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Is Your Toddler Eating Right?
Your baby is considered a toddler if they fall between the ages of one and three.
This period is full of major cognitive, social and emotional development. Babies are expected to triple their birth weight and grow to a height of over 50% of the birth length. They also learn and perfect walking and talking skills. All these developments need to be fuelled by food, a balanced diet to be specific. So, what should you feed him to ensure that he is growing properly?
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Proteins are also known as body building foods, if you remember your primary school science lessons. Such foods help a child’s body build cells, break down food into energy, fight infection, and carry oxygen. Examples include: meat, fish, chicken, eggs, and beans.
Milk is also important because it also contains calcium which is good for strengthening bones and teeth. It is recommended that babies have at least one glass of milk every day. If your baby has the risk of becoming obese, you can opt for low-fat milk.
These are the kinds of foods that contain high amounts of energy needed to keep your baby active all day long as they play with their blocks. It is important to note that the healthy carbohydrates are the starchy ones as opposed to the sugary ones like chocolates and sweets. Sweet potato, rice, potatoes and pasta are some examples of healthy carbohydrates that you should feed your baby.
Fruits and Vegetables:
It goes without saying that no dish is complete without vegetables and a fruit. These foods contain vitamins which help build the toddler’s immunity and promote certain aspects of growth. Carrots contain vitamin A which helps promote good eyesight. Green leafy veggies are a good source of vitamin K. Oranges have huge amounts of vitamin C.
Here is a sample feeding plan for your toddler prepared by a certified Doula.