25 Meal Ideas for your 6-month-old to 3-year-old

It can be exhausting to think of meals to prepare for your little ones. Before you know it, they’ve reached for the Cheerios in the pantry, or found a granola bar in your purse.

Before hunger strikes, it’s best to have an arsenal of meal ideas you can prepare for meal times to avoid the snack-all-day habits.

We’ve done the work for you and created a list of 25, yes you read that right, TWENTY-FIVE meal ideas for kids from the time they begin eating solids (around 6 months) up to three years old.

Meal Ideas for 6-9 months

When your child begins eating solids, you may want to puree your child’s meal until a tooth erupts. At that point, you can add texture by leaving the meal slightly lumpy. 

Homemade Oat Cereal

Oats are one of the least allergenic foods, and considered easy to digest. The high fiber content will help avoid constipation when solid foods are introduced. Get recipe

Peach Cauliflower Puree

This peach and cauliflower baby puree is sweet and creamy with a little jazziness from a pinch of freshly grated ginger! Get recipe

Apple Spinach and Pea Puree

A sweet puree filled with 2 green veggies that provide a protein, calcium, fiber and iron. Get recipe

Mango and Kale Puree

Combining sweet mango with superstar kale will leave your baby happy and healthy. Get the recipe

Red Lentil Puree

This Indian-inspired puree will introduce your babe to an array of spices. The extra time it takes to prepare will prove worth it. Get recipe


Meal Ideas for 9-12 months

Oats, Avocado, And Spinach

This gentle green puree is loaded with fiber rich oats, healthy spinach, creamy avocado and is perfect for baby's lunch or dinner. Get recipe

Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins

These muffins come together so quickly after a quick blending of ingredients. The only sweetener is from the natural sugars from bananas. A great first finger food. Get recipe

Avocado Blueberry Smoothie

Adding avocado to smoothies is the secret to making the creamiest smoothie. Get recipe

Pureed Chicken Apple and Kale

Apples, carrots, chicken, and kale make this a complete meal. The variety of textures will keep your baby reaching for more. Get recipe

Broccoli and Cheese Frittata

These frittata bites are super soft and perfect for babies with just a few or even no teeth. Get recipe

Meal Ideas for 12-18 months

Pea Fritters

These green pancakes are easy to make and full of protein with 3 eggs. They are known for tasting delicious both hot and cold. Get recipe

Mini Chicken and Carrot Meatballs

A perfect finger food for baby, but the rest of the family will happily help consume them. Get recipe

Toddler Friendly Mini Frittatas

Vegetables are so much more appealing when enveloped by delicious eggs. One batch can easily last week and they are easily reheated if you’re in a hurry. Get recipe

French Toast Sticks

These no-fork-required and perfectly dunk-able sticks quickly become a family favorite with many ways to dress them up with fresh fruit, powdered sugar, or maple syrup. Get recipe

Apple and Potato Pancakes

Apple, Yukon potatoes and an egg make up the most delicious pancake. Get recipe

Meal Ideas for 18-24 months

Very Veggie Stir Fry

When your baby is ready to bump up the texture to extra chunky, this recipe will satisfy while providing a wholesome variety of vegetables. Get recipe

Easy Cheesy Veggie Pasta

Creamy pasta sauce over spiral pasta and a variety of 4 veggies will have your kids asking for seconds. Get recipe

Ham and Cheese Muffins

These savory muffins are packed with protein and would be perfect served with a side of vegetables.  Get recipe

Easy Chickpea Patties

Perfect for little hands to pick up, these chickpea patties are a protein-dense meal for a Meatless Monday. Get recipe

Fish Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce

The fresh ingredients in this recipe makes this a dinner crowd pleaser. Children this age will love dipping the fish cakes in the flavorful sauce. Get recipe

Hidden Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

A great way to sneak in a healthy vegetable with a kid favorite. Even a comfort food can have healthy ingredients! Get recipe

Taco Pop Tarts

Filled with ground beef, corn, beans, and cheese. Since they are folded into a ready-made pie crust, they are perfect for little hands to grab and eat. Get recipe

Veggie Packed Pizza Rolls

There are 9 different veggies and your kids will love knowing how many vegetables they are eating! Get recipe

Fiesta Bowl

This easy and fast recipe can easily be adapted based on what you have on hand. Get recipe

4-Ingredient Chicken Pot Pie

An easy and fast twist on a favorite comfort food. Toddlers love picking up each individual pot pie. Get recipe

*Feature photo credit: chelseehood

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