Babies grow fast at this stage; hence the nutritious food must be given to them. It must also be kept in mind that babies have developed a strong sense of taste. Dr. Sakeena Samar, Paediatric Nutritionist at Santosh Hospital, Bengaluru, suggests that a 1-2 year old baby should be fed at least three-four times a day. Parents must ensure adequate complementary feeding by monitoring growth and development.
The following is a very general and common diet chart that Dr Sakeena Samar suggests for your 1-2-year-old baby:
You can give khichdi, poha, upma, or boiled eggs in the morning. Some mothers prefer giving a glass of milk, which is also fine because the baby must have a glass of milk once a day. You can then give a glass of juice or sliced fruits mid-morning. You can give roti with curd or jam to your baby. It is filling and nutritious and the curd adds up to the dairy products in your baby’s diet.
At this age, you can give mashed rice with minced meat or fish for lunch. You can prepare the chicken with vegetables so that your baby gets the taste of meat and nutrition from the vegetables.
You can now slowly introduce roti with some mixed vegetable to your baby. It is okay for a baby to have one roti with vegetables. You can also give paneer or cottage cheese to add to the nutritious dinner.
According to Dr. Sakeena, “A 1-2 year old baby needs 100 Kcal of energy per Kg of body weight, 3.5 grams of protein per kg per day till three years. From 3-15 years a baby needs 2.5 grams of protein per kg per day.” And, she adds, that these are standardised diet charts according to FAO and WHO.