- Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:42
Congratulations for reaching the one year milestone!By now, your little one has changed quite a bit. Pureed and mashed foods are probably a thing of the past (for most, not all babies) and your baby is exploring new textures and foods. Some may even become a bit more picky and skeptical of the foods you offer. So, what's normal for this age gorup? Let's take a look:
How Much Should Your Baby Eat?
- Begin giving Vitamin D enriched whole milk, preferably in a cup. Your baby will have to drink 1 quart (≈ 34 ounces) of milk to intake the new recommended amount of Vitamin D (400 IU daily). Otherwise, Vitamin D supplements may still be needed. Be sure to talk with your baby's health care provider.
- Your baby should be eating three meals and 2 snacks per day.
- Four to six ounces of juice per day is acceptable although it is best to avoid unnecessary sugars if at all possible.
- Fish, citrus fruits, berries (especially strawberries) and tomatoes tend to be more allergenic than other foods and if you haven't already tried these foods, it's time to start. Slowly is best so that you can monitor for food allergies. Previous recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics discussed withholding these foods since they tend be the most allergenic foods.
- Egg whites can start to be introduced. Many pediatricians recommend not starting egg yolks until 1 year of age.
Although you can start to introduce peanut products ( if there is no family history of peanut allergies) it is important to note that peanut butter and hard shell nuts can still pose a choking hazard for children under 3 years of age.
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Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST