Feeding patterns and diet - children 6 months to 2 years


Definition

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

Recommendations

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:

8 to 12 MONTHS OF AGE

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:

1 YEAR of AGE

You should also know:

2 YEARS of AGE

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 Your Child's Health Care Provider

Call the provider if you are concerned your child:

References

American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and the use of human milk. Pediatrics. 2012;129:e827-41. PMID: 22371471 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22371471.

Parks EP, Shaikhkhalil A, Groleau V, Wendel D, Stallings VA. Feeding healthy infants, children, and adolescents. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 45.


Review Date: 7/10/2015
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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