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Meal Plan For 12-24 Month-Old Infants

Meal Plan For 12-24 Month-Old Infants

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The 12-14 months phase in a child's life is an exciting time. The baby now learns to move around and have a greater control over his surrounding including food. During this stage, his motor skills develop at a rapid pace and your toddler would like to touch, smell and taste everything around. As your child immerses in this happy time, support his growth by making healthy food a part of his diet.

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

The Happy-Messy-Phase

Your baby will learn new things like feeding himself.  Allow him to feed himself by giving finger foods such as boiled carrots and sweet potatoes. While eating, babies often throw small bits and create a mess around. Embrace this phase with patience as it is a learning time for them.

Milk: An Essential

Milk is a great source of nutrition. Along with milk, increase the intake of solid meals as your baby is growing rapidly. If your baby dislikes milk, make it interesting by adding nutritious flavoured powder.  Consult your paediatrician to check what suits your baby’s preferences.

Avoid Sugary Products

At 12-24 months, toddlers love to eat every food that they see around. This can range from colourful candies, chocolates, popsicles, cakes, etc. Keep these products away to prevent tooth decay. Instead, feed them fruits, fresh juices when hungry or thirsty.

Make Meal Time Interesting

At 15 months, your baby is capable of chewing food. Make mealtime interesting by introducing a variety of food. Feeding rice and lentil for lunch, every day will make mealtime boring. Add colour to your meals by using nutritious vegetables, a small amount of chicken, legumes, and eggs. Use colourful bowls and spoons to serve them food. This will get them excited about mealtimes.

Introduce Eggs, Fish, and Chicken

If you haven’t introduced eggs, fish or chicken, then this is a good time to get started. Serve boiled eggs for breakfast. For lunchtime, prepare a meal with chicken, vegetables and rice or lentil. A chicken soup with delicious vegetables is a great option for an evening snack. Alternatives for fish and chicken are legumes, eggs, and tofu.

Bottom-line

Offer a nutritious meal plan depending on your toddler's activity level, growth, and preferences.

Breakfast: Start the day by feeding porridge or cereal and 1/2 a cup of milk.

Mid-snack: A 1/2 bowl of fruits cut into smaller pieces can be given as a snack.

Lunch: Prepare meals using vegetables, lentils, rice, and bajra. This can be followed by a bowl of fruits or yoghurt.

Evening- snack: Finger food, cereals, porridge can be served in the evening. You can feed your baby fortified baby cereal as well. It is a rich source of nutrients.

Dinner: Keep it light by feeding your baby steamed vegetables with rice.

As your baby evolves, his needs and requirements also increase. Ensure that you are aware of the key ingredients that go into feeding your toddler for a holistic growth.   

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