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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  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. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Toddler feeding time

    Toddler feeding time

    Feeding a toddler well is a wonderful, challenging responsibility. Little People's Plates is your family's one-stop-shop for practical tips and helpful tools, whether cooking everything yourself or using pre-prepared foods.

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  15. 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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  16. Toddler enjoying the warm summer sunshine

    Preventing Vitamin D Deficiency in Toddlers

    Vitamin D is essential for healthy growth and development in childhood. In the UK a balanced diet and sunlight will not necessarily provide enough vitamin D to prevent deficiency, so all infants, toddlers, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should take a daily vitamin D supplement.

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  17. 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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  18. Survey – results are in!

    Survey – results are in!

    See the findings from our research on UK toddler portion sizes

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  19. Our Supporters

    Our Supporters

    The campaign supporters are 4Children, Family Lives and the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

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  20. Mother and child out shopping for planned meals

    Planning Meals for Toddlers

    A well planned menu will provide meals and snacks with foods from all the food groups. It will make budgeting and shopping for food quick and easy, and help you plan time for cooking and preparing food. Download our Guidance & Tips for Parents on planning meals, which includes suggestions for a good store of nutritious foods, so that you can put together a meal in minutes.
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  21. Mother and toddler out shopping looking for fresh, nutritious, convenient food

    How to Choose Nutritious, Fresh or Convenience Foods

    Fresh and convenience foods can contribute to a healthy balanced diet based on the five food groups. Some convenience foods are nutritious and suitable for toddlers. Others are low in key nutrients and may contain inappropriately high amounts of added salt / sodium, fat and sugar.

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Father and toddler running and playing on beach

    Physical Activity and Play

    Physical activity is vital for your toddler's development and to help him/her maintain a normal weight. The Department of Health recommends that children under five years who can walk should be active for at least three hours each day.

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  25. A big bowl of strawberry's and muesli

    An Introduction to Food Hypersensitivity

    Are you worried that your toddler may suffer from a food allergy or intolerance? They differ in the ways in which a 'culprit' food can cause them, but both may cause unpleasant symptoms.

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  26. A toddler tucking into some baked beans!

    Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Toddlers

    It is important that toddlers get enough iron in their diet to prevent them from becoming anaemic. When toddlers are anaemic, their blood is unable to supply all the oxygen that their bodies need.

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  27. Mother getting to grips with good label content

    Understanding Food Labels

    Food labels provide important nutritional information. However, this information is often confusing and incomplete. Parents and carers may therefore need advice on how to interpret the information on labels when trying to make healthy food choices for their children.

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  28. A toddler being measured by a doctor

    Growth and its Measurement

    Growth comprises two dimensions – weight and length/height. The body grows most rapidly during the first six months of life – healthy newborn infants double their birth weight by four to five months and triple it by a year. By the age of two years a healthy toddler is approximately half his or her adult height.

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  29. A toddler experiencing and enjoying a new type of food

    How to Broaden Your Child's Food Experience

    Some toddlers haven't had enough experience with solid textured foods in their first year. They may only eat pureed food or 'easy' bite and dissolve foods like Skips or Quavers. Because they have not learnt to move food around in their mouth, they are frightened by food that needs to be chewed.

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  30. A toddler suffering with a tummy upset

    Constipation in Toddlers

    Constipation is increasingly common in childhood, often causing misery and discomfort to toddlers and families. If you think your child is constipated, do not be afraid to seek help - sooner is better than later.

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  31. Ten Steps for a Healthy Pregnancy

    Ten Steps for a Healthy Pregnancy

    In everyday life it can be difficult for women to focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle. Following these ten simple steps can help women to achieve optimum health for themselves and their baby during pregnancy and beyond.

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  32. an application that enables you to 'tot up' their toddlers calorie intake

    Tot It Up

    Tot It Up is an interactive tool designed to help parents and carers monitor and assess the food intake and activity levels of children aged 1 – 4 years. It provides personalised analysis of the diets of children aged 1 - 4 years, so that parents and carers can see whether their little ones are getting the right balance of foods to help them lead healthy lives, both now and in the future.

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  33. the five food group for healthy toddlers displayed on a colorful hand

    The Five Food Groups

    Providing a balanced diet involves combining foods from the five different food groups and serving them in the correct proportions. This helpful guide shows you the groups, when to offer these foods, and the amount your toddler needs.

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