Nutrition Guide for Kids (Birth – 36 Months)

Feeding your baby the right kind of food from the start will not only ensure faster growth but will also ensure healthy eating practices in their adulthood. We understand that knowing what to feed your child and what to avoid can be quite confusing, so here is an age-wise guide to help you out!

Age: Birth to 4 months.

What should you feed your child?

  • Please stick to breast milk or formula ONLY
  • Solid food is a strict no-no for now since your baby’s digestive tract is still developing

Age: 4 to 6 months

What should you feed your child?

  • Breast milk or formula
  • Pureed vegetables like sweet potatoes
  • Pureed fruit like apples, bananas, peaches
  • Pureed meat
  • Semi-liquid, iron-fortified cereal
  • Small quantities of unsweetened yogurt
  • No cow’s milk until age 1

Age: 6 to 8 months

What should you feed your child?

  • Breast milk or formula
  • Pureed or strained fruits like banana, pears, applesauce, peaches
  • Pureed or strained vegetables like well-cooked carrots and sweet potato
  • Pureed meat
  • Small amounts of unsweetened yogurt
  • No cow’s milk until age 1
  • Pureed legumes like black beans, chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans
  • Iron-fortified cereal like oats, barley

Age: 8 to 10 months

What should you feed your child?

  • Breast milk or formula
  • Small quantities of soft pasteurized cheese, cottage cheese, and unsweetened yogurt
  • Mashed vegetables like cooked carrots ,potatoes, sweet potatoes
  • Mashed fruits like bananas, peaches, pears
  • Finger foods like small bits of scrambled eggs, well-cooked pieces of potato, well-cooked rice
  • Protein like small chunks of meat, poultry, boneless fish,  and well-cooked beans,
  • Iron-fortified cereal like barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals

Age: 10 to 12 months

What should you feed your child?

  • Breast milk or formula
  • Soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese (no cow’s milk until age 1)
  • Fruit mashed or cut into cubes or strips
  • Bite-size, soft-cooked vegetables (peas, carrots)
  • Protein like small bits of meat, poultry, boneless fish, and well-cooked beans
  • Finger foods like , small bits of scrambled eggs, well-cooked pieces of potato, well-cooked spiral pasta,
  • Iron-fortified cereals (barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals)

Age: 12 to 24 months

What should you feed your child?

  • Whole milk
  • Other dairy products like soft pasteurized cheese, full-fat yogurt and cottage cheese
  • Iron-fortified cereals
  • Other grains (whole wheat bread, pasta, rice)
  • Fruits like melon, papaya, grapefruit
  • Vegetables cooked until soft)
  • Protein like eggs, beans, , small pieces of meat, poultry, boneless fish,
  • Juice (100 percent fruit juice
  • Honey

Age: 24 to 36 months

What should you feed your child?

  • Whole milk
  • Other dairy products (diced or grated cheese, low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, pudding)
  • Iron-fortified cereals
  • Other grains (rice, bread, pasta
  • Fruits (sliced and fresh )
  • Vegetables (should be cut in small pieces and cooked well)
  • Protein (eggs, beans, small pieces of meat, poultry, boneless fish, )
  • 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices.

If you’re a vegetarian, replace the meat with yogurt, chickpeas, lentils and kidney beans to ensure a protein rich diet for your child.
Before making changes to your child’s diet and to know the daily dietary recommendations, please consult a paediatrician!

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