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, and the financial freedom of not buying anymore formula was a blessing to us, whose 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 for the moms gearing up for the big one year birthday and for the moms that are 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.
Lunch: Table food is offered like green beans, diced chicken breast, and a pouch or yogurt, and a cup with water and a straw.
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 months + 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 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.
Lunch: Chicken nuggets diced up, hot dogs cut up, yogurt, a pouch, and fruit
Afternoon Snack: Dry cereal, a rice cake, yogurt, or fruit
Dinner: Offer what you are having for dinner.
A Few Tips for Feeding a One-Year-Old:
- Offer milk throughout the day but do not exceed 16 oz, this helps alleviate the iron deficiency.
- Because milk tastes so different than the breast milk or formula they are used to, it is okay to mix some formula or breast milk into regular milk to make the transition easier.
- Space meals out 2-3 hours apart.
- Offer a variety of foods, and let them do most of the feeding themselves!
- Keep working on using a straw. This helps tremendously with speech because it develops their mouth muscles.
- Finally, as long you are offering plenty of high nutritious foods about 6 times a day, everything will eventually even out and run smoothly.
- Do not offer food on demand all day, training them to know when mealtimes are will prevent you from living in your kitchen all day!
Some quick food options for a one-year-old:
- Scrambled eggs
- Avocado toast
- French toast (without syrup)
- Dry cereal
- Yogurt with berries
- Green veggie smoothie
- Nut butter and jelly sandwiches
- Cheese sticks
- Carrot sticks
- Mixed berries
- Grilled cheese
- Grilled chicken
- Turkey and cheese
- Organic soup
- Sliced cucumbers
- Sliced bell peppers
- Cottage cheese
- Apple slices
- Celery with peanut butter
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Snap peas