The Second Year

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The Second Year

The Second Year 

By the second year there are many changes to be made in your baby's diet. Bottle-fed babies are ready to switch to a cup and many breast-fed babies are weaning themselves.   At one year of age formula is relinquished in favor of high fat whole milk with one dropper of infant multi-vitamins per day offered by cup. There is a tendency for babies to decrease their milk intake at this age. If that does not occur be sure to limit your baby's intake to less than 24 oz. If your baby refuses milk, then just be sure to introduce calcium in other forms such as cheese, yogurt and spinach. 

Finger foods are a large part of a toddler's solid intake as many will not be fed by mom or dad.  Feed your tyke until he is not hungry and stop. Don't attempt to feed a child who is not hungry.  Again, juice is not recommended.  At your baby's third birthday the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends changing to skim milk with the RDA of a multivitamin per day. During the toddler years, you will find that grazing will dominate over 3 good meals a day. Just make the snacks healthy, limiting any sugary snacks. Ideas: grated apple, cheese and crackers.  You may find you get one good sit down meal a day. This would be normal for this age group. 

This page was authored by Dr. Melissa Adams