We get it; there's a lot of noise out there when it comes to feeding your toddler. And let's face it, they will only sometimes gobble up everything you offer them. So, how much is enough to ensure they get the nutrition they need? We're here to simplify the feeding journey for you.
To meet their nutritional needs, toddlers should be enjoying a variety of foods from five essential food groups recommended by the Australian Dietary Guidelines:
Now that we know what to include in your toddler's diet, let's explore the recommended servings and portion sizes:
2-3 years: 2 ½ serves
4-5 years: 4 ½ serves
So, what is a serve?
2-3 years: 1
4-5 years: 1 ½
A serving of fruit looks like this:
Now that we know what they should eat let's talk about how many meals a toddler should have each day. Toddlers are notorious for their love of snacks. To keep them well-fed, offering three small meals and two snacks each day is best. Here's how to structure it:
Start the day with a balanced breakfast. A small serving of cereal with milk, a slice of whole-grain toast with a spread of peanut butter, and a side of sliced fruit can kickstart your toddler's energy levels.
It's common for toddlers to eat sporadically. They'll decide how much they want to eat, and it may not always align with your expectations. The key is to offer a variety of foods from these groups daily. Toddlers are pretty good at understanding their hunger cues, so don't stress, Mummas! They're likely getting everything they need. If you're concerned about growth and health, reach out to your GP or maternal child healthcare nurse for guidance.
We know dealing with a fussy eater can be challenging. Here are ten tips to make mealtime less stressful:
Consult a healthcare professional if you have concerns about their health or growth.
Remember, Mummas, Dads, and Caregivers, you're doing an amazing job navigating this picky eating phase. Keep offering love, patience, and a balanced diet – your toddler will thrive!