Portion Sizes for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers




  

Guideline Portion Sizes for Infants and Younger Babies

Remember to follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations when introducing your infant to solid food after the initial 4 to 6 months of exclusive breast milk (and/or formula) feeding.

 

 

Birth–4 months

4-6 months

6–8 months

8–12 months

Milk/Dairy

Breast milk on demand or 14–42 ounces iron-fortified formula daily

 

Daily feedings: 8–12

Breast milk on demand or 26–39 ounces iron-fortified formula daily

 

Daily feedings: 5 or more

Breast milk on demand or 24–32 ounces iron-fortified formula daily

 

Daily feedings: 3–5

Breast milk on demand or 24–32 ounces iron-fortified formula daily

 

Daily feedings: 3–5

 

Grains

None

1 serving= 1 tablespoon iron-fortified infant cereal mixed with breast milk (or formula)

 

Daily servings: 1–2

1 serving= 4–6 tablespoons iron-fortified infant cereal mixed with breast milk (or formula)

 

Daily servings: 2

1 serving= 4–6 tablespoons iron-fortified infant cereal mixed with breast milk (or formula)

 

Daily servings: 2

Vegetables

None

1 serving= 1 tablespoon cooked, strained vegetable mixed with breast milk (or formula)

 

Daily servings: 1–2

1 serving= 2 tablespoons cooked, strained vegetable

 

Daily servings: 1 1/2–2

1 serving=

2 tablespoons cooked, strained vegetable

 

Daily servings: 1 1/2–2

Fruits

None

1 serving= 1 tablespoon strained fruit mixed with breast milk (or formula)

 

Daily servings: 1­–2

1 serving= 2 tablespoons strained fruit

 

Daily servings: 1 1/2–2

1 serving=

2 tablespoons strained fruit

 

Daily servings: 1 1/2–2

Proteins

None

1 serving= 1 tablespoon cooked, puréed meat or poultry

egg yolk or legumes

 

Daily servings: 1 or more

1 serving= 1 tablespoon cooked, puréed meat or poultry

egg yolk or legumes

 

Daily servings: 1–2

1 serving= 1 tablespoon cooked, puréed meat or poultry

egg yolk or legumes

 

Daily servings: 1–3

Healthful Oils

(such as olive and canola,  used as ingredients)