Now I Am Learning to Walk

When I am 10 to 12 months old, I may begin to pull myself up to standing. I may take a few steps on my own!

I may begin to:

  • Feed myself well with my fingers
  • Hold my own cup and drink
  • Use a spoon to feed myself

When I am hungry, I may:

  • Begin to use words or sounds to ask for food

When I am full, I may:

  • Shake my head to say "No More!"

I can try more foods that I can pick up with my hands and feed myself:

  • chopped fruits
  • soft cooked vegetables
  • noodles
  • pieces of tortillas
  • soft cooked rice

Wait to give me cow's milk, shellfish, whole eggs, egg whites until I am 1 year old.
Wait until I am 2 years old to give me peanut butter.

Please do not feed me these foods; I might choke:

  • nuts
  • seeds
  • small pieces of raw or hard vegetables
  • raw peas
  • whole kernel corn
  • popcorn
  • whole grapes
  • hot dogs
  • sausages
  • large chunks of cheese
  • whole berries/cherries
  • raisins/dried fruit
  • large pieces of fruit
  • tough meat
  • hard/sticky candies
  • chewing gum

What I Can Eat Serving Size # Times per Day
Breastmilk Breastfeed me whenever I show you that I am hungry, about 3-4 times each day.
Infant formula (wean from bottle to cup) 6-8 ounces 3-5 (24-32 oz total)
Infant cereal (prepared thick) 2-4 tablespoons 2
Meats, egg yolk, cheese, yogurt, beans or tofu (ground or chopped) 3-4 tablespoons 2
Vegetables (plain, cooked, strained/pureed, mashed or chopped) 3-4 tablespoons 1-2
Fruits (strained/pureed, mashed or chopped) 3-4 tablespoons 1-2
Finger Foods 2-4 tablespoons dry cereal, 1/2 slice dry toast, or 2 crackers 1
100% Juice I can have up to 4-6 ounces in a day, but pureed or chopped fruit is better for me. Let me use a cup to drink my juice (not a bottle).

Publication 4331 New York State Department of Health www.breastfeedingpartners.org This institution is an equal opportunity employer. Ver. 4/09