How Can I Add Non-Dairy Healthy Fat and Calories Into My 12 Month Old’s Diet?

My son is 12 months old and we learned at his 1-year check-up that he has fallen off the growth charts. He is 17lbs, 15oz and 28″. At 6 months he was in the 10th percentile for weight. At 9 months he was in the 3rd percentile for weight. Now, at 12 months he’s not even on the charts! We will go back…

Keeping him on at least 20oz of formula should help a lot.

Otherwise emphasize meats, as they have protein, zinc, and iron as well of fat all of which are needed for adequate growth. Meat is not a common allergen however if you are concerned then turkey (preferably dark meat as its more nutritious), lamb, and goat are considered the least allergenic (ironically I was allergic to poultry fat as a child so dark turkey was usually ok unless I ate a lot *lol* but some people are, of course, allergic to turkey)

Also avocado and olive.

Please insist on getting a referral to an allergist though they will have much better advice. Normally I recommend egg yolks, coconut, and ground flax or flax oil. But I’m not sure any of those are an option in your case.…
Don’t Fear Fats!

Pediatric clinicians have known for some time that children fed low-fat and low-cholesterol diets fail to grow properly. After all, a majority of mother’s milk is fat, much of it saturated fat. Children need high levels of fat throughout growth and development. Milk and animal fats give energy and also help children build muscle and bone.1 In addition, the animal fats provide vitamins A and D necessary for protein and mineral assimilation, normal growth and hormone production.27

Choose a variety of foods so your child gets a range of fats, but emphasize stable saturated fats, found in butter, meat and coconut oil, and monounsaturated fats, found in avocados and olive oil.…
Good non-dairy sources of fats include soy and safflower oils, flax seed and flax seed oil, walnuts, fish and fish oils, avocado. Adding fats to cooking and baking can work well, for example, stir fry in safflower oil or make mini-muffins with soy or rice milk, oil or butter, and eggs.

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I meant to mention I love hummus but you should check the ingredients. Many contain tahini/sesame seeds and sesame is one of the top 9 allergens, though ironically not one you hear about. Mind you I’m one of two people in my family allergic to sulphites and that’s in the top 9 and no one has heard of that either.

Another thing you might want to avoid is annatto which is a “natural” food dye that gets used a lot in toddler foods because they can use it and say its all natural. But its as allergenic if not more allergenic as synthetic dyes. Because its used in such small amounts it can be a hard to detect problem.

And finally, milk protein -any food labeled Pareve does not contain milk products of any kind. Part of Kosher rules is that you can not mix meat and dairy. Pareve means it is free of meat and dairy, and various regulatory bodies that certify things as Kosher are very, very serious about such things.

You can see the various symbols commonly used:…

My son was below the charts at age 1 as well-17 lbs, now at 14 months he’s gained around a pound and a half. Pediasure helped but it likely has some dairy. I think there are ways to mix formula to up the calories but you have to be very very careful, I’d inquire with the doctor first Hummus is great, I have also tried adding flaxseed oil or olive oil to foods if you can. Its easier with pureed foods or maybe the beans? All the allergies really limit your options-I think there is a product called doucal you can add it to foods to up calories? Good luck. 🙂

I’ve lost 5 kilos in my first week. It’s my 10th day and I have included salad with some protein (eg. egg/ lean chicken) as you suggested. After 4 years of trying, the fat is finally coming off. It truly feels like magic!

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Avocado, olive oil, and ground flax seeds or flaxseed oil. Use olive oil in most of your cooking – everything except baking. I also put ground flaxseeds in a lot of foods, from smoothies to oatmeal to using it as an egg replacement when baking or making pancakes.

Also, I learned recently that it is important to make sure that toddlers are getting at least some refined grains in order to increase their caloric intake. Whole grains make you feel fuller faster, which is great for adults watching their weight, but can cause toddlers to not consume enough calories.

You might also try leaving snacks out at his level for him to graze on all day.

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any fish allergies in your families? Salmon is a very good food! My son is 11 months and loves to eat it! You can find the pre-packaged filets for around $4 for about 4-5 of them. I wish i had more ideas for you. Does he eat any meats or poultry? My son also loves grilled chicken breasts. I hope everything works out and he starts gaining some weight! Good Luck!

Olive oil on just about everything, avacado is good. Its a fattier food. Can he do hot dogs and sausage? If you cut them up small he should be able to.
Bread and fake peanut butter. It tastes the same as peanut butter, but no real peanuts. It’s made with chick peas.

There are many healthy fruits and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables like broccoli and green spinach contain calcium and are packed with fiber.


Try just adding more calories with juices. also rice milk is yummy. i would feed him more meat and potatoes too. just increase his calorie intake and make sure he is getting enough protein. also if he isnt getting vitamins from the milk i would ask your doctor about a multi vitamin he can take so he will have strong teeth.

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