By the time your baby is one year old they have tried a wide variety of foods, flavours and textures. They have acquired the skills they need to (mostly) feed themselves and will be starting to really assert their independence when it comes to what and when they eat. Most of your toddler’s nutritional intake comes from solid food, but they may still be breastfeeding, taking bottled formula, or enjoying a cup of cow’s milk at regular times throughout the day.
VARIETY IS KEY
Continue to help your toddler discover as many flavours and textures as you can. Baby’s learn from what they see, so ensure you are displaying positive eating habits in front them by enjoying a wide range of fruit, vegetables, meat, grains and dairy.
ROUTINE IS IMPORTANT
By the time your child is one year old they will most likely be eating breakfast, lunch and dinner along with morning and afternoon tea. Children do like to graze, but try to avoid too much snacking in the late afternoon to ensure they eat a hearty dinner to see them through to the morning.
This is a great age to get your children to help out in the kitchen. This could be baking together, as well as helping to prepare meals. When a toddler helps to create dinner, they often have more interest in eating it when it comes to sitting at the table.
FUEL FOR PLAY
Many children at this age will be spending some days a week at daycare or kindy. If you are required to pack a lunch for them, be sure to offer a wide variety of foods, avoiding too many sugary or processed options. Keep it creative with colourful and bite-sized nibbles such as cherry tomatoes, grapes, and little snacks.
A day at kindy or daycare can be very tiring for little ones, so offer a healthy, nourishing snack when you pick them up, followed by a break of two hours from food before dinner time.
As we teach our children to explore the wonders of routine of three nourishing meals along with morning and afternoon tea. Our finger foods and snacks are great to incorporate into these morning and afternoon eating, we guide them towards a pick-me- ups.. And comes in handy little packs to keep your little one going at play and on the go!