I received a great article regarding toddler nutrition at our last pediatrician visit and wanted to pass along some of the great info. The article, titled, “Feeding Toddlers,” by Loraine Stern, MD, FAAP is sponsored by Gerber.
In the article, Dr. Stern reviews portion sizes for children ages 1-3. Stern states that children between these ages need 40 calories for every inch of height. Rules for serving sizes for the 1 to 3-year-old is roughly 1/4 that of an adult serving. Servings, calories and serving sizes break down as follows:
Grains: 6 servings per day, roughly 250 calories. 1/4 to 1/2 slice of bread, dry cereal, 1/4 cup, ceral, rice, pasta (cooked) 4 tablespoons, 1 to 2 crackers.
Veggies: 2 to 3 servings, roughly 75 calories. Cooked veggies 1 tablespoon for every year of age.
Fruits: 2 to 3 servings, roughly 75 calories. Cooked or canned 1/4 cup, fresh 1/2 piece, juice 2-4 oz.
Dairy: 2 to 3 servings, 300 to 450 calories. Milk, 1/2 cup, cheese 1/2 ounce (1-inch cube), yougart 1/3 cup. (My daughters pediatrician also recommended not giving milk before meal time because fats will fill your little one up, causing them to eat less)
Protien (meat, fish, poultry, tofu): 2 servings, 200 calories. 1 oz. (equal to two 1-inch cubes of solid meat or 2 tablespoons of ground meat), egg, 1/2 any size, yolk and white.
Legumes (dried beans, peas, lentils): 2 servings, 200 calories. Soaked and cooked, 2 tablespoons.
Good luck finding things your little one will eat!
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