Feeding Your One Year-Old…

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Here’s a mom-fact: every single last one of us worries about what to feed our baby. It’s normal. I’m sure I probably drive my family crazy with all my worrying over what goes into Cassidy’s mouth (side note: she tried to eat an acorn the other day…). But I can’t help it. I’m a first-time mom, which means I have a free pass for being overly cautious and annoying about my baby.

Now that Cassidy (our 13 month-old) is eating the same things we eat, I’m waaaay more motivated to cook healthy, all-natural meals and snacks (I’m not a hippie, but when it comes to my kid, I’d prefer there not be unpronounceable ingredients in my food). I get lots of emails asking me to post more baby food recipes, and I know there are lots of mothers out there who are looking for good meals to feed their babies/toddlers. So in this post, I’ve compiled a simple list of meals and snacks that are healthy and toddler-friendly. Some can be made at home and some are store-bought items that save on time (but are still good for you!). These are ALL 100% Cassidy-approved, by the way. Here we go:

Breakfast

steel-cut oatmeal with brown sugar and fresh fruit**
scrambled eggs
toast sticks
cream of wheat with a spoonful of applesauce or mashed bananas and cinnamon
banana pancakes (I make these in big batches and freeze them. All I have to do is pull out a couple in the morning and heat!)

**I prefer steel-cut oats because they are the least processed type of oat cereal. Old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats are steamed first, then rolled between rollers to create flakes. All this means, really, is that the steel-cut oats are going to have more texture, which I like. Cassidy prefers them because they aren’t as “slimy” as regular oatmeal.

Snacks

greek yogurt with fruit
cheese cubes
peanut butter sandwich with whole grain bread (I cut the sandwich into small 1-inch cubes)
sliced blueberries or bananas
cottage cheese and fruit
A couple of ladies in my mom group at church suggest frozen peas; toddlers love them and it also helps with teething
organic applesauce
Annie’s organic honey graham bunnies
whole wheat crackers

Dinner (there are too many for me to list them all, so here are our favorites)

spaghetti with marinara sauce (we like Emeril’s All-Natural Marinara)
baked salmon
chicken stew
stuffed pepper soup
minestrone soup
roasted or grilled chicken
mac and cheese (Annie’s Organic has a great boxed mac and cheese)
tuna casserole
cheese ravioli
broiled fish (toss it with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and lemon juice)
grilled portabella mushrooms
chicken and dumplings

Side Dishes

baked sweet potato
roasted potato wedges
sweet potato fries (baked, not fried)
corn on the cob (you can cut the corn off the cob, or give it to your baby whole- Cassidy loves gnawing on the cobs- she gets to hold it all by herself, which she loves, and it also helps with teething)
roasted asparagus, green beans, broccoli, or cauliflower
steamed carrots tossed with a little brown sugar
guacamole (this kid LOVES guac! Aren’t we lucky?!)
cut up avocado
steamed peas
sautet zucchini and squash
cornbread

Desserts (I haven’t delved too deep into this category yet)

avocado chocolate pudding
cut up fruit (blueberries are Cassidy’s favorite but she also loves peaches, bananas, strawberries, mango, and grapes)
yogurt
fruit smoothie made with greek yogurt

I always like to carry the little organic squeeze packets of baby food with me so that, when we’re eating out and find our options for the baby are limited, I’ll always have something for her. Plum Organics and Peter Rabbit Organics are good ones.

Foods to avoid (duh):

fried foods (if you’re in a jam and that’s all that’s available, try to pull off as much of the breading as possible)
sugary cookies and cakes (and pretty much 100% of the desserts on my food blog…)
honey (if your baby is under the age of one)
FAST FOOD. I know it’s quick and easy, but DON’T BE FEEDIN’ YOUR BABY NO FRENCH FRIES! Seriously, though…just say no

So, there’s my list of toddler-approved meals. I know everybody’s busy these days, but it really is so important to gather your family around the dinner table every day. None of the meals I’ve listed take much time at all, and they’re all very, very simple. Do your baby and yourself a big favor and make time for good, healthy food. I’m not talking wheat grass and tofutti (or whatever it is the hippies are eating these days), just home-cooked meals made with love. That’s one of the best things you can offer your children!

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    15 thoughts on “Feeding Your One Year-Old…

    1. Thank you so much for posting so much stuff on here! I’m going to be an auntie soon and all of your posts are helping me learn so much! Thank you!

    2. We used to give my son steel-cut oatmeal and he loved it! It took so long to cook the big chunks so I used a (new) coffee grinder and it would make it so that it only took a few minutes to make a huge batch! They’re SO much tastier than the other kinds of oats, too.

      Also, a lot of pediatricians are recommending to stay away from peanut butter until the age of 2, especially with a history of food allergies in the family. That of course just depends on your pediatrician and family preferences.

      On that note, nobody can have an allergic reaction the first time you give them a new food so keep an eye out for food allergies on subsequent exposures. It can be as early as the second time they eat the food or even later down the road. Just an FYI I learned in nursing school. :)

    3. Love this – thanks! My 3rd baby is 10 months and I ALWAYS get stuck at this age because I’m moving him to table foods and away from purees and it’s hard to come up with good ideas. I will be digging into your blog even more during afternoon nap. ;) Thanks!

    4. Thank you so much for this list, a lot of ideas I have seen are really complicated and not something you would cook every day. These all seem like really nice dishes and things that I would actually eat as well. And I defo won’t be feeding my lo French fries! Haha

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    6. My baby only has one tooth and is ten months.. It’s hard to find food he can eat with only one tooth. Is the stuff u mentioned still safe for him??

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