Parents and carers can help their little ones get started with healthy nutrition habits by giving access to a range of wholesome and healthy foods. If this sounds a bit overwhelming, you might get some food and serve size ideas from the following pages.
We have developed these ideas based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013).
Children are all so different and so are their eating behaviours. Your little one may offer some resistance when you start introducing new foods of different tastes and textures. Don’t give up. Research shows that little ones may need exposure to new foods up to 20 or so times before acceptance. A child is also more likely to accept new foods when they are rested and not overly hungry, so don’t expect too much when the little ones are tired and famished. Let’s give our toddlers time and just keep working with them.
Little Johnny may respond better the second, third or even thirteenth time he receives a food, when it is presented in a readily available and accessible form, such as providing food already cut up. Little ones can also experience improved diet quality by sharing food with peers who enjoy eating a range of foods. You could also try sitting and sharing some of the same food.
Happy and healthy eating.
We encourage regular growth and development checks by a child health professional. This gives a good indication about whether food intake is at a suitable overall level.
Based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013)
A word about discretionary foods
Let’s teach our toddlers that things like chips, chocolates, lollies, cakes, muesli bars etc. are best called ‘sometimes’ foods.
It’s best to avoid or limit drinking sweet things like fruit juice, cordial, sports & soft drinks and flavoured milk, as they are high in sugar.
Water is the best drink for your child. Teach them from an early age that water is the best…
Sparkling natural mineral water with a squeeze of lemon juice can make a great treat. It works especially well when a grown up is also drinking it…
Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides the optimal balance of nutrition and protection during growth and development.
Good maternal nutrition is important in preparation for and during breastfeeding. If you are considering bottle feeding, always seek professional advice as introducing bottle feeding, either partially or exclusively, may adversely affect breastfeeding by reducing the amount of your own breast milk supply and may be difficult to reverse should you change your mind. Consider the financial and social implications when deciding on a feeding method for your baby.
Improper or unnecessary use of infant formula may affect the health of your baby, therefore, always prepare and use as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
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