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What To Feed Your Toddler And How Much

As your baby steps from infancy to toddlerhood, from walking to talking, every activity of your baby is a feast to eyes. The more he achieves mastery in developmental milestones; the different is his nutritional needs. So, here is your guide to what to, what not to, and how much to feed your toddler to accomplish your child’s nutritional needs.

What to feed your toddler?

Ideally, the body of a toddler requires different types of nutrition. Here are the types of the nutrition and what could be given from each category of nutrition:

1. Carbohydrates or starchy food:

Carbohydrates could be offered with each meal or for snacks. Some of the starchy foods are cereals, rice, pasta, couscous, yams, plantains, Foods made from flour (Such as crackers, bread), potatoes and sweet potatoes, etc.

2. Fruits and vegetables:

Fruits and vegetables contain the essential vitamins and minerals which are particularly important for the growth of your toddler. Some toddlers may show interest in fruits rather than fruits due to their sweet taste. But keep offering veggies.

3. Iron and Proteins:

Food rich in iron and protein should be offered two to three times a day. Some of the iron-rich and protein-rich food are meat, fish, eggs, nuts (chopped or grounded) and nuts product (peanut butter, almond butter), pulses (such as lentils, chickpeas, beans).

4. Dairy foods:

Dairy products are rich in calcium. This is particularly important for toddlers to have stronger bones and teeth. Ideally, three portions of dairy food should be offered to the toddler. Some of the dairy foods are cheese, milk, yoghurt, etc.

If the cow’s milk is offered to the toddler, make sure it is full-fat milk. This provides the extra calories required by your toddler for his day-to-day activities.

How much to feed your toddler?

Based on what age range your toddler is in, here is a list of how much to feed your toddler each day:

Age 12-24 months: Feedings each day

· Carbohydrates/Grains:

3 servings, at least half from whole grain sources. (1 servings = 1 slice of whole-grain bread; 1 mini bagel; 1/2 cup cooked pasta, rice, or cereal; 1 cup ready-to-eat cereal).

· Fruits:

1 serving of fruit (1 serving = 1 small apple; 1 cup sliced or cubed fruit; 1 large banana).

· Vegetables:

1 serving (1 serving = 1 cup cooked mashed or finely chopped vegetables including legumes).

· Fruit juice:

4 to 6 ounces per day

· Proteins:

2 servings (1 serving = 1 cooked egg; 1 ounce cooked meat, poultry, or seafood; 1 tablespoon nut butter; 1/4 cup cooked legumes).

· Dairy foods:

2 servings (1 servings = 1 cup of milk or yoghurt; 1 to 1.5 ounces of cheddar cheese; 2 ounces of processed American cheese).

Age 24-36 months: Feedings each day

· Carbohydrates/Grains:

5 servings of grains, at least half from whole grains sources. (1 servings = 1 slice of whole-grain bread; 1 mini bagel; 1/2 cup cooked pasta, rice, or cereal; 1 cup ready-to-eat cereal).

· Fruits:

1.5 servings (1 serving = 1 small apple; 1 cup sliced or cubed fruit; 1 large banana).

· Vegetables:

1.5 servings (1 serving = 1 cup cooked mashed or finely chopped vegetables including legumes).

· Fruit juice:

4 to 6 ounces per day.

· Proteins:

2 to 4 servings (1 serving = 1 cooked egg; 1 ounce cooked meat, poultry, or seafood; 1 tablespoon nut butter; 1/4 cup cooked legumes).

· Dairy foods:

2 servings (1 serving = 1 cup of milk or yoghurt; 1 to 1.5 ounces of cheddar cheese; 2 ounces of processed American cheese).

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