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Sample Menu for a One-Year-Old


​When planning your child's menu, remember that cholesterol and other fats are very important for his or her normal growth and development, so they should not be restricted during this period. If you keep your child's caloric intake at about 1,000 calories a day, you shouldn't have to worry about overfeeding and putting him or her at risk of gaining too much weight. See the following sample menu ideas for a one-year-old.

Note: These menu ideas are intended for a one-year-old child who weighs approximately 21 pounds (9.5 kg).

1 teaspoon = 1/3 tablespoon (5 mL)

1 tablespoon = ½ ounce (15 mL)

1 cup = 8 ounces (240 mL)

1 oz = 30 mL


  • ½ cup iron- fortified breakfast cereal or 1 cooked egg
  • ¼ –½ cup whole milk (with cereal or without)
    Fruit can be added to cereal or on its own
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 2–3 large sliced strawberries


  • 1 slice toast or whole wheat muffin with 1–2 tablespoons cream cheese or peanut butter, or yogurt with cut-up fruit
  • ½ cup whole milk


  • ½ sandwich sliced turkey or chicken, tuna, egg salad, or peanut butter
  • ½ cup cooked green vegetables
  • ½ cup whole milk


  • 1–2 ounces cubed or string cheese, or 2–3 tablespoons fruit or berries
  • 1 cup whole milk


  • 2–3 ounces cooked meat, ground or diced
  • ½ cup cooked yellow or orange vegetables
  • ½ cup pasta, rice, or potato
  • ½ cup whole milk

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Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 6th Edition (Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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