A healthy diet of a one-year old comprises basic nutrient groups, such as proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fats. Here’s how you can structure a diet for your young one.
Feeding a one year old baby can be challenging for parents as they require nutrition of all major food groups for growth and development. Paediatricians don’t agree to any specific diet to feed a 1 year old baby, but advise dietary guidelines for their healthy development.
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Change in Baby’s Diet after 1 Year
- Milk is the primary diet of a toddler, but it does not render all the nutrients. Thus, it is important to feed your child with other foods to make sure that his nutritional requirements are fulfilled.
- Instead of breastfeeding babies after 1 year, parents must start with whole milk owing to the fat requirement.
- Paediatricians recommend intake of 1,000 calories a day for 1 year old babies half of which should come from fat sources. Moreover, babies require 500 mg of calcium and 400 international units of vitamin D daily after one year.
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Planning Baby’s Diet after One Year
- Parents must consult a dietician for structuring a diet plan for one-year olds or to make healthy food choices. They should report if the baby is experiencing food problems and allergies. The dietician will assess the child's overall health, activity level and weight to make dietary suggestions.
- Dieticians recommend trying a particular type of food at a time and observing how the baby’s body reacts to it. If the toddler likes it and is not allergic to it, you should continue to feed him that particular food for a while. To make them like foods, dishes should be made colourful with addition of coloured vegetables.
- In the diet chart, there should be a variety of meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, grains and rice. Make sure that the foods you are feeding to the infant aren’t spicy or way too salty.
- Healthy foods for adults, such as peanuts, whole grapes and peanut butter may harm your baby by blocking its airway. Therefore, keep from feeding them these.
- Parents may either stick to three meals a day along with snacks or feed their babies four times a day.
- Avoid giving too many cookies, candies or unhealthy snackers to the kid.
Parents must observe their child’s eating pattern so that they get an idea of what the baby likes and what it doesn’t. Moreover, this will also help them measure the everyday requirement of their babies.
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