While solids can be given to your eighteen months old, make sure that the food is not very hard for the baby to eat and then to digest. Food like meat should be sufficiently cooked so that they are not for the baby to chew and the baby's digestive system to digest it.
Some foods are not easily digested by the digestive systems of the babies. Make sure that you monitor the effects of different foods on the baby's digestive system.
Some foods might lead to constipation as well while others will lead to vomiting because of the indigestion. Food like cheese can cause constipation, so avoid giving too much cheese. Milk and yogurt provide sufficient calcium in the diet of the baby.
Whole milk should also be given along with the solid foods to your eighteen months old. Try to give little portions of food to the baby keeping in mind the fact that their stomachs are not as big as yours.
18 months olds can also be given extra meals in between the regular meals. If your baby is very active and eats little amounts of food, then these extra meals will be sufficient for the baby.
Babies tend to get picky as soon as they are 10-12 months old. Parents have to come up constantly with new ideas on how to feed the picky kids.
If your baby is not willing to eat vegetables, try to hide them somehow in the food they eat, like mashing vegetables and mixing in the soup or as an ingredient of baked goodies.
Introducing vegetables and fruits from an early age will make the habit of your baby and develop taste of eating and liking vegetables and fruits. Avoid junk foods at all times that can make the mind and body of the baby act abnormally.
There are a number of cookbooks that contain endless recipes for kids and even picky eaters. You can also search numerous websites that provide delicious and nutritionally balanced recipes of solid foods for babies.
If your eighteen months old is giving problems in food intake, then you should consult a nutritionist and ask about different ways of boosting the appetite of your baby. Sometimes an ailment can also cause the loss of appetite.