How Many Calories Should a 10-Month-Old Be Eating?

by Erin Coleman, R.D., L.D. Google
Allow your infant to eat until he feels full.

Allow your infant to eat until he feels full.

Allow your infant to eat on demand, or when when he is hungry. Ensuring your 10-month-old receives the right amount of calories will help him grow and develop at a healthy pace. The number of calories a 10-month-old needs depends on his size.

Calories Per Pound

Hasbro Children’s Hospital estimates that infants ages zero to 12 months require 90 to 120 calories per kilogram of body weight, or about 41 to 55 calories per pound of body weight each day. Based on these guidelines, a 10-month-old who weighs 20 pounds would require 820 to 1,100 calories each day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Health Statistics Reports, the average nine- to 11-month-old infant in the U.S. weighs about 20 to 22 pounds, depending on gender; infant boys are generally bigger than infant girls (Page 6).

Average Requirements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides estimated energy requirements for infants based on the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). Based on these estimates, the average 10-month-old boy needs at least 793 calories, and 10-month-old girl requires 717 calories per day (Page 15).

Usual Intake

A study published in a 2004 edition of the “Journal of the American Dietetic Association” provides information regarding usual calorie intake patterns of infants in the United States. Results of this study showed that the usual calorie intake of infants ages seven to 11 months old ranged from 626 to 1,291 calories each day, with an average intake of 912 calories per day.

Infant Diet

Offering your infant meals or snacks every few hours, and allowing him to eat until he is full is more important than counting calories. Your infant will usually let you know when he's full by pushing away a spoon or bottle, turning his head or simply closing his mouth. According to MedlinePlus, offer your eight- to 12-month-old infant breast milk or infant formula three to four times each day. You may also offer strained meats, fruits and vegetables, infant cereal, avocados, whole-milk yogurt, small amounts of cheese and other finger foods, such as egg yolks, tofu, bananas, crackers and ready-to-eat cereal when your infant is developmentally ready. Your pediatrician will monitor your infant's weight to make sure he is consuming enough calories and growing at a healthy pace.

About the Author

Erin Coleman is a registered and licensed dietitian. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in dietetics and has extensive experience working as a health writer and health educator. Her articles are published on various health, nutrition and fitness websites.

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