Feeding patterns and diet - children 6 months to 2 years


An age-appropriate diet:

Alternative Names

Feeding children 6 months to 2 years; Diet - age appropriate - children 6 months to 2 years; Babies - feeding solid food


6 to 8 MONTHS

At this age, your baby will probably eat about 4 to 6 times per day, but will eat more at each feeding than the first 6 months.

There are several ways you can tell that your baby is ready to eat solid foods:

You should also know:


At this age, you can offer finger foods in small amounts. Your baby will probably let you know they are ready to start feeding themselves by grabbing the food or spoon with their hand.

Good finger foods include:

You can also introduce teething foods, such as:

Continue to offer your baby breast milk or formula 3 to 4 times per day at this age.

You should also know:


You should also know:


All children need plenty of calcium to support their growing bones. But not all kids get enough. Good sources of calcium include:

If your child's diet is balanced and healthy, they should not need a vitamin supplement. Some kids are picky eaters, but usually they still get all the nutrients they need. If you are concerned, ask your health care provider whether your child needs a children's multivitamin.

When to Call the Doctor

Call the provider if you are concerned your child:


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Review Date: 9/5/2017
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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