When it comes to meal plans and nutrition for your toddler, your dietician is well-equipped to help you make these decisions and create a diet plan for optimum growth and development.
Here are a few tips and tricks when approaching nutrition for your toddler:
- Milk feeds are secondary to all other forms of food.
- If your toddler has a bottle before bed, it is more for comfort than it is nutritionally needed.
- Healthy toddlers do not need milk feeds during the night. It does more harm than good. Milk bottles, at this stage, results in poor oral intake from food, lazy/fussy eaters or poor sleeping patterns, poor iron absorption (could lead to iron deficiency anemia) and too much weight gain.
- Food should be solid or whole rather than mashed and should vary in taste, colour and texture.
- Aim to offer 3 finger food meals and 2 snacks per day.
- Please take a positive attitude towards toddlers emerging independence - especially with your infants’ diet. Allow self-feed, healthy food choices, participation during food preparation. This is especially important in strong-willed toddlers and fussy eaters.