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Staple Foods for Feeding Your Baby and Toddler

Part of the Baby & Toddler Meals For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Grocery shopping for the ingredients for healthful meals for your baby or toddler isn’t the easiest task. The following list contains perishable and nonperishable foods you’ll want to have on hand, so you can take care of the essentials in one fell swoop.

Don’t serve the foods with stars to kids under age 1. For two stars, wait until age 2.

Nonperishable foods Nonperishable foods Perishable foods Perishable foods
Broth, reduced sodium, chicken or beef Oil, olive and vegetable American cheese, slices Milk, whole (for children age 1 or older)
Cheerios Pasta, assorted Bread, whole wheat Mozzarella cheese sticks (string cheese)
Cinnamon Peanut butter** Butter, not margarine Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Flour, all purpose and whole wheat Pepper Cheddar cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese, grated
Fruit, dried (chewy fruits are best, such as dried apricots) Pizza sauce Eggs Soy sauce
Honey* Raisins English muffins Tortillas, wheat or flour
Jelly or jam, low sugar Rice cakes Fruits, assorted and fresh, including apples, avocados, bananas, pears, strawberries*, tomatoes Vegetables, assorted and fresh, including broccoli, carrots, lettuce, and squash (summer or winter varieties)
Maple syrup Rice, brown Ketchup Yogurt, full fat and varied flavors
Mustard, dry ground Rolled oats Mayonnaise, full fat
Nonstick cooking spray Salt
Nuts, assorted* (For peanuts, wait until age 2.) Sunflower seeds
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