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.
The job of protein in your child’s diet will help her grow up big and strong. Protein (along with the iron, B vitamins, and zinc in these foods) builds muscle.
How much protein does your child need each day?
0 to 8 months: None
8 to 10 months: 1 tbsp (Offer cooked, pureed meats or poultry, cheese cubes, tofu, or egg yolk)
10 to 12 months: 2-4 tbsp (Offer cooked, pureed meats or poultry, cheese cubes, tofu, or egg yolk)
12 to 24 months: 2-3 servings (One serving equals 2 tbsp cooked meat, fish, or poultry, 1 egg, 1/4 cup cooked beans. Shoot for protein portions the size of your child’s palm, 2-3 times a day)
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