What is a Healthy Eating for a Baby or Toddlers?

It's worrying if the child starts eating as soon as it gets something or eats anything it could get its hands on. Children are different from adults – their digestive systems are weak and the possibility of developing allergies is also very high. Hence, you must pay attention to the food the child should be eating and how it should be consuming them. You should carefully check the things that the child can eat and cook them accordingly.

Ingredients

Seaweed (after being a 9 months old baby)

As this will stick to the child's upper palate, only give seaweed after it turns one year old. After nine months, the child can start eating seaweed mixed with other ingredients.

Oysters (after 12 months old)

Oysters are toxic, so only give them to the child after it's one year old when it has developed immunity. Moreover, oysters have varying levels of freshness according to seasons. Take note when consuming them.

Pork (after 9 months old)

Children should only eat pork when they are 9 or 10 months old baby. Pork belly contains more fats, so it should only be given to the child after it turns three years old.

Chicken meat (after 6 months old)

Though chicken breast meat is tender, it should still be properly minced before cooking it in porridges. Only then can children six or seven months old consume chicken meat. Chicken wings contain more fats and the skin is full of fats too. Only give chicken wings to children after they turn one year old.

Clams (after 1 year old)

Clams trigger allergies easily. So only give them to children after they turn one year old.

Almonds, peanuts and pine nuts (after 3 years old)

Pulverize these nuts as finely as possible. This way, they'll not be obstructing the windpipe. It's best to only let children eat these nuts after 36 months of birth.

Pulses (after being a 6 months old baby)

Children after four months old can eat peas only after they've been thoroughly cooked. Other types of pulses should only be given to the child six or eight months after its birth.

Tofu (after 9 months old)

Only let the child consume tofu after it is nine months old. However, if the child has allergies, only give it tofu after it turns one year old.

Prawns (after 1 year old)

Only give the child prawns after it's one year old. The prawns should be complemented by other ingredients.

Ham (after 1 year old)

Regardless of the types of processed food, only let the child eat them after it turns one year old. Ham is processed from pork, so it's best to give that to the child only after it's one year old.

Noodles (after being a 7 months old baby)

It's best to feed the child with noodles after it turns seven or eight months old. However, noodles with sauces are generally stronger in flavors, so only let the child eat them after it turns three or four years old.

Fish (after 6 months old)

A six-month-old child may eat shredded white fish meat which has been steamed. As deep sea fish contain more fats, only give them to the child after it is 11 months old.

Small cucumbers (after 5 months old)

After the child is five or six months old, it'll love steamed cucumbers. Eat them complemented by other ingredients.

Eggs (after 5 months old)

When the child is five or six months old, it can start drinking milk combined with cooked egg yolks. As egg whites contain substances which will trigger allergic reactions, so only give the child egg whites after it is 11 or 12 months old. Never eat raw egg yolks.

Dried fish (after 1 year old)

As dried fish are salty, only let the child eat them after it turns one year old. If the child consumes too much salty, sweet and fragrant stuff, it'll develop the bad habit of picking on its food.

Fish and prawn pastes (after 3 or 4 years old)

As they're very salty and will irritate the stomach, don't let the child eat them too early. Only let it eat after it is three or four years old.

Kelp (after 8 months old)

Kelp contains a lot of iron which the child needs. It's good to cook the kelp and let the child have it. It's better to let the child consume kelp after it turns eight months old.

Cuttlefish (after 11 months old)

The child can eat this starting from its 11th month. Finely cut the cuttlefish and fry it in a pan.

Carrots and spinach (after 8 months old)

The child can start consuming these after eight months. As they contain a lot of calcium and vitamin B, frequently include them in weaning food.

Corn (after 2 years old)

As the child will have difficulty digesting the corn, only let it consume after two years old.

Potatoes and sweet potatoes (after 5 months old)

The child can begin eating them at five or six months old. Cook and mash the potatoes and sweet potatoes before feeding it to the child.

Cabbages (after 5 months old)

The child may eat most vegetables cooked, including cabbages after five or six months after its birth.

Mushrooms (after 9 months old)

Like most vegetables, mushrooms must be cooked before giving them to the child. It may start eating mushrooms after nine months old.

Big cucumbers (after 4 months old)

As big cucumbers are mild, you may frequently use them when preparing baby food. The child may start eating those four months after its birth.

Canned fish (after 8 months old)

You may give the child canned fish after four months. Add canned fish to other ingredients while preparing baby food or cook it a little before feeding it to the child.

Processed Food

Candies (after 2 years old)

The sweetness in candies will stimulate the child's taste buds and lead to pick on its food. So only give the child candies after two years old when its taste buds have fully developed.

Biscuits as snacks (after 1 year old)

As little crumbs may get into the windpipe, only give the child biscuits after it turns one year old. Giving the child biscuits only after it is two years old is the safest.

Chocolates (after 2 years old)

Don't give the child chocolates before one year old. Only give it chocolates after it is two years old under circumstances that it really likes and wants them.

Ice cream (after 1 year old)

Feed the child quality ice cream and those which contain a lot of dietary fat after one year old.

Taiyaki (after 1 year old)

Taiyaki (a Japanese fish-shaped cake) may come with red beans inside. Only give them to the child after it turns one year old.

Chocolate pies (after 2 years old)

The child may eat pies after one year old. However, it's best for the child to wait till it is two years old if you want to let it eat pies with chocolate added. That's because chocolate pies contain a lot of sugar which are bad for the child's teeth. You should limit the child's consumption of chocolate pies.

Bread (after 5 months old)

The child may start eating bread at five or six months old. Tear the bread into small pieces and cook them with milk – that's a very good snack for the child.

Glutinous rice cakes (2 years and older)

These may stick in the child's oral cavity and poses the danger of blocking its windpipe. So it's best to let the child eat glutinous rice cakes only after it turns two years old.

Toffees (after 2 years old)

The child may eat toffees after two years old. As the strong sweet flavor may affect the child's appetite, limit it to only two or three toffees daily.

Soft candies (after 2 years old)

Soft candies have a very high sugar content and pose the danger of sticking and blocking the windpipe. Don't give the child soft candies before it is two years old.

Puddings (after 5 months old)

As puddings are very soft which the child can easily swallow them, it can start eating them after five months old.

Burgers and French fries (after 2 years old)

As hamburgers are processed food, let the child eat them only after it turns two years old. If a French fry is swallowed whole, it may block the child's windpipe. So it's best that the child is given French fries after two years old and the mother should take note when feeding her child French fries.

Jerkies (after 2 years old)

Jerkies contain artificial colorings which may trigger allergies in the child, so it's better to let it eat them after two years old. After the child chews on a strip of jerky, the little pieces may block its windpipe. Do take note when your child is chewing on jerkies directly.

Deep-fried stuff (after 1 year old)

Those deep-fried outer layers contain a lot of salt and oil which are bad for the child's digestion. So deep-fried vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes should only be given to the child after it turns one year old.

Fruit jams (after 1 year old)

As much as possible, avoid sweet food which contains a lot of sugar before the age of one. If the child gets used to sweet food too early, it wouldn't want to eat other types of food. Therefore, sweet stuff such as jams should only be given to the child after one year old.

Tempura (after 2 years old)

The child still doesn't know how to chew before the age of one, so it swallows most of its food. Hence, tempura should only be eaten after two years old when the child knows how to chew.

Canned corn kernels (after 2 years old)

Corn kernels are very small and will easily get lodged in the child's windpipe. They're dangerous for the child. Only give it corn kernels after it turns two years old.

Instant noodles (after 3 or 4 years old)

The child shouldn't eat instant noodles. Wait until it's three or four years old before letting it eat instant noodles.

Hot dogs (after 1 year old)

Processed food should only be given to the child after it turns one year old. Even so, the hot dog shouldn't have tomato sauce and mustard on it. The crispy outer layer will choke the child's windpipe, so do take extra care.

Fried chicken (after 18 months old)

If you shred only the meat portion, the child can eat it before the age of one. If the child wants to eat all of the fried chicken, wait till at least it is 18 months old.

Cheese (after 1 year old)

Cheese is naturally salty, so only let the child eat it after one year old. It's more suitable to let it eat only one or two thin slices daily.

Instant soups (after 6 months old)

As instant soups are not porridges, it's best to let the child eat it when it's six or seven months old.

Chewing gum (after 3 or 4 years old)

As there's the danger is swallowing it after chewing, only let the child eat it after it turns three or four years old. Moreover, it's not good for the child to chew too much when its jaws aren't fully developed. Therefore, limit the child's intake of chewing gum.

Processed sausages (after 2 years old)

After the child is one year old, you may finely cut up the sausage and cook it. However, the child could get choked if it chews on a whole sausage. It's better to give the child sausages after it turns two years old.

Canned fruits (after 7 months old)

Beverages

Coke and Sarsi (after 3 or 4 years old)

These are harmful to the child's teeth so teach the child to avoid them as much as possible. However, if the child already knows the taste of soft drinks and insists on drinking them, only give it after it turns three or four years old.

Strawberry, chocolate and banana flavored milk (after 3 or 4 years old)

These flavored milk are full of artificial colorings and sugar. Only let the children drink them when they turn three or four years old.

Yakult (after 6 months old)

The child may start drinking Yakult after six months old. However, too much of it is bad for its teeth. For nutritional supplementation, limit to only one bottle a day.

Yogurt (after 6 months old)

The child may starting eating yogurt after six or seven months old. However, avoid over eating it. It's great if you replace mayonnaise with yogurt when making snacks for the child.

Black and green teas (don't drink)

As these teas contain caffeine, it's best that the child don't drink them. Moreover, teas don't contain any nutrients which are beneficial to the child, so avoid giving them the child tea as much as possible.

Soya bean milk (after 1 year old)

The child can be drinking soya bean milk meant for infants as a newborn. However, when it comes to other types of soya bean milk, avoid as much as possible.

Grapefruit tea (after 4 years old)

It's very sour and is a fermented food. Let the child drink it as late as possible. Grapefruit tea is also full of sugar and is bad for its taste buds. So only give the child grapefruit tea when it's older than four years old.

Isotonic beverages (after 1 year old)

The child may drink these after one year old. However, isotonic beverages contain a lot of salt and sugar, so they don't do much good for the child. If you want to replenish fluids for the child due to diarrhea, it's alright to drink a little isotonic beverage. On normal days, avoid them as much as possible.

Gassy beverages (after 3 or 4 years old)

These contain additives, so it's best to let the child drink these only after it turns three or four years old.

Fruit beverages (after 4 months old)

The child may drink white fruit juice after four years old. Avoid beverages with additives and choose pure fruit juice instead.

Now that is the eating timetable that you can follow when it comes to the foods and beverages that your child can intake.

Sandra Henderson
 

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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