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How to Increase a 1-Year-Old's Appetite

By Robert Ceville ; Updated April 18, 2017
There are a number of things you can do to improve your one-year-old's appetite.

Increasing your one-year-old's appetite will ensure that he is getting an adequate amount of nutrients in his diet. If you are concerned as a parent that the nutritional needs of your child are not being fully met, you need to bring the topic up to your family physician. He will notify you of any need to increase the nutritional intake your one year old receives. You can increase your one-year-old's appetite by serving certain types of food and making changes to your feeding routine.

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Treat any medical conditions the child may be encountering. An illness can result in a drop in a one-year-old's appetite. Once the illness have subsided, the child's appetite should return to a normal level.

Let your baby eat by itself. Feed your child finger foods, such as very small pieces of fruit and vegetables, in order to teach him to eat properly on his own. The child may desire to eat more once he is able to control when he eats each bite.

Reduce the amount of juice provided in the baby's diet. The Dr. Hull website states that reducing the amount of juice to 6 oz. a day will increase the child's appetite.

Turn the eating experience into a fun activity for the one year old. Smile and talk to your child while keeping contact with him during feeding from either your breasts or his bottle. Feed the child without major distractions, such as loud noises, which may cause him to become disoriented.

Reduce the number of snacks you offer the child. After taking your baby off the breast and bottle, limit the amount of snacks provided throughout the day. Your one year old may be filling up on empty calories instead of eating proper amounts when you attempt to feed him full meals. No more than two snacks should be offered to the child in a single day, according to the Dr. Hull website.

Make healthy foods available to your one year old at many times throughout the day. Allowing your child to graze will provide him with more necessary calories, according to the Dr. Sears website. Place a plate of very finely cut fruits, vegetables and other healthy finger foods on the table for your child to eat throughout the course of the day.

Things You Will Need

  • Finger foods
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
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About the Author

Based in Florida, Robert Ceville has been writing electronics-based articles since 2009. He has experience as a professional electronic instrument technician and writes primarily online, focusing on topics in electronics, sound design and herbal alternatives to modern medicine. He is pursuing an Associate of Science in information technology from Florida State College of Jacksonville.

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