Formula Servings for Toddler

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 C
Meat,fish,poultry 1-2 oz, 2-3 T 2-4 oz
Vegs (cooked,raw) 2-3 T cooked, few pieces raw 1 1/2 C
Fruit (raw,canned,juice) 1/2-1 small raw, 2-3 T canned, 3-4 oz juice 1 1/2 C
Grains (whole grain, enriched bread, cooked & dry cereals) 1/2 - 1 slice bread, 1/4-1/2 cooked cereal, 1/2-1 C dry cereal 3-5 oz, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 whole grains
Oils   4 tsp

This chart was taken from American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition. Feeding the Child. In: Kleinman RE, Greer FR, eds. Pediatric Nutrition. 7th es. Elk Grove Village, IL.: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2014: 153.

You may want to check out the following good resources for feeding toddlers:

Mom to Mom Nutrition - toddler serving sizes 

Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense

How to Get Kids to Eat Great and Love It


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