Your Toddler: 13-18 Months

Toddler Friendly Cookbooks

Baby’s done with baby food (at least mostly) and moved on to the real stuff. And you’re still trying to figure out what that means exactly. Need inspiration? Check out these toddler cookbooks for healthy, fun recipes that won’t stress you out.
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The Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Karen Ansel and Charity Ferreira
The Baby & Toddler Cookbook guides parents through the food phases for kids from six months to three years old, offering recipes to help with each transition. Your toddler will dig its fun-shaped cheesy pasta wheel dish (and you’ll love that it's got chopped broccoli and lean chicken). $15, Amazon.com
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Smart Bites for Baby: 300 Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Love Meals That Boost Your Baby and Toddler's Brain by Mika Shino
Each of the easy-to-make meals in Smart Bites for Baby uses ingredients the author says stimulate the senses and enhance brain development. Toddler recipes include a veggie rice pilaf, salmon-spinach pasta and chicken burgers. Yum! $18, Amazon.com
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Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh and Easy Recipes by Catherine McCord
Weelicious isn’t just a recipe book — it’s practically a coffee table book for the whole family. Each recipe includes a story about McCord’s children, and beautiful photos of the family appear on its pages. Oh, and did we mention — the recipes are amazing. Mexican lasagna with edamame salsa, anyone? $15, Amazon.com
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The Petit Appetit Cookbook by Lisa Barnes
Going the organic route? Try out The Petit Appetit Cookbook. Straight from San Francisco (the land of process-free food), the book provides nutritional info for each recipe (including wheat-free and vegan options) and tips for sticking to an organic lifestyle. $13, Amazon.com
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Top 100 Finger Foods by Annabel Karmel
Is your kid’s favorite utensil his fingers? (Of course it is!) Then Top 100 Finger Foods is perfect for you. Created just for kids six months and up, the recipes — pancake strips and turkey sliders — aren’t just fun to eat, they’re nutritious too! $13, Amazon.com
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Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld
This one’s for all you parents losing the eat-your-veggies battle. The easy-to-follow recipes from Deceptively Delicious sneak veggies into meals that kids already love, such as scrambled eggs, tacos and even brownies. $11, Amazon.com
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The Top 100 Recipes for Happy Kids by Charlotte Watts and Gemini Adams
Not a five-star chef? No problem. The healthy recipes in Top 100 Recipes for Happy Kids are easy to prepare and can be cooked in 15 minutes or less. Hello, weeknight dinners! $10, Amazon.com
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Better Than Peanut Butter & Jelly by Marty Mattare and Wendy Muldawer
A vegetarian child can only survive on PB&Js for so long. Better Than Peanut Butter & Jelly takes inspiration from traditional meat meals and turns them into healthy vegetarian options — such as black bean chili and couscous salad — that everyone (especially your toddler) will love. $12, Amazon.com
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Sesame Street C Is for Cooking by Susan McQuillan, RD
Can you tell me how to get...my toddler to eat healthy foods? By enlisting Elmo and the gang! Developed by a dietitian, C Is for Cooking uses Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby to teach kids food facts. Plus, each recipe includes a kid step that gets your toddler involved in making his meal. $13, Amazon.com
By Leah Rocketto