The response to our first feeding worksheet was amazing, so we decided to add another worksheet for parents who have added solids to their baby’s diet. We call it the Toddler Daily Feeding worksheet, and you can download it for free below.
There is a period of time when most parents feed their baby not only breast milk or formula, but milk or formula and solids as well. For some, this transition can be as quick as a few months, for others it can be as long as two years. The Toddler Daily Feeding Worksheet helps you track your baby’s nutrition in this transitional stage.
We have been feeding our baby according to suggestions in the book Super Baby Food, which you can find on Amazon.com by clicking the link to the right. To this day, the Super Baby Food book is the only baby book on nutrition I have found to be worth reading.
The worksheet we created is designed to make sure your baby is getting the right nutrition, at the right times, and with the right serving amounts. Of course, all babies are different, and will require different amounts of food. If they were all the same we wouldn’t need a tracker.
This chart will help you track exactly what your baby takes in, and can also help you track the following:
- Introducing new foods
- Amount of milk/formula
- Medicines given that day
- Suggested servings vs. actual servings
We recently transitioned to this sheet from the infant feeding tracker, and in doing so, we showed the new sheet to our doctor for a review on content and layout. The suggestions made for serving size are a direct result of information listed in the Super Baby Food book, and our doctor’s recommendations for our own Baby. Sometimes those servings are measured in ounces and other times they are measured in tablespoons; and that changes as your baby matures and can handle eating larger portions.We suggest you bring this sheet to your doctor for comments and suggestions about your little one, as her needs may be different than what is listed here. If you read Super Baby Food, you’ll know when and where to start your baby, and how much to feed her at each serving. However, we think what you find here will be a good starting baseline.
As you introduce new foods it is imperative to closely track what she eats and when. If she shows an allergy to a new food, you want to be able to quickly pinpoint the food that caused the allergy and remove it from her diet. This tracker helps you track which new foods are given to your baby, and as you add additional foods, you can refer to previous tracker sheets to see exactly when they were introduced. As I mentioned in the last post about the infant feeding tracker, this notation saved our butts a few times.
As our daughter has grown, we’ve gone from a milk only diet, to a diet that includes solid foods. We started with puree’s and progressed to more solid material.
We have kept a feeding tracker for every day of our daughter’s life, and this has been an invaluable tool for us and our doctors. As she grows and develops, we can show our doctor exactly what our baby has consumed, which can have a huge effect not only on her nutrition, but her health overall. When she comes down with a cold, the doctor can suggest adding nutrients or taking away certain foods depending on what she is already getting in her diet. This sheet allows the doctor to be amazingly detailed in his diagnosis and his recommendation. You’ll find when you keep a record like this, the doctor’s advice goes from just general information he would give out to any parent coming in for a checkup, to very detailed, child specific, recommendations because he can see exactly what your child has been receiving (or not receiving).
Again, if you have any questions on its use, just log a comment below. If you’re using the feeding diary now and like it – leave a note then too. Feel free to share the diary online or repost this article with your favorite social media pages.