A toddler’s energy requirements are not very large. Here’s a general guide for feeding your toddler. Each day, a child between ages 1 and 3 years needs about 40 calories for every inch of height.
This means, for example, that a toddler who measures 32 inches should be taking in an average of about 1,300 calories a day, but the amount varies with each child’s build and activity level. The child’s serving size should be approximately one-quarter of an adult’s.
For example, here’s an average toddler-sized meal.
One ounce of meat, or 2 to 3 tablespoons of beans
One to 2 tablespoons of vegetable
One to 2 tablespoons of fruit
One-quarter slice of bread
Your toddler will get enough calories along with all the protein, vitamins, and minerals he needs from an average daily intake similar to the sample menu here.
Tip: Print this document and put it up on your refrigerator for easy access and menu ideas.
Last Updated: 9/30/2013 Source: Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know (Copyright © American Academy of Pediatrics 2011)
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