Infant Meal Plan: 12-18 Months

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By the time your baby reaches one year, they should ideally be eating 5 different fruits and vegetables per day. It’s not too early for them to be “eating the rainbow” as we tell older children to do. Help your child develop a taste for fresh, unprocessed food by encouraging them to try as many different food items as possible. Here are some tips and a week long meal plan to make sure your growing baby is getting nothing but the best.

Tips to get started:

  • Don’t add salt or sugar when making homemade baby food. Canned foods may contain large amounts of salt or sugar and shouldn’t be used for this.
  • Prepare big batches of foods you regularly feed your baby so that there is always something nutritious available when you are running low on time.
  • There is no need to completely puree your baby’s food now. Break up their food roughly with a spoon or fork to get them used to swallowing bigger pieces at a time.
  • You should be weaning your baby from formula or breast milk by the time their first birthday comes around. To make sure they are getting all the calcium they need, start introducing dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Any dairy products must be pasteurized.
  • Let your baby explore food themselves by touching it, putting it in their mouth etc.
  • Having family dinners is hugely important at this point! Countless studies show that sharing a daily meal improves connection between parents and baby, boosts your child’s vocabulary, and leads to both you and them making better nutritional choices.
  • There are some foods that you should watch out for and avoid feeding to your child:
  1. Low fat dairy: Most young toddlers need the fat and calories of whole milk for growth and development.
  2. Choking hazards such as large chunks, small and hard food pieces and soft, sticky food.

Day 1

Meals:
Breakfast- 1/3 cup oatmeal
Lunch- 2 scrambled eggs
1 slice wholemeal bread
Dinner- 1 yogurt with 1 chopped banana

Snacks:
1 cup milk
½ baked sweet potato

Day 2

Meals:
Breakfast- 1 egg
1 cup strawberries
Lunch-50g chicken breast
1 cup green beans and peas
Dinner-1 slice bread
3 tablespoons mozzarella or mild cheddar cheese

Snacks:
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons raisins

Day 3

Meals:
Breakfast-1/3 cup oatmeal
Lunch-50g salmon fillet
1 cup green beans and peas
Dinner-3 tablespoons mozzarella or mild cheddar cheese

Snacks:
1 cup milk
1 sliced orange

Day 4

Meals:
Breakfast-1/3 cup oatmeal
Lunch-50g chicken breast
3 tablespoons chopped spinach
Dinner-1 yogurt with 1 chopped pear

Snacks:
1 cup milk
1 cucumber

Day 5

Meals:
Breakfast-1/3 cup oatmeal
Lunch-1 boiled egg
1 tomato
Dinner: 1 yogurt with 1 chopped banana

Snacks:
1 cup milk
½ baked sweet potato

Day 6

Meals:
Breakfast-3 tablespoons mozzarella or mild cheddar cheese
1 boiled or scrambled egg
1 cup strawberries
Lunch-50g chicken breast
1 slice wholemeal bread
Dinner-1 cup chopped avocado

Snacks:
1 cup milk
1 cucumber

Day 7

Meals:
Breakfast-1/3 cup oatmeal
Lunch-3 tablespoons mozzarella or mild cheddar cheese
1 slice wholemeal bread
Dinner-50g salmon fillet
1 cup green beans and peas

Snacks:
1 cup milk
1 orange

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