As your son/daughter gets older, you can try adding new foods into his/her diet, like soft solids. Soft solids are foods that are easy to chew and have a consistent texture. Bananas, baked sweet potatoes and meat from soup, for example, are soft solids.

The amount of food your son/daughter needs depends on age. The charts below will help you figure out how much food you should feed your son/daughter based on age. These charts provide general guidance, but all kids are a little different. When feeding your son/daughter, it’s best to follow his/her hunger cues, or signs and behaviors that he/she is still hungry or getting full.

Age 8-12 Months

Food Serving size Servings per day
Breast milk or formula 6-8 ounces (oz.) 3-4 servings
Dairy
Examples: Whole milk yogurt, sliced or shredded cheese
1/2 cup of yogurt
1/2 oz. of cheese (1/2 slice)
1 serving
Grains
Examples: Infant cereal, bread, pasta, pancakes, muffins
2-4 tablespoons (tbsp.) of infant cereal
1/2 slice of bread
1/4 cup cooked pasta
2 servings
Fruits
Examples:Diced soft fruits, like bananas, mandarin organges or canned pears
1/4 cup of soft fruit 2 servings
Vegetables
Examples: Cooked carrots, avocado slices or sweet potato
1/4 cup of soft vegetable 2 servings
Protein
Examples: Meatballs, meat from soup, beans, tofu, soft-cooked fish, scambled eggs
1/4 cup of cooked meat, beans, tofu or fish
1/4 of an egg
2 servings

Age 12-24 Months

Food Serving size Servings per day
Breast milk, whole milk or toddler formula 4 ounces (oz.) 6 servings
Dairy
Examples: Whole milk yogurt, sliced or shredded cheese
4 oz. of yogurt
1/2 oz. of cheese (1/2 slice)
1-2 servings
Grains
Examples: Infant cereal, bread, pasta, pancakes, muffins
1/2 slice of bread
1/2 cup of cereal
1/4 cup cooked pasta, rice or cereal
6 servings
Fruits
Examples:Diced peaches, banana, applesauce
1/2 of an apple
1/2 of a banana
1/2 cup diced fruit
1/2 cup of applesauce
2 servings
Vegetables
Examples: Cooked carrots, baked sweet potato cut into strips, peas
1/2 cup of cooked vegetable 2 servings
Protein
Examples: Eggs, meat, beans, tofu, nut butter
1 egg
1 oz. of meat
1/4 cup beans or legumes
1 tbsp. of nut butter
2 servings
Rev. 2/2016.MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Massachusetts General Hospital do not endorse any of the brands listed on this handout. This handout is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treatment of any medical conditions.