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Nutrition Assessment for Infants and Toddlers

Breads, cereals, grains, and pasta consist largely of carbohydrates (special types of complex sugars), which are excellent sources of energy. Children should eat six servings per day of breads, cereals, grains or pasta.

Keep in mind that serving sizes are smaller for young children.

Two-year olds

Bread - 1/4 to 1/2 slice

Cereal, dry - 1/4 to 1/3 cup

Cereal, cooked - 1/4 cup

Crackers - 1 to 2

Pasta - 1/4 cup

Rice, brown or white - 1/4 cup

Bagels - 1/4 to 1/2

English muffin - 1/4 to 1/2

Three- and four-year olds

Bread - 1/2 to 1 slice

Cereal, dry - 1/3 to 1/2 cup

Cereal, cooked - 1/4 to 1/3 cup

Crackers - 3 to 4

Pasta - 1/4 to 1/3 cup

Rice, brown or white - 1/4 to 1/3 cup

Bagels - 1/2 to 1

English muffin - 1/2 to 1

Is your child eating 6 servings of breads, cereals, grains, or pasta?

Yes, my child eats six servings of breads, grains, rice or pasta.

No, my child doesn't eat six servings of breads, grains, rice or pasta.

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