Sep 16 2013

What Should I Feed my 12 Month Old Baby

Published by at 4:37 pm under children,Family Meals,Foods to Try

Portions are small in the first year of life.  The foods they are learning to eat now should be varied and include a source of the important nutrient iron. Iron sources include iron-fortified bread and cereal, beef, chicken, fish and beans.There are no strict dietary guidelines for babies as there are for older children. It is normal for children to eat more at one meal and less at the next meal.

The suggestions below are recommendations, ask your pediatrician for specific feeding advice. Young children eat the right amount of what they need, when parents serve them wholesome food. Print a copy of these 12 Month Old Baby feeding guidelines and share them with your baby’s  doctor to see if they are right for your child.


½ cup of fruit every day or more

Choose minced or cut-up fruits. Good choices include: fresh, frozen, canned (in juice): for example, apples, applesauce, bananas, melons, pears, peaches

  • Serve      a variety of fruits and avoid those with added sugar.
  • Fruit      roll-ups and fruit “drink” are not      fruit, and 100% fruit juice can be kept to 4-6 ounces total per day.


½  cup  every day or more

All fresh, cooked, raw, frozen and unsalted canned vegetables can be served minced or chopped including:

Green beans, yellow beans, carrots, corn, spinach, tomatoes, red peppers, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and pumpkin.

Beans and peas (legumes): kidney beans, lentils, chick peas, and pinto beans.

Protein Foods

2 ounces daily or more

A 1 ounce equivalent is: 1 ounce lean meat, poultry, seafood; 1 egg, 1Tbsp peanut butter. Also, 1/3 cup tofu, ¼ cup beans or peas can be counted as 1 ounce of protein. Serve these foods minced or chopped.

Calcium Sources

Breast milk, cow’s milk, or other calcium-rich foods such as yogurt equal to 2 cups or more daily

A 1 cup equivalent is; 1 cup milk, or yogurt; 1 ½ ounces natural cheese. Ask your doctor if your child should drink whole, low fat or skim milk.


3 (servings) ounces per day or more

A serving (one ounce equivalent) equals 1 one –ounce slice bread; 1 ounce uncooked pasta or rice; 1/2 cup cooked rice pasta, or cereal; 1 tortilla (6”diameter); 1 pancake ( 5”diameter).

Offer some whole grain or iron fortified cereals, bread, rice and crackers


2 teaspoons on most days or more

Include olive oil, canola oil, other vegetable oils, butter or nut butter.

Parenting Tips

  • Trust      your baby to eat what he needs.
  • Resist      offering dessert, chips, fries, candy and soda at this young age. These      foods are high in salt and sugar and may teach your child to overeat.
  • Encourage      water for thirst over juice or milk. Try using a cup.
  • Offer      new foods five to ten times

For more information about feeding baby read,  the  Baby Food Bible 


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