Food and Eating 1 to 2 years

For your toddler to be strong and healthy he must have a diet with sufficient amounts of protein, carbohydrate, fats, vitamins and minerals. He will get this if you provide a wide variety of foods from which to choose (see Eating patterns). The amount your child eats will largely be determined by how active he is and whether his body is going through a growth spurt. For example, the body slows down around the first birthday, but development speeds up again when the child learns to walk. By the time he’s 18 months old, your baby will need about three times the number of calories per day for his body weight that an adult does, because of the speed of growth. To provide enough energy growth, your child should have roughly ...

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