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Feeding Chart



4 - 7 MONTHS

8 - 12 MONTHS

12 - 18 MONTHS

18 – 24 MONTHS


Breastfeeding is best. Try to breastfeed as soon as you can.

Milk is still the only food your baby needs

Milk is still the mainstay of your baby’s diet

Your baby should be drinking 500-600ml breast milk or formula in 24 hours as well as eating 3 small meals

Well done if you are still breastfeeding at this point. If not, then offer a growing-up milk, designed for a toddler’s needs

Avoid processed foods, sugar, fat and salt

Ask for help in order to learn about correct latching techniques and positioning

Continue with breast milk or starter formula

Continue with breast milk or introduce a follow-on formula that is designed for 6 months and older

Introduce chicken and white fish as well as white and green vegetables

At 1 year your baby can eat what the rest of the family is eating

Between 1 and 2 years, your toddler should have at least 3 servings of fruit or vegetables a day.

Feed on demand, generally 8 feeds per day for 20-30 minutes

Breastfeeding should be well established

You can start introducing solid food

Food should be thicker and lumpier. No need to mash everything together any more

Toddlers are often erratic eaters, and may not eat regular amounts each day


Children have small tummies and may prefer 5 small meals to 3 bigger ones

If formula feeding select correct type, i.e., from birth

A routine should be in place but do bear growth spurts in mind

Good first meals are:

butternut or pumpkin

rice cereal, stewed puréed apple or pears, mashed banana

If you have a history of allergies, delay the start of wheat, dairy, nuts, eggs and seafood for the first year

Offer water or fruit juice and offer it in a cup rather than in a bottle

Growth slows, and so does appetite, so don’t be surprised if your toddler does not eat with gusto

Formula-fed babies need 150-180ml per day

Get plenty of rest

Food should be lumpless and be the consistency of yoghurt

Offer baby water between meals

Need for calcium, iron and phosphorus-rich foods increases

Concentrate on the healthy food that your toddler likes to eat

Feeding is a time for intimacy, hold baby close

Ensure that you are eating properly and hydrating enough

Always offer one food at a time before starting to combine tastes

Offer finger foods – chunks of banana, toast fingers, teething biscuits, cooked pasta and peas

Baby will display definite food preferences

Continue to offer new foods and never argue about food issues – no matter how tempting it is!