Between the ages of one and two, your child will go through a lot of changes - physically, mentally, and emotionally. During this time, it's important to give them the right kind of nutrition so they can grow and thrive.
Healthy eating habits are important to establish in children as early as possible. A baby's diet typically changes during their first two years of life, with some things being left out and other foods added slowly depending on how they're FEEDING developmentally (eats everything). It’s also time for you create healthy lifestyle routines so these new behaviors become routine from day one! The American Academy of family practice recommend 4 meals plus 2 snacks per day be consumed by 1-2 year olds gradualy incorporating them into the family dinner table according to their psychomotor and digestive development
Here is what is recommended to include in the diet of a child between 1 and 2 years:
- Dairy: they provide the necessary calcium for the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth. (yogurt, cheese, fresh cheese).
- Proteins: they provide zinc and proteins, elements necessary for growth, and iron, which prevents anemia. You should prefer white meats, such as fish, which provide healthy fats (omega 3 fatty acids).
- Legumes and eggs can replace meat. (beef, chicken, turkey, fish, egg, beans, lentils, peas).
- Assorted fruits and vegetables: they provide the necessary fibre to maintain normal intestinal transit, and minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
- Cereals: provide the energy needed for daily activities, as well as vitamins, minerals and fibre (bread, rice, noodles, potatoes, oatmeal, semolina, cornstarch).
- Oils and fats: they contain essential fatty acids for growth. It is better to prefer vegetable oils (olive oil, canola, marigold, corn, soy).
Nutrition is essential for children during their early years. By providing your child with the right kind of food, you can help them thrive during this important time in their lives.
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