When your baby turns one, it is time to include all the nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals in his diet. Also, you must make sure that he eats at regular intervals at least four times a day.
Here’s a day’s sample menu that will supply your one-year-old child with all the necessary nutrients.
Start the day with a glass of milk.
Health benefit: Milk is rich in calcium and vitamin D, dietary fats and proteins. It is important to make your child drink milk for the healthy development of both bones and the brain.
Time: Within half an hour of waking up
- Idlis with tomato or mint chutney / chapattis with honey
- Mashed carrots
Non-veg option: Scrambled / boiled eggs
Health benefits: The rice and dal present in idlis will take care of your baby’s protein and carbohydrate needs. Also, idli is easily digestible.
Carrots are a good source of vitamins A, C, K, B8 and also minerals. The nutrients in carrots improve eyesight, are good for the memory and prevent constipation.
Eggs contain choline, a vitamin B variant that is a great memory booster, vitamin A and proteins necessary for the child’s growth. (Note: If you want to include an egg recipe in your baby’s diet plan, make sure your baby is non-allergic to eggs.)
Honey boosts immunity and is an instant source of energy. It also provides vitamins and minerals.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C.
Time: Two hours after breakfast
Health benefits: Apples are rich in fibre, carbohydrates and minerals, which help harden bones and provide energy.
Time: Two hours after the mid-morning snack
- Rice with sambhar and a side dish/ phulkas with a side dish
Options for side dish: Squash curry/okra fry
- A small cup of curd or buttermilk
- One seasonal fruit cut into small pieces; go for oranges or chikoo
Health benefits: Rice is a good source of carbohydrates, while sambhar is rich in proteins. Oranges provide vitamin C, which is necessary for healthy gums and strong blood vessels, and chikoo provides minerals. Okra or ladies finger is a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fibre. Squash has good amounts of vitamin A and essential minerals like calcium and iron.
Time: Three hours after lunch
Whole grain toast with butter / dal vadas
Health benefit: Whole grains contain protein, fibre, vitamin B and minerals. Butter given in moderate amount gives necessary fats.
Time: Three hours after evening snacks
- Soft chapattis with a cup of moong dal and a side dish/ dosas with sambhar
Options for side dish: Beetroot or mashed potatoes with mashed peas and butter
- Fruit salad mixed in a bowl of milk
Health benefits:Dal is a source of protein. Chapattis and potatoes provide carbohydrates. Beetroot is a good source of iron. Dosa provides both proteins and carbohydrates.
This is a sample diet plan. Every child’s dietary needs are different, and you can get to know your child’s needs better by consulting a dietician.