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Keep in mind that for all young children, snacks play an important role in meeting food needs.

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

After the age of one, it’s time for young children to get what they need through a varied and well balanced diet.This is a transitional period, where toddlers learn how to eat and to accept new foods with new tastes and textures. To make sure your baby is getting his daily nutritional requirements for growth and a healthy development, you must provide him with a large variety of foods from each of the five food groups.

Dietary Requirements

Your baby is starting to behave like a young child rather than a baby – and sometimes eats like one. Nevertheless, you may occasionally need to say “no”, as your baby’s activity and body still needs a specific diet.
In particular, the diet should supply:
–    Proteins in small quantities
–    Fats rich in essential fatty acids.
–    Sufficient carbohydrates to provide adequate levels of energy for your baby’s development.
–    Vitamins and minerals essential for growth, development and immunity.
–    Iron which is necessary to prevent from iron-deficiency anemia.
–    Vitamins and minerals essential for growth, development and immunity.


3 Meals a day with snacks

Breakfast, lunch, snack time and dinner.

Keep in mind that for all young children, snacks play an important role in meeting food needs. The appetite of your toddler tends to be small and he may not be able to consume a full meal at one time. By getting your child used to eating at a specific time it’ll help prevent an inappropriate snacking habit, which in turn increases the risk of excessive weight gain.

How much is enough?

Mothers are very often worried about the amount of food their toddler eats. Has he had enough? Should he eat more? But what you must know is that your responsibility is to ensure that the right foods are offered in the right environment and at the right time. Your toddler’s responsibility is then to show you he’s had enough. Always remember, nutrition is all about averages so don’t panic if your child does not finish his food every day and know that an occasional skipped meal is alright because children will adjust their food intake by having more at the next meals throughout the day to meet their needs. Here are some feeding tips that can help you create a pleasant environment that encourages your toddler to have an adequate intake of energy and essential nutrients:

  • Offer meals and snacks in a pleasant, distraction-free and safe surrounding.
  • Serve a variety of foods from each of the food groups
  • Stick to a routine timing for your child’s meals and snacks to allow him to get hungry between feedings.
  • Make sure to plan for a rest before feeding time. If your child is over-excited or tired, he will not be focused on eating.
  • For meals and snacks, make sure your toddler is seated comfortably at a table. The table should be at his stomach level and his feet should be supported.
  • Offer foods that are easy to handle, such as finger foods (vegetables, bread, cheese…)
  • Let your child take as much time as he needs to finish his meal
  • Limit juices and fruit drinks in between the meals as your child can fill up on them and no longer feel hungry.

Your toddler’s oral health

The toddler and preschool years are a crucial time to instill good dental health practices.
Here are some recommendations to follow:

  • Regular teeth brushing
  • Keep sticky foods such as dried fruits or sticky baked goods for mealtimes
  • Limit snacks to 2-3 snacks per day

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