Normally, by the time a child is 12 months old, they can easily tolerate a variety of beverages and foods. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child receive breast milk and/or iron-fortified formula for the first year of life. However, because children develop at their own perfect rate, and because toddlers tend to be very finicky eaters, some are not consuming a diet with a great deal of variety by their first birthday. For this reason, many parents opt to continue to use a formula in place of cow’s milk for their child. They state that it gives them the assurance that their child will still consume a well-balanced, nutritionally-packed beverage even if the only other thing that they will eat is crackers.
At Nature's One®, we recommend our Baby's Only Organic® Toddler Formulas up to 3 years of age. Of course, this will depend upon your child's specific nutritional needs and their ability to consume a variety of nutritious foods.
Adding a few tablespoons of Baby's Only Organic® Toddler powdered formula to cereal is not a problem, especially if the child is drinking well. If this is done, be sure to give plenty of water during the day to ensure adequate hydration since the Baby's Only Organic® formula would be a concentrated source of protein, fats and carbohydrates and water is always important.
Nevertheless, it is vital to offer a toddler a variety of healthy foods. It is also necessary to be a good role model by consuming a variety of high quality, nutritious foods. As a child learns about new foods, tastes and textures, and sees his/her parents enjoy these foods, he/she will also adopt a healthy diet consisting of a variety of nutritious foods. The following is a chart which outlines general feeding suggestions for toddlers 2 to 3 years of age. For your child's specific needs, please consult with your child's healthcare professional.
Feeding Guide for Toddlers
|Food||Portion Size||Daily Amounts|
|Low-fat milk/dairy||1/2 C (4 oz)||2 1/2 cup|
|Meat,fish,poultry or equivalent||1-2 oz||2-4 oz|
Vegetables cooked, raw
|1/4 cup cooked, few pieces raw (do not give to young children until they can chew well)||1 1/2 cup cooked Few pieces raw|
1/2 - 1 small (do not give to young children until they can chew well)
1 1/2 cup
|Grains (whole grain or enriched bread, cooked & dry cereals)||1/2 slice bread, 1/2 cup cooked cereal, 1/2 cup dry cereal||3-5 oz (1 1/2 - 2 1/2 oz whole grain)|
This chart was adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition, Feeding the Child. In: Kleinman RE, Greer FR, eds. Pediatric Nutrition. 8th ed. Itasca, IL.: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2019: 201-202.