How to Feed a 1 Year Old

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How to Feed a 1 Year Old

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By your baby’s first birthday, most of their calories will come from solid foods.

You will want to first introduce solid foods at six months old, gradually increasing them until your 1 year old is relying mostly on food for nutrition.

In addition to feeding your 1 year old 900-1200 food calories per day, your breastfed baby can continue to nurse as preferred by mom, and your formula fed baby can switch completely over to whole cow’s milk.

Feed your baby about 900-1200 healthy food calories per day.

Young children should get about 40 calories for every inch of their height.

Find out how tall your baby is from your pediatrician, or measure them at home, and multiply that number by 40 to see about how many food calories your baby should be eating per day.

This number is an estimate; some days your baby will not eat as much, some days it will seem like they want to eat all day.

The calorie guide can be used more as a general tool.

Visit your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your child’s growth or if you’re unsure they are getting enough food.

Offer 1 cup (240 mL) of fruit per day.

Fruit has essential vitamins for your baby’s growth.

You can use fresh, frozen, or canned fruit.

100% fruit juice is included in the 1 cup (240 mL) recommendation and should be given sparingly (no more than 4–6 fluid ounces (120–180 mL) per day).

Offer fresh fruit over fruit juice, because too much fruit juice is linked to too many calories and children becoming overweight.

An example of a cup of fruit in a day would be offering a small mashed banana with breakfast, and a 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of chopped up strawberries for lunch or a snack.

If you offer juice, make sure it is 100% juice.

popular trick is to cut the juice with water to make a little juice go a long way, and to make sure you don’t go over the amount guideline.

Feed baby 3⁄4 to 1 cup (180 to 240 mL) of cooked vegetables each day.

Vegetables also provide vital nutrients for your baby’s growth.

Be sure to cook vegetables, unless they are very finely shredded or chopped, until they’re soft.

You can meet the vegetable guideline in a day by offering egg salad that has 1⁄4 cup (59 mL) of finely chopped carrot or celery in it for lunch, and a 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) cooked and chopped broccoli with dinner.

Offer 2–3 ounces (57–85 g) of grains per day.

Grains are important for providing your baby with energy to learn and play. Grains include cereals, breads, and pastas.

Feeding your baby 2–3 ounces (57–85 g) of grains in a day could mean feeding them 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of cheerios (or another cereal) for breakfast, a slice of whole wheat bread at lunch, and 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of macaroni for dinner.

Feed your baby 1.5 ounces (43 g) of protein each day.

Grains are important for providing your baby with energy to learn and play. Grains include cereals, breads, and pastas.

Feeding your baby 2–3 ounces (57–85 g) of grains in a day could mean feeding them 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of cheerios (or another cereal) for breakfast, a slice of whole wheat bread at lunch, and 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of macaroni for dinner.

Offer 2 cups (0.47 L) of dairy per day.

Dairy has calcium and fat that is vital to baby’s growth.

Dairy includes whole animal milk, soy or almond milk products, cheese, and yogurt.

If you’re using animal milk products, use whole milk and yogurt until your baby’s 2nd birthday so they are getting the fat they need at this age.

Feeding your baby 2 cups of dairy in a day could mean 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of milk with cereal at breakfast, 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of yogurt for lunch or snack, 1 ounce (28 g) of melted cheddar cheese on pasta and 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) of milk at dinner.

Milk can be whole animal milk (offer reduced fat after your child is 2 years old), soy or almond milk, or breastmilk.

16–24 fluid ounces (470–710 mL) of what your baby drinks in a day should be milk; using the example above, you covered 8 fluid ounces (240 mL) of milk, so you would offer 8 fluid ounces (240 mL) more on top of that.

A 1 year old who is still nursing meets the milk recommendation with 3 feedings in a day.

Give your baby water to drink each day.

The healthiest choices for drinks are milk and water for babies and toddlers.

Aside from milk, give your 1 year old plain water to drink, or water splashed with a bit of 100% juice.

Limit juice to 4-6 ounces of 100% fruit juice per day.

Skip sugary drinks like fruit drinks, soda, caffeinated drinks, energy drinks, and vitamin waters altogether.

They are too high in processed sugars for a 1 year old.

Cut all solid foods into very small pieces.

Choking is still a hazard at 1 year old, and large chunks of food can get stuck in your child’s throat.

You should always cut your baby’s food into pieces no larger than a 1⁄2 inch (1.3 cm).

Cut fruits like grapes, cherry tomatoes, and strawberries into quarters before serving them to your baby.

Shred or finely chop meats, vegetables, and cheeses.

Cook vegetables until they are soft.

Steam, boil, or otherwise cook vegetables until they are soft.

Then, cut them into 1⁄2 inch (1.3 cm) pieces before serving.

This will eliminate the risk of your child choking on the vegetables.

If you feed your baby any raw vegetables, be sure they are very finely chopped or shredded (much smaller than the 1⁄2 inch (1.3 cm) recommendation).

Talk to your pediatrician if there is a family history of food allergies

Experts used to say that you shouldn’t give a young child eggs, fish, or peanut products because they could develop a food allergy.

Latest research says there is no evidence to support this claim.

You should, however, talk to your child’s doctor about introducing foods that you or other relatives of the child are allergic to.

Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods.

Nuts, popcorn, pretzels, hard candies and cough drops, jellied or gummy candies, chewing gum, dried fruits, and marshmallows all are considered choking hazards for your 1 year old.

You should also be sure to cut up stringy, melted cheese (like pizza cheese) into the 1⁄2 inch (1.3 cm) portions before serving to your baby.

Spread nut butters thinly onto 1⁄2 inch (1.3 cm) pieces of bread, crackers, or fruit.

Keep feeding times short.

Your 1 year old still has a pretty tiny tummy.

You may actually need to spread meals out over a few serving times to get them to eat or allow them to take play breaks after every 1-2 bites.

Scatter a few morsels of food onto your baby’s tray and add more as needed.

This helps your baby feel less overwhelmed by too much food and reduces mess for you.

Let baby play while they are being fed.

Try using three plastic spoons during meal time: one for each of your baby’s hands to play with and try to eat with, and one for you to feed them with.

Or, place suction-cupped toys on the high chair to allow them to play while you sneak a bite of food into their mouth.

Sometimes sucking on toys primes your baby to open their mouth for a bite of food.

Use camouflage on more nutritious, less-liked foods

If you know your child likes applesauce, try covering some cooked vegetables or pieces of meat in a thin layer applesauce when serving them.

Get the applesauce onto their tongue first, then sneak the bite of other food in there along with it.

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