From the age of 12 months, your child becomes a toddler and usually starts eating with the family. The four milk and porridge meals per day have now become three main meals (morning, noon, evening) and two smaller snacks (second breakfast and afternoon snack). Your child can now tolerate almost all foods and is curious about a variety of foods - so offer them over and over again.
In between and with meals, your child should also drink something, at least 700 ml per day. Tap water and / or mineral water and unsweetened fruit or herbal tea are suitable. Due to the risk of tooth decay, please do not offer drinks for continuous sucking (not even with sugar-free drinks)!
Milk and dairy products are important sources of calcium for your toddler and should therefore be part of their daily diet. According to the recommendations of the Research Department for Child Nutrition, children in the second year of life need around 330 ml of milk or milk products per day.
For children aged 2-3 years, three meals a day that contain milk or dairy products are ideal. This can be muesli, cheese bread, a small yogurt or a cup of children's milk with bread. Other milk-containing meals such as rice pudding (note: toddlers no longer eat porridge), milkshakes or casseroles baked with cheese are also suitable.
Toddlers have an increased need for nutrients, especially in the growth phase from the 12th month onwards.
The Töpfer organic children's follow-on milk is ideal as a milk drink with meals, in between meals or in the evening. With the addition of iodine, iron and vitamin D as well as a reduced protein content, it is precisely tailored to the special needs of your toddler in the growth phase.
Most toddlers no longer need a milk bottle at night when they are 2 years old. Because the eating and saturation rhythm has slowly settled down to the day. For example, if your child ate badly during the day, they will be hungry at night and want the milk bottle. However, this should no longer be the rule until the end of the second year of life.
Parents can find a lot of helpful information and tips on feeding toddlers as well as great recipes for children up to the age of 3 on the website of the Toddler Nutrition Campaign. But also ideas for playing, doing handicrafts and much more.
Natalie Stadelmann: Baby joining at meal times
Cooking for the whole family is a big challenge.
Father, mother and child have different eating habits and tastes. If a baby joins at meal time, it should be given fresh, tasty porridges, but preferably in one simple step for the cook.
Natalie Stadelmann offers the solution: Delicious and quick combination dishes for dad, mom, child and baby: You can prepare delicious whole foods that everyone will like in a single operation. Clear lists of ingredients and precise step-by-step instructions makes it easy.
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