What Are Good Foods to Give to a 1-Year-Old?

By Laurel Handfield
Many limits on the foods a baby can eat are lifted after the first year.

At the age of 1, babies are transitioning from infant foods, such as baby formula and breast milk. One-year-olds should begin consuming soft foods that contain slightly more consistency. Broaden your child’s tastes by introducing new foods containing various flavors and textures. Since food preferences are set early in life, this is the best time to introduce healthier foods to your child.

Milk

Put away the bottle. Begin serving whole milk in a sippy cup.

Milk provides an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, which aids in the growth of strong bones and healthy teeth. Don’t worry about the fat contained in whole milk. Children under the age of 2 should consume whole milk for the dietary fats needed for continued growth and brain development. A child may not take to the taste of cow’s milk right away because it’s different from the breast milk or formula she is used to. If this is the case, mix the cow’s milk with the milk she is used to. Gradually adjust the mixture until it is 100 percent cow’s milk. Other acceptable dairy products to introduce to your 1-year-old include organic yogurt and soft cheeses.

Fruits

Keep fruits organic.

Stay away from hard fruits, such as whole apples. Introduce softer fruits in small portions, such as sectioned peaches and watermelon. Seedless grapes should be cut in half and the skin should be removed. Organic applesauce is a healthy option at mealtime. Cut up some strawberries or section an orange for a snack treat. Young children will enjoy a fruit smoothie made from healthy products, such as yogurt and bananas.

Vegetables

Puree hard vegetables.

At the age of 1, vegetables should be a common staple in your child's daily diet. Be sure all vegetables served are soft. Some acceptable types include baked potato wedges, mashed potatoes, peas and string beans. Cooked carrot sticks are a nutritional snack option. Include vegetables in child-friendly recipes. For instance, serve your 1-year-old finely chopped spaghetti, or other pasta noodles, with a sauce that includes pureed carrots. Other tasty veggie options include spinach, nonseasoned collared greens and squash.

Considerations

To ensure your child does not have any allergies, always introduce one food at a time. Delay introducing foods that you or other family members may have an allergic reaction to. If you notice an allergic reaction in your child, do not introduce any other foods. Take your child to the doctor right away.

About the Author

Laurel Handfield has authored numerous fiction and nonfiction articles for "Guide" and "Bumples" magazine. Although she has been writing for years, her career officially began in 2003 with the release of her first novel, "My Diet Starts Tomorrow." She graduated from Cheyney University with a bachelor's degree in marketing. It was there she became serious about writing.