Feeding your toddler may seem like a daunting task, especially when you're trying to balance nutrition with food preferences. But mealtime doesn't have to be a chore or a struggle. Here are four simple guidelines to keep in mind when it comes to healthy toddler eating.
1. It's normal for your child's appetite to drop sharply after she turns 1. You might be concerned when she starts to eat less, but her growth rate is actually slowing now, so she doesn't need as many calories. Your toddler is also more capable of telling you her likes and dislikes, so she may turn up her nose at some foods. And finally, she may be too busy exploring the world to spend a lot of time at the dinner table!
2. Cow's milk is not a complete source of nutrition. Milk provides many nutrients, like calcium and vitamin D, but it may be low in other nutrients important for growth like iron. Try limiting your toddler's milk intake to 2 glasses daily and offer her iron-rich foods.
3. It's your job to offer healthy foods; it's your child's job to decide what and how much she eats. Don't worry if your toddler's eating patterns are all over the place. She may eat a huge breakfast but little else the rest of the day. Or she may eat only cheese sandwiches for a few days in a row. As long as you offer a variety of nutritious foods (proteins, dairy, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains) at each meal, you can leave it up to her to decide what and how much she wants to eat. Over the course of several days -- as long as she's not filling up on sweets -- her diet will balance out. Enfagrow has DHA to help support brain development and prebiotics, vitamins, and minerals to compliment his diet.
4. Your toddler needs a lot of fat in her diet. How much? Until she turns 2, half of her calories should come from fat. Dietary fats are necessary for proper growth and brain development, especially in the first few years of life. You should offer your child whole milk, rather than low-fat or skim milk, until she turns 2. DHA, a specific type of fat that's an important building block of the brain, can be found naturally in fatty fish such as salmon and Atlantic mackerel as well as fortified eggs and drinks (such as Enfagrow Toddler Transitions and Enfagrow Toddler Next Step).
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