Feeding And Nutrition Tips For Your One Year Old
Your baby just turned a year old, and you likely have noticed that he or she is not as hungry as before. This means it is common for your child to not want to eat at certain times and is no longer interested in eating after taking a few bites. You may think that this behavior is due to your child learning how to test limits as well as becoming picky as far as what he or she is willing to eat. However, the biggest reason for your child’s drop in appetite is due to the fact that after the first birthday, the rate of growth begins to slow down. Additionally, during the toddler years is when the baby fat begins to disappear, and parents may be concerned that their toddlers are skinny and are not eating enough. That is not true at all unless the child is clearly refusing to eat. Your toddler is only eating what he or she needs and that is why after the first birthday, the drastic drop in appetite happens.
How Should A One-Year-Old Be Fed?
After your child's first birthday, he or she only needs 1,000 calories per day. And the meals must be divided into 3 meals per day and 2 snacks. That means breakfast, lunch, and dinner should be about 250 calories each. And one snack should be about 100 calories, and the other snack should be about 150 calories.
Additionally, your toddler needs to eat foods that have the same nutrients that you and your older children, if you have any would be eating. If you are concerned about the foods that your toddler will like, the best thing to do is to allow him or her to choose and experiment with food that are from the basic food groups. Let your toddler try out foods from those groups that are of different textures, colors, and tastes. This means you will be buying a lot of food that your toddler may end up rejecting. However, that is the only way that you will know what your child will be willing to eat.
For instance, you may find that your toddler does not like chicken but likes beef due to the taste or texture and that means you will keep getting your toddler beef. Your child may also prefer to eat sliced apples instead of sliced pears for the same reason. Once you see what your child will and will not eat, mealtime will not be so stressful. And the other important thing to remember is to always make sure that your child is getting enough essential fats and vitamins as it is important for brain and eye growth and development.
And as your child gets older, his or her nutritional needs will change, and the caloric intake will need to increase as well. Later, there will be growth spurts which means your child's appetite will increase again. If you are in doubt you can always discuss your child's nutritional needs with the pediatrician and be referred to a pediatric nutritionist for guidance. However, just know that your child's drop-in appetite is normal after his or her first birthday! Your baby is growing and that means changes will keep happening as a result.