Around the time of his/her first birthday, your child may show a decline in eating. The appetite of babies drops a little at this time and they do not need as much food as the growth slows down a bit once the child turns a year old.
A one-year-old child can eat almost everything that you eat. He/she needs approximately 1000 calories in a day, which can be divided into 3 main meals, along with 2 snacks. But don’t expect your child to follow this routine every day!
Tips for Feeding 1-year-old baby:
- Do not force your child to eat.
- Your child might be eager to eat when hunger strikes; make sure the food is ready!
- Do not prepare food that is too spicy or sweetened.
- Make your child sit at the table and eat with everyone else.
- You may now start weaning your child off formula/breastmilk and check with the pediatrician whether you can start giving cow milk.
- Your child will try to convince you to give only his favorite foods. Do not always give only those foods. Continue to give healthy food.
- 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.
Foods you should avoid feeding your 1-year-old
Refrain from giving certain foods to your child as these foods can cause choking hazards
- Raw and hard vegetables
- Whole grapes
- Hard candies
- Hot dogs
Tips for babies to promote self-eating
If your pediatrician gives you the green signal for cow milk, you can replace one nursing session with a sippy cup of cow milk. Offer finger foods to your child as much as you can so that your child can eat on his/her own. Even if your child is able to feed with a little spilling, it is completely alright. That’s how they learn! Present the food in an appealing manner and encourage your child to taste new foods.
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Recipes for 1 to 2 Year old Kids
#1. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Pancake
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- Peeled and cubed sweet potato - 1
- Ground cinnamon - 1 tsp (optional)
- Ghee - 1 tbsp
- Ripe banana - 1
- Steam and puree the sweet potatoes.
- Blend them with bananas until they are smooth.
- Add water to make them runny in consistency.
- In a pan, heat the ghee. Mix the cinnamon powder in the mixture.
- Spoon out the mixture into the pan, to make small pancakes. Use almost 2 teaspoons for each pancake.
- Let it cook well on both sides.
- Allow the pancakes to cool.
You can drizzle the pancakes with honey before giving it to your baby for enhanced nutritional value and taste.
#2. Millet Dosa
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- ¼ th cup of Jowar (White millet)
- ¼ th cup of Ragi (Finger millet)
- ¼ th cup of Bajra (Pearl millet)
- ¼ th cup of Kodra (Kodo millet)
- ¼ th cup of Chena (Proso millet)
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tsp of oil
- Pinch of salt
- Soak all the millets for 20 minutes.
- Add all the ingredients into the blender and prepare a batter out of the millets.
- Add 1 tsp of oil in non-stick pan.
- Add the batter to the pan like a dosa.
- This ingredients list will give you 10 thin dosa sheets.
#3. Jaggery Poha
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- ½ cup poha
- ¼ cup powdered jaggery
- 1 tsp desiccated coconut
- Few raisins
- Rinse the poha and soak it in water till it becomes soft.
- Take a pan, add jaggery and add water till the jaggery is immersed in it. Allow the jaggery to melt. As soon as you see bubbles, turn off the gas.
- Take a strainer and strain the jaggery water. Now, pour the smooth jaggery syrup into the same pan and add the poha.
- Mix well so that the poha is coated with jaggery.
- Top it with some ghee.
- You may add some desiccated coconut along with some raisins to it. Your child will relish this nutrient-rich and calorie-dense mixture.
#4. Fried banana
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- 2 bananas
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- Oil for frying
- Peel and slice the bananas.
- Just pan fry the bananas in ghee and sprinkle some cardamom powder on them.
A speciality of Kerala, this dessert is really mouth-watering. It’s a great evening snack and an easy to eat finger food for a 1-year-old!
Also Read: 31 Healthy Recipes Using Weight Gain Foods for Babies and Kids
#5. Sweet Potato Puffs
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- Cooked and mashed sweet potato- 4 cups
- Vegetable oil- 2 tbsp
- Water- 2 tbsp
- Applesauce- 1 tbsp
- Baby cereal- 1 cup
- Flour- ½ cup
- In a bowl, mix the applesauce, sweet potato mash, and oil. Stir the water in until you have a smooth blend.
- Add the flour and baby cereal to this. To make it coarser, add more cereal.
- Make a cone using a cookie sheet or plastic sheet and pour the dough in it. Cut the tip off.
- Now squeeze out small portions and roll them into a ball. Make a hole in the center to leave some air bubbles. This will make it look like a puff.
- Arrange them on a baking tray and brush on some oil.
- Preheat the oven to 3500 C and bake for 155 minutes. Allow it to cool before you serve it to the baby.
Instead of using a steamer, you can also cook the vegetables in a pressure cooker as an alternative.
#6. Egg Dosa
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- Dosa batter
- 1 egg
- Salt and pepper
- Just spread the dosa batter on the tawa and crack an egg on it.
- Cook both sides and season with salt and pepper.
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- 250 gms wheat flour
- Water to knead the dough
- 2-3 tsp jaggery powder
- 2 tbsp ghee
- Knead the dough.
- Prepare a chapati and now make small pieces of it in a bowl.
- Add lots of ghee along with jaggery powder or salt (according to your child’s liking) and mix well.
- Churi can be given to children above 1 year of age.
#8. Carrot Oats Muffins
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- ½ cup oats flour
- ½ cup curd
- ½ cup wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 grated carrot
- 1 finely chopped capsicum
- ¼ th cup finely chopped coriander leaves
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp black pepper powder
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- ¼ th cup oil
- ¼ th cup milk
- A pinch of salt
- Sift the oats flour along with the wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cumin and pepper powder and set aside.
- Take a bowl and mix curd, ginger and oil.
- Now add the dry ingredients to this bowl and mix well.
- Add the capsicum, carrots and milk. Mix well to get a homogenous mixture.
- Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celsius.
- Grease the baking molds and dust them with flour.
- Now pour the mixture into these baking bolds and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Poke a knife to check that the muffins are completely cooked.
- Allow the muffins to cool and then remove them from the molds.
#9. Ragi Cake
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- ½ cup ragi flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- ¾ th cup brown sugar
- ¾ th tsp baking soda
- ¾ th cup yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- ¼ th cup olive oil
- Preheat the oven for 15 minutes at 180 degree celsius and in the meantime, sieve the ragi flour along with cocoa powder, wheat flour, baking soda, powdered sugar, and salt.
- Mix the vanilla essence, milk, oil, and yogurt with the flour mixture. Make sure there are no lumps.
- Pour the contents into a greased baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes. Poke a knife into the cake and if it comes out clean, you’re done!
- Serve it to your child with some chocolate sauce and see your child finish it away. Children just love to eat cakes and a chocolate cake is something that makes them drool!!!!
#10. Spinach Beetroot cookies
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- 2 tbsp. Of butter
- 1/3rd cup of powdered jaggery
- ½ cup of whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp. Of raw spinach puree and 2 tbsp of beetroot puree
- Take a bowl and mix butter, jaggery together with a beater and add spinach puree and beat the mixture again.
- Take a bowl and mix butter, jaggery together with a beater and add beetroot puree. Beat the mixture again.
- Add wheat flour to these mixtures and add water to create a dough.
- Line a cookie sheet. Grease the sheet. Place the dough in cookie shape on the sheet.
- Preheat the oven at 200 degrees.
- Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Let it cool down to crisp.
- Serve or store in airtight container.
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A Word of Caution
At this age, children start speaking many words and often speak while eating. Teach your child not to speak with a mouthful as it can not only lead to choking but it doesn’t look very pleasant either!
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