10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kids

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kids

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:
  • Popcorn
  • Raw and hard vegetables
  • Whole grapes
  • Hard candies
  • Hot dogs
  • Nuts
  • Raisins

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

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kidsImage Source: smile sandwich Ingredients:
  • 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.
Tip: You can drizzle the pancakes with honey before giving it to your baby for enhanced nutritional value and taste.

#2. Millet Dosa

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kidsImage Source: The Indian Food Court Read Also: 21 Weight Gain Foods for Babies Ingredients:
  • 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

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kids Image Source: Spicy tasty Also Read: 18 Unsafe Foods For Your Baby before 1 year Ingredients:
  • 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

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kids Image Source: paleo leap Ingredients:
  • 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

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kids Image Source: foodnetwork Ingredients:
  • 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.
Tip: Instead of using a steamer, you can also cook the vegetables in a pressure cooker as an alternative.

#6. Egg Dosa

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kids Image Source: swasthi’s recipes


  • 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.

#7. Churi

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kids Image Source: Urban Rajah Ingredients:
  • 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

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kids Image Source: Brownie Bites Blog Ingredients:
  • 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

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kids Image Source: bawarchi Ingredients:
  • 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

10 Food Recipes for 1 to 2 years old kids Image Source: Pinterest Ingredients:
  • 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! Want to share your experience as a mom with other moms through words or images? Become a part of the Moms United community. click here and we will get in touch with you