Hurray! Your baby is one year old now, and you are celebrating his first birthday with utmost joy along with giving yourself some good throwback. You spent a whole year struggling to help your baby grow into a beautiful young child among lots of hurdles and stress. There were times when you almost gave up, and some were so joyous that you felt proud of yourself. It’s alright to handle it.
Motherhood is not something comfortable or bearable for every female out there.
Your baby is now ready to face another new year with lots of unexpected growth sprouts and changes in his personality and body, so get prepared to face some double trouble along the way with your baby. Just kidding! You have crossed a whole year with great patience, so you are trained to meet some more motherhood for the future as well.
Diet changes throughout your baby’s first year
Along with many other changes in your baby, the most prominent one can be his diet, as with every passing month, your baby eats something new. It’s natural to ask for something new to eat when you are eating the same thing for the whole month. Along with the change in food, babies tend to copy everything their adults are doing and try to snatch away the food that they are eating too. It’s a clear sign that your baby needs more options in his meals and so you bring in more opportunities for your baby after his ninth or tenth month.
Let’s take a look at some brief details about your baby and his food list throughout his last eleven months.
- 1-3 months: Mother feed or formula milk ONLY
- 4-6 months: Mother feed, formula, pureed vegetables (sweet potatoes, squash), pureed fruit ( apples, bananas, peaches), puree meat ( chicken or beef), semi-liquid, iron-fortified cereal and small amounts of unsweetened yogurt (no cow milk)
- 6-8 months: Almost same as 4-6 months along with some pureed legumes ( black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans)
- 8-10 months: Repeated foods along with mashed vegetables (cooked carrots, squash, potatoes, and sweet potatoes), small amounts of soft pasteurized cheese, cottage cheese and unsweetened yogurt, mashed fruits (bananas, peaches, pears, and avocados,
- 10-11 Months: Repeated foods from previous months while adding in some mashed or cut fruits and cottage cheese and yogurt. Bite-sized, soft-cooked vegetables like peas and carrots. Boiled macaroni or pasta along with small bits of meat or boneless fish and chicken. Finger foods are also added into your baby’s diet after the eighth month and continue till 12 months. They include o-shaped cereal, small bits of scrambled eggs, well-cooked pieces of potatoes, teething crackers, and small pieces of bagels.
All of the above foods regularly start throughout the year, and some of them flow up usually for many months. Mothers need to focus on the techniques and strategies to get the above foods introduced into their meals and that the hard part.
What does a twelve-months-old baby eat?
There is no such difference between 10-12 months baby diet as the repeated foods work for a few months for the baby quickly. It’s up to you whether you wish to add some combined foods’ recipes into your one-year-old baby food chart while using them separately for the baby in the previous month. All that matters is that how and when you feed your baby all the healthy meals.
The foods mentioned in the tenth and eleventh months are the most followed until your baby turns one. Now your baby can easily bite on to fruits and vegetables in his own hands while sitting or playing. It’s a norm for your baby to eat up some boiled veggies and chunks of meat and fruits without resisting so you can have a clear idea that your baby is set to solids and ready for some more exciting recipes in the coming year.
How to feed new foods to your one-year-old?
It’s probably common to notice that new mothers complain about trying something new or changes something in their baby’s schedule, and it’s ok to feel stressed about it because they don’t wish to make their baby cry. Many mothers tend to give up on solids that their babies ignore for a few times and let them eat whatever they want. It’s not good to give in to your baby’s needs, and mothers need to have good will power to get baby to eat healthy every day.
It can be simple and hard both for some mothers so that no one can blame their worry. All they need to do is take some guidance from elders or work on their skills through research or consult their child’s pediatrician. If any mother still fails to understand her new duties, she can read out our simple tactics to get her baby start eating healthy regularly and consciously.
- Don’t force your baby on the new food. Try it twice a day so that your baby gets the taste and accepts it after a few tries.
- Babies love to sing and dance, so try giving them nibbles while singing along with them and doing some fun movements to keep them busy and eating altogether.
- Eating together with your baby will convince him that its mealtime, so it’s best to eat properly. You can grab on a bowl of fruits with your baby and take a bite after he does; he will love to eat in your company.
- Do not limit your offerings to your baby, even while having adult foods. Offer everything to your baby, and it will help him understand edible and non-edible items. Just take out a piece of vegetable or meat from your food and offer him whether he takes it or not. Your baby will eventually grab it and eat it.
- Make your baby’s food fun and attractive. Learn some creative ways to decorate your baby’s diet with shapes and faces. Make an entertaining story while feeding your baby, and it will attract him to eat his fun food with love.
- Do not stop your baby from a mess. Let her observe her food and eat on her own. When she is done, ask her and guide her on how you will eat, and she will follow you.
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