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16 month old eating habits?

my daughter just turned 16 mos old. she had been sick for a while just past her 1st birthday, and kept her on the 9-24 months formula as she didn't want to eat and drs told us to keep her hydrated. i'll admit, i got lazy and kept her on it even after she got better. i want to make sure she eats enough and gets all the nutrients she needs, but i have no idea how much she should be eating. she currently only has 2-3 bottles a day, but given her age, that seems like a lot. she eats the baby fruits & veggies fine, like crackers, cereal, and french toast (no syrup) just fine. please, if anyone has a game plan/rough idea of how many meals a child her age should have, much appreciated,

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Asked by JBJ1025 at 12:40 PM on May. 2, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • my dd is the same age..she does not get bottles she has been on the sippy since she was 8mnths as well as cows milk..she eats cereal for breakfast...then a cereal mid morning snack..she eats like three chicken nuggets and a fruit cup for lunch..mid afternoon she will eat a pack of orange crackers and she will eat supper usually vegi's with chopped up chicken and then again at night she will eat more cereal..shes is 16mnths and only weighs 18lbs..the drs say shes totally healthy..she also drinks about 2-3 milk cups a day and power aid in between..i hope this helped

    Answer by jorjiegirl at 12:44 PM on May. 2, 2011

  • really? my pediatrician told me that my daughter's at perfect weight, and tall for her age. she's 28 lbs and 32 inches tall.

    Comment by JBJ1025 (original poster) at 12:46 PM on May. 2, 2011


    This has some info on that and some healthy ideas for food.


    At your daughters age, he had just gotten off formula, altough he was drinking it from a sippy. For breakfast, he got eggs, toast, waffles, sausage, cereal, oatmeal or any combo.

    lunch was vegetable beef soup, beef stew, chicken pot pie, peanut butter sandwiche, grilled cheese, baked sweet potato...any combo of meat and veggies (all homemade)

    snack was yogurt, cereal, fruits...

    supper was whatever we were eating. 


    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:48 PM on May. 2, 2011

  • My son is about to be 2, but I can remember trying to figure out what to do at each stage! When he was about that agem he ate breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. Lot's of work preparing and serving and cleaning up all of those meals! Typical menu would look like...
    Breakfast- Oatmeal with smashed banana & scoop of peanut butter, Milk cup
    Snack-Apple Sauce, Juice/water mix
    Lunch-Sliced turkey & Cheese, Juice/water mix
    Snack-Crackers & Raisins, Juice/Water mix
    Dinner-Chopped chicken, brown rice & veggie, Milk cup

    Good Luck Momma!

    Answer by praying4baby985 at 12:49 PM on May. 2, 2011

  • my kid got off bottle rigtht at 12 months. started weaning at 6 months... snacks..try a slice of bread.

    Answer by mrsary at 11:18 PM on May. 2, 2011

  • Well My Doctor, mom grandma and sister all told me the same thing 3 tablespoons 3 times a day untill they are 2 then 6 tablespoons untill 3 and so on.......... My doughter is 18 months now she eats more than 3 tablespoons of whatever healthy meal I make for her most of the time. But with all the stages they go thru its just a good guidline to make sure they are getting enough.

    Answer by CrystalAllison at 12:10 AM on May. 3, 2011

  • My 16mo is 22lbs, 29 in and totally healthy. He eats 3 big meals a day with lots of snacking in between. He still bf's but usually only before naps and bedtime. I figure as long as he gets some fruit, veggies, protein and carbs with each of his big meals, he's doing good. He's been using a sippy cup since he was 6mo and i usually keep water or watered down juice in it. As for the food, I just feed him whatever we eat and he loves pretty much all of it.

    Answer by ShainaMay at 4:27 AM on May. 4, 2011

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