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Good things for a baby to eat at 15 months

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12/20/14

Protein and Fat

Your 15-month-old needs around 13 grams of protein each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During his first 2 years, around 50 percent of his calories should come from fat, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Meat supplies both protein and fat to the diet. Obviously, your baby isn't ready for a steak dinner, but he can handle crumbled pieces of hamburger, soft pieces of chicken or fish or minced pork. Limit fish intake to 12 ounces per week, the Environmental Protection Agency advises. Choose varieties such as canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish, because these fish contain less mercury, which can negatively affect toddler's brain development. Your toddler can also eat scrambled eggs or legumes as a finger food for protein. Cheese also makes a good finger food and source of protein and fat. Avoid nuts, which present a choking hazard at this age. Peanut butter provides protein and fat, but some toddlers have trouble swallowing it.

Vegetables

By 15 months, your baby can chew most vegetables, with the possible exception of fibrous vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower. If you cut off the stems and slightly mash the florets, she should do fine with these. Mashed white or sweet potatoes often top the list of favored vegetables, but they contain more starch than many other vegetables. Avoid French fries, which often contain unhealthy trans fats. Don't let your baby eat popcorn, because of the risk of choking.

Grains

By 15 months, many babies are more interested in chasing little round O's around the tray than they are in eating baby cereals. Fortified cereals without added sugar, artificial coloring or salt are best for your baby. Most babies can eat rice, pasta and other grain side dishes; choose whole-grain varieties whenever possible.

Fruits

Fruit cups contain soft pieces of fruit that are easy for your baby to pick up and chews, but avoid brands that contain sugar-laden heavy syrup. If you give your baby fresh fruit, cut it into bite-sized pieces rather than giving him the entire piece of fruit, and watch for choking. Never give a 15-month-old whole grapes; cut them in half or even quarters to prevent choking. Restrict fruit juices to 4 to 6 ounces per day; if your baby drinks too much juice, she might not have an appetite for solid foods.

Snacks

While it's tempting to slip your 15-month-old a cookie or other snack when he's upset, resist the urge. Children this age don't need the added sugar or salt. Some snack foods, such as round, smooth pieces of candy also present a choking hazard. Stick to foods such as cheese sticks, raw vegetables (except for hard ones like carrots) or fruit for snacks instead.

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