How Much Does My Toddler Need To Eat?

As a mum, we are always concerned about our kids eating enough. But with the levels of childhood obesity increasing dramatically around the world, maybe it’s time we start being concerned about our kids over consuming.

That baby of yours, in the first year, was happy to eat almost anything right? But now, he is a toddler, he has become a lot less agreeable at mealtime. At The Yummy Mummy Club We know that toddlers are known to be notoriously fussy and difficult eaters. The number one tip at meal time is to offer a variety of foods, from the different food groups, and serve them in exciting, new ways, with different tastes, textures, and colours.

After their first year, growth rate slow downs, quite dramatically, and as a result, so does appetite. Your toddler’s appetite will be erratic, changing from day-to-day. Sometimes your toddler is just being fussy, but most of the time if your kid says they are full, trust their instincts. Don’t force over feeding. The reason for this is that eventually, your toddler, will start to eat when they are not hungry. This can lead to unhealthy eating habits in the future, with detrimental effects, including obesity.

When it comes to eating, as a parent, your main your role is to decide what foods are available, when they are available, and where. Let your kid decide the rest. Which foods that you have offered, they will eat, and how much. With everyday eating routines changing, with different food varieties, and routines, meal-to-meal appetite changes are normal.

As a general rule, a toddler should be eating about 1300 calories each day. Toddler serving sizes should about 1/3 to 1/of an average adult serving size. For example, a serve of toast for a toddler is only a ¼ of a piece of bread.

Here is a guideline of what your toddler needs, to meet their nutritional requirements, per day.

Grains: 6 Serves. Examples include: ¼ slice bread, 2 plain crackers, ¼ cup dry cereal

Fruit: 1 Serve. Examples include: 1/3 cup juice, ¼ cup chopped oranges and kiwifruit

Vegetables: 3 Serves (Minimum). Serve size is ¼ Cup

Dairy: 3 Serves. Examples include: ½ cup milk, ½ yogurt, 15g of cheese

Protein: 2 Serves. 2 tbspn peanut butter, 2 tbspn of meat/fish, 1 egg

Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.

Tammy Kacev
Nutrition Expert

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