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Give the right food to your one-year-old. Find out how you can plan a quick, nutritious menu with the help of this baby diet chart
It seems like just yesterday that you fed your little baby his first spoon of solid food. Now, he’s approaching the big one and you’re wondering if his diet contains all the nutrients he needs. “A one-year-old needs about 900 to 1,400 calories per day, depending upon his activity level, size and gender,” says Kanika Malhotra, senior clinical nutritionist, Healthcare at Home, Delhi.
To help busy parents ensure that their one-year-old gets the right foods, Malhotra has charted down a sample meal planner that encompasses the right nutrients a child needs for growth. Alternate between the food items mentioned within a day and over a week to provide variety.
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Continue reading for some helpful tips regarding a baby’s diet after one year
At the age of one, your child’s motor skills and brain activity increases as he learns to walk and makes more sense of the world around him. This also may be the crucial time when you may be planning to wean him from breastmilk.
“Apart from birth weight, which is determined by mother’s nutrition and general health, it is the diet of the baby in infancy and early childhood which will lay a foundation for his life ahead,” says Dr Jyothi Raghuram, consultant paediatrician, Columbia Asia Hospital, Bengaluru. Hence a well-planned diet at this age is super important.
A one-year-old’s diet must include a healthy mix of all the energy sources such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.While cereals like rice, ragi, wheat, and oats are good sources of carbohydrates, proteins are obtained from milk, milk products like cheese, paneer, eggs, pulses and legumes. Vitamins and minerals are important and are obtained from green veggies and fresh fruits. Oil, ghee, butter should only be given in moderation.
Dr Raghuram gives us some helpful tips regarding a baby’s diet after one year:
- A one-year-old can eat most home-cooked foods and should be encouraged to do so. Processed and outside food should be given very rarely.
- Finger foods should be offered to the child and force feeding should be avoided.
- Cooked and mashed foods should be given, but the food should not be overcooked. Meals should also not be finely ground in mixer all the time as it leads to the baby getting used to that consistency.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed and peeled and maybe given raw if the baby can chew.
- Hard foods, peanuts and other nuts should be introduced after 3 years, however a powdered form of almonds, cashew nuts, etc may be given along with porridge.
- Cow’s milk can be started after one year and it is recommended to give pasteurized toned undiluted milk. Fresh cow milk or extra thick milk is not advisable. Milk about 400-500 ml per day is sufficient and should not be given as a substitute for meals.
- It is advisable not to add extra sugar in every feed. One teaspoon of sugar in milk is fine. Jaggery may be used as a sweetener instead, in porridge and cereals.
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