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Toddler Diet

2017/08/22

Most of the toddlers have strong likes and dislikes which gives the parents tough time in feeding them. Every mom and dad of a child wants their kid to be healthy and strong. And to achieve this purpose you need to feed your toddler a nutritious diet.

Your toddler grows rapidly during the first year which continues for about 18 months. But as he/she cross this age his/her appetite may fluctuate. This makes you more concerned about your toddler’s diet.



Every parent is worried about and wants to know what to feed and what not to feed their toddler. Here is some guideline for the toddler’s diet.

Your toddler’s tummy is much smaller than yours. Hence your toddler’s meal should comprise of smaller portion. You can feed him/her three small meals along with usual snacks that are nutritious as well as tasty. This will provide your toddler with all the nutrients needed throughout the day.

An average adult generally avoids a diet that is high in fats and low in fibers. But your toddler’s needs just the opposite at this stage of growth.

Fiber is good for the adults but if your toddler consumes too much of it, it may fill him/her up and your toddler may not get sufficient nutrients. Hence do not feed your toddler a diet that is high in fiber.

Your toddler may be a year old or more but still milk plays a vital role in his/her diet. Since cow’s milk does not taste like breast milk, it is initially refused by many toddlers.



If your toddler has the same problem and is at least 1 year old, you can mix whole milk with breast milk or formula milk and give him/her.

Gradually increase cow’s milk. They should be given at least three dairy servings daily. If your toddler is still unable to eat or drink dairy products then other sources of calcium such as calcium-fortified orange juice, calcium-fortified soy beverages, fortified cereals, broccoli, etc should be given to your toddler.

Include 5 small-sized portions of colorful fruits and vegetables in your toddler’s diet. You can serve these with each meal and also as snacks. You can also offer your toddler starchy foods like cereals, potatoes, bread pancakes, etc. Your toddler’s diet should also include eggs, fish, and pulses along with foods high in Vitamin C. Too much liquid should be avoided.






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