MyPlate on Alexa
MyPlate is now available as an Alexa skill! Get MyPlate nutrition information straight to your home on your Amazon Alexa smart speaker, or on your phone or tablet via the free Amazon Alexa app (App Store or Google Play).
The MyPlate Alexa skill provides healthy eating tips for parents and caregivers on what and how to feed babies and toddlers based on their age (between 4 to 24 months*). Parents and caregivers can receive science-based food and nutrition advice to set their child up for lifelong healthy eating habits. *More ages coming soon!
To get started, simply say “Alexa, enable the MyPlate skill” to your Alexa device, or click here and hit "Enable." Once enabled, simply say "Alexa, open MyPlate" to your device or on the app.
Questions and Answers
MyPlate on Alexa is intended for parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers between 4 and 24 months.
In the near future, nutrition information will be added for children 2 years old and older.
Yes, you can access MyPlate on Alexa. Since your baby will still be too young to eat foods, you will hear advice on when to start considering foods for your baby.
To change your child’s age, simple say, "Alexa, update my child" or “Alexa, update my child's age” to provide a different birth date.
At this time, you can only hear tips for one age at a time. However, you can change back and forth between your children’s ages by using the updating instructions above.
Yes, MyPlate on Alexa will expand to include nutrition information for older children, and eventually adults.
There are two ways to access MyPlate on Alexa.
If you have an Alexa device (Echo, Dot, etc.), simple say “Alexa, enable the MyPlate skill” to your device. This will open up the MyPlate skill and you will be prompted to get started. Once enabled, simply say "Alexa, open MyPlate" to your device.
Option 2: To access MyPlate on your smartphone, download the free Amazon Alexa app to your phone from the App Store or Google Play. Then enable MyPlate on the Alexa app by simply opening the Alexa app and saying “Alexa, enable the MyPlate skill,” or click here to go directly to the MyPlate Alexa skill and hit the "Enable" button. Once enabled, simply say "Alexa, open MyPlate" on the app.
Alexa skills are similar to smartphone apps -- they provide additional information for the user at no extra cost. You simply search for them or say a certain phrase like, “Alexa, enable the MyPlate skill” and they are added to your account.
To access the MyPlate Alexa skill, you need either an Alexa device (Echo, Dot, etc.) or the free Amazon Alexa app downloaded onto your smartphone (which is a separate app from the Amazon.com app). For more information on Amazon Alexa, click here.
Once you have enabled MyPlate on Alexa on your Alexa device or on the free Alexa app, Alexa will ask for your child's date of birth so that you can receive age-specific information.
After that, you can access MyPlate information by saying one of the following:
“Alexa, open MyPlate.”
“Alexa, ask MyPlate for a tip.”
MyPlate on Alexa provides food and nutrition tips on what and how to feed babies and toddlers. Here are some examples of what you can hear depending on the age of your young child:
Age group: 4-5 months
Topic: Developmental Readiness
Tip: “Is your baby's head still a little wobbly? Wait until they have head and neck control before starting them on any solid foods.”
Age group: 6-11 months
Topic: Responsive feeding
Tip: “It is important to recognize when your baby is feeling full. Your child may push food away, close their mouth, or turn their head away when offered food. Follow their lead and don't force them to eat more.”
Age group: 12-24 months
Topic: Added sugars
Tip: “To limit sugar and increase nutrients, offer your toddler plain yogurt. Try adding a mashed banana and a dash of cinnamon. Any mashed or pureed fruit will add extra nutrients and extra flavor.”
Please note: MyPlate on Alexa does not provide medical advice, and is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis. Call your doctor to receive medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, please dial your local emergency response phone number.
When you use MyPlate on Alexa, you will be asked to talk to Alexa. This voice input is sent to Amazon where it’s used to understand how the skill should respond.
For Alexa to give appropriate information, some information may be saved. This data is only connected to your Alexa-User ID but it is never connected or associated with your name or any other personal information. In the case of MyPlate on Alexa, your child’s date of birth is saved so the skill can provide nutritional information specific to the age of your child as your child gets older.
Information regarding end users (random ID number and child’s age) is provided to USDA by Amazon. No data is directly collected from members of the public by USDA.
In the future, USDA hopes to expand to other smart speaker devices.