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  1. Mother and child enjoying healthy meal

    Healthy Eating for Toddlers

    A varied and nutritious diet and good eating habits are essential for toddlers' health, growth and development. Toddlers' nutritional requirements differ quite markedly from those of older children and adults. Rapidly growing and extremely active, toddlers require more calories and nutrients in each mouthful of food than adults.

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  2. An example of a pizza portion size appropriate for a toddler

    Portion sizes guidance

    Our portion size ranges can be used as a guide for giving your young child a well-balanced diet with a combination of foods and drinks from the five food groups. They recommend how much to offer your 1-4 year old and have been designed to ensure that his or her energy and nutrient needs are met.

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  3. Real Stories

    Real Stories

    Read how other parents are feeding their toddlers and putting the advice from Little People's Plates into action.

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  4. Healthy Eating in Pregnancy

    Healthy Eating in Pregnancy

    During the first six months of pregnancy you do not need to eat extra food but you may need to change the foods you are eating to make sure you and your baby are getting all the nutrients you need.

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  5. a meal portion for a child aged 1-4

    Portion Sizes for Toddlers

    Use our portion size ranges to find out how much is too much.

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  6. Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers

    Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers

    Toddlers need a varied, balanced diet to thrive. The Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers provides a practical, easy-to-follow guide for all. By following the steps, parents and carers will be giving toddlers a good start in life.

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  7. A toddler brushing and protecting her teeth from decay

    Protecting Toddlers from Tooth Decay

    There are many causes and risks for developing tooth decay, and prevention is better than treatment. You can protect your toddler's teeth and prevent tooth decay by regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, and sensible eating and drinking habits.

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  8. A food sensitive toddler trying new food

    The Management of Food Hypersensivity

    These guidelines will help you cope with your toddler's food allergy. It is important to ask to see a dietitian who will be able to advise you on how to make sure that your toddler's diet is nutritionally balanced. A dietitian can also advise you on suitable food substitutes.

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  9. A toddler tucking into a sweet desert

    Overweight and Obesity

    Obesity was once unusual in toddlers but, as in other age groups, it is now becoming increasingly prevalent. The vast majority of overweight and obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake (amount of calories consumed in food and drinks) and energy expenditure (amount of energy used in activity).

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  10. A toddler showing extreme food refusal, distressing her mother

    How to Cope When Your Child Shows Extreme Food Refusal

    Some toddlers have an innate, or inborn, resistance to eating a wide range of foods. They may have extreme anxiety about trying new foods (strongly neophobic) or have an extreme reaction to the different senses, touch, taste and smell (sensory-sensitive).

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  11. A toddler being fussy and refusing food from mum

    How to Manage Simple Faddy Eating in Toddlers

    Learning to eat is like any other learning process - it takes time. As parents there are a number of things you can do to help to ensure that you and your toddler will, once again, be able to enjoy food together.

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  12. Toddler refusing food from dad

    Why Toddlers Refuse Food

    Food refusal is a normal phase that most toddlers pass through. Fear of new foods in the second year may be a survival mechanism to prevent increasingly mobile toddlers from poisoning themselves through eating anything and everything. For some time toddlers may limit the variety of foods they eat.

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  13. Toddler enjoying an afternoon snack and drink

    Meals, Snacks and Drinks for Toddlers

    A nutritionally balanced diet containing a combination of different foods is one of the foundations of child health. This guide provides a practical overview of what foods and drinks to offer and how to combine foods from the five food groups to create nutritious meals.

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  14. Weaning babies and toddlers

    Weaning - Learning to Like New Tastes and Textures

    Complementary feeding or weaning is introducing solid foods in addition to your baby's milk feeds. Babies develop at different rates so begin when your baby is ready – by six months, but not before four months. This is when healthy term babies are ready to learn new feeding skills and when milk feeds alone no longer provide all the nutrients and calories they need to grow and develop normally.

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  15. happy toddler enjoying a balanced nutritious diet

    Combining Food for a Balanced Diet

    To provide a healthy balanced diet for your child you should offer foods from each and all of the five food groups listed below each day. Don't worry if your toddler doesn't eat all of these every day. Simply aim to achieve an average over each week.

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  16. Toddler enjoying a piece of fruit

    Toddler Meals: How Much Do They Need?

    Toddlers require a healthy varied and well-balanced diet to thrive and grow. During the course of the day toddlers should usually be offered three meals and two to three snacks. The foods they are given should be part of a mixed balanced diet designed to meet their nutritional needs
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  17. Developmental stages in Infant and Toddler Feeding

    Developmental stages in Infant and Toddler Feeding

    As a parent you will naturally want to know what to expect in your child’s development. You might wonder when you’ll see them develop certain feeding and drinking skills. The age at which infants achieve many skills depends on how often they are promoted by parents and carers and performed by the child.

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