12-18 months




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Nutrition Needs,

Milk Options,

Self Regulate Eating,

Picky Eating


Stay Tuned...


Stay Tuned...




Nutrition Highlights

Toddler Salt Intake

  • Limit salt intake to 800 -1500mg sodium/day for ages 1-3 years

  • Use low-salt or no-added-salt canned goods

  • Season family with salt after removing child's portion

Toddler Nutrition Highlights

  • Main source of nutrition is solid food after 1st birthday

  • Milk now supplements solids

  • Portion sizes change

  • Serving size is about 1/4 to 1/2 adult serving

  • Toddler's stomach is size of their fist


Best Options

Choosing A Milk

  • There are lots of dairy free milk options if dietary restrictions or personal preference preclude you froom choosing cows milk

  • Choose a milk that is high in fat, protein, calcium, and vitamin D 

  • Your baby can obtain these nutrients from other dietary sources, but milk is a quick and easy wait to get these essentials in 

Milk Is No Longer Main Source of Nutrition

  • Beginning at age 1, milk supplements solid foods

  • Offer full fat milk until age 2 (*unless at risk for heart disease or obesity)

  • Offer 2-3 cups (16-24 ounces) milk daily

  • If your child is still thirsty after 2-3 cups of milk, offer water

  • Offer milk at meals

  • Offer water inbetween meals

  • Avoid letting your child carry cup around the house - sit down while eating or drinking

Healthy Eating Habits

2 Naps

Age: 6-12 months

Food: Breastmilk/Formula + Solids, Breastmilk/Formula only at 7PM feeding

Note: May go down to 2 naps as early as 4 months and may continue with 2 naps as late as 18 months

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1 Nap

Age: 1-2 years

Food: Solid foods are primary, milk is supplement, No milk needed after dinner/before bedtime

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Teach Your Kiddo To Self Regulate Eating

  • Self Regulate = Share the Responsibility

  • Teaching your toddler to self regulate means he eats when he is hungry... not when upset, bored, or because food is available

  • You decide when to eat and what what to offer your kiddo

  • Your kiddo decides what to eat and how much

Schedule Meals

  • Serve 3 meals/day and up to 2 snacks /day
  • Offer snacks 1-2 hours before a meal

Requests for 2nds & 3rds

  • Serve age approrpiate portion sizes and offer a second helping upon request
  • Request for 2nd helping: "Sure,if you eat all of your fruit and are still hungry, you are welcome to have more."

  • Request for 3rd helping: "Sure, if you are still hungry after you eat the rest of your food, you may have more fruit"

Help!  Toddler is Hungry While Making Dinner

  • If your kiddo is hungry while you are preparing dinner....
  • Offer a light healthy snack (ie: veggies, fruit, yogurt)
  • Offer 1/2 cup milk
  • OR: Offer part of the meal that is ready
  • Goal: Give him something small to eat so he is still hungry for his meal
  • If this happens regularly, consider making dinner time earlier


Healthy Snack Options

  • String cheese

  • Cottage cheese

  • Yogurt

  • Milk

  • Hummus

  • Cucumbers

  • Avacado

  • Vegetables

  • Unsweetened cereal

  • Cheese cubes + whole wheat crackers

  • Unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon

  • PBJ on whole wheat bread

  • Bananas

  • Any fruit in season

  • Whole wheat bread

  • Rice cakes

  • Pita chips

  • Oatmeal balls

  • Nutrient dense muffin

  • Chia seed pudding


Unhealthy Snack Options

  • Fruit snacks

  • Chips

  • Goldfish/Pirates Booty (too much salt for this age, also not much nutrition, okay in a pinch)
  • Sugar sweetened cereals
  • Sweets - cake, donuts, cookies, pies

  • Fruit canned in syrup (choose fruit ceanned in fruit juice instead)


High Fiber


more filling,

good for the gut,

prevents constipation

Low Fiber


not filling,

high in sugar,



Jam on Juice?

  • Limit to <4 oz/day for ages 1-3

  • Choose 100% fruit juice

  • Consider diluting with water

  • Serve in a cup  

  • Avoid drinks that are labeled drink, cocktail, punch, sports drink, energy drink, nectar

  • Avoid artificial sweeteners (need more research on safety)

  • Consider choosing water instead of juice

Picky Eating

Toddler Not Eating Enough?

  • Toddlers often eat less at some meals and on some days - this is normal

  • Toddlers don't grow as rapidly as infants - so nutrition needs are not as much or as consistant as they may have once been

  • You choose when and what to offer, and allow your kiddo to decide what and how much to eat

TIPS: Encourage New/Healthy Foods

  • Eat a rainbow of color every day - different colored fruits and veggies offer different nutrients

  • Serve new foods alongside foods your kiddo already likes

  • Applaud - Praise your kiddo for tasting a new or disliked food

  • Try, try, and try again - it can take 10-15 tries before accepting a new food

  • Polite Bite - Make it a routine to taste each food offered at a meal - your kiddo can politely spit it out if she doesn't like it

  • Serve your kiddo the same food as the rest of the family

Expect To Hear NO!

  • Eating is one of the first things that toddlers learn they are able to control

TIPS: Encourage  Veggies

  • Veggies First - consider serving veggies as an appetizer if your kiddo is hungry while you are preparing the meal

  • Do The Dip - Serve new (or not new) veggies with a familiar dip such as hummus, yogurt, or ketchup

Watch Your Words

  • Talk positively about new foods you want your kiddo to try - even if you don't prefer them yourself

  • Avoid dissuading your kiddo from trying new foods, even if you think he won't like it (a lemon, mildly spicy food, something he used to not like)

Convincing Your Kiddo To Eat Food?

  • Avoid nagging or forcing your toddler to "clean the plate", eat what is served, or to eat certain foods - remember, he may not eat much at some meals or on some days, and thats okay

  • Avoid negotiating, bribing, or using treats to get your toddler to eat his meals - this is a short term fix and will not help your kiddo learn to like healthy foods

  • If you toddler does not want to eat anything served at that meal, thats okay - he will eat again in a few hours

Dessert Is OK

  • Treats are fun!  Avoid showing guilt or remorse when eating treats in front of your kiddo (or at all!)

  • Restricting foods can lead to obsessions - avoid saying "no you can't have that", "that's bad food", "no dessert unless you finish your food", "you can only have this treat if you are good"

  • Feel free to discuss nutrition with your kids - what foods fuel you, which help you grow big and strong, how different foods make you feel, which foods you celebrate with

  • Limit high calorie, high fat, high sugar desserts to once a week or on special occasions

  • Consider serving fruit for dessert if you want a "treat" every day

My Toddler Eats Too Much Of His Fav Foods!

  • Your kiddo only want to eat bananas?  No worries!

  • If your toddler is in a phase where he only wants to eat his same favorite foods over and over, let him - as long as they are healthy foods like fruits and  veggies

My Toddler's Fav Foods Are NOT Healthy!

  • Serve small, child-sized servings

  • Serve foods in a bowl instead of eating out of the container

  • Consider not buying foods you don't want your kiddo to eat - even if it is something you enjoy

Eat Together Daily

  • Eat at least one meal togeter as a family each day

  • Children who eat family meals tend to eat a wider variety of foods and eat more fruits and veggies

  • Family meals
    • help language development
    • decrease obesity risk among preschool-aged children

    • expose children to new foods

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