Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Diet for a year old child

Diet for a year old child
At one year your baby should have a good variety in the diet. There should be variety in taste, texture and flavour.

The diet should include at least one fruit every day. You can give him mashed banana, apples, grapes etc.

Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and at least 2 of them should contain a cereal.

Yogurt and Cottage Cheese can be given and dal(lentils) vegetables and any non-vegetarian foods may be included, if they form part of the family diet.

Children under the age of 2 years should not be given low-fat milk (2%, 1%, or skim) as they need the additional calories from fat to ensure proper growth and development.

Two feeds of milk are enough for a one year old baby.

Milk should be given from a glass or a sipper instead of a bottle.

The 1-year-old child should be getting much of their nutrition from meats, fruits and vegetables, breads and grains, and the dairy group, especially whole milk.

Providing a variety of foods will help to ensure enough vitamins and minerals. Toddlers do not grow as rapidly as babies do, so their nutritional needs relative to their size decrease during the second year of life. Although they continue to gain weight, they no longer double their weight as infants do.

Keep in mind, however, that toddlers are becoming more and more active as they learn to crawl and walk. Toddlers and small children will usually eat only small amounts at one time, but will eat frequently (4 - 6 times) throughout the day, so snacking is strongly encouraged.

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