A day in the life of a toddler
The usual disclaimer!
This plan is there to guide you. I’m not for a second suggesting that you need to follow my timings which are there for illustrative purposes only. Make it your own!
- Don’t let your toddler fill up on too much milk, from 1-2 years about 400mls is enough and from 2 years about 300mls.
- Regular, predictable meals help to prevent and manage fussy eating, hangry meltdowns and to avoid overeating. You’re aiming for three a day.
- Healthy snacks are essential to top your child up with energy and nutritious foods between meals
- There is a difference between ‘grazing’ and structured sit-down snacks. 2-3 sit down snacks during the day is the goal.
- Breastfeed on demand. There are continued benefits for both you and your child, so continue for as long as you and your child wish.
- After age one, you can change from formula to whole cows milk. There is no need for ‘growing up milk’ or formula. After two years, you can switch to low-fat milk.
- Allow your child to eat to appetite at meal and snack times but offer suitable sized ‘starter’ portions. If they want more, then let them eat more.
- Don’t need to boil tap water after 12 months.
- Don’t’ be tempted to ditch the highchair anytime soon. The safer and more stable your toddler feels while eating, the better they will eat!
- Eating together and family meals are powerful feeding strategies. You’ll find some help here on meal planning and also serving meals ‘family style’.
- Expect that your toddler’s appetite will vary meal-to-meal and day-to-day. Keep the motto ‘parent provides, child decides’ in mind!