Helping parents navigate the what, when and how of infant and toddler feeding

Good nutrition during a child’s earliest years sets the foundation for lifelong health. It provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system. However, too many children in the U.S. are not getting a healthy diet – fewer than half of children eat a vegetable on any given day. What’s more, determining what to feed their little ones can be overwhelming for new parents. More than half of mothers say they receive mixed messages about what to feed their young children. Parents both need and deserve practical and trustworthy information on infant and toddler feeding.

As an organization by moms, for moms, 1,000 Days understands parents’ needs. That’s why we’re launching a series of bite-sized videos on one of the biggest questions parents have: how to introduce solid foods. We are partnering with experts including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Healthy Eating Research (HER) to provide accessible and evidence-based information about what, when, and how to feed infants and toddlers.

Is your baby ready to start eating foods?

Look for these signs to tell that your baby is developmentally ready for foods other than breast milk and infant formula. Learn more.

What is a good first food for your baby?

Foods that are rich in iron and zinc – including meats – make great first foods. Learn more.

What should your baby eat in the first year?

Introducing your little one to a variety of food groups, colors and textures is important when your baby is 6-12 months old. Learn more.

What foods should my baby avoid?

What food should you avoid feeding your baby? Before your baby turns 1, there are some foods you should just say “No, No” to. Learn more.

What should your baby be drinking?

Between 6-12 months, your baby only needs breast milk and/or formula and water. That’s it! Learn more.

How much should I feed my baby?

Learn to read his or her hunger and fullness cues. Learn more.

What to expect when introducing first foods 

This is an exciting time, and here’s what you can expect. Learn more.

How to win at mealtime

Here are some helpful hints to make mealtime as easy as Ready, Set, Go! Learn more.

Sweet potatoes are rich in key nutrients your baby needs.

Here’s how to cook sweet potatoes for your baby. Learn more.

No time to cook? No problem.

There are several no-cook first foods that are great for your body. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions