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A Guide to Toddler Feeding

A Guide to Toddler Feeding

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The following is a guide to help you figure out how much your 12-24 month old child should be eating. This is merely a guideline and will vary with each individual child.

Age:12-24 Months

Signs of Readiness:
• Can begin to use a spoon on their own(proficiency will come later)

What to Feed
• Whole Milk
• Other dairy such as full-fat yogurt, soft pasteurized cheese and cottage cheese
• What the family is having(cut into small bites or mashed)
• Cereals fortified with iron like oats, barley, wheat and mixed grains
• Other grains like pasta and rice
• Various fruits(Melon, banana, papaya, mango, citrus fruit)
• Vegetables(broccoli, carrots and cauliflower, cooked tender)
• Protein sources like eggs, meat or poultry in small pieces, boneless fish, small amounts of smooth peanut butter spread thinly
• Small amounts of citrus and non-citrus juice
• Honey is now safe

How Much to Feed Per Day
• 2 cups of dairy(Example: 1 cup milk or yogurt and 1.5 ounces of cheese)
• 3 ounces of grains, preferably whole grains( 1 ounce is equivalent to 1 slice of bread, 1/3 cup cold cereal or 1/4 cup of rice or pasta
• 1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit or 100% fruit juice(should preferably come from whole fruit rather than juice)
• 1 cup of vegetable(cooked tender and in bite sized pieces)
• 2 ounces of protein(1 ounce is equivalent to a slice of sandwich meat, 1/3 chicken breast, 1 egg, 1/4 can of tuna or 1/4 cup cooked beans)

Toddler Feeding Tips
• According to some experts, young children shouldn’t be given highly allergenic foods such as peanuts, fish or eggs at an early age due to the risk of developing a food allergy. The most recent research from the American Academy of Pediatrics does not indicate that giving these foods at an early age increases the risk of food allergies. If you’re concerned about allergies, introduce these foods slowly one at a time and watch for any signs of an allergic reaction.