Feeding

Starting Solids

Many parents are excited yet apprehensive to start foods with their infants.  So many questions, so many fears.  So much food introduction guidance has changed in recent years, that what you did with your older kids might not be current.  

How to Choose What to Feed

This page discusses when to introduce certain foods and what milk to give infants initially to prevent food allergies, asthma and eczema.

Food Portions

Bye bye, Food Pyramid! It is now easier to see portion sizes withMyPlate! This page contains a handy foot chart of serving sizes appropriate for children.

Feeding Your 0-2 Month Old

Your baby needs only breast milk or iron-fortified infant formula for the first 4 to 6 months of life. Most formula-fed babies will eat every 2 to 4 hours and breastfed babies every 2 to 3 hours.

Feeding Your 4 Month Old

At four months, breast milk and/or iron-fortified formula are still the main food in your baby’s diet. If he is showing signs of readiness, you can start pureed foods. If your baby does not show these signs — do not start. Wait until he is ready.

Feeding Your 6 Month Old

The following guidelines will help you ensure that your child is getting proper nutrition at 6 months of age.

Feeding Your 9 Month Old

To be sure your child is getting proper nutrition at nine months of age, consider the following guidelines.

Feeding Your 1 Year Old

Now that your child is past the first birthday, growth will slow down and appetite will decrease. Your toddler is also becoming increasingly independent and feeding your child may become a challenge. To be sure your child is getting the nutrition he needs, consider the following guidelines.

Feeding Your Toddler (1-3 Years)

Now that your child is past the first birthday, growth will slow down and appetite will decrease. Your toddler is also becoming increasingly independent and feeding your child may become a challenge. To be sure your child is getting the nutrition he needs, consider the following guidelines.

Feeding Your Pre-Schooler (3-5 Years)

By three years of age, most children can feed themselves and use a spoon and fork well. They will still need to have their food cut up and to learn good eating behavior. Pre-schoolers need to eat often. They usually eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day.

Feeding Your Tween/Teen

Many changes occur to your body between the ages of 11 and 16. This is a time of growth, and for you to feel good and have plenty of energy, you must eat well. How active you are will change how much you need to eat. Because you are growing so fast and need many nutrients, it's important to eat a variety of foods.