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Sample Daily Menu For Your 1 Year Old Child

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Sample Daily Menu For Your 1 Year Old Child

This quick guide and sample meals for one-year-old children have simple tips to incorporate foods you should be feeding your child!

This menu provides general guidelines for feeding your young one. The amount a child eats will vary depending on how hungry he is. The serving sizes in the sample meals for one-year-old children below are meant to provide guidelines for the portion size of foods appropriate for a child of this age. When preparing lunch, put a little bit aside as a baby appetizer for dinner. If dinner is running late and he’s hungry, you can stall while he stays content in his high chair. Any easy to prepare healthy finger foods can serve as appetizers. Try chopped olives (rinse to lower salt content), avocado or petite baby peas (frozen). Some other ideas for healthy finger foods include cheerios, low-fat string cheese, shredded oats, 1/2 of a hard-boiled egg, etc.

General guidelines for feeding a 1-year-old

  • Babies and toddlers are very good at listening to their hunger cues, so leave it up to them to decide how much to eat.
  • Remember not to give him liquids; i.e. milk or fruit juices just before mealtimes. If you are breastfeeding, whole milk will not need to be offered as frequently. Serve no more than 24 ounces of milk per day by one year of age. This will promote an increase in the amount of food your baby eats. Too much milk and too little food may lead to iron-deficiency anemia.
  • Babies are reluctant to try new foods, so you might have to introduce a new food multiple times before he will accept it.
  • Lastly, model good eating behavior. This is the best way to create good eating habits for life.

*Speak to your healthcare professional for individualized recommendations.

Sample Day of Meals


1 – 2 tbsp blackberry applesauce; 1/4 cup Cheerios or toasted O’s cereal; 1/2 cup whole milk plain yogurt


1/2 ounce cheese; 4 100% whole grain wheat crackers (no trans fats); 1/2 cup whole milk, plain whole kefir milk or breast milk


1 ounce roasted chicken minced; 1 tbsp quinoa, buckwheat, or amaranth and 1-2 tbsp of black beans with minced tomatoes and 1/2 tsp olive oil; 1 to 2 tbsp cooked yellow peppers; 1/2 cup whole milk or breast milk; 1/2 banana


1/2 slice 100% whole wheat toast, sprouted bread with 1 tsp of olive oil (coat on top of bread); 4 ounces of frozen mango chunks defrosted; 1/2 cup whole kefir milk


1 1/2 ounce chicken thigh minced; 1 to 2 tbsp mashed sweet potato mixed with 1 tbsp of sour cream or whole milk yogurt and 1 tbsp of mashed avocado; 1 to 2 tbsp of chopped green beans; 1/2 cup whole milk, whole kefir milk or breast milk

Quick Tips for Meals for One-Year-Old Children

  1. Different fruit combinations of apple sauce are now available without added sugar; these offer a variety of additional nutrients.
  2. Milk can be fed by a cup, in place of a bottle.
  3. On occasion, try whole kefir milk in place of whole milk; it contains helpful bacteria that are good for the immune system.
  4. Rinse Olives if they are salted. Chopped Olives make a great baby appetizer. Don’t choose olives if your diet is high in refined or packaged foods which often contain too much sodium.


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Jigna Merchant, MS

Jigna currently works as the Manager of Medical Affairs for Nutricia Baby Nutrition in Mumbai, India. She has previously worked for Abbott Nutrition and Mead Johnson Nutritionals. Jigna has a Masters in Nutritional Science from Syracuse University.

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