About Nutrition for Toddlers
Feeding your toddler is an exciting and challenging experience. It is part of a unique phase in life when children learn to communicate and develop their individuality. It is a rewarding experience knowing that you can help establish eating habits that will ensure your child has the healthiest start in life. Eating not only provides the necessary nutrients for growth and development but also shapes lifelong food habits and establishes a healthy relationship with food.
Food for Toddlers
A child’s growth rate and appetite slow down in the second year of life. A toddler’s stomach is roughly the size of his or her fist and they will tend to gain only a modest 1.5 – 3kg in body weight per year.
Toddlers may refuse a certain food 8-10 times before they accept it – so Ngala recommends that you don't give up, try to be persistent.
In Australia, 14% of toddlers are still breastfeeding.
A resource that your family may find useful is the book “The Secrets of Good Eaters – a guide to nutrition for families of children 0-3 years”. To place an order for this, or other, Ngala publications visit our online Resource Shop.
You can also check out SENSE-ational Mealtimes. It has strategies for managing tricky mealtime behaviours and more.
When: 30 Mar, 9:30am
Birth to 4 months: A 5-week series of workshops for parents with a newborn baby. Each workshop covers a wide range of topics about you and your new baby and provides the opportunity to meet and connect with other new parents in your local area.