Feeding Babies and Toddlers by the Food Groups
Adults have it easy: The USDA puts out guidelines. But for babies and toddlers, the recommendations can be hard to nail down. Here's what you should shoot for when feeding your child through his or her second birthday.
Cereals & Grains
Critical for maintaining infant and toddler energy levels, this group contains the complex carbohydrates, vitamins (B complex), minerals (zinc and magnesium), and fiber your child needs to roll, crawl, and walk.
How much grain does your child need per day?
0 to 4 months: None
4 to 6 months: 3-4 tbsp (Offer Baby iron-fortified cereals, usually starting with rice)
6 to 8 months: 4 tbsp or more (Choose iron-fortified cereals, specifically)
8 to 10 months: 4 tbsp or more (Consider iron-fortified cereals and finger foods such as teething biscuits, pasta, puffs, and crackers)
10 to 12 months: 4 tbsp or more (Consider iron-fortified cereals and finger foods such as teething biscuits, pizza crusts, or 1-2 slices of bread per day)
12 to 24 months: 6 or more servings (One serving equals 1/2 slice bread, 1/4 cup dry cereal, 1/3 cup cooked cereal, 1/2 bagel or muffin, 1/3 cup cooked rice or pasta. Continue the infant cereals 2 times / day for the extra iron)
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