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.
Your mom wasn’t lying: Kids need veggies for the vitamins (A, B, and C), trace minerals, fiber, and protein that will help them grow taller, stronger, smarter—even cuter!
How many veggies does your child need every day?
0 to 6 months: None
6 to 8 months: Start with 1 tbsp per meal, work up to 4-5 tbsp per day (Choose strained veggies or stage 1 veggies)
8 to 10 months: 4 tbsp or more (Offer cooked veggie pieces, none bigger than your child’s thumbnail. Shoot for the consistency of canned carrots)
10 to 12 months: 4 to 8 tbsp (Split each day’s veggie allotment into one to two types of veggies)
12 to 24 months: 3 servings (One serving equals 1/4 -1/2 cup cooked or raw veggies)
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