In the early stages of life, babies feed primarily on breast milk. During this time, all the nutrients required by them are covered by breast milk, which acts like a tonic, satisfying their appetite as well as protecting them from susceptible dangers of many diseases. However, once babies start growing, their nutritional requirements also start growing. The body of the child needs more nutrition to grow. Thus, the diet of the baby has to be rich, providing him complete nutrition. There are some specific foods which should be included and some that should be avoided, once the baby turns a year old. For your convenience, given below is a list of baby foods for 1 year olds.
Diet for One Year Old
- You can replace breast milk or formula milk with whole milk, after the child is one year old. However, do not resort to low fat or skim milk. It is not good for children, as they need fat for growth.
- Give your child fruits, vegetables and breads to ensure that he/she gets all nutrients.
- Grains and dairy products should also form a part of the diet of your one year old child.
- Feed your child 4 - 5 times a day, because toddlers cannot eat too much at one time.
- In case of new foods in the diet of the baby, add only one at a time and keep a check for any allergic reactions.
- Avoid foods such as nuts, popcorn, potato chips, corn, grapes, raisins, etc. These foods may choke the baby.
- Do not give sweets or sweetened beverages to the baby, as they contribute to tooth decay.
- Do not give soft drinks, coffee, tea, and chocolate.
- Do not give any vitamin supplements to the baby, as a healthy child should get all its nutrient content from foods. Standard pediatric multi-vitamins may be given, if your pediatrician recommends it.
- Do not feed the baby solids in a bottle.
- Avoid giving milk or fruit juice in a bottle to the baby while he is lying in bed. This can develop nursing bottle mouth, which may result in tooth decay.