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Monday, 4 March 2013

Kids Corner- Feeding your Toddler (12-24 Months)

As your child crosses the 1 year mark, he/she's ready to face the world on his feet and also with his mouth (both in terms of eating and talking!).
He/she is now ready to eat most the table food. Good nutrition is important for his/her body to function, grow and repair itself. Since toddlers tend to eat small portions, it is important to give them frequent nutritious meals and healthy snacks. try to feed them with whatever the family is eating but may be in varying texture and spices. Giving them well balanced, healthy and varied meals will give them good health as well as good eating habits in future.
Only one food cannot provide all the nutrients required for their growth and development, hence it is important to give them a good mixture of foods.

Some Food Stuff that can come Handy
Make sure to have following on hand, which can be used in various combinations (and save you a lot of thinking time)
  • Whole grain pasta or noodles                           
  • Rice
  • Dried Fruits
  • Pulses and Lentils
  • Cream Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Frozen fruits
  • Sliced Bread
  • Chicken Stock
  • Vegetable Stock
  • I tend to freeze a soup made from Tomatoes, Beet root, Carrots, Onions, Potato to add a kick of vitamins & minerals in any dish.
Meal Timings
You can plan your toddler's meal as per the following pattern (only a suggestion, do what works best with you and your child)
Breakfast- around 7.30-8.30 a.m.
Mid Morning Snack- around 10.30- 11.00 a.m.
Lunch- around 1.00-1.30 p.m.
Mid Afternoon Snack- around 4.00 p.m.
Evening Snack- around 6.00 pm
Dinner- around 8.00 p.m.
Bed Time Drink- around 9.00 p.m.

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