New USDA Infant Feeding Guide

USDA Infant Feeding Guide Cover

Exciting news! The USDA has issued a new handbook, “Feeding Infants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program”. This handbook was last updated in 2001 so it was ready for a refresh! The new handbook is double the size of the old version, up to 200 pages. It’s packed with information about the updated infant meal pattern, parent handouts and a pre/post assessment for you to check your understanding or use in a training. Below are some of our favorite features.
    1. So Many Photographs!
      There are hundreds of full-color photographs in the guide that make it easy to understand the content and easy to teach others. Here’s an example:

      Doesn’t it look like she’s about to join the Supremes and belt out “Stop in the Name of Love!” So cute!


    1. A Focus on the Practical
      Have you ever thought about making your own baby food, but are too intimidated to try? Well, the USDA guide has some great step-by-step directions for making baby food (pictured below). They also have an amazing illustration of how to set up a breastfeeding-friendly child care space, how to tell if a child is ready for solid foods and signs of hunger and fullness.


  1. The Parent Connection
    Communication with parents about infant feeding is critical, so the new USDA Infant Feeding Guide has a lot of resources for child care sites to use with parents. They have parent handouts on:

    • Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Foods?
    • Making Sure Your Baby Gets Enough Iron
    • Varying Your Baby’s Veggies

    They also have forms for:

    • Tell Us About Your Breastfed Baby!
    • Feeding Your Baby Infant Formula? Tell Us More!
    • What is Your Baby Eating? Let Us Know!

Download your copy of the new USDA Feeding Infants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program guide right here!