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Toddlers are full of energy but have small stomachs. By this stage, they should be getting most of their nutrition from solid food. Regular eating breaks such as 3 meals per day with snacks in between will help them to fill up on the nutrients they need.  

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Your toddler may need more serves from these food groups if they are taller or more active.  

Foods high in saturated fats, added salt and sugars should not be eaten regularly as they will replace foods with essential nutrients. These discretionary or 'sometimes' foods, such as chocolate, chips and takeaway foods, should be limited to small amounts and not very often. 

Hard foods and chewy, sticky foods should be avoided for the first 3 years, because they can increase the risk of choking. 

You can lower the risk of some foods by: 

  • Serving ground nuts or seeds as pastes, such as peanut butter or tahini 

  • Cooking vegetables until they are soft 

  • Slicing hard fruits into paper thin pieces 

  • Peeling and cutting slippery round foods like grapes and cherry tomatoes into smaller pieces 


For more information see the  Australian Guide to Health Eating for Children


[Source NHMRC Eat For Health; Pregnancy Birth And Baby; Raising Children Network] 



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