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Dr Funke Baffour-Awuah
Psychologist and Certified Nutritional
Advisor
NUTRITION FOR TODDLERS
Eating habits
established now impact
food habits and health
later in life.
Under-nutrition can
impair a child's cognitive
development as well as
their ability to explore
their environment.
NUTRITION
Toddlers:
• Need the necessary
nutrients from food to
enhance their
developmental
milestones.
• Need enough physical
activity and rest to
promote healthy
development.
NUTRITION
Eating the right
food and right
amount at the right
time.
This helps prevent
disease and
promote optimum
health.
WHAT IS GOOD
NUTRITION?
• 18-24 months, toddlers
are able to use their
tongue to clean their lips
and have well-
developed chewing
movements.
• They have a strong
need for independence
and self-feeding.
• This must be
encouraged!
TODDLERS & FEEDING
1000- 1400 calories?
Don’t get fixated on
calories
• Protein
• Grains
• Dairy
• Vegetables
• Fruits
• Vitamins and
Minerals
TODDLER NUTRITION GUIDELINES
TODDLER NUTRITION GUIDELINES
One tablespoon of food per
year of age.
Snacks are crucial as toddlers
can’t eat a lot at once.
Must avoid allowing
them to graze on high SUGAR
& FAT foods.
This lower’s their appetite
for nutritional foods at meal
times.
Do Not Reward your Toddler with Junk Food!
TODDLER NUTRITION GUIDELINES
• Iron Deficiency
• Dental Cavities
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Obesity related
issues
appropriate food serving for
NUTRITIONAL PROBLEMS
1. Eat together as a family.
2. Limit Distractions
3. Plan meals using
all food groups
appropriate food serving for
your child’s age.
DF’S TOP 10 NUTRITION TIPS
4. Provide appropriate
food servings for your
child’s age.
5. Drink sufficient fluids
daily -especially water.
6. Avoid Junk
Food.
for your child’s age.
DF’S TOP 10 NUTRITION TIPS
7. Provide healthy
snacks in between
meals.
8. Cook with your
child.appropriate
DF’S TOP 10 NUTRITION TIPS
9. Encourage
daily physical
activity.
10.Encourage
and maintain
naps and
bedtime hours.
DF’S TOP 10 NUTRITION TIPS
Questions and answers.
THANK YOU

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Nutrition for toddlers

  • 1. Dr Funke Baffour-Awuah Psychologist and Certified Nutritional Advisor NUTRITION FOR TODDLERS
  • 2. Eating habits established now impact food habits and health later in life. Under-nutrition can impair a child's cognitive development as well as their ability to explore their environment. NUTRITION
  • 3. Toddlers: • Need the necessary nutrients from food to enhance their developmental milestones. • Need enough physical activity and rest to promote healthy development. NUTRITION
  • 4. Eating the right food and right amount at the right time. This helps prevent disease and promote optimum health. WHAT IS GOOD NUTRITION?
  • 5. • 18-24 months, toddlers are able to use their tongue to clean their lips and have well- developed chewing movements. • They have a strong need for independence and self-feeding. • This must be encouraged! TODDLERS & FEEDING
  • 6. 1000- 1400 calories? Don’t get fixated on calories • Protein • Grains • Dairy • Vegetables • Fruits • Vitamins and Minerals TODDLER NUTRITION GUIDELINES
  • 7. TODDLER NUTRITION GUIDELINES One tablespoon of food per year of age. Snacks are crucial as toddlers can’t eat a lot at once. Must avoid allowing them to graze on high SUGAR & FAT foods. This lower’s their appetite for nutritional foods at meal times.
  • 8. Do Not Reward your Toddler with Junk Food! TODDLER NUTRITION GUIDELINES
  • 9. • Iron Deficiency • Dental Cavities • Constipation • Diarrhea • Obesity related issues appropriate food serving for NUTRITIONAL PROBLEMS
  • 10. 1. Eat together as a family. 2. Limit Distractions 3. Plan meals using all food groups appropriate food serving for your child’s age. DF’S TOP 10 NUTRITION TIPS
  • 11. 4. Provide appropriate food servings for your child’s age. 5. Drink sufficient fluids daily -especially water. 6. Avoid Junk Food. for your child’s age. DF’S TOP 10 NUTRITION TIPS
  • 12. 7. Provide healthy snacks in between meals. 8. Cook with your child.appropriate DF’S TOP 10 NUTRITION TIPS
  • 13. 9. Encourage daily physical activity. 10.Encourage and maintain naps and bedtime hours. DF’S TOP 10 NUTRITION TIPS