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Toddler Nutrition

As your toddler explores more adventurous tastes, they’re also learning the power of the word ‘no’. Even with your healthiest intentions, it can be a challenge to make sure they get a perfectly balanced diet each day. Most toddlers’ diets fall short of the recommended daily amounts of vitamins and minerals but there are plenty of ways to encourage healthy eating that will pave the way for good habits later on in life.

This section includes advice about providing a nutritionally balanced diet for your toddler, why family foods aren’t always suitable and how you can use foods to support their developing immune system. We also look at the importance of iron for healthy development and what to do if they’re refusing milk or making a mel of dinner times.

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    Fussy eating toddlers

    Part of your baby’s development from baby to toddler involves asserting their independence and learning that they have a say in things. Being fussy when it comes to mealtimes is often the easiest way for them to test out these skills!

    Some toddlers go through long periods of being fussy about food, whereas others seem to simply have an occasional off day. Don’t worry if your toddler’s like this at the moment – it’s a perfectly normal phase. The tips for fussy eaters given in this article will help you to encourage your toddler to enjoy a wide, nutritionally balanced range of foods.

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    My toddler is refusing milk

    As your toddler grows up and learns to assert their independence, it’s common for them to lose interest in their milk. Although up until now they’ve happily enjoyed the familiar taste of milk and the comfort it brings, it’s often the first thing to go once they learn the meaning of “no” – especially as they begin to realise there is a whole other world of tempting alternatives available.

    Yet milk still plays a valuable nutritional role in your toddler’s diet. If they aren’t keen on drinking milk straight from their beaker, there are ways to make sure they get enough. For example, milk served with cereal or as part of a sauce still counts as towards their intake, and simple tricks like heating their milk will give them a nice bedtime treat. Read on to discover why milk is so important and get tips on ways to include milk in your toddler’s diet.

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    The importance of iron

    Your baby’s first birthday marks the start of another period of intense growth and development. A healthy, balanced toddler diet, rich in nutrients like iron will help support these changes.

    Toddlers’ relatively high iron requirements mean they’re more vulnerable to iron deficiency if they don’t consume iron rich foods regularly.

    If your toddler’s iron levels get too low it can leave them tired and lacking in energy. In a small number of cases, low iron levels can lead to iron deficiency anaemia.

    Read more about your toddler’s iron needs, which iron-rich foods you should include in their diet and other ways you can make sure they get enough.

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    Feeding your toddler to support their immune system

    Your toddler’s immune system is still developing and it will continue to develop well into adulthood. Whilst an efficient immune system often works unnoticed, fighting off germs and infection before your toddler’s body has chance to develop any symptoms, an occasional cold or bug is unavoidable. In fact, experiencing illness is one of the ways your toddler’s immune system becomes stronger.

    These first few years are an important time, when your toddler’s immune system will learn how to fight common illnesses. You can give your toddler’s immune system a helping hand by feeding them a healthy, balanced diet full of vitamins, minerals and prebiotics.

    This article looks at which particular nutrients have an important role in the immune system and gives you examples of foods that are good sources for you to include in your toddler’s diet.

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    Ensuring your toddler gets enough iron

    Your toddler needs a wide range of vitamins and minerals to help them develop at this important stage of their growth, which is why a varied weaning diet is important.

    But one nutrient that a lot of toddlers are still lacking in is iron – in fact, 8 out of 10 toddlers don’t get enough. Making sure your toddler is getting enough iron can be even more difficult if they’re going through a fussy eating phase.

    Read on to find out why iron is so important, how you can use our daily diary to work out if your toddler is getting enough and which iron-rich foods it’s good to include in their diet.

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    Practical information and tips for mealtimes

    Feeding a toddler who’s in the midst of developing their own personality can be a challenge! But it can help to try and spend a bit of time thinking about things from your toddler’s point of view – they’re simply trying to express their newfound independence.

    They need space to assert their own choices and make new discoveries, yet they need to feel they still have the security of a routine.

    Finding ways to make mealtimes more fun should distract your toddler and help them to look forward to their food. This article explores the creative ways in which you can do this, and will help to provide you with a little inspiration.

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    A balanced diet for a toddler

    Your toddler may be starting to look and act like a little adult, but their nutritional needs are still very different to ours.

    They have a smaller stomach and generally need far less salt and sugar than us, but more fat in their diet. And as they need plenty of energy and nutrients to help with all that growing and exploring, eating lots of fibre fills up their tummies a bit too much.

    This article looks at how you can make sure your toddler is getting a balanced diet, why more fat and less fibre is important and which foods will to help support their development. It’s also important to pay special attention to foods your toddler may be allergic to – read on to find out more.

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