Feeding toddlers
Feeding Toddlers

Like adults, your toddler will have hungry days and other days when s/he’s not that interested in food. This usually depends on how active s/he is on a given day, if s/he’s tired or focussing on acquiring a new skill.

You may also find that your toddler will only eat the same two or three foods for weeks at a time. This is quite normal at this age and won't last forever – after nine months of wanting to eat nothing but baked beans, bananas and peanut butter toast, s/he may wake up one morning and never want to see them again.

Offer a variety of healthy foods each day, but don’t be concerned if s/he doesn’t eat something from all the food groups every day.

Each day s/he should eat:

  • Vegetables - two to four serves
  • Fruit - one to two serves
  • Dairy foods (milk, cheese, yoghurt) – three serves
  • Meat, eggs, fish, lentils etc – one to two small serves
  • Breads, cereals, rice and pasta – three to five serves
  • Eggs – limit to one a day

Find out more about toddler serving sizes.

Recipes that kids love:




Go easy with the fibre. Some young children have trouble digesting high fibre food which can give them a stomach ache and possibly diarrhoea.



This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot. Sources include SA Government’s Parenting and Child Health


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