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12 Month Baby Food: Diet Chart & Recipe


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Your little munchkin is 1 year old and has graduated to a toddler now; congratulations! The past 1 year was filled with several developmental milestones, be it your baby’s first crawl, first steps, first words, and so on, each of which holds a special memory for you. With the coming year already kicking in, you would have noticed your little one is active more than ever. They are crawling, playing, strolling, probably walking, and so on.

Of course, your energetic little one needs the right amount of nutrition which is an essential factor affecting the growth and development of your child. So if your child is a fussy eater, or you are confused about what to feed your little one, this article is just for you! We have compiled a 12-month baby food chart highlighting important foods and easy recipes you can make for your little one!

List of 12-Month Baby Food

The 12-month baby food chart can comprise the following foods, which can form a part of their regular diet -

  • 1 ▪ Cereals

A bowl of cereals is a classic breakfast for your little one. Cereals like cornflakes softened with milk are easy to chew and digest. Try giving your child whole grain cereals as much as possible.

  • 2 ▪ Cucumber

Cucumbers serve as a rejuvenating snack at any time of the day. You can cut the cucumbers lengthwise, making them “cucumber sticks” shaped like french fries, and service it on those hot summer days to prevent your child from dehydrating.

  • 3 ▪ Dal

Dal is a rich source of protein that aids in muscle development. Dal is a staple food in every Indian household, eaten with rice and roti (flat bread).

  • 4 ▪ Vegetable Soup

A warm bowl of vegetable soup can never go wrong. It is one of the best items in your 12-month baby food chart as it contains the goodness of all vegetables and is easy to feed too.

  • 5 ▪ Soya

Soya chunks are a great standard substitute source of protein for pure vegetarians. In addition, its soft texture after being cooked makes it an ideal item in the 12-month baby food chart.

  • 6 ▪ Chicken

Organic or certified chicken is free of hormonal treatments, so it is recommended to buy them to feed your little one. You can overcook the chicken to make it softer, which is ideal for your toddler. Avoid marinating the chicken with spicy flavours, tear the cooked meat into tiny beats, and do not forget to remove the bones before you feed your toddler.

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Sample 12-Month Baby Food Chart

We curated a 12-month baby food chart with different food items you can give your toddler throughout the day. You can use the below \chart for your ready reference -

Day 1 - 12-Month Baby Food Chart

Breakfast: Vegetable Upma

Mid-Morning: Half boiled egg, and half banana

Lunch: Oats Idli

Evening: Apple Milkshake

Dinner: Suji Porridge

Day 2 - 12-Month Baby Food Chart

Breakfast: Besan Chilla

Mid-Morning: Vegetable Soup with Cream

Lunch: Masala Pongal

Evening Snack: Paneer Dates Ladoo

Dinner: Bread Upma

Day 3 - 12-Month Baby Food Chart

Breakfast: Sprouted Moong dal chilla with chutney

Mid-Morning: Half omelette and a few orange silvers

Lunch: Curd Rice

Evening: Mini idli and sambhar

Dinner: Ragi Dosa

Day 4 - 12-Month Baby Food Chart

Breakfast: Carrot Paratha

Mid-Morning: Cucumber Sticks

Lunch: Sambhar Rice

Evening: Multi-grain chilla

Dinner: Paneer Paratha

Day 5 - 12-Month Baby Food Chart

Breakfast: Dalia

Mid-Morning: Vegetable soup with cream

Lunch: Plain Khichri with Vegetable Raita

Evening: Spinach Potato

Dinner: Barley Porridge

Day 6 - 12-Month Baby Food Chart

Breakfast: Apple Kheer

Mid-Morning: Watermelon

Lunch: Lemon Rice with Coconut Chutney

Evening: Fruit Custard

Dinner: Sweet Corn Soup

Day 7 - 12-Month Baby Food Chart

Breakfast: Suji with Green Pea Upma

Mid-Morning: Carrot Smoothie

Lunch: Roti, dal, and vegetable of your choice

Evening Snack: Fruit Yogurt

Dinner: Appam

Easy 12-Month Baby Food Recipes

Here are some tasty, flavourful and super easy 12-month baby food recipes for your reference -

Fried Apple Rings

What you Need -

  • ▪ Apple - 1
  • ▪ Four - 1/4th cup
  • ▪ Sugar - ½ teaspoon 
  • ▪ Cinnamon - Pinch
  • ▪ Beaten egg - ½ 
  • ▪ Buttermilk - 1/4 cup
  • ▪ A pinch of salt

 Method of Preparation

  • ▪ Mix flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
  • ▪ In another bowl, mix egg and buttermilk.
  • ▪ Slice an apple into 1/4 inch thick slices and discard the core.
  • ▪ Mix the 2 bowls, dip the apple rings in them, and deep fry them.
  • ▪ Serve warm

Besan Parantha

What you Need -

  • ▪ Whole wheat dough
  • ▪ Besan - 2 tbsp 
  • ▪ Chopped onion - 1/2  
  • ▪ Salt to taste
  • ▪ Coriander powder - 1 tsp 
  • ▪ Chopped coriander - 1 tbsp 
  • ▪ Garam masala - 1 tsp 
  • ▪ Carrom seeds - 1 tsp 
  • ▪ Oil - 3-4 tsp 

Method of Preparation

  • ▪ Mix the besan, onion, coriander powder, chopped coriander, carom seeds, and garam masala in a bowl.
  • ▪ Knead the above mixture into a soft dough with a bit of oil.
  • ▪ Use the wheat dough to make a chapatti and the besan dough to fill.
  • ▪ Cook the paratha on a tawa with a bit of ghee.
  • ▪ Serve it warm and with butter or curd.

Feeding Tips for 12-Month-Old Baby

Here are some relevant and practical feeding tips for a 12-month-old baby-

  • ▪ While choosing homemade food recipes for your 1-year-olds, do not hesitate to try different varieties. Doctors believe that offering the same food to your toddler can lead them to become fussy eaters.
  • ▪ While introducing new varieties of food to your little ones, do it in small quantities to ensure they are not allergic to it.
  • ▪ If you are yet to introduce your baby to solid foods, do not jump to it immediately; move from softer textures to semi-solid foods.
  • ▪ Avoid force-feeding your child. It may happen that they are not hungry or just not enjoying a particular food.

Key Takeaways

If your 1-year-old toddler may be a picky eater, try to offer them food in different shapes and make it appealing. Also, when introducing new solid foods to babies, do it in small quantities to ensure they are not allergic to them. We hope our article on the 12-month baby food chart has been insightful.


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