Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Mango lassi + murmura (puffed rice) chikki Dal chawal Day 7 Apple Pineapple cubes with chaat masala or honey Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice 2-3 whole wheat crackers with hummus Grated cucumber with coconut rice Diet Plan for a 20-Month-Old – Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Dalia (broken wheat) upma with grated carrot and milk Grape and pear chaat Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + masoor (red lentil) palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Mosambi (sweet lime) segments Chicken or soya kheema + paratha Day 2 Mixed grain dosa with mint and tomato chutney topped with paneer (cottage cheese) Sweet lime and orange juice Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Cucumber slices with dahi (curd) dip Palak (spinach) khichdi with curd or kadhi Day 3 Sattu (barley) porridge Pomegranate or watermelon juice Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Pineapple sheera Vegetable + masoor (red lentil) soup + pulao Day 4 Pongal + milk Chikoo (sapota) + peach/apple Paneer (cottage cheese)-pea pulao with spinach soup Mashed cheesy potato Mixed vegetable raita + vegetable pulao + moong dal (green gram split) soup Day 5 Thepla with chunda and milk Banana + apple chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Ragi (finger millet) ladoo Vegetable biryani Day 6 Dalia Guava + pear with black salt Jowar (sorghum)-wheat roti + chole palak + a few cherry tomatoes Palak (spinach) pakoda Chole with paratha and pumpkin soup Day 7 Vegetable- sooji (semolina) idli with coconut chutney Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Milk with powdered nuts Chicken or paneer (cottage cheese) curry with rice Video: 20 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4MB9BbJI54 Food Recipes for 20 Months Old Baby If you’re still figuring out what to feed my 20-month old that you can cook easily, these recipes can pave your way to make it happen. 1. Pumpkin Pancakes These can be prepared and refrigerated in advance as well, to make for a quick and delicious breakfast. Ingredients Vanilla essence Pumpkin puree Eggs Butter Milk Brown sugar Salt Nutmeg Cinnamon Baking powder Whole wheat flour How to Prepare Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar together in a large bowl. In another bowl, add milk, butter, eggs, puree and vanilla essence and mix it all well. Pour this into the first bowl and whisk them until they are smooth. Let it sit for a while. Use this batter to make pancakes on a pan coated with ghee at medium heat. Cook both sides to a golden brown colour and serve with honey or maple syrup. 2. Paneer Wheat Biscuits Biscuits don’t have to be the same boring ones all the time. Here’s a great variant for you to try. Ingredients Salt Curry leaves Ajwain Onion Butter, salted Baking powder Whole wheat flour Paneer, crumbled How to Prepare Preheat the oven to a temperature of 170 degrees and grease a tray. Grind together curry leaves, ajwain and onions. Take butter in a bowl and add paneer to it, while whisking it. Add in the flour along with other ingredients mixing it all together properly till it is stiff. Cut out biscuit shapes from a thinly rolled layer of dough. Bake these in the oven for about 20 minutes and take them out once they get brown. Let them cool and then store in an airtight container. 3. Veg Manchurian Homemade Chinese food is the best your kids will have, that is healthy and tasty at the same time. Ingredients Cornflour Refined flour Black pepper Salt Carrot Cabbage Cauliflower Vegetable stock Ketchup Soy sauce Ginger paste Garlic Onion Oil How to Prepare Chop all veggies and mix them in a bowl with the flours to form a dough. Don’t add extra water. Make balls from this dough and deep fry in a pan to a brown shade. Use a napkin to soak extra oil. Take a pot and fry ginger garlic paste in it. Follow up by sautéing the onions and adding condiments and sauces. Pour in the vegetable stock and let it boil. Add the cornflour paste to make it consistent and gently insert the fried balls in it. 4. Whole Wheat Cake Give your little one a cake that is not just delicious but healthy all the way. Ingredients Baking powder Banana Dry fruits Ghee Jaggery Milk Wheat flour How to Prepare Fry the flour with ghee and let it cool down. Blend the flour with jaggery and banana. Add fried nuts to the flour. Coat a cooker plate with ghee and pour the mix into it. Add a little water to the cooker and let it cook on medium heat for half an hour without a whistle. Let the cake cool down before serving. 5. Suji Kheer A kheer might not seem like a meal for your child, but it turns out to be quite filling and lip-smacking than expected. Ingredients Water Elaichi powder Ghee Suji, roasted How to Prepare Add water in a pan and let it boil. Add the roasted suji and keep stirring to prevent the formation of lumps. Let it cook for a bit then add some ghee, mixing it. Once fully cooked, turn off the heat and add elaichi powder to it. Feeding Tips Keep a few tips in mind when preparing a meal plan and feeding your little one. Make sure vegetables are included daily Don’t force him to finish his plate if he doesn’t like it Don’t let him eat too much of anything as well If a child skips lunch, make sure the snack is judicious enough Let dinners include meals that can be had luxuriously If a child hates a food item, make sure you eat it as well Let your kid sit with you on the same dinner table with the family Keep track of allergies when introducing new food items Choose to mash food items than giving him whole Sugary items should be given within strict limits Figuring out great snacks for a 20-month-old toddler won’t be as challenging as it seems, once you start looking at the possible combinations of everyday food items. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: 17 to 20 Months Old Baby Food Ideas
21 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
21 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
Toddlers can be a challenge when it comes to nutritional intake and feeding. This is the time that they begin to develop individuality and endeavour to control what they eat. Such developmental milestones can make mealtime a struggle for parents. It is important to support the baby with planned meals while also setting boundaries on who has control. Video: Food Ideas for 21 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-rrsok_wJc Nutrient Requirements for 21 Months Old Child Listed below are some nutrients that are essential for children at 21 months of age: 1. Carbohydrates Glucose from carbohydrates is used by the brain to fuel itself. The amount of carbohydrate required by a 21-month-old child is around 130 grams. This is the same amount needed for an adult brain to work properly. 2. Protein Babies require a low protein diet. A toddler requires a mere 13 grams of protein per day. 3. Fat Fats are an essential nutrient for toddlers. They're is required by the body for absorption of fat solvable vitamins, cellular building, muscle movement and blood clotting. 4. Sodium Sodium works as an electrolyte in the body, and it is imperative for nerve function, muscle contraction and to regulate blood pressure. An infant requires a minimum of 1 gram per day for optimum functioning. 5. Iron Iron is required to produce red blood cells that carry oxygen through the blood. Iron insufficiency can lead to frequent infections, fatigue, and pale skin. Toddler requires 7mg of iron per day. 6. Calcium Calcium is an important micronutrient required for the development of bones, teeth and even heart function. Toddler up to the age of 3 require 700mg of Calcium per day. 7. Vitamin D Vitamin D is vital for absorption and utilization of calcium by the body. Children require 300-400 units of Vitamin daily. 8. Water Toddlers at 21 months of age require 1.3 litres of water that should come from mixed sources such as water itself, from food, and water contained in milk. Water forms 70-75% of your body weight and is required to structure large molecules, transport other nutrients, lubricate and cushion organs, and flush toxins from the body. How Much Food Does a 21-Month-Old Toddler Need? Toddlers have a lower calorific need than infants due to a slowdown in growth. Toddlers require anywhere between 1,000 to 1,400 calories every day, depending on their size, physical activity level and age. This translates to roughly ½ a cup of rice, 1 small fruit, 1 cup mashed or cooked vegetables, 1 cooked egg, and 1 cup of milk each day. Toddlers also require a healthy amount of oils in their meal. Best Foods for 21-Month-Old Baby Homemade food that is processed as little as possible is the best way for children to meet their nutritional needs. Some of the best foods to offer 21-month-old babies are listed below: 1. Cooked eggs Eggs can be boiled or scrambled and can be served with butter or cheese. 2. Bread rolls Flatten the slice of bread and butter it. Roll to make finger food. 3. Rava dosa Dress up your regular dosa by adding a fistful of rava to give it texture. 4. Idli Have your toddler eat plain idli or serve it with a non-spicy chutney. 5. Upma Peas and carrots mixed in to make rava upma can be served with a helping of ghee. 6. Cheese paratha Make soft, cheese filled parathas that will leave your toddler wanting for more! 7. Cream of tomato soup Pureed tomato with a dash of cream would make a healthy and tasty meal for your child. 8. Banana pancakes Mashed banana on pancakes can be served with a drizzle of honey to increase its appeal. 9. Fruits A mixed bowl of whatever fruits are in season will help improve the nutritional intake of your toddler. 10. Lentil dosa This is a wholesome dosa option that can be paired with curds or butter to make it tasty. 21-Month-Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan Encourage your toddlers to try a bite of all new food given to them. Here is a suggested food chart for a 21-month- old Indian baby. Diet Plan for 21-Month-Old – Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Chole paratha + milk 1 elaichi banana Multigrain roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot+ hand pounded rice Plain dahi (curd)/dahi (curd) with jaggery Jowar (sorghum) roti and matki (moth bean) with lauki (bottle gourd) spinach soup Day 2 Ragi (finger millet) dosa with sambar or chutney Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Egg bhurji with roti + curd rice and beetroot raita Millet porridge with curd Lauki (bottle gourd)-methi (fenugreek) muthia with buttermilk Day 3 Besan (gram flour) chilla with green chutney Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Banana-walnut milkshake Shahi paneer with paratha and tomato- mushroom soup Day 4 Boiled egg or paneer (cottage cheese) cubes Watermelon/carrot juice Besan (gram flour)-methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot palak (spinach) raita Yoghurt Paneer (spinach) cutlets or grilled fish with baked bean soup and grated carrot raita Day 5 1 cup kabuli chana (chickpeas)- capsicum poha with 1 glass of milk Papaya- apple chaat Ragi (finger millet)-wheat roti + sprouts and palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Sauted paneer (cottage cheese) with chutney Tomato soup + paneer (cottage cheese) paratha Day 6 Methi (fenugreek) paratha with mango milkshake Mashed apple/banana/any locally available fruit Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrots + hand pounded rice Potato cheese lollipops Bisi bele bath with curd and a few slices of cucumber Day 7 Apple with chutney and chikoo (sapota) milkshake Mashed banana Palak paneer and paratha + a few cherry tomatoes Seviyan (vermicelli) porridge with chopped dates and almond powder Dal khichdi with lauki (bottle gourd) soup Diet Plan for 21-Month-Old – Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Sabudana (sago) khichdi with cucumber raita Date and dry fruit barfi Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Plain dahi (curd) with banana/apple/locally available fruit Paneer (cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander and tomato soup Day 2 Doodh (milk) poha with chopped banana or apple Sattu (barley) milkshake Egg bhurji with roti + curd rice and beetroot raita Banana-almond milkshake Baked beans with toast Day 3 Jowar (sorghum) puff kheer Papaya/banana/apple Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber+ hand pounded rice Almond-anjeer (fig) milkshake Dosa with coconut and dahi (curd) chutney Day 4 Mango lassi + murmura (puffed rice) chikki 2-3 homemade cookies + milk Besan (gram flour)-methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot-palak (spinach) raita Palak (spinach) poha (flattened rice) raita Veg risotto Day 5 Oats- almond kheer Masala makhana (fox nuts) + banana milkshake Ragi (finger millet)-wheat roti + sprouts and palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Peanut chikki + ½ cup apple Stuffed capsicum + pulao + palak (spinach) soup Day 6 Poha with grated carrot + apple milkhake Boiled potato and carrot chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrots+ hand pounded rice Mango milkshake Dal baati with grated carrot raita Day 7 Banana pancake Coconut- mava ladoo Palak paneer and paratha + a few cherry tomatoes Dalia (broken wheat) Dal chawal Diet Plan for 21-Month-Old – Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Rice pancakes with coconut and jaggery filling Carrot-beetroot soup with mashed murmura (puffed rice) Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Plain khakhara mixed with curd Kaali dal (black lentil) and paratha with carrot slices in dahi (curd) dip Day 2 Tomato uttappam with chutney Fruit chaat Egg bhurji with roti + curd rice and beetroot raita Mashed potato with grated paneer (cottage cheese) Hakka noodles + sweet corn veg soup Day 3 Grated cucumber-oats pancake Sweet lime- orange juice Puri with aamras + aloo matar sabzi 2-3 homemade cookies + milk Methi (fenugreek) pithla with jowar (sorghum) roti Day 4 Vegetable upma with buttermilk Fruit juice Besan (gram flour)-methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot palak (spinach) raita Masala makhana (fox nuts) + banana milkshake Stuffed paratha with curd or lassi Day 5 Omlette with bread or paneer (cottage cheese) sandwich Fruit chaat Ragi (finger millet)-wheat roti + sprouts and palak + a few cherry tomatoes Rajgira (amaranth) chikki dipped in milk Besan (gram flour)-methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot-palak (spinach) raita Day 6 Rajgira (amaranth)-wheat sheera with mashed raisins Jamun (black plum)- apple chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few carrot slices+ hand pounded rice Ragi (finger millet) ladoo with milk Moong (green gram) sprouts with oats cutlet + homemade date-tomato-mint chutney Day 7 Idli with chutney and sambar Fruit chaat with black salt Palak paneer and paratha + a few cherry tomatoes Dahi (curd) /mashed banana/mashed papaya/pineapple raita Puri with aamras and aloo sabzi Diet Plan for 21-Month-Old – Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Fresh homemade medu vada with chutney Pineapple cubes with chaat masala or honey Multigrain roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot + hand pounded rice Ragi (finer millet) biscuits with milk Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + coriander/mint chutney Day 2 Doodh (milk) poha with chopped fruits Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Egg bhurji with roti + curd rice and beetroot raita Rice crackers with cheese spread Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Day 3 Jowar (sorghum) puff kheer Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber + hand pounded rice Paneer (cottage cheese) fruit chaat Vegetable raita + vegetable pulav + moong dal (green gram split) soup Day 4 1 cup kabuli chana (chickpeas)- capsicum poha + 1 glass of milk Grilled and cut sweet potato Besan (gram flour)-methi (fenugreek) paratha with carrot-palak (spinach) raita Chopped fresh fruits Veg risotto Day 5 Methi (fenugreek) paratha with mango milkshake Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Ragi (finger millet)-wheat roti + sprouts and palak (spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Chikoo (sapota) milkshake Chole paratha and pumpkin soup Day 6 Idli + sambar + milk Fruit chaat Roti + dal + a sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrots+ hand pounded rice Paneer (cottage cheese)-date ladoo Chicken/paneer (cottage cheese) curry with rice Day 7 Parathas + chocolate milk Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Palak paneer and paratha + a few cherry tomatoes Banana-almond milkshake Methi (fenugreek) thepla with potato sabzi + curd Video: 21 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfiSWHsZtg8 Food Recipes for 21 Months Old Baby Here are some wholesome and nutritious recipes that you can try for your 21-month baby: 1. Aloo Paratha Potato has a high carbohydrate content, and a stuffed paratha provides a good mix of oil, carbohydrates and proteins. Ingredients ½ potato ½ cup wheat flour 1 spoon ghee or butter ½ spoon oil water as required salt to taste How to Prepare Wash, peel, and boil the potatoes. Mash them and add a pinch of salt. Keep aside. Knead the flour into a soft and malleable dough. Take a small ball of dough and roll it out. Put a little-mashed potato in the centre and fold the rolled dough over the filling to cover it. Now flatten it out again. Place the paratha on a heated pan or griddle and cook both sides. Apply ghee on both sides before serving. 2. Wheat Pancakes with Honey Wheat pancakes make a soft and fluffy food item that your toddler would love. Ingredients 1 cup wheat flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1 cup milk 1 egg 1 spoon melted butter How to Prepare In a mixing bowl, add together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and mix well. Make a well in the centre and pour the milk, beaten egg and melted butter. Mix until you have a smooth batter. Heat a griddle or pan and pour out a scoop of the batter. Brown on both sides and serve warm with honey. 3. Pongal Pongal is wholesome because it contains proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Ingredients 1 cup rice ½ cup moong dal 1 tsp jeera 5-7 curry leaves ¼ inch grated ginger 1 tsp ghee How to Prepare Soak rice for ½ an hour. Dry roast the moong dal and keep aside. Let jeera splutter in the cooker. Add curry leaves and ginger and sauté. Add rice and dal with 5 cups of water and cook for 5 whistles. Simmer for 5 mins. Switch off. Cool and mash the mix. Remove leaves before serving to a toddler. 4. Chicken Soup A warm cup of chicken soup is as good for health as it is said to be for the soul. Ingredients ¼ kg chicken with bones 1 small bay leaf 1 medium cinnamon 2 cloves ¼ tsp cumin seeds ¼ tsp ginger grated 4 cloves garlic finely chopped 1 medium onion finely chopped 1 tsp coriander leaves salt to taste 1 tsp ghee 2 cups water How to Prepare Clean and chop chicken into small pieces. Finely chop or grate ginger, garlic and onions. Grind together the cumin, half the onion, and coriander leaves to a fine paste. Heat ghee in a cooker and splutter the cumin and sauté the cinnamon and cloves. Add remaining onions, chopped ginger and garlic and ground paste. Fry until it doesn’t smell raw. Now add rest of the ingredients and sauté for a few minutes. Add water and pressure cook for 4 whistles. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and turn the flame off. Strain the soup using a sieve before serving to a toddler. 5. Pasta in Cream Sauce Whole-wheat pasta cooked with cream sauce is a health and tasty option for your young ones. Ingredients 1 cup macaroni or fusilli ½ cup fresh cream ½ cup cheese 1 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 tsp butter ½ cup milk peas salt to taste 1 tsp olives How to Prepare Boil the pasta with salt and a spoon of oil. Run under cold water and set aside. Add butter to a pan and melt it. Add in the flour and stir. Don’t let it burn. Add the milk to the flour and stir without lumps. Let it come to a boil and then simmer to thicken and reduce the sauce. Add the peas, salt, grated cheese and fresh cream and let it simmer until the peas are soft. Add the pasta and toss it in the sauce. Cool and add a few olives as garnish. Feeding Tips Here are some feeding tips to help reduce the struggle during mealtime: As a toddler is looking for control, they want foods that they can eat by themselves. Give them bite-sized foods or finger foods. Ensure that foods are rich in Vitamin C to enable absorption of iron. Do not make mealtime a battlefield. When you try to force your toddler to eat, there will be a natural resistance. Limit the intake of juice and given them fruits instead. Do not bribe your toddler them sweets as rewards for finishing the food. Have several small meals or snacks rather than 3 big meals. It provides variety and makes sure that your toddler doesn’t feel hungry. Start with soft foods and slowly add chewy or tough foods like meat. Let your child sit during the meal and do not encourage running around. Make mealtime fun by telling stories. Do not encourage eating in front of a television as it hinders the processing of taste and texture. Appreciate your toddler for trying new foods but don’t force what they don’t like. Toddlers at 21 months of age can experimental and tough. Do not let it stress you out. Understand that all children are not alike, and their appetites and tastes vary according to their temperament. You will lose some battles, but with patience, you will nurture a toddler who has a varied interest in food and grows up with an adaptable palate. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: Healthy Food for 2-Year-Old Baby
22-Month-Old Baby's Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
22-Month-Old Baby's Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
For first-time parents, feeding a toddler can be quite challenging. Toddlers between the age of 18 and 22 months are very active and playful. They can also be picky eaters and getting them to eat healthy foods can be extremely tough for you. If your 22-month-old toddler is giving you trouble when it comes to eating healthy food, read this article. This article will provide you with ideas and recipes that you can try to feed your 22-month-old toddler. Video: Food Ideas for 22 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDR4ivohEEU Nutrient Requirements of a 22-month-old Child Proper nutrition is vital for the healthy growth and development of your baby. As parents, you should make sure that your baby gets all the essential nutrients that your body requires for proper physical and mental development. The various nutrients that a 22-month-old baby needs and the role that each nutrient plays in the baby’s growth and development are as follows: 1. Proteins Protein plays a vital role in the development of body tissues and muscles. It helps in the formation and repair of tissues and muscles of your growing baby. Toddlers should have about 55 grams of protein per day. So, include dairy products, meat, fish, chicken, eggs, lentils, etc. in his diet. 2. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates give toddlers the energy to stay active all day. Carbohydrates also promote healthy brain development of a child. A growing toddler should have six portions of carbs daily. To meet your baby's carbohydrate requirements, you can give him whole grains, bread, cereal, pasta, rice, corn, wheat, etc. 3. Fats Fats are essential for the development of a toddler’s brain. Fats also help in muscle movement and build up of cells. So do not hesitate in feeding healthy fats to your child. You can give ghee, olive oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, and butter to your baby. Toddlers should get about three teaspoons of fats a day. 4. Vitamins Vitamins play a crucial role in body metabolism, bone and tissue repair, immunity development, etc. Hence, it is an essential nutrient for a growing baby. You can give milk, cheese, eggs, fruits, and vegetables to a baby. Toddlers should have at least 1 cup of cooked vegetables and 1 cup of fruits per day. 5. Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D Vitamin B12 are important for DNA synthesis, red blood cell formation, and brain function. It is not present naturally in plant foods. Hence, vegans should give their toddlers B12 supplements after consulting a doctor. Foods containing vitamin B12 can also be provided, like dairy products, meat, and fish. The body manufactures vitamin D with sunlight being the main catalyst. Make sure your toddler gets enough sunlight exposure in the early morning or evening. 6. Minerals Minerals are vital for various body functions. Iron, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, copper, chloride, sulphur, zinc, selenium, etc. are minerals that a toddler requires for healthy development. Minerals are found in dairy products, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, dried fruits, and green leafy vegetables. 7. Dietary Fibre Dietary fibre is essential for good digestive health. Fibre makes food move through the bowel and thus stimulates bowel movements. Sources of fibre-rich foods for toddlers include unpeeled apples and pears, bananas, berries with seeds, and whole grains like oats, and yoghurt. 8. Water It is important for a toddler to stay hydrated. Water makes up around 60% of the average body weight. Toddlers between the age of 1 and 3 years need 1.3 litres of water per day. The child’s fluid intake can also consist of other liquids like soups, juice, and milk. However, water is the best choice. How Much Food Does a Toddler Need at 22 Months A 22-month-old toddler has a stomach which is around the same size of his clenched fist. Hence, you cannot expect your toddler to eat quantities of food similar to that of an adult. Keep the meal portions small. On an average, a toddler needs 1000 to 1400 calories of food per day, depending on their size, age and level of activity. This would include around 80-85 grams of whole grains, 1 cup of vegetables, 1 cup of fruits, 2 cups of milk (450 to 500 ml), and about 55 grams of meat and beans. Best Foods for a 22-month-old Baby Here are some wholesome and nourishing food ideas for your 22-month-old toddler: 1. Stuffed Vegetable Parathas Make tiny, palm-sized parathas stuffed with paneer, carrots, cauliflower, or boiled potatoes. Serve with a small dollop of ghee. This will provide a host of nutrients including essentials carbohydrates, fibre and more to babies for their overall development. 2. Cheese Dosa Make regular dosa and add grated cheese to it. Your child will love it. However, make small-sized dosa for your little one, and he will finish it in one go. Cheese provides calcium which is important for bone health. Ensure that your baby is not allergic to dairy. 3. Vegetable Idlis Instead of plain idlis, make vegetable idlis by adding grated carrots, mashed peas, spinach, or cabbage to the batter and then steaming it. This assortment of vegetables that give your baby ample Vitamin K, Vitamin B6 essential for the growth of hair, nails, etc, along with fibre. 4. Appam with Vegetable or Chicken stew This dish is different from the standard fare and is also nutritious. Chicken stew and vegetable stew along with appam, made of rice batter, can be a complete nutrient package for your baby. Stew contains a good amount of fibre which can regulate the baby's digestive system. 5. Vegetable Khichdi Rice and lentils both are good for a toddler. And a khichdi with vegetables will be more beneficial. This is a nutritious staple in most Indian households and kids will love it too when served warm. Rice and lentils both have useful proteins which are great for baby's development. 6. Vegetable Fingers with Hummus Toddlers love hummus and it has many benefits for a child. It helps in the brain and retinal development of a toddler. It is also a good source of iron and your child will relish some cooked veggie fingers with the hummus dip. 7. Seasonal Fruits Give your toddler seasonal fruits that are easily available in the market. This ensures that they get a variety of nutrients from different fruits. Different fruits have several nutritional benefits that can be associated with good health. A good dose of folic acid can help create red blood cells and fibre can soothe the baby's digestive tract. 8. Meal Combinations Try usual meal combinations like chole with bhature, palak paneer with roti, dal rice with okra curry, dosa with tomato chutney, etc. Each of these food items come with their benefits like chole is rich in protein, palak is rich in fibre, etc. This can help your baby develop his muscles and grow up healthy. 9. Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes, Onions and Cheese Make scrambled eggs with sautéed tomatoes and onions. Serve with grated cheese on top. Eggs are rich in iron, fat and protein which is essential for a growing baby. 10. Finger Sandwiches Finger sandwiches with soft cheese, cucumber and carrots are tasty and nutritious for toddlers. Cucumber and carrots are a good source of fibre. Ensure you peel the skin off the cucumber before you give it to your baby. 22-Month-Old Baby's Food Chart/Meal Plan Below is a 22-month-old baby's food chart – Indian: Diet plan for 22-Month-Old - Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Dhokla Cut fruits Besan(gram flour)- methi(fenugreek) paratha with carrot-palak(spinach) raita Boiled sweet potato with chaat masala Chicken soup with hakka noodles Day 2 Egg paratha and kesar(saffron)-elachi(cardamom) milk Banana-peanut ladoo Appam with vegetable stew + beetroot raita Whole wheat crackers with dahi(curd) palak(spinach) dip Roti + subzi + dal fry Day 3 Dalia( broken wheat)sheera with raisins, almonds and milk Moong(split yellow gram) sprouts- apple- mint chutney chaat Ragi(finger millet)-wheat roti + sprouts and palak(spinach) + a few cherry tomatoes Phirni Veg soup + palak(spinach) paneer(cottage cheese) + paratha Day 4 Oats waffles with chocolate milk Fruit chaat Roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of carrots+ hand pounded rice Paneer(cottage cheese)cubes with honey or chaat masala Tomato-pumpkin masoor dal(red lentil) soup with hand pounded rice Day 5 Mix dal(lentil) chilla with mint chutney Carrot-apple juice Palak(spinach)paneer (cottage cheese)paratha + a few cherry tomatoes Seviyan upma + kesar(saffron)-elaichi(cardamom) milk Moong(split yellow gram) sprouts-oats cutlet with homemade dates-tomato-mint chutney Day 6 Thepla + chunda + kesar(saffron) elaichi(cardamom)milk Fruit chaat Multigrain roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot+ hand pounded rice Plain khakhara mixed with curd Besan(gram flour)-jowar(sorghum)-coriander chilla with curd Day 7 Besan(gram flour)paratha + a glass of milk Sweet lime juice Bajra (pearl millet)roti + brinjal bharta + dal + mix veg raita Plain milk with poha(flattened rice) Thalipeeth with white butter and buttermilk Diet Plan for 22-Month-Old - Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Seviyan-coconut upma + milk Toast with cheese spread Besan(gram flour)-methi(fenugreek)paratha with carrot-palak(spinach) raita Plain dahi(curd)with banana/apple/locally available fruit Paneer(cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander-tomato soup Day 2 Multigrain chilla + almond milkshake Fruit chaat Appam with vegetable stew + beetroot raita Peanut chikki + ½ cup of locally available fruit Baked beans with toast Day 3 Almond waffles with raisins and honey Cucumber cubes with dahi dip Fish or soya chunks curry with rice + cucumber and tomato salad Fruit milkshake Apple-coconut-dahi(curd)chutney Day 4 Phirni Besan(gram flour)laddoo Roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of carrots+ hand pounded rice Dalia(broken wheat) Hakka noodles + sweet corn veg soup Day 5 Oats-almond kheer Roasted makhana(puffed lotus seeds) Palak(spinach) paneer(cottage cheese)and paratha + a few cherry tomatoes Paneer(cottage cheese) with honey and almonds Methi(fenugreek) pithla with jowar(sorghum) roti Day 6 Poha(flattened rice) with tomatoes and capsicum + chocolate -almond milkhake Chopped dates with almonds and cashews Multigrain roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot+ hand pounded rice Cut fruits Stuffed parathas with curd or lassi Day 7 Chicken sandwich with tomato slices Yoghurt Bajra(pearl millet) roti + brinjal bharta + dal + vegetable raita Baked potato wedges topped with cheese Besan(gram flour methi)(fenugreek)paratha with carrot palak(spinach) raita Diet plan for 22-month-old - Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Poha(flattened rice) with milk Plain khakhara mixed with curd Besan(gram flour)-methi(fenugreek) paratha with carrot-palak(spinach) raita Banana-strawberry-almond smoothie Vegetable raita + vegetable pulav + moong dal (split yellow gram)soup Day 2 Sooji(semolina)dosa with sambar Mashed potato with grated paneer(cottage cheese) Appam with vegetable stew + beetroot raita Almond-anjeer(fig) milkshake Veg risotto Day 3 Oats-almond kheer 2-3 homemade cookies + milk Ragi(finger millet)-wheat roti + sprouts and palak(spinach)+ a few cherry tomatoes Paneer(cottage cheese)-khakhara chaat Chicken soup with pulao Day 4 Poha(flattened rice) with tomatoes and capsicum + chocolate-almond milkhake Masala makhana(puffed lotus seeds) + banana milkshake Roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of carrots+ hand pounded rice Peanut chikki + ½ cup of banana/apple/any locally available fruit Chicken or paneer(cottage cheese) curry with rice Day 5 Banana pancake Rajgira(amaranth) chikki dipped in milk Palak paneer +paratha + a few cherry tomatoes Fruit milkshake Methi(fenugreek) thepla with potato sabzi + curd Day 6 Atte(wheat flour) ka sheera with milk Plain khakhara mixed with curd Mini roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Dahi vada (homemade) Mini roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Day 7 Steamed rice cake with chana(chickpea) curry Cut fruits Bajra(pearl millet) roti + brinjal bharta + dal + vegetable raita Aloo tikki with mint chutney Moong(split yellow gram) sprouts-oats cutlet with homemade dates-tomato-mint chutney Diet Plan for 22-Month-Old - Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Grated cucumber-oats pancake Fruit chaat Besan(gram flour)-methi(fenugreek) paratha with carrot-palak(spinach) raita Cut fruits Dal (lentil)khichdi with lauki(bottle gourd) soup Day 2 Vegetable upma with buttermilk Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Appam with vegetable stew + beetroot raita Cucumber cubes with dahi(curd)dip Chole puri + lassi Day 3 Omelette with bread or paneer(cottage cheese) sandwich Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Fruit sheera Lauki(bottle gourd)-methi(fenugreek)muthia with buttermilk Day 4 Rajgira (amaranth)-wheat sheera with mashed raisins Apple juice with chat masala Roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of carrots+ hand pounded rice Mashed cheesy potato Shahi paneer with paratha and tomato mushroom soup Day 5 Doodh poha with chopped banana or apple Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Palak paneer+paratha + a few cherry tomatoes Ragi(finger millet) ladoo Paneer (cottage cheese)cutlets or grilled fish with baked bean soup and grated carrot raita Day 6 Jowar(sorghum) puff kheer Chikoo(sapota) Multigrain roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of boiled beetroot+ hand pounded rice Sliced apples Tomato and lauki(bottle gourd) soup with roti/paratha Day 7 Tomato and lauki(bottle gourd) soup with roti/paratha Baked potato wedges topped with cheese Bajra(pearl millet) roti + brinjal bharta + dal + mix vegetable raita Dahi(curd)/ mashed banana/ mashed papaya/ pineapple raita Bisi bele bath with curd and a few slices of cucumber Video: 22 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC5h2UO47jk Food Recipes for 22 Months Old Baby Here are some nutritious recipes for 22-month-old toddlers: 1. Dal, Rice and Vegetable Khichdi This makes a tasty and healthy dinner for a 22-month-old. Ingredients 3 tablespoons of moong dal, a pinch of turmeric, 3 tablespoons of rice, 1 small carrot, diced, some washed and chopped spinach, peeled diced potatoes, ½ teaspoon ghee and water. How to Prepare Soak the rice and dal together for ½ an hour. Put the rice and dal along with carrots, turmeric, and water into a pressure cooker. Cook the khichdi for about 3 whistles until it is soft and mushy. Allow it to cool. Add some mustard and cumin seeds and serve. 2. Vegetable Masoor Dal Soup Masoor dal cooks very quickly and is high in proteins. Your toddler can easily digest it. Ingredients 1 small carrot, diced, ½ an onion, finely chopped, 1 small potato, cubed; ½ teaspoon ghee, water, 2 tablespoons masoor dal. How to Prepare Add ghee to a pan and heat it on low flame. Add chopped onions and sauté until transparent. Add the carrot and potato and sauté for a few minutes. Add the masoor dal and water. Bring it to a boil. Cook for roughly 20 minutes until the dal is cooked and the vegetables become soft. Puree this mixture in a food processor. Serve warm. 3. Mixed Vegetable Soup This dish is flavorful and nutritious for toddlers. Ingredients 5-6 spinach leaves, 2-3 beans, 1 small potato, a teaspoon of peas, 1 clove of garlic, ½ a carrot, water, ½ teaspoon ghee. How to Make Chop the vegetables and pressure cook them with water and a pinch of salt. Cook for 3 whistles until vegetables are soft. Add the ghee and blend the mixture until smooth. Vegetable soup is ready. 4. Strawberry milkshake Toddlers find this nutritious milkshake very tasty. Ingredients 1 cup of washed strawberries, 150 ml milk, a teaspoon of yoghurt, a teaspoon of sugar. How to Prepare Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Strain out the seeds and serve. 5. Bread Pizza This dish is flavourful and healthy for toddlers. Ingredients Bread slices with edges cut off, grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, green and yellow capsicum chopped into small pieces, grated carrot, peas. How to Prepare Toast the bread and lightly butter it. Add the grated cheese evenly over it. Sauté the vegetables until they are cooked. Spread them over the grated cheese. Melt the cheese in an oven for a few minutes. Bread pizza is ready. Feeding Tips Here are some feeding tips for a 22-month-old: Here are some nutritious recipes for 22-month-old toddlers: 1. Dal, Rice and Vegetable Khichdi The diet for a 22-month-old baby should include fruits and vegetables. Cut the fruit into small pieces and chop vegetables and cook them until soft to avoid choking. Keep the portions small. Do not try to feed your toddler too much food. If the toddler does not want to eat more, accept her wishes and don't force her to eat. Babies have a mechanism that prevents them from overeating. If you overfeed the toddler, it interferes with their ability to stop when full. Toddlers may have to be offered new foods at least 7 to 10 times before they decide to try it. So, be patient and introduce new foods 1 spoon at a time. Toddlers are messy and tend to play with their food. Do not let that worry you. Put the food on a plate in before the baby. Let her have her fill. Clean up later. 22-month-olds should drink full fat cow’s milk. They can have 100 to 150 ml twice a day. Make sure your toddler is getting adequate amounts of iron and calcium in her diet. If you are concerned about nutritional deficiency, talk to your doctor about vitamin supplements. Let the toddler sit at the table and eat with the family. This will encourage her to eat better and try new foods. Give your toddler 2 to 3 different options to try for the main meals. Toddlers decide on their likes and dislike depending on the colour, texture and taste of the food. Toddler meal plans are just rough guidelines. Each toddler is unique and has different tastes and nutritional requirements. What works for one toddler may not necessarily work for another. Toddler’s appetites vary vastly. They could change based on growth, teething, and developmental milestones. Hence, do not compare the food intake of different toddlers. If you feel that your toddler is not getting adequate nutrition, talk to the paediatrician about it. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: Blueberries for Babies
23 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
23 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart and Recipes
Your baby is now able to walk, run, climb, and effectively communicate with you. Milestones such as these indicate a change in nutritional requirements as well. Ironically, toddlers who tend to have much more active lives than newborns, require fewer calories. However, this does not mean nutrition is not absolutely crucial. Generally, solid foods are started when the baby is around six months old, with a slow increase in variety, flavours and textures as they grow older. Around the age of two, your little one can eat almost anything you can with some minor exceptions. This article will help you understand the food requirements of your toddler, along with a few ideas and recipes you can use. Video: Food Ideas for 23 Month Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnox-XyW2PU Nutrient Requirements for 23 Months Old Child While the nutrients required by all human beings are basically the same, the quality and proportions differ when it comes to toddlers and young children. 1. Carbohydrates Carbs or sugars provide energy for metabolic processes, making them an absolute necessity. As your toddler is going through rapid growth and development, reducing carbohydrates at this point is extremely dangerous. Carbs are also used by the brain in order to function. 2. Sodium Sodium is touted as a dangerous substance in excess, especially those with high blood pressure. But it is also an essential nutrient, as it maintains blood pressure by controlling the buffer levels of blood electrolytes. 3. Fats Fats, especially from healthy sources, is important in growth, organ development, the formation of nervous tissue and so on. Further, fats like omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, are among the most important dietary nutrients for a growing child. 4. Protein As you already know, protein is required to build muscles, perform various body functions, act as enzymes, and so on. However, toddlers function better on a high carb low protein diet, as their growth spurts are not imminent at this age. 5. Iron Iron is required in the formation of blood and efficient functioning of the circulatory system. Deficiency of iron is very common among children across the world. Initially, breastfeeding provides the iron required by the baby, but as they are weaned, they need better sources. 6. Water Water is not technically a nutrient but is more important than all the others combined. Water acts as a solvent, without which not even a single metabolic reaction can occur in the body. Even the production of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the body requires water. 7. Fibre Fibre can be obtained from most carbohydrate-rich whole foods. It regulates the digestive system and helps in easy waste removal from the body. 8. Vitamins Vitamins are chemical molecules that perform a wide range of bodily functions. They are responsible for blood clotting, skin maintenance, bone growth, energy production, and innumerable other activities. How Much Food Does a 23 Months Old Toddler Needs? Toddlers around the age of two, require approximately 1000-1300 calories every day, but this can change based on how active they are. Coming to the other nutrients, per day they require around 1 g of Sodium, 7 mg of iron, 12 g of protein, 140 g of carbs, 19 grams of fibre, 40 g of fat, and around 1.5 litres of water. Best Foods for Twenty-Three-Old Baby Here is a list of the best foods for twenty-three-month-old babies: 1. Fruits Fruits are a delicious snack and come in countless colours, flavours and textures. They provide carbohydrates, antioxidants, fibre, vitamins, minerals and water. These nutrients are great for building the immune system and protecting your baby from infections. 2. Curds Curds or yoghurt are a great food for children, especially those who find it difficult to process milk or have lactose intolerance. Curds are rich in probiotics, that is healthy intestinal microflora or bacteria. These bacteria are known to strengthen the immune and digestive systems. 3. Grains and Cereals These foods include rice, wheat, barley, maize, quinoa, ragi, oats, millets and so on. They are great when it comes to energy, as they are rich in complex carbs. Ideally, you should feed your child whole grains, as the refined or processed versions have a lot of the surface nutrients degraded. 4. Veggies Vegetables, like fruits, provide energy, fibre, minerals, water, fibre and antioxidants. They support metabolic functions as well as protect against diseases. Please ensure you wash them beforehand as there might be pesticides on the skins. Ideally, you should retain the skin as it contains a great deal of the nutrients. 5. Eggs Eggs are an important source of protein and support your toddler’s growth and development. Eggs also contain important nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, Vitamin B12, iron and so on. 6. Lean Meat Meats are also a great source of protein, much like eggs. In addition to supporting muscle development, lean meats like chicken and fish are rich in selenium, niacin, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, phosphorus, iron and so on. 7. Bread Bread, preferable the whole-grain kind, is both tasty and nutritious. Brown bread or multigrain bread contain fibre, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and protein in addition to energy-producing complex carbohydrates. 8. Milk Milk is considered a whole food, as it is rich in proteins, fats, carbs, minerals, as well as vitamins. Further, the calcium and phosphorus in milk are essential in the formation of teeth and bones. 9. Ghee Dairy products like ghee have they same properties as milk, but can be used in a variety of ways. Further, ghee can be used by kids with milk allergies, as the allergens, namely casein and lactose, have been removed during preparation. 10. Nuts Nuts like almonds, cashews, walnuts, and so on are rich in healthy fats, which are essential for growth, development, circulatory health, the functioning of the brain, and so on. Fats also provide some amount of energy in slow-release form. 23 Month Old Baby Food Chart / Meal Plan Here's a food chart you can follow for your little one. Diet Plan for 23-Month-Old - Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Dalia (broken wheat)upma with grated carrot and milk Fruit chaat Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Bajra(pearl millet) puff porridge with almond powder Pav bhaji (not spicy) and spinach soup Day 2 Banana pancake and chocolate milk Fruit juice Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Fruit custard Vegetable raita + vegetable pulav + moong dal soup Day 3 Scrambled egg with toast and banana/apple milkshake Fruit juice Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney 2-3 homemade cookies with milk Veg risotto Day 4 Moong dal(split yellow gram)-spinach dhokla with green chutney Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Oats/jowar (sorghum) puff porridge Chole paratha and pumpkin soup Day 5 Sattu (gram flour mix) with milk, almonds & dates (sieved) Fruit chaat Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Banana/apple milkshake Chicken or paneer(cottage cheese) curry with rice Day 6 Idli with chutney or sambar Banana/apple /any locally available fruit with black salt Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Paneer (cottage cheese) -apple mash Methi(fenugreek) thepla with aloo (potato) sabzi + curd Day 7 Sabudana(sago) khichdi with cucumber raita Banana/apple/ any locally available fruit Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Roti + jaggery + a glass of milk Soya patties with masoor dal(red lentil)soup and rice Diet Plan for 23-Month-Old - Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Vegetable upma + milk Chopped dates + almonds + cashews Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Bajra(pearl millet) puff porridge with almond powder Pav bhaji (less spicy) and spinach soup Day 2 Ragi(finger millet)dosa + milk Plain khakhara mixed with curd Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Fruit custard Vegetable raita + vegetable pulav + moong dal(yellow split gram) soup Day 3 Apple kheer + carrot paratha Mashed potato with grated paneer(cottage cheese) Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney 2-3 homemade cookies with milk Varan bhaat Day 4 Dalia(broken wheat) 2-3 homemade cookies + milk Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Oats/ jowar(sorghum) puff porridge Chole paratha and pumpkin soup Day 5 Makhana (puffed lotus seeds) kheer Masala makhana + banana milkshake Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Banana/apple milkshake Chicken or paneer(cottage cheese) curry with rice Day 6 Atte(wheat flour) ka sheera with milk Rajgira (amaranth) chikki dipped in milk Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Paneer(cottage cheese) -apple mash Methi(fenugreek) thepla with potato sabzi + curd Day 7 Banana pancake with chocolate milk Broken chakli Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Roti + jaggery + a glass of milk Soya patties with masoor dal(red lentil) soup and rice Diet Plan for 23-Month-Old - Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Sabudana(sago) kheer Phirni Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Homemade batata vada with green chutney Paneer(cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander tomato soup Day 2 Egg paratha + kesar(saffron) elaichi(cardamom) milk Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Paneer(cottage cheese) with honey and almonds Baked beans with toast Day 3 Dalia (broken wheat) sheera with raisins, almonds and milk Ragi(finger millet)ladoo Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Poha (flattened rice) Apple with coconut- dahi(curd) chutney Day 4 Oats waffles with chocolate milk Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any vegetable of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Methi (fenugreek) -bajra(pearl millet) puri Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/ cucumber /tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Day 5 Mixed dal (lentil) chilla with mint chutney Dates- skim milk powder ladoo Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney French fries with tomato chutney Lauki (bottle gourd) - methi (fenugreek) muthia with buttermilk Day 6 Thepla + chunda + 1 small glass of kesar(saffron) -elaichi(cardamom) milk Banana/ apple smoothie Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Dahi vada (homemade) Shahi paneer with paratha + tomato- mushroom soup Day 7 Oats-apple- cinnamon porridge Chana (chickpea) powder mixed with sattu + khajur(date) ladoo + milk Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Aloo tikki with mint chutney Paneer(cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with baked bean soup and grated carrot raita Diet Plan for 23-Month-Old - Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Parathas with milk Sattu(mixed gram flour)ladoo Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Almond-anjeer (fig)milkshake Grilled cheese sandwich with vegetable soup Day 2 Poha (flattened rice) fruit juice Methi(fenugreek) puri Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Paneer(cottage cheese)- khakhara chaat Chole puri + lassi Day 3 Thalipeeth + milk Mashed banana /apple/any locally available fruit Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Peanut chikki + ½ cup of any locally available fruit Makki(corn) ki roti + sarson(mustard) ka saag Day 4 Banana/ egg white pancake Fruit juice Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Banana/apple milkshake Mix vegetable- paneer(cottage cheese) paratha with tomato soup Day 5 Seviyan upma + banana /apple milkshake Seviyan upma + banana /apple milkshake Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Palak(spinach) soup with bread sticks Paneer(cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander tomato shorba Day 6 Ragi satva (finger millet malt) with almond powder Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Bajra(pearl millet) roti with milk Varan bhaat Day 7 Doodh poha with chopped fruit topped with elaichi (cardamom) Crushed til (sesame) ladoo Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Plain dahi(curd) with locally available fruit Soya patties with masoor dal(red lentil) soup and rice Video: 23 Month Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYBc8d_mgmQ Food Recipes for 23 Months Old Baby Here are a few food recipes for your 23-month-old baby that they will enjoy: 1. Breakfast Cereal Breakfast cereal is a standard meal that can be varied to provide different flavours. Ingredients Half cup oats Half cup milk Half cup fruit juice One tbsp honey How to Prepare Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Drizzle honey over the mixture. You can top it with nuts and raisins if you want. 2. Mixed Salad This is a yummy meal that offers a wide range of health benefits. Ingredients Half cup milk 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt Half cup berries, diced Half cup boiled carrots One sliced banana One small cube of cheese Two tbsp bran How to Prepare Boil the milk beforehand. Mix all the ingredients together and toss for even consistency. Add honey or ghee for taste. 3. Bean Rice This lunch recipe is filling as well as delicious. Ingredients Half cup rice Four tbsp cooked rajma beans Half cup diced onions and carrots Two tbsp milk One tsp cinnamon How to Prepare Once the rice and beans have been cooked, mix them together. Then add the veggies, milk and cinnamon and mix well. You can also add a small pinch of garam masala, but only if your child can tolerate spices. 4. Macaroni and Cheese This common recipe is employed around the world, and it is quite simple to prepare. Ingredients Half cup macaroni Two tbsp grated cheese Half cup chopped veggies like broccoli, bell peppers and carrots Half cup milk How to Prepare Cook the macaroni until ready. Before it cools, add the cheese and allow it to melt. Then mix in the remaining ingredients until an even consistency is obtained. 5. Chicken Noodles This non-vegetarian meal is high-protein. You can replace the chicken with vegetarian substitutes like tofu, soybeans, legumes, and so on. Ingredients Half cup chicken, cooked well Half cup noodles Two tbsp chopped carrots Two tbsp shelled green peas Half cup Greek yoghurt How to Prepare Cook the noodles, carrots and green peas together until ready. Mix in the chicken and yoghurt. You can add a pinch of pepper or turmeric for added flavour. Feeding Tips You can follow the below tips while feeding your little one. Don’t allow your toddler to have sweet drinks during the day, especially between meals. Water is the preferred choice if they are thirsty. Food items which are choking hazards include crisps, whole vegetables, nuts, bony meat, candy, chewing gum, popcorn, ice cubes and so on. If you need to use any of these, make sure they are sliced up well beforehand. Ensure your toddler is sitting up while having their meals. Allow them to indulge in physical activities as they provide various health benefits. It’s fine if your baby spills while drinking. Simply replace their cups with a spill-proof one. When serving fruits and veggies, make sure you extract cores, pits, seeds and rough peels. Teach your toddler how to take smaller bites and make sure they chew their food properly before swallowing. Establish a routine for mealtime, as this will avoid any hunger pangs or eating between meals. Please ensure your child does not overeat during their meals, as this can cause weight gain, constipation, and various other complications. Encourage your toddler to try different kinds of food, with unique tastes and textures. Children know exactly when and how much they want to eat. As long as they are not too fussy, you should feed them according to their instincts. If they show disinterest, such as pushing away the food, turning their heads, spitting food out, refusing to open their mouth and so on, don’t force them to eat that food at that time. Just like us, babies and toddlers have their own tastes and act on them. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: 2 Year (12 to 24 month) Old Baby Food Chart
24 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart, and Recipes
24 Months Old Baby Food - Ideas, Chart, and Recipes
Your child has turned two and now he can eat almost every food item that is on your plate. While this might seem like a blessing, it also means that your child will be even pickier than before, and refuse to eat certain items just because he won't like the taste. So, you will have to be more careful about his food choices. But there is no need to worry about your child's food habits as we have some amazing ideas and recipes that you can try for your two-year-old. Video: Food Ideas for 2 Year Old Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMIDrm_FtVY Nutrient Requirements of a 24-month-old Child At 2 years, your child's appetite would definitely increase and hence you will see him gorging on whatever comes his way. While he eats anything and everything, it is your responsibility as a parent to see if his nutrient requirements are being fulfilled or not. Following are the nutrient requirements of a 24-month-old child: 1. Calories Between the ages of 1 and 4 years, a child's calorie requirement does not increase as extensively as you would expect it to. Most children need only about 1200-1300 calories on a daily basis. 2. Proteins The growth of a child's body and muscles heavily depends on his proteins intake. But that does not mean his diet should constitute only of protein-rich foods. A child gets enough proteins from the usual food products. 3. Carbohydrates These pretty much form the core of each meal a child has at this age. A child needs around 130-150 grams of carbohydrates for a kid to keep functioning properly through the day. 4. Dietary Fibre Since most meals include processed foods, it is important to maintain an inclusion of whole food items as well. Fruits or grains can incorporate fibre into your child’s diet and keep his digestive system healthy. 5. Sodium Most parents fret about children getting a lot of sodium from the salt. But maintaining about a gram of sodium intake daily is utterly important for children at this age. 6. Iron Along with sodium, iron is another element that plays a vital role in keeping the circulatory system of a child’s body at an optimal level. When the diet is balanced, there’s no need for iron supplements to be given along with it. 7. Milk The importance of milk cannot be stressed enough. Milk is necessary for bone development and overall growth and development of a child, so make sure your child drinks a glass of milk daily. You can give him cow’s milk, soy milk, or almond milk too. 8. Water The presence of water might seem surprising in the list of nutritive elements but you would be surprised to know that only a few children meet the daily requirement of drinking 1.3 litres of water every day. Hence, you must check if your baby drinks water enough or not. How Much Food Does a 24-month-old Toddler Need? Although your child is growing, it does not mean you feed him every hour. As per his current age, he requires no more than 1.5 kilocalories on a daily basis. And this can be easily achieved with a diet that has a good combination of grains, fruits, vegetables, and other food items. Best Foods for a Twenty-four-month-old Baby The completion of 24 months puts your child at an important stage in his life. Going ahead, it is important for him to gain a good amount of weight and develop an energy reserve to power him through life. A few specific foods can help him make that happen. 1. Eggs Giving your little one a whole egg, either as an omelette or in the boiled form is a great way to add to his weight and make him a filling meal. Children can eat both the yolk and the whites without any issues. 2. Khichdi Since it can get difficult to make kids have a complete meal by themselves, khichdi is a great option that can be made within no time and is full of nutrients, thanks to the presence of both rice and various lentils. Eating khichdi helps in healthy weight gain and stimulates the metabolism as well. 3. Potatoes This vegetable can go with nearly any kind of meal preparation. Yes, you must be bored of eating it, it is extremely vital for your kid. Your kid's diet should include potato. Starchy vegetables are quite essential at this age. 4. Curd A child needs strength right from an early age. The cream of the milk or curd is a great source of fat and even provides energy to the body, which can be synthesized by the body in the best form and prove beneficial for the child. 5. Milkshakes Your child may whine when it comes to drinking his daily glass of milk. Combining the same with a fruit can help turn it into a delicious milkshake, which provides added nutrition and would be loved by your little one. 6. Ghee Adding a spoonful of ghee when serving veggies to your child should become a practice at this age. While vegetables should be prepared in ghee itself, you could opt for using olive oil instead to keep your own health intact. 7. Nuts Breakfast is a great time to include a variety of nuts in your child’s diet. Let it be mixed with cereal or let him have a few after he wakes up in the morning. Everything from almonds to cashews and raisins is good if given in moderation. 8. Flaxseeds A healthy combination of proteins, fats, and fibre are essential for a growing baby. To meet these nutrient requirements, you can include flaxseed in his diet. Flaxseeds are immensely popular among those but pumpkin and melon seeds can do the trick as well. 9. Peanut Butter Yes, this is a healthy food item for your child. Although it is best to keep peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for special occasions, you can use the butter in various preparations, since it is a great source of fats and energy. 10. Jaggery Most households make use of refined sugar to bring out the sweetness in their preparations. Replacing it with jaggery is not only a healthy alternative for everyone, but the child receives its health benefits as well. 24 Month Old Baby Food Chart/Meal Plan Figuring out what to give your 24-month toddler can take up an entire day. Make use of a simple meal plan to get a foothold, and plan your own chart accordingly. The following meal plan is great for children who are 2. Diet for 24-Month-Old – Week 1 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Seviyan coconut upma + milk Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Fruit smoothie Methi (fenugreek)thepla + dal(lentil) soup Day 2 Multigrain chilla + almond milkshake Any locally available fruit Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Almond-anjeer (fig)milkshake Paneer (cottage cheese)pulav + raita Day 3 Parathas with milk + raisins + honey Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Paneer(cottage cheese)- khakhara chaat Bajra(pearl millet)- besan(gram flour)- lauki(bottle gourd) muthia + tomato carrot mint dip Day 4 Phirni Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Peanut chikki + ½ cup of any locally available fruit Paneer pulav + raita Day 5 Oats-almond kheer Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Banana/apple milkshake Ragi(finger millet) dosa with sambar and chutney Day 6 Poha(flattened rice) with tomatoes and capsicum + chocolate milkhake Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Dalia(broken wheat) Paneer(cottage cheese)-aloo(potato)-palak (spinach)paratha + curd Day 7 Banana pancake Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Paneer (cottage cheese)with honey and almonds Bajra(pearl millet) roti + brinjal bharta + dal(lentil) soup Diet for 24-Month-Old – Week 2 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Dalia( broken wheat)upma with grated carrot and milk Plain khakhara mixed with curd Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Plain khakhara mixed with curd Palak(spinach)-moong dal(split yellow gram) muthia Day 2 Banana pancake and chocolate milk Mashed potato with grated paneer(cottage cheese) Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Mashed potato with grated paneer(cottage cheese) Dal(lentil) khichdi with lotus stem soup Day 3 Scrambled egg with toast and fruit milkshake 2-3 homemade cookies + milk Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney 2-3 homemade cookies + milk Paneer (cottage cheese)paratha with drumstick leaves and drumstick soup Day 4 Moong dal(split yellow gram)-spinach dhokla with green chutney Masala makhana(puffed lotus seeds) + banana milkshake Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Masala makhana(puffed lotus seeds) + banana milkshake Vegetable soup/ chicken broth with vegetable paratha and curd/lassi Day 5 Sattu(gram flour mix)with milk, almonds and dates (sieved) Rajgira(amaranth) chikki dipped in milk Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney French fries with tomato chutney Ragi (finger millet)tomato soup with rajma(kidney bean) chawal Day 6 Idli with chutney or sambar Banana/apple milkshake Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Crushed til(sesame) ladoo with banana milkshake Roti + dal + a subzi of choice + a few slices of cucumber+ hand pounded rice Day 7 Puttu with chana(chickpea) curry Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Wheat laddoo and milk Dal dhokli with sliced carrots Diet for 24-Month-Old – Week 3 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Grated cucumber-oats pancake Cut fruits Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Grilled sweet potato slices Chole puri + lassi Day 2 Vegetable upma made with buttermilk Paneer(cottage cheese)-apple mash Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Oats-apple smoothie Makki(corn) ki roti + sarson ka saag Day 3 Omelette with bread or paneer(cottage cheese) sandwich Bread slices with butter/home made fruit jam Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Paneer(cottage cheese)-dates ladoo Mix vegetable-paneer(cottage cheese) paratha with tomato soup Day 4 Rajgira(amaranth)-wheat sheera with mashed raisins Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Baked potato wedges topped with cheese Paneer(cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with coriander tomato soup Day 5 Puri sabzi with milk Multigrain ladoo Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Plain dahi with banana/apple/ locally available fruit Baked beans with toast Day 6 Seviyan kheer Banana/apple/any locally available fruit Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Banana/apple milkshake Bisi bele bath with curd Day 7 Vegetable upma made with buttermilk Fruit custard Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Roasted peanuts + yoghurt Roti + sabzi + dal Diet for 24-Month-Old – Week 4 Meals Breakfast Mid-morning Lunch Evening Dinner Day 1 Rajgira(amaranth) milkshake with chopped anjeer(fig) Dates- skim milk powder ladoo Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Plain khakhara mixed with curd Lauki(bottle gourd)-methi(fenugreek) muthia with buttermilk Day 2 Boiled egg yolk/ homemade paneer(cottage cheese) Palak(spinach)- grapes -apple smoothie Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Mashed potato with grated paneer Shahi paneer(cottage cheese) with paratha and tomato-mushroom soup Day 3 Besan(gram flour)-jowar(sorghum)-coriander chilla with curd Besan(gram flour)r mixed with sattu(barley) + khajur(dates)ladoo + milk Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney 2-3 homemade cookies + milk Paneer(cottage cheese) cutlets or grilled fish with baked bean soup and grated carrot raita Day 4 Fruit smoothie Poha(flattened rice)soaked in dahi(curd) with mashed banana Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Masala makhana(puffed lotus seeds) + banana milkshake Bajra(pearl millet) roti + brinjal bharta + dal + vegetable raita Day 5 Scambled egg Oats-apple smoothie Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Rajgira (amaranth)chikki dipped in milk Macaroni and cheese with tomato soup Day 6 Seviyan upma + kesar(saffron) elaichi (cardamom)milk Peanut ladoo Fried rice with sweet corn soup Poha (flattened rice) soaked in dahi(curd) with mashed banana Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Day 7 Ragii satva (Finger millet malt)with almond powder Mashed potato with cheese Mini roti + dal + any sabzi of choice + a few slices of carrot/cucumber/tomatoes + 1 spoon of coriander /mint chutney Dahi(curd)vada (homemade) Dhansak with rice Video: 2 Year Old Baby Food Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTCJEOE0xkQ Food Recipes For a 24-months-old Baby In order to make sure your little kid eats his meals properly, here are a few recipes you can make to ensure that he gets the right nutrients. 1. Spinach and Beetroot Cutlets These make for a great breakfast item on weekdays and even on weekends. Ingredients Spinach puree, 2 tablespoon Beetroot puree, 2 tablespoon Whole wheat flour, 0.5 cup Jaggery, 0.5 cup Butter, 2 tablespoon How To Prepare Begin by preheating the oven at a temperature of 200 degrees. Mix together jaggery and butter in a bowl along with spinach puree. In another bowl, mix beetroot puree with jaggery and butter. Add the flour to both the bowls with some water, and make the dough. You can even mix spinach and beetroot puree and make their cutlets. Make cookie shapes from the dough and line them on a greased baking tray. Place them in the oven and let them bake for about 8-10 minutes. Serve warm with curd or chutney. 2. Ragi Cake Satiate your little one’s sweet cravings with this healthy and delicious ragi cake. Ingredients Olive oil, 0.5 cup Vanilla essence, 1 teaspoon Salt Milk, 1 cup Yoghurt, 1 cup Baking soda, 1 teaspoon Brown sugar, 1 cup Cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons Whole wheat flour, 1 cup Ragi flour, 0.5 cup How To Prepare Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Take wheat flour in a big bowl and add ragi flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder to it. Mix it thoroughly. Add yoghurt, oil, milk, and vanilla essence to it and mix well again. Pour this mixture in a baking tray and place it in the oven for about half an hour. Serve it with some nice chocolate syrup. 3. Egg Dosa When a simple uttapam does not fill your child’s tummy, give it a twist. Make egg dosa and he will finish it in no time. Ingredients Salt Pepper An egg Dosa batter How To Prepare Heat the pan and sprinkle a little oil on it. Pour dosa batter in the centre and spread it around. Now crack an egg exactly over it. Let each side be cooked properly and add salt and pepper for additional taste. 4. Sweet Potato Puffs This food items is a great evening snack and can even be a major side dish for a light dinner. Ingredients Flour, 0.5 cup Cereal, 1 cup Applesauce, 1 tablespoon Water, 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons Sweet potato, mashed, 4 cups How To Prepare Preheat the oven at a temperature of 350 degrees. Mix together oil, potato mash, and applesauce in a bowl. Add water gently till the mixture blends fully. Follow it up with cereal and flour as needed. Use the dough to make small ball-like portions. Poke a small hole in the middle to let the trapped air out, allowing it to puff up. Apply oil on a baking tray and arrange the puffs on it. Bake them for about 15 minutes and serve. 5. Fried Bananas For little kids who turn their face away at the sight of a banana, this fried delicacy would be hard to resist. Ingredients Oil Cardamom powder, 1 teaspoon Bananas, 2 How To Prepare Slice the bananas after peeling them. Add some ghee on a pan and fry the pieces. Sprinkle cardamom powder over those and enjoy. Feeding Tips A few handy tips for feeding your child can go a long way in making the entire meal experience a memorable one. Do not reward or punish your child when it comes to his eating habits. He will learn in time what is healthy and what is not, so don't force him to eat anything. Do not feed spicy food items early in life. Refrain from giving anything that is extremely hot or cold. Make it a habit to sit together at the dining table and enjoy a meal. When giving him snacks, choose nutritious options. Keep meals frequent and small in quantity. Let children take small portions of the food. Avoid rushing through the meals. Maintain a combination of vegetables, fruits, and milk. When introducing any food, check if it provides him energy or not. Do not give foods containing empty calories. Introducing healthy and nutritious foods at the right age can help your child pick good habits in the future too. Most kids warm up to the foods once they see the entire family enjoying it together and work towards developing a habit of doing the same. So, make sure that you eat with your family every day. Disclaimer: 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. Never force-feed a child. While preparing formula, please follow the instructions on the box and use the measuring spoon provided with it. 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. 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. 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. Don’t stop feeding if the child is suffering from diarrhoea. 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. If your child suffers from an allergy to nuts, gluten or eggs, please consult your doctor before feeding him/her any foods that may contain them. Also Read: Finger Foods for Babies

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