Feeding Your One Year Old -

Feeding Your One Year Old

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MN WIC Program

  1. Feeding Your One Year Old
  2. Feeding Your 1 ½-Year Old
  3. Feeding Your 2-Year Old
  4. Feeding Your 3-Year Old
  5. Feeding Your 4--Year Old
  6. Beverages
  7. How Do I Get My Child to Eat?
  8. MyPlate for Children
  9. Healthy Weight
  10. Helping Your Child Grow
  11. Get Moving - Activity for 1 to 2-Year Olds
  12. Keep Moving - Activity for 3 to 5-Year-Olds

Feeding a 1-year-old child is pretty easy because toddlers like to eat almost everything. Your child will want the same foods that the family is eating.

As a parent you decide what food is offered, when your child eats, and where she eats. Your child decides how much she eats and if she chooses to eat.

What foods to offer

  • Offer a variety of healthy foods. Include fruits and vegetables at every meal. Encourage your child to try different foods.
  • Cut food into ¼ to ½- inch pieces. Include soft food that is easy to chew and swallow. Try finger foods like cheese cubes and cooked vegetables.
  • Serve milk and juice with meals and snacks only. Give your child water when she is thirsty between meals. Milk and juice are great but too much can cause your child to fill up. Then she will not eat enough of the other good solid foods you offer.
Young children choke easily. Some foods that may cause choking: hot dogs, stringy meats, chunks of meat larger than one-fourth of an inch, hard raw fruits and vegetables (carrots, corn, peas, grapes, apples), dried fruits, seeds, nuts, peanut butter, pretzels, chips, popcorn, marshmallows, hard candy and chewing gum.

Have meals and snacks at regular times each day.

Plan 3 meals and 2-3 snacks each day. Offer child-size servings and let your child ask for seconds. Let your child decide how much she wants to eat.

Have your child sit at the table and eat with the family. Mealtime is a time for family sharing. Don’t eat in front of the TV. Toddlers should also eat snacks at the table.

Remember small children are messy eaters! Let your child feed herself. She will pick up food with her fingers. Soon she will learn how to use a spoon. Children learn eating skills, like chewing and swallowing, by eating a variety of foods.

Don’t force your child to eat. Some days your child will eat less than other days. This is normal. Just make sure you are giving her healthy food.

Meat usually takes chewing. One-year-olds don’t really like to chew. But she needs the practice to get better at it! Because 1-year-olds don’t have their molar teeth yet, you need to cut meat into small pieces. Adding meat to mixed dishes like casseroles will make the meat moist and easier to chew. Chicken, turkey, beans, eggs or cheese are usually easy to chew. Allow your child to chew her own meat.

Get your child off the bottle now! Don’t wait too long or it may be very hard to do. Give milk and juice from a cup. Children may need help drinking from a cup. They learn with practice. Your child only needs 2 cups of milk everyday. Drinking more than that will ruin her appetite for food.