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Feeding Schedule for a One-Year-Old

parentingUpdated November 11, 2021
Feeding Schedule for a One-Year-Old

When my son’s first birthday came, I was so excited for a couple of reasons: one, that we made it a year, and two, we could be done with bottles! I felt hesitantly confident that he could survive on his table food diet alone. The financial freedom of not buying any more formula was a blessing, especially since our kids needed the most expensive brand out there! I wanted to adhere to the guidelines of ending formula at a year, and when that year came, I was ready! However, with that came a lot of uncertainty about how and when to feed him. I was… Read More

When my son’s first birthday came, I was so excited for a couple of reasons: one, that we made it a year, and two, we could be done with bottles! I felt hesitantly confident that he could survive on his table food diet alone. The financial freedom of not buying any more formula was a blessing, especially since our kids needed the most expensive brand out there!

I wanted to adhere to the guidelines of ending formula at a year, and when that year came, I was ready! However, with that came a lot of uncertainty about how and when to feed him. I was terrified of allergies and him not getting the nutrition he needed. Luckily, we figured it out just fine, and I am happy to report he thrived. I have written two different mock schedules. One is for the moms gearing up for the big one-year birthday and the other is for the moms already there. I hope this helps!

To start, I want to encourage you that at this stage, from roughly 10-13 months, it’s a challenge even to get them to sit still long enough to eat. They are busy and would rather be exploring than spending time eating. That’s okay. They will eat when they are hungry.

By 11 months of age, it is encouraged to have the baby on almost all table food.

Bottle or Breast Hybrid Feeding Schedule for a One-Year-Old

  • Wake-up: Breastfeed or bottle. Offer a cup with water and a straw, and then offer table food such as a banana, toast, avocado, sausage, or scrambled eggs.
  • Morning Nap
  • Wake-up: Breastfeed or bottle.
  • Lunch: Table food is offered like green beans, diced chicken breast, pouch or yogurt, and a cup with water and a straw.
  • Afternoon Nap
  • Wake-Up: Breastfeed or bottle, and then offer an afternoon snack like fruit or dry cereal.
  • Dinner Time: Offer whatever you are having for dinner to your 11 month + old baby.
  • Bedtime: Offer the last bottle or breastfeed before bed.

At 12 months of age, it is safe to drop the bottle entirely and only offer drinks like water or milk in a cup with a straw.

Exclusive Table Food Feeding Schedule for a One-Year-Old

  • Wake Up: 30-minutes after waking is breakfast of table food. Scrambled eggs, dry cereal, or oatmeal, and fruit cut up.
  • Morning Nap
  • Lunch: Chicken nuggets diced up, shredded turkey, yogurt, a pouch, vegetables, and fruit
  • Afternoon Nap
  • Afternoon Snack: Dry cereal, a rice cake, yogurt, or fruit
  • Dinner: Offer what you are having for dinner.

Include a cup of milk or water with each meal and snack.

A Few Tips for Feeding a One-Year-Old:

  1. Offer milk throughout the day but do not exceed 16 oz. This helps alleviate an iron deficiency.
  2. Because milk tastes so different than the breastmilk or formula they are used to, it is okay to mix some formula or breast milk into regular milk to make the transition easier.
  3. Space meals out 2-3 hours apart.
  4. Offer a variety of foods, and let them do most of the feeding themselves!
  5. Keep working on using a straw. This helps tremendously with speech because it develops their mouth muscles.
  6. Finally, as long you offer plenty of highly nutritious foods about 6 times a day, everything will eventually even out and run smoothly.
  7. Do not offer food on demand throughout the day. Training them to know when mealtimes are will prevent you from living in your kitchen all day long!

Some quick food options for a one-year-old:

Breakfast:

  • Waffles
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Avocado toast
  • French toast (without syrup)
  • Dry cereal
  • Bananas
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt with berries
  • Green veggie smoothie

Lunch:

  • Nut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Quesadilla
  • Cheese sticks
  • Carrot sticks
  • Mixed berries
  • Applesauce
  • Grilled cheese
  • Grilled chicken
  • Turkey and cheese
  • Organic soup

Snacks:

  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Puffs
  • Pouches
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Apple slices
  • Watermelon
  • Celery with peanut butter
  • Raisins
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Snap peas

I hope these feeding schedules and suggestions make this exciting new chapter easier for you and your family. In no time, you will see just how much simpler this stage really is. Bon appétit!