When my son moved from milk to solids, I remember vividly thinking “WHAT AM I EVEN SUPPOSED TO FEED YOU?” The transition from preparing bottles to preparing meals was bananas to comprehend (and was also sometimes literally just smashed bananas).
As mothers, we are tasked with (among other things) helping our children to develop healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. It’s a responsibility that definitely stresses me out, and it seems like every time I get into the habit of serving something, it is immediately denied by my child. In checking in with other moms, I have heard choruses of agreement, which does make me feel better.
Judging by the smiles on our healthy, active kiddos’ faces, I have to believe that we have totally got this, mamas. That said, if you would like a refresher on what to serve your toddler, see the following, which I compiled from the American Academy of Pediatricians and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Caveat: I am definitely not a medical professional or a nutritionist. Second caveat: My child does not regularly follow these guidelines, and often vacillates between eating nothing one day and eating everything the next. I was assured to learn that all of the above is normal. Talk to your doctor regarding specifics for your child.
Alright, so the first thing to know is that, depending on age, size, and activity level, your toddler needs between 1,000-1,400 calories per day. Those calories should be a combination of grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and meat and beans.