Congratulations! Your baby is one year old. You’ve successfully completed a big milestone as a parent. As you prepare for your child’s first birthday, you may start weaning your child off formula milk. Breastfeeding can be continued a little longer if that’s ok with you. You can check with your pediatrician about when and how to begin cow milk for your baby. This is also the time to start potty training your child. In this article, you will find a food chart for 12 months baby along with healthy recipes.
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#1. Ditch any pureed or mashed food as it is high time, your baby started chewing. If your child shows reluctance to chew food, consult your pediatrician immediately.
#3. In the second year, your child will not gain as much weight as in the first year so in case you notice less weight gain, do not try to feed too many fattening foods to your child. It might lead to weight gain but it is very harmful for your child in the long run.
#4. You might notice drastic changes in your child’s eating habits but this isn’t a cause of concern. For instance, your child might love a particular food for one week and then refuse to eat it next week, or he might eat too much of the same food and ask for it more often. Do not panic. Continue to offer a variety of foods.
#5. You can start cow milk once your pediatrician gives you a green signal. You can also transition from a bottle to a cup.
#6. You can now introduce egg whites in your child’s diet.
#7. Increase the quantity of iron-rich foods in your child’s diet as your child needs more iron at this age. You can make your child eat iron-fortified cereal, beans, poultry, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, eggs, quinoa, tofu, prune juice and dark green leafy vegetables to make your child’s diet iron rich.
#8. Your child might not like to follow the regular feeding schedule when he is busy playing. Parents should not allow kids to miss a meal and take to binge eating. Also, do not let your child get into the habit of munching all day. It can lead to childhood obesity. Try to stick to a meal schedule so that your child knows when to expect the food.
#9. As your baby grows older, you will have to work on your creativity quotient. You can try cutting idlis or rotis in different shapes to make them attractive for your baby. Present the food in attractive ways and see your baby handover the empty plate to you!
In spite of the fact that your baby can chew the food, there are certain foods that still shouldn’t be given to babies, since they can lead to choking. These include:
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Even when your child is a year old and you’ve introduced non-vegetarian foods in his diet, he may still not be able to eat everything that the rest of the family eats. A 12-month-old might still be getting teeth. You can give egg curry with rice and replace the vegetables in certain meals with boneless chicken curry. Make sure it isn’t too spicy. You may give chicken and vegetable stew.
Also, children might not be able to digest as much poultry as adults so don’t overdo it. You can give a non-vegetarian meal 2-3 times a week in the beginning and then go by your child’s liking. Biryani with small pieces of well-cooked mutton can also be given. If you eat fish and want to give it to your child, make sure you de-done it and only then give. Choose a soft variety of fish which is easy to chew and give a very small quantity in the beginning.
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