One Year Old Food Schedules

April 3, 2020


Making the transition from baby to toddler at around 12 months can be full of all sorts of questions and concerns. One of the biggest ones I hear from parents is around what a one year old food schedule should look like. How do you start incorporating snacks, switching milks, getting rid of the bottle and so much more? Here’s a sample schedule for a 1 year old that will hopefully help remove some of the uncertainty!

A one year old food schedule will look different for every family

I usually don’t like to give sample schedules because what works for one family isn’t going to work for another. But I know that the transitional time going from baby to a toddler can be really tough to figure out. 

Focus on the time in between meals

When it comes down to it, the time of the day really doesn’t matter. The biggest thing that will help you to set a schedule that works for both you and your child is to think about it in terms of generally wanting to offer food every 2-3 hours.

This is obviously not set in stone and isn’t something that has to happen for all kids. But it’s a good ballpark goal to aim for. Our children’s stomachs aren’t very big, and expecting them to be able to go between mealtimes without any sort of food can be really hard for them. I’ve got an entire article on the importance of setting schedules for toddlers so be sure to take a look there if you’re looking for some more details. 

How sleep affects hunger and mealtimes

During the transitional period going from baby to toddler, kids will generally start to go from two naps to one. Sometimes this happens earlier, but the average is usually between 15-18 months for most kids. It can be hard to transition to two snacks a day if your child is still taking 2 naps, and can leave many parents feeling frustrated.

If your baby is tired, they are not as likely to have as good of an eating experience as if they are well rested. After a few times experimenting with timing, many parents discover that a nap is usually much more important than fitting in another snack. Think of that 12-18 month period as really a time of transition. You have a goal in mind to get to more snacks and eventually one nap. But every child will get there in their own time. Do your best to listen to your baby’s cues, and not feel anxious that you absolutely have to fit in a certain number of eating opportunities every day. 

A sample 12 month old feeding schedule

Again, these are just an idea for times. Think of them in terms of spacing between them more than any specific time of day. Move them up or down based on what works for your family!

One Year Old Food Schedule:

 Still Nursing & Napping Two Times a Day

7:00: Wake and nurse

8:00: Breakfast

10:00: Morning snack

10:30: Morning nap

12:30: Lunch

2:30: Afternoon snack

3:00: Nurse

3:30: Nap

5:30: Dinner

7:00: Nurse and bedtime

One Year Old Food Schedule:

 Weaned to Milk & Napping Two Times a Day

7:00: Wake up

7:30: Breakfast and milk 

10:00: Morning snack

10:30: Morning nap

12:30: Lunch and milk

2:30: Afternoon snack

3:00: Nap

5:30: Dinner and milk

7:00: Bedtime

One Year Old Food Schedule:

 Still Nursing & Taking One Nap a Day

7:00: Wake up and nurse

7:30: Breakfast

10:00: Morning snack

12:30: Lunch

1:00: Nurse

1:30: Nap

3:30: Afternoon snack

5:30: Dinner

7:00: Nurse and bedtime

One Year Old Food Schedule:

 Weaned to Milk & Napping Once a Day

7:00: Wake up

7:30: Breakfast and milk

10:00: Morning snack

12:30: Lunch and milk

1:30: Nap

3:30: Snack

5:30: Dinner and milk

7:00: Bed

The Bottom Line 

Sample feeding schedules can help give some clarity to what might work for your family. But I cannot stress enough the importance of following your baby’s cues and taking things gradually to figure out what works for them. Many babies are not interest in snacks right at 12 months. Or it takes them longer to transition away from a bottle. Whatever your specific case my be, take these are general goals and don’t stress too much if this is not exactly what your day looks like!

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About the Author

Mom. Dietitian. Food Lover. I find joy in helping others relieve the stress of meal times and feeding their children, from the first bite on!

Renae D'Andrea

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