Monday, July 6, 2015

Food Ideas: Feeding a One Year Old

My baby girl just turned one and a half and boy can she eat. I miss the good old days when I could give her some breastmilk or open a jar of veggies or fruit and be done, but since she turned one the pediatricians are like no more booby milk, no more baby food start her on whole milk and finger foods but no peanut butter, no fish, no meats, no sugar, no salt and the list of nos' goes on and on so we are left with the question, What can my one year old eat? and if you are at all like me you will go through the whole trial and error process trying to figure out what your one year old likes and doesn't like. I literally went out and bought a mini hand broom to keep under the highchair for fast clean up. Plus my baby girl didn't start getting teeth until after she was one so it's hard to feed her certain things since she can't really chew them yet. I felt like I was feeding her the same three meals all the time so I tried to come up with more ideas to feed her. This list is geared toward the early stages of one. Once your child gets closer to two and has more teeth, they will be able to eat a lot more items.

 Here are a few food ideas you can feed your one year old:


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  • Whole Milk- at least 2 cups a day
  • Water
  • Juice (75% water, 25% juice) Too much straight juice can burn their private parts at this age so wait till they are more of a toddler for straight juice.
  • Fruit Smoothies - made with real fruit and yogurt


  • Dry cereal - Kix, Berry Kix, Cheerios, Multigrain Cheerios, Lucky Charms-easy on the marshmallows, Dora cereal, Fruit Loops, etc...  Add milk ONLY when your child is ready and good with a spoon, probably closer to 2
  • Oatmeal
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Muffins - the Little Bites muffin packets are great for the go and they are bite sized
  • Pancakes-no syrup
  • Waffles
  • Bagels
  • Toast
  • Nutri-grain Bars
  • Pop-tarts - I know pop tarts aren't that heathy but it is something different you can give to your child every once in a while. I only allow my daughter to have the fruit pop tarts, ½ to 1 pop tart at a time with cereal.

Main Dish:

  • Spaghettios
  • Spaghettios with Meatballs
  • Ravioli 
  • Spaghetti
  • Pasta
  • Mac-n-Cheese
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • PB&J Sandwich
  • Oatmeal
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Chicken and Dumplings
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Beans
  • Meat Sticks- Baby Food aisle 
  • Hot Dog - cut into small pieces, #1 cause of choking in infants
  • Ground Beef
  • Rice
  • Stir Fry- rice, peas, carrots, egg
  • Ham and Turkey lunch meat broken into small pieces
  • Ham squares- the ones on a salad bar
  • Shredded Chicken- we sometimes use the can chicken when cooking because it shreds into tiny pieces so she can easily eat it

Fruit: at least 1 cup a day

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Grapes 
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Blackberries - messy and can stain
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Melon
  • Plums
  • Apples
  • Apple Sauce
  • Avocado
  • Yogurt
  • Cucumber
  • Pickles
  • Fruit cups
  • Canned Fruit Melody

Vegetables: at least ¾ cup a day

  • Frozen Mixed Vegetable Bag- Defrost handfuls at a time
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Cooked Carrots
  • Corn
  • Broccoli Heads- not steams 
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • Black Olives

Meat/Beans aka Protein: at least 1½ oz a day (1 egg)

  • Beans
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Meat Sticks- Baby Food aisle 
  • Vienna Sausages - cut into small pieces, cheaper than the baby meat sticks, dissolves about the same and has the same amount of protein as the baby meat sticks.
  • Ground Beef
  • Ham or Turkey lunch meat broken into small pieces
  • Ham squares- the ones on a salad bar
  • Shredded Chicken- we sometimes use the can chicken when cooking because it shreds into tiny pieces so it is easy to eat it

Breads & Grains: at least 2oz a day, at least ½ should be whole grain

  • Wheat Bread slice
  • Rolls
  • Biscuits
  • Toast
  • Cereal- Cheerios and Kix are my kids favorites
  • Crackers- Ritz or Saltine
  • Goldfish
  • Cheese-Its
  • Animal Crackers
  • Graham Crackers
  • Teddy Grahams 
  • Quaker Popped Rice Crisps- the apple cinnamon ones are softer than blueberry ones
  • Oatmeal
  • Muffins
  • Pancakes-no syrup
  • Waffles
  • Bagels
  • Nutri-grain Bar
  • Pasta
  • Chicken Flavored Noodles
  • Rice


  • Goldfish
  • Cheese-Its
  • Cheese Puffs / Cheese Balls
  • Crackers- Ritz or Saltine
  • Animal Crackers
  • Graham Crackers
  • Teddy Grahams 
  • Quaker Popped Rice Crisps- the apple cinnamon ones are softer than blueberry ones
  • Cubbed Cheese
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Raisins
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Nutri-grain Bar
  • Yogurt- Go-gurts are less messy
  • Welch's Fruit Snack Gummies- Real Fruit, break in half
  • Gerber Graduates Snacks: Yogurt bites, puffs, lil crunchies 
  • Homemade Yogurt Melts

Try to stay away from:

Nuts, Popcorn, Seafood, Hot Dogs, Hard Candy, Marshmallows, Seeds, Gum, Raisins, Salt, Sugar, Peanut Butter, Most Meats, Gummies, Fries, etc... mainly because these foods are harder to chew and can lead to chocking.

***At least wait until your child has more teeth and are closer to age two to try things like Hot dogs, chicken, nuts, raisins, gummies and peanut butter.

If you feed them meats make sure that it is shredded into small pieces making it easier to swallow. The same goes with gummies and fries. I cut or break up almost everything I feed my daughter from fruit to bread to avoid choking because she still doesn't have a lot of teeth.

I have fed my daughter meat, gummies, and fries occasionally but I try my best to listen to the pediatrician and stay away from these foods but that is my parenting choice so more power to you if you want to!!!

Keep in mind that every child is different and will like different foods just like we do. Also make sure that your baby gets at least 2 cups of milk, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and protein each day to keep them healthy and growing! I hope this helps when trying to decide what to feed your one year old!

NOTE: I am not a doctor, pediatrician, or a food specialist. This list is based off of items I feed my daughter and know that one year olds are aloud to eat.

***Check out another one of my blogs: 10 Tips on getting a Picky Eater to Eat


  1. If my doctor told me no more boobie milk for baby, I'd tell him to shove it. I'm going to keep feeding my baby breast milk, AND feed her these yummy meals. Thanks! :)

    1. You are welcome, breast milk is great for little ones so keep it up momma!!!

  2. You should read the wheat belly diet it explains how ALL wheat is genetically modified since the 80's and is essentially causing obesity in America. I have a soon to be one year old and finding choice for her a tricky especially trying to avoid wheat. Anything with wheat in it causes our pancreas to have to over produce insulin and in turn store far which is why so many people especially children are over weight. Studies have shown that our brains light up the same way from carbs/ wheat as they do from narcotic drugs, we are constantly chasing that next fix without even realizing it. I urge you to check out the wheat belly also brain grain. Regardless if bread is while grain or white it's still from the same genetically modified molecule which is intended to make us full and eventually overweight. The fact that the FDA hasn't shown Americans the real truth is disgusting. Your post is great and I'm planning on utilizing everything but the wheat, and hopefully for you and your family's sake you will do your own research and see just how deadly wheat and sugar are to the human body.

    1. Thanks for the advice, I have not heard about that and will have to check it out! It's crazy what they are putting in food these days.


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