Iron and your 1 year old

so now your baby is one and it’s time to worry about Iron. Am I worried? Nope! Mister Caliger had avocado and egg for lunch. Both contain iron.  Caliger isn’t a big fan of avocado but this is how I sneak it in. This would be good for breakfast as well.

First lets talk about foods that are rich in iron! Foods your baby needs to be eating! In future posts I can show you how to easily get these in your babies diet but we will start with avocado and eggs.

Here is a list of iron rich foods


  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Veal
  • Pork
  • Dried beef
  • Liver
  • Liverwurst
  • Eggs (any style)


  • Shrimp
  • Clams
  • Scallops
  • Oysters
  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Haddock
  • Mackerel


  • Spinach
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • String beans
  • Beet greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Chard


  • White bread (enriched)
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Enriched pasta
  • Wheat products
  • Bran cereals
  • Corn meal
  • Oat cereal
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Rye bread
  • Enriched rice


  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Raisins
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Prunes
  • Prune juice
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried peaches

Beans and other foods:


  • Beans (kidney, garbanzo, or white, canned)
  • Tomato products (e.g., paste)
  • Dried peas
  • Dried beans
  • Lentils
  • Instant breakfast
  • Corn syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses

Another good way to add iron to your child’s diet is to use an iron skillet to make and prepare your meals. Depending on what you’re cooking the iron levels will be different. I’m sure at some point I will do a post about how I’m in love with my iron skillet! It honestly makes life so much easier and I love that I’m adding iron to our diet but using it.

What you need :

  • 1 egg
  • 1 piece of bread
  • An avocado
  • Salt-and-pepper to taste
  • cheese either sliced or shredded

 I crack open eggs on my skillet. I don’t have a picture of it but I eventually flip them and make a over easy egg.
 I make toast

Spread the avocado onto the toast

 Top with egg

 Top with cheese and broil at 350 degrees.


It looks like this! Sometimes I will throw tomatoes on it before the egg. If I was making this for an older child I probably would make a sandwich. Everything but the cheese contains iron.

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