Toddler 12 a 24 months FEEDING GUIDE
Use this guide to find out what and how much to feed your child from months 12 to 36. Don't worry if your child eats more or less than the amounts suggested – they're meant as general guidelines.
Your child may actually seem to eat less than before, and that's perfectly normal at this stage. If you wonder whether your child is getting enough calories, follow this guideline: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children get about 40 calories a day for every inch of height.
Age: 12 to 24 months
. •Can use a spoon (though proficiency will take a while!) What to feed .
📌Other dairy products (soft pasteurized cheese, full-fat yogurt and cottage cheese)
📌Iron-fortified cereals (oats, barley, wheat, mixed cereals)
📌Other grains (whole wheat bread, pasta, rice)
📌Fruits (melon, papaya, apricot, grapefruit)
📌Vegetables (broccoli and cauliflower "trees," cooked until soft)
📌Protein (eggs, beans, thinly spread peanut butter, small pieces of meat, poultry, boneless fish, or tofu)
📌Juice (100 percent juice, citrus and noncitrus)
How much per day
. 📌1 to 1 1/2 cups milk, or 1 cup yogurt, or 1 to 1 1/2 ounces cheese
📌3 ounces grains, at least half whole grains (1 ounce = 1 cup cold cereal, 1/2 cup pasta or rice, one slice of bread)
📌1 cup fruit (fresh, frozen, or canned. Cut fresh fruits into very small pieces.)
📌100 percent fruit juice (4 to 6 ounces per day)
📌1 cup vegetables (a variety cut in small pieces and cooked well)
📌2 ounces protein (1 ounce = one slice of sandwich meat, about 1/3 of a chicken breast, 1/4 can of tuna, 1/4 cup cooked dry beans, or one egg)
Experts used to say you shouldn't give a young child eggs, fish, or peanut products because the child might develop a food allergy. ‼️But the latest research from the American Academy of Pediatrics found no evidence to support this claim. Talk to your child's doctor if you have a family history of food allergies.