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Different Toddlers Need Different Amounts of Food

By one year of age your child’s growth will slow down and his or her appetite may begin to decrease. After your child’s first birthday you may notice:

  • the amount your child eats will vary from meal to meal and day-to-day

  • definite food preferences and reactions to different textures, tastes and colours

  • independence and a desire to feed oneself (but may still need help later in the meal)

  • sudden changes in likes and dislikes and a willingness to try new foods

How Often Do Toddlers Need To Eat?

Since toddlers are on the move they need to eat smaller feedings more often throughout the day.

  • serve small portions of nutritious energy-dense foods

  • make your choices from the four food groups

  • choose food that is easy, flavourful, and fun to eat

  • toddlers will decide what and how much they will eat

Tips For Parents:

  • ensure your child is sitting down and supervised while eating

  • cut round, slippery food, like hotdogs and grapes, lengthwise and crosswise to prevent choking

  • avoid feeding popcorn, nuts, hard candy, and nachos

  • partially cook or grate hard fruits and vegetables for toddlers to make it easier for them to chew

  • promote healthy teeth by limiting sweet, sticky foods. Encourage brushing teeth after eating

  • respect toddler’s choices and do not pressure him/ her to eat

Breastfeeding Your Toddler

  • Continued breastfeeding, with the addition of appropriate complimentary foods, up to two years of age and beyond, is recommended by Health Canada.

  • Breast milk supports ongoing growth and development of your baby's brain, gut and other organs.

  • Breastfeeding continues to reduce childhood illness and infection, as babies are commonly exposed to other children, including at daycares.

  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity and diabetes.