Do you ever find yourself wondering what foods to feed your 15-month-old? While we want to make sure they are eating, we also want to be sure they are getting the proper foods with health benefits like vitamins and minerals from their diet.
Meal time can be simple and healthy, while also being a little fun! Here are some of my favorite tips, tricks, and ideas for meals for 15-month-olds.
Introducing New Foods for 15-Month-Olds
15-month-olds can be super picky when it comes to meal times. Sometimes it seems like they just have a revulsion to eating anything and everything that isn’t what they think is a treat.
It can be caused by a range of things, from taste to texture. Introducing foods can seem overwhelming, but just take it one food at a time and see what your child enjoys more.
Incorporating a variety of fruits, veggies, and protein is a perfect way to make sure they are getting a good amount of vitamins in their diet.
Encouraging 15-Month-Olds to Self Feed
Meal times can be messy, especially when you are letting your 15-month-old feed themselves. Self-feeding is a whole new experience for them, and sometimes it seems like they are just trying to see how much they can get on themselves.
Unfortunately, it is important because it lets them explore many of their senses as well as teaches them to be independent.
Having them sit at the dinner table surrounded by everyone eating, they will be able to watch and see how to self-feed while learning to do so themselves.
The Best 15-Month-Old Meal Ideas
When choosing meals for your 15-month-old, we want to make sure they are eating a healthy and delicious meal.
We like to make sure they have a balanced diet that includes protein, veggies, fruit, and carbs. When building their plate, you need to remember one important thing.
Simple meals can go a long way!
Sometimes they may eat the whole meal and sometimes they may only eat a part of it. I like to make meal times fun and simple for my 15-month-old. They will enjoy it as well!
The Best Breakfast Meals for 15-Month-Olds
Breakfast mealtime can be quick and easy, especially for moms on the go, and these delicious breakfast meals are simple.
Blueberry sheet pancakes are a delicious sweet treat breakfast and can be made by using an already-made pancake mix, adding blueberries, and baking on a cookie sheet.
Try adding a sliced boiled egg for some protein.
These easy overnight oats are a great meal for your little one, and the peanut butter gives them the protein they need to start their day right!
This yummy French toast with chia and oat pudding is easy to make!
Just beat one egg with a splash of milk and 1 tsp of vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder.
Next, dip bread on both ends and cook on a skillet in melted butter until it is golden brown.
Serve with chia and oat pudding with sliced banana and sliced cherries.
Getting your little ones to eat eggs isn’t always easy, but this quiche is a great way to change the texture to something they might like.
This protein-packed breakfast is delicious and has a variety of fruits including strawberries and grapes.
Beat 2 eggs in a bowl and add some butter to a pan and add some slices of ham then add in eggs and scramble them up.
Toast a slice of bread and spread a thin layer of butter and cut it in half and cut up some fresh fruit. Even mom will enjoy this meal.
My kids all love porridge. Adding some local raw honey to it is a great way to help them get some extra antioxidants in their system!
This easy and simple breakfast is a pancake with some mango yogurt and half of a banana. It’s a filling breakfast for your 15-month-old.
Just add some yogurt, slice a banana, and cook a small mini pancake using a ready mix or homemade.
The Best Lunch Meals for 15-Month-Olds
Lunch for your 15-month-old does not have to be complicated and still be healthy and these meal ideas for lunches are some great ones to try.
Chicken fingers that are cooked from frozen but made with whole white meat chicken and served with slices of apples and cubes of cheese and some teddy grahams for an extra sweet treat.
Chopped Beef Burger
If you have some leftover burgers from a weekend cookout, you’re all set! Chopping one up for my little one has always made a successful meal for my toddler.
This delicious chicken salad sandwich has great protein and veggies with anything you want to add to taste for your 15-month-old and serve with some steamed broccoli and sliced strawberries.
Instead of worrying about making an entire pizza, using half a brioche bun as the base is a perfect-sized crust for your little one!
This simple filling meal is chicken nuggets with cauliflower and mac and cheese with some added broccoli pieces and slices of kiwi on the side.
This is a great healthy lunch packed with omega-3 fatty acids for your growing 15-month-old.
Add tuna in a bowl with a little mayo and sprinkle a little dash of salt add the tuna to ritz crackers and add some cubes of avocado for more healthy fats.
Serve with some fresh-cut strawberries.
This wrap is easy to make by adding cheese spread to a tortilla adding some ham and grated carrots and just roll up and slice into pieces. You can serve it with sliced cucumbers and whole-grain puffs.
The Best Dinner Meals for 15-Month-Olds
Dinner for your 15-month-old doesn’t have to be hard! Most of the time they can eat a variation of what you are eating yourself!
Here are some of our favorite ideas!
A tasty cheeseburger with veggies on it served with sweet potato wedges and some slices of avocado and tomatoes.
Pasta noodles with some pesto sauce served with shredded steak pieces for some added protein and some blueberries for a sweet and healthy treat.
Simple meat sauce over noodles and you can even leave the meat out and just do sauce over noodles. Popcorn shrimp just because it’s good and some slices of kiwi.
This curry chicken is made in a slow cooker. Just add chicken breast with seasonings and some broth to the slow cooker and prepare some basmati rice and serve with peas.
If you don’t want to make the chicken yourself, there are some great frozen options available. Just add a couple of your child’s favorite veggies and they have a yummy meal!
This delicious healthy filling meal is packed with so many vitamins and minerals for your 15-month-old.
Just grill the salmon over some butter and serve with mashed potatoes and mini corn on the cob and steamed broccoli and green beans.
Stuffed peppers are such a great food for your toddler. They are easy to make and extremely easy to customize to fit with your toddler’s taste!
The Best Snack Foods for 15-Month-Olds
I listed some delicious and healthy snacks for your growing 15-month-old that are simple and great for busy parents.
A tasty fruit bowl with sliced strawberries, kiwis, and some blueberries. Refreshing and packed with health benefits for your little 15-month-old.
Melt some cheese on some toast, cut into strips, and add some slices of avocado for a filling snack.
This yogurt bowl is made with Greek yogurt, tangerines, and chia seeds and topped with a rice cake.
These tasty treat snack pops are made with cocoa powder and strawberries. Add 3 strawberries and half a cup of water and blend and pour into mold and freeze. For the chocolate pops, add one banana, half a cup of milk, and 1 tsp of cocoa powder and blend and pour into mold, and freeze. Your little one will love these.
Toast some bread and spread some all-natural peanut butter and add slices of bananas for a quick snack and serve with some sliced grapes topped with flaxseed.
The Best Drink Ideas For 15-Month-Olds
When choosing a drink for your 15-month-old, we want to be sure they are staying hydrated. We also do not want to give them drinks with too much sugar as well. So here is a list below to help choose a healthy drink for your toddler.
This vitamin C-packed drink is made by adding some tangerines and some pieces of mango and pineapple and some yogurt and blending until desired consistency and bam super delicious.
The best drink to give besides formula and breastmilk is water. Keeping your 15-month-old hydrated is key. Water is great since there is no added sugar. A few cups a day is good.
This refreshing drink is made with water and fruit added for extra vitamins. Your 15-month-old will enjoy this and can even eat the fruit after.
Apple juice is good to give to your one year old especially if they are constipated. Just be sure to limit the amount since it does contain sugar.
Drinking whole milk provides calcium, vitamin D, protein, vitamin A, and zinc, which are all important for a child’s development.
Our Favorite Meal Supplies for 15-Month-Olds
Below I list some great meal supplies for your 15-month-old. There are so many options out there and simple goes a long way.
Best Plates and Bowls for 15-Month-Olds
These multicolor and divider suction plates and bowls are great for your 15-month-old as they self-feed and can add many food options to their plate. The suction provides a good grip to keep tight to a high chair or table.
This silicone suction bowl set is the perfect first bowl set for infants and toddlers starting solid foods.
The heavy-duty material and deep sides make this a must-have for children who are learning how to self-feed!
Whether your toddler is learning to self-feed, has discovered how to throw, or is a picky eater who refuses to eat, these plates were designed to stand up to whatever your child brings to the table.
This cute plate promotes self-feeding and develops fine motor skills and is perfect for little ones learning to self-feed.
The Best Utensils for 15-Month-Olds
Utensils are a must for your 15-month-old since they are still learning to self-feed, and choosing utensils is easy. I have a few of my favorites listed below.
This fork and spoon set is great since the color changes with the temperature letting you know whether the food item is too hot or cold. They are also easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
This stainless steel fork and spoon set provides an anti-choke design and fit for little hands and BPA free. They are great for self-feeding.
The large curved handles are designed to make scooping easier and the fork tines are rounded for safety, making this perfect for toddlers!
Your kids will be excited to have silverware like adults but which are their size and safe.
This 6-piece kids flatware set includes 3 forks and 3 spoons that are perfectly sized for small children’s mouths and hands.
The Best Cups for 15 Month Olds
There are millions of cups out there it seems like to choose from here are just a few of my favorites!
These training cups give your 15-month-old a real cup feel with the 360-degree edge. They are also spill-proof and are a great beginning cup to help transition.
This silicone straw cup is another great one for your 15-month-old. It is safe for growing teeth and can be used as a regular cup later on!
These cups are not only super easy to clean, but lots of fun with the bright/neutral colors and straws with stoppers, preventing your toddler from pulling out the straw!
Built for little hands, the Insulated Straw Cup is lightweight with handles that lock in place for easy grip.
The Miracle 360˚ Trainer Cup eliminates messes and supports kids’ dental health all at once. Drinking from anywhere around the rim, like a regular cup, helps support normal muscle development in a child’s mouth.
With these best meal ideas for 15 month olds, you can create a solid foundation for healthy eating habits, foster their love for nutritious foods, and set them up for a lifetime of good health. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative in the kitchen, and savor the joy of feeding your 15-month-old wholesome and delicious meals. Bon appétit!