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Everything you need to know about feeding babies aged 1-3 years

Everything you need to know about feeding babies aged 1-3 years

Why does my child not want to eat anything?

It does not matter. Starchy foods can be offered at each meal (such as cereals). And at this age, mashed potatoes, rice, bread, pasta or potatoes give him the energy he needs to think and grow. To make him want to eat vegetables, mix them with his starches. And above all, eat it too.

What daily energy intake for 1-3 year olds?

These needs are estimated at 100 kcal/kg of weight. Lipids (oil, butter, fat) must represent 35% of the overall energy intake. For proteins (egg, meat, fish), the needs are estimated between 1.5 and 1.8 g/kg per day. Carbohydrates, finally (starting with lactose), must represent 50 to 55% of the total intake.

Between 1 and 3 years old, sugar and salt must remain marginal. On a daily basis, dairy products and compotes must come before sweets and cakes. As for salt, consider that a small pot is five times less salty than the corresponding homemade dish. This dose is the right one for him, even if it seems bland to you.

Growth milk or cow’s milk for a child?

Up to 3 years, milk must remain one of the bases of the child’s diet: at least 500 ml per day. Growth milk, an infant formula enriched with iron and fatty acids, is certainly a little more expensive, but better suited to their needs than conventional cow’s milk.

What daily drinks for children?

Water is the ideal drink. The body of the child is mainly made up of it. Thirst being a late signal of the need for water, regularly offer to drink. If he doesn’t need it, he won’t force himself. Choose sugar-free water, possibly flavored. Fruit juices and sodas must remain exceptional.

At what age should you say ‘stop’ to the bottle?

On this point, no rules. You have to leave it to your child to decide for himself, while regularly offering him a substitute for the bottle, which you will value.

Should you feed your child with the rest of the family?

Yes. But, up to 3 years, it is preferable that the toddler eats adapted menus. Yet, according to one study, 64% of 13-18 month olds already eat regularly with their parents. And more than half of them eat the same foods as adults. But few are the parents who know that the portion of the child of this age should not exceed a quarter of that of the adult?

At what age can a child ‘eat everything’?

From 18-24 months. Nevertheless, on a daily basis, focus on basic foods. On the meat side, 30 g per day (6 teaspoons) is enough. As for vegetables, we enjoy them without moderation, except for pulses (peas, broad beans, beans), always mixed. By avoiding, of course, allergenic foods (exotic fruits, eggs, peanuts) if the child is at risk.

Can you take your child to fast food?

It’s not easy to proscribe this high place of ‘junk food’, which they love. If your child eats there once or twice a month, the health risks seem minimal, especially if you opt for plain water for his drink (no soda) and if you limit ketchup and sauces. Force on the vegetables in the evening if you went there for lunch.

Potties: up to what age?

Up to approximately 3 years. Infant foods are subject to very strict regulations, offering unique nutritional guarantees for the child. They thus contain the strict quantity of salt, proteins and lipids that it needs. Free of any additives, their labeling allows you to easily identify allergenic ingredients. Finally, they will help you gradually introduce new flavors.

Should he eat meat twice a day?

No. Preferably serve meat, fish or eggs at lunchtime. The quantities vary according to age: 20 g at 1 year, 30 g at 2 years, 40 g at 3 years. At dinner, favor vegetables and dairy products. Prefer rather lean cuts of meateasier to digest to those that are particularly fatty (mutton, charcuterie, etc.).

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Are there any fruit and vegetable restrictions?

None ! Rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre, fruits and vegetables aid digestion and contribute to well-being. From 12 months, all vegetables are allowed, excluding pulses (not before 18 months and mixed) and all fruits (except exotic ones if your child is allergic). For vegetables, vary the presentations (raw, au gratin, mashed, steamed?), in order to encourage him to eat them. The fruits can be eaten raw, stewed, or squeezed, at least two or three per day.

My child does not eat anything, is he anorexic?

Childhood anorexia does indeed exist from the age of dietary diversification. Based on a pitfall in the parent-child relationship, it results in a lasting refusal of food. But more often than not, a child of this age who refuses to touch his plate is simply in his opposition phase. There is no need to worry if his weight curve and his psychomotor development are normal.

My child refuses all solid food, what should I do?

Does your child swear by his bottle of milk? He may just be regression phase (arrival of a younger sister or younger brother, moving house). Maybe he also suffers from eating disorder consecutive to a solid food that would have gone wrong, an attempt at force feeding or even a trauma of medical origin. In this case, he may need help.

My child is too plump: can I put him on a diet?

Especially not. Simply rebalance his menus with your pediatrician. The important thing is to vary the food and follow a few simple tips: a rhythm of 4 meals a day avoiding any snacking, ensuring the right quantities, encouraging your child to exercise.

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