Mothers that take care of newborns and toddlers need to understand that during these stages; a baby or a child needs all the important nutrients for optimum growth and to fight illness and infection. Newborns grow in lightning-fast speeds and once babies reach their toddler years, growth may seem slower than they were infants. Healthy food, a proper healthy toddler diet and balance are all important when approaching baby feeding in the correct manner.
Here are some tips on feeding baby the right kind of food as well as a healthy for toddler diet:
- Breast milk is still the best milk for a feeding baby especially when they are in between 12 to 24 months old. Ideally it is the combination of breast milk and formula milk for infants so mothers that would like to breastfeed their infants should eat foods that will boost their health as well.
- Milk must never be removed from your toddler’s diet since milk is a healthy source of calcium and vitamin D for strong bones. Ideally, toddlers need a total of 600 IU of vitamin D and 700mg of calcium in a day. It is recommended that kids ages 1 to 2 years should drink whole milk to be able to get the necessary dietary fats in a day for optimum brain development and normal growth. When your baby reaches 2 years he may now drink low-fat milk. Talk to your child’s pediatrician for the ideal milk brand to choose. Kids that are intolerant to milk and milk products should eat foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D. Healthy food is vital to your child growing and developing properly.
- Infants have sensitive gastrointestinal systems which mean that they need the most suitable milk formula. Your baby’s pediatrician is your best source of information when considering a healthy diet for your baby and toddler. Your pedia takes into consideration your baby’s nutrition needs as well as any allergies and food sensitivities and of course preparing your infant for solid food. Proper baby feeding is a key component to the overall health of your child.
- Allergies to food are one of the biggest concerns for parents of toddlers and infants. A good indicator is if you or your spouse has food allergies, your child may likely have these as well. But of course it pays to be careful so you must introduce new foods like nuts, grains, eggs, seafood and fish in small amounts first. As soon as your child complains of any allergy symptoms, be sure to take him to a doctor for treatment. Be sure to record all your child’s allergies and to take note of these every time you serve him new food. Even a healthy diet can contain foods that can be harmful if your child has a particular food allergy.
- Toddlers are usually very active and this is why they need a total of 1,000 to 1,400 calories in a day. You don’t actually need to weigh and measure each healthy food that you feed your child but ensure that you serve a balanced and healthy diet that has foods from the basic food groups (carbohydrates, fats and proteins). Try to serve a wide variety of options for your child; with this you can improve the variety of foods that your child eats and will also help you sneak in the necessary nutrients that he needs as well.