Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Diet chart for my 14 month old toddler

With Lil' General having crossed the 1 year milestone, I don't rack my brains hard any more as to what to feed him and what not. He has small portions of all that we have at home with the exception of foods that are very spicy or sour in taste. I try and maintain a routine as far as his eating goes too which kinda helps him and me in preparing his food and appetite better.

His current schedule and diet goes this way (it's been this way for over 8 weeks now):

5:30 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. - 150 ml of Formula (NaN-2)

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast which is 1-2 idlis or 7 scoops of baby cereal or banana or sabudana khichdi. A glass of milk.

10:00 a.m. - If he wasn't up to having breakfast for whatever reason, then he is more than happy to munch on some fruit which is usually grapes. I slice the grapes and place it in front of him in a bowl - he eats at his pace ensuring to finish the same.

12:30 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch - Rice with dal (mashed or as sambhar) and some vegetable like tomato, carrot, beans, snakegourd, beetroot, white and red pumpkin, cucumber etc.

2:30 p.m. on some days - a cup of yoghurt

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - 240 ml of Porridge mostly or 150 ml of Apple Juice

6:30 p.m. - A fruit such as cheeku, apple etc.

8:30 p.m. - Dinner - Rotis in milk or dal. I interchange lunch and dinner recipes frequently based on what we eat.

11:30 p.m. - 125 ml of milk.

Cheese slices doesn't suit him much yet. but I'm not averse to trying anything new. Almost everything that we have, he has a bite.

I get a clear indication if he isn't feeling well. If he refuses to eat, I usually don't force him as it is a sign something is bothering him or he just isn't hungry yet. Expecting a 14 month old to eat as much as he did when he was 6-7 months I learnt is expecting way too much. So I've stopped forcing him or bothering him with food all the time. He lets me know if he is hungry or sleepy making the eating process easier and shorter for him and me.