Portion Sizes for 1-4 year olds

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

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Tot It Up

Use our toddler food tracker to check that your 1-4 year olds are getting a good balance of foods and activity

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  1. 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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  2. 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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    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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    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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