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Toddler 12 - 18 Months Feeding Guide

Toddler hunger cues

Begins to use a spoon and fork, feeds self easily with fingers
Begins to use a sippy cup
Eats at regular times

How much should a toddler eat?


• Breast milk

• Whole cow’s milk

• Infant formula, iron-fortified

Liquid intake:

• About 16-24 fl oz (2-3 servings per day)


• Yogurt

• Cubed cheese

• Whole grain crackers and cereal

• Whole grain pasta and rice

• Pieces of cooked, moist meat, like fish or poultry

• Scrambled eggs

• Cooked or grated vegetables

• Soft, sliced fruit

• Family foods

Solid food intake:

• 3 meals and 2 snacks per day


• Variety of textures

• Bite sized pieces

• Finger foods

* Average amount of DHA and ARA in worldwide breast milk is 0.32% and 0.47% (mean ± standard deviation of total fatty acids) based on an analysis of 65 studies of 2,474 women).
† For example, herring, mackerel, pollock, salmon and shrimp. Visit the FDA website for advice regarding eating fish.