Toddler Feeding Guide (12 - 18 months)

Select Stage

InfantInfant (3-9 months)
3-6 months   |   6-9 months
ToddlerToddler (9-18 months)
9-12 months   |   12-18 months

Toddler eating milestones

Begins to use a spoon and fork,Feeds self easily with fingers

Drinks from a sippy cup or open cup with assistance

Feed at regular times

How much should a toddler eat?

Liquids

Liquid

  • Breast Milk

  • Infant and toddler formula, iron-fortified

  • Whole cow's milk

Liquid intake:
16-24 fl oz/day (2-3 servings/day)

Solid

Solid

  • Yogurt

  • Cubed cheese

  • Whole grain crackers and cereal

  • Whole grain pasta and rice

  • Pieces of cooked, moist meat, fish orpoultry

  • Scrambled eggs

  • Cooked or grated vegetables

  • Soft, sliced fruit

  • Family foods

Solid food intake:
3 meals and 2 snacks

Consistency

Consistency

  • Transistion to the family diet

  • Variety of textures

  • Bite sized pieces

  • Finger foods

Key Nutrients

DHA

DHA

DHA is an Omega-3 fat prominent in your baby's brain and important for his normal brain and eye development. By your baby's 2nd birthday, most of his brain growth will have already occurred.

Tip
If using an infant or toddler formula, use a formula that has docosahexaenoic acid(DHA). Once on solids, fatty fish is another excellent way to ensure your baby's diet is rich in DHA.

Average DHA amount in breast milk: 0.32% of total fatty acids.

Iron

Iron

Iron is essential for your baby's physical and mental growth, and as he grows he needs more to meet his nutritional needs. Once your baby is on solids, make sure you provide iron rich foods.

Tip
Iron from animal products, especially meat, is absorbed more easily than from other sources. Vitamin C also helps absorption of iron from plant sources (non-heme-iron).

DHA

Calcium

Your baby needs calcium for healthy development, especially of his bones and teeth.

* 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.

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