Thursday, September 13, 2007

Baby Healthy meal Plan

Make a healthy meal plan for your child.

These are general feeding recommendations meant to assist parents in planning healthy meals.

Birth to 4 months:

5-10 feedings of breast milk or 16-32 oz. of infant formula

4 to 6 months:

4-7 feedings of breast milk or 26-40 oz. of infant formula

Infant cereal (rice, oatmeal, or barley) and infant juice can be introduced.

6 to 8 months:

3-4 feedings of breast milk or 24-32 oz. of infant formula

Strained mashed food, including cooked vegetables (avoid corn and peas), such as carrots and green beans, and fresh or cooked fruit

Infant juices in a cup

8 to 10 months:

3-4 feedings of breast milk or 16-24 oz. of infant formula

Cereal and bread-type foods (2-3 servings daily): infant cereal, Cream of Wheat, oatmeal, toast, bagels, crackers

100 percent juice (4 oz. daily): orange, tomato, pineapple, or infant juices

Cooked or mashed vegetables (1-2 servings daily)

Ripe fruit (fresh or cooked) (1-2 servings daily)

Meat, chicken, fish, egg yolk, plain yogurt, beans, cottage cheese (1-2 tbsp. daily)

10 to 12 months:

3-4 feedings of breast milk or 16-24 oz. of infant formula

Cereal, breads, all varieties of unsweetened cereal, rice, noodles, crackers, spaghetti (2-4 servings daily)

Vitamin C-rich juice (4 oz. daily): orange, grapefruit, pineapple

Cooked or raw vegetables (1-2 servings daily)

Fresh or cooked fruit (1-2 servings daily): ripe peaches, pears, and oranges are good choices

Protein-rich food (1-2 tbsp. twice a day): lamb, beef, pork, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, yogurt, beans, tofu, peanut butter

12 to 24 months:

Cow's milk and cow's milk products can replace some or all of the formula or breast milk feedings after 1 year of age

2-3 feedings of breast milk or 16-24 oz. of formula or 2-4 servings of milk or other calcium-rich food: yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu, green leafy vegetables.

Cereal, bread, rice, pasta, noodles (4 or more servings about 1/3 of an adult-size portion)

Vitamin C-rich juice (4 oz. daily)

Vegetables, raw or cooked (2 or more servings)

Fruit (2 or more servings) -- offer at least one citrus fruit daily

Meat, fish, or poultry, eggs, nut butters; beans; tofu (2 servings daily, each portion at least 1/2 ounce)


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