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When Baby Turns 1!

His ability to grasp things now means your child will be easily picking up his solid food with two to three fingers, instead of his entire hand. He is learning how to eat with utensils, beginning with a spoon and fork. 

3 mins to read Aug 10, 2016


Better coordination and feelings of independence keep your toddler constantly on the go.

Signs of readiness for infants above 1 year of age

Signs of readiness

Solid Food Recommendations

Takes foods easily with fingers

Biscuits and fruit cut into finger-sized pieces

Begins to self-feed with spoon

Food with more texture for chewing and swallowing Develop feeding skills with soft cooked rice, potato,    

       coarsely chopped cooked veggies

Progressively rotates spoon near mouth

Variety of foods and recipes to discover new taste

Examples: Deboned cooked, flaked or chopped meat

       or chicken, and well-cooked mashed legumes

Begins munching with rotary chew

Hand-held sticks and slices of soft food for practicing

       his biting

Bite-size food that can be easily mashed by his gums

Examples: Sliced bread, apple slices

TOP TIP! Avoid, or at least limit, your toddler’s sugar and salt intake.

Expect this at 12-18 months

• Tries out utensils in different ways - using spoon for dipping and fork for scooping up food

• Practices chewing more now as 1st year molars are out

• Sits excitedly at the table. Social time with the family as important as the food

Expect this at 19-24 months

• Has unpredictable eating habits – Maganang kumain one day… walang interes kumain the next day

• Hesitates as new foods are introduced. It may take several tries before he opens up. Never insist that he    

   finishes what is in his bowl. Allow him instead to express his hunger and fullness cues

• Exaggerates his chewing, opens his mouth wider than necessary thus causing food and saliva

   to dribble out. Pasensya na lamang, Mommy, ok lang yan!

• Prefers the familiar routine of mealtime—using the same bib, bowl and utensils is comforting to your toddler

TOP TIP! His taller height and heavier weight now may mean that his high chair is no longer needed. Give your toddler his own seat (or booster seat) at the family dining table.

Co-written with Kate Perales, RND


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