A Daily Food Guide For Your Child

In the 1st Year of Life

 

This daily food guide will help you give your child the kinds of foods he or she needs at different ages. Consult your pediatrician for the appropriate time to introduce your child to solid foods and finger foods.

 

4 to 6 Months Iron-fortified infant cereal.  Begin rice cereal before introducing other grain-based infant cereals. 4 to 8 tablespoons of prepared cereal.
Breast milk and/or iron-fortified formula Varies with age (consult your physician)
Water As desired
7 to 8 Months Strained fruit, plain 1 to 2 tablespoons
Strained  vegetable, plain (avoid combination meat and vegetable dinners) 5 to 7 tablespoons
Strained meat 1 to 2 tablespoons
Iron-fortified infant cereal 4 to 6 tablespoons
Toast or crackers 1 small serving
Breast milk and/or iron-fortified formula 24 to 32 ounces
Water As desired
9 to 10 Months Well-cooked soft, finely diced pieces or mashed fruits, vegetables and meats Small servings
Fortified, enriched infant cereal 4 to 6 tablespoons
Fruits* 6 to 8 tablespoons
Vegetables* 6 to 8 tablespoons
Meat*, poultry, yogurt, cottage cheese 4 to 6 tablespoons
Breast milk, and/or iron-fortified formula 24 to 32 ounces
Water As desired
* Decrease amounts of mashed foods as your child handles chewier textures
11 to 12 Months Infant cereal – After 1 year of age, plain, ready-to-eat cereal may be introduced as a finger food 4 to 6 tablespoons
Breads, crackers, toast, cooked noodles 1 to 2 small servings
Fruits: soft, canned or ripe banana cut up 1/2 cup
Vegetables: soft, cooked, cut into bite-sized pieces 1/2 cup
Meats: strips of tender, lean meat, cheese 2 ounces or 1/2 cup chopped
Breast milk, and/or iron-fortified formula 24 to 30 ounces
Water As desired