2½ to 3 Years

I am a toddler.

I learn when we EAT TOGETHER.

Family meals help me grow in many ways. I learn language skills, social skills, and I eat better when we eat together. Let’s eat family meals together as often as possible.

Here are some ways to make family meals relaxing and enjoyable:

Teach me how to behave at the table.

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


¼ cup chopped peaches

½ cup low-fat milk

1 slice, cut up whole grain french toast


¼ cup chopped blueberries

½ cup cooked, chopped carrots

¼ quesadilla with cheese

2 tablespoons baked, chopped chicken

½ cup water


½ cup dry cereal

with ½ cup low-fat milk

¼ cup crushed pineapple

with ½ cup low-fat yogurt

½ cup sliced bell pepper

water between meals and snacks


1 medium wedge, cut up melon

½ cup cooked, cut up zucchini

½ cup low-fat milk

½ cup cooked brown rice

¼ cup cooked black beans

Daily Suggested Food Group Amounts


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.


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.


6 servings a day – 3 ounces total
1 serving = ½ ounce

Whole grain bread, tortillas, rice, noodles.

Dry or cooked cereal.


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

Cooked, chopped meat, poultry, or fish.


Cooked beans, peas, or tofu.

Peanut butter.


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

Low-fat or fat free milk.



Look what I can do!

Keep me safe and healthy

Keep harmful things out of my reach such as hot pots and pans, batteries, medicines, detergents, and anything I could choke on.

Take me to the dentist to get my teeth checked. Help me brush my teeth at least twice a day with a small, soft toothbrush and smear of toothpaste. Teach me how to spit out the toothpaste.

We need to wash our hands often. Teach me how to wash my hands with warm water and soap. I need to wash them for at least 20 seconds.

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

Feeding a 6-7 Month Old

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

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.


Mom new born home

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.

feeding solid foods

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 due to the risk of botulism. Also, babies should not have 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

What foods can I get?