2 to 2½ Years

I feel proud when I get to choose.

I need your help to LEARN TO MAKE CHOICES.

WHAT

HOW
WHEN
WHERE

Here are some examples of what meal and snack portion sizes might look like on my plate.

Breakfast

¼ cup diced raspberries

½ cup low-fat yogurt

½ slice, cut up whole grain french toast

½ cup water

Lunch

¼ cup diced kiwi

½ cup cooked, mashed sweet potato

1 slice whole grain bread

with 1 tablespoon peanut butter spread thin

½ cup low-fat milk

Snacks

½ cup dry cereal

½ cup cooked, chopped carrots

½ cup chopped blueberries

½ cup shredded cheese

water between meals and snacks

Dinner

½ cup cooked, chopped green beans

½ cup low-fat milk

½ cup cooked, diced tomatoes

with ½ cup cooked whole grain pasta

with 2 tablespoons baked, chopped chicken

Daily suggested food group amounts

FRUITS

2 servings a day – 1 cup total
1 serving = ½ cup

Cooked or soft, raw fruit.

Mashed, sliced, or chopped.

Offer a variety: red, yellow, orange, blue, and green.

VEGETABLES

3 servings a day – 1½ cups total
1 serving = ½ cup

Raw or cooked, mashed, sliced, or chopped veggies.

Offer a variety: dark green, orange, red, yellow, and purple.

GRAINS

6 servings a day – 3 ounces total
1 serving = 1/2 ounce

Whole grain bread, tortillas, rice, or noodles.

Dry or cooked cereal.

PROTEINS

2 servings a day – 2 ounces total
1 serving = 1 ounce

Cooked, chopped meat, poultry, or fish.

Eggs.

Cooked, mashed beans, or peas.

Peanut butter.

DAIRY

4 servings a day – 2 cups total
1 serving = ½ cup

Low-fat or fat free milk.

Yogurt.

Cheese.

Look what I can do!

Keep me safe and healthy

Now that I am 2 years old, it’s time for me to switch to los-fat or fat free milk, cheese, and yogurt.

I’m still learning to chew food properly. Please DON’T give me foods I could choke on like whole nuts, whole grapes, seeds, hot dogs, or hard candies, and sit with me while I eat.

Help me brush my teeth at least twice a day with a small, soft toothbrush and smear of toothpaste.

Be with me during screen time and interact with me. Remember, to schedule plenty of non-screen time into my day.

Feeding a 10-12 Month Old

Breast milk is the most important source of nutrition for your baby, even after you start offering solid foods.

Feeding a 8-9 Month Old

Feed solids with a spoon. Never put cereal in a bottle.

Feeding a 6-7 Month Old

Feed solids with a spoon and from a bowl, never from a bottle.

Tips

Breast milk and formula feeding:

Around 2-3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months of age, babies may experience a growth spurt when they feed more often.

As they grow babies can hold more milk, so feedings may become further apart and take less time.

To prevent choking, always hold your baby when feeding. Never prop up a bottle to feed.

Start offering whole milk when your baby is one year old.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months and beyond.

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Feeding solid foods:

Wait to offer solid foods until your baby:

To prevent choking, always hold your baby when feeding. Never prop up a bottle to feed.

Try one new food at a time. Wait 5 days before trying another new food to watch for allergies. Food allergies may include wheezing, rash, or diarrhea.

Introduce peanut butter around 6 months. Spread a small, thin smear of peanut butter or nut butter thinly on a cracker.  Watch your baby for any reaction for the next 2 hours.

Babies under one year should NOT have honey or foods that can cause choking like nuts or whole grapes.

All babies are different. Talk with WIC or your baby’s healthcare provider about your baby’s needs.

Feeding Cues

Feeding a 4-5 Month Old

Before teeth come in, wipe gums with a soft, clean wash cloth after each feeding, especially before bed.

Feeding a 0-3 Month Old

Newborns have tiny tummies and need to be fed often. In the first few weeks, you may need to wake your baby to feed if they sleep longer than 4 hours.

Growth Spurts

Many babies are fussy during a growth spurt and will want to nurse longer and more often. This is called cluster feeding. This is your baby’s way of helping you increase your milk supply so that you can keep up with their needs. Remember, the more your baby nurses, the more milk your body makes.

Growth spurts can happen at any time, and every baby is different.

They often happen at these ages:

2 to 3 Weeks

6 Weeks

3 Months

6 Months

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