Solid foods aged 12 to 18 months

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Solid foods aged 12 to 18 months

How will meals change?
Your little boy is now officially a toddler. There have been many changes, he moves from place to place and wants to explore all things. His meal times will also change. Eating gently with a spoon, mashed food, and mashed bananas will look like distant memories.
Your child may be complaining about eating, but try not to worry about it. He may refuse to eat food he likes last week or eat too much in one meal and do not eat anything at the next meal.
The change in eating habits may partly be due to a change in patterns of growth after the first birthday.
Your baby may weigh up to three times the weight of his first year of life. In its second year, it will gain only 2.4 kg. So his appetite will be greatly reduced.
Your child is also busy exploring his world. The evolution of its independence, movement and movement may lead to a lack of interest in food.

In addition, the stomach is not large enough to eat many amounts of food at a time. So take small portions at meal times, along with nutritious snacks throughout the day. You should give your toddler three main meals and two snacks each day.

Try not to worry when your child is pushing food away. He will eat when he feels hungry and will eat enough to meet his needs.

Should my child eat himself?
Your child should be able to feed himself with his fingers and chew the food well. He will also be interested in trying to feed himself with the spoon, although it will not end with all the food coming to his mouth.

If your child is very hungry, he may not be able to feed himself quickly or easily as he wishes. It may still need your help.
Your child can drink from the cup and carry it yourself, with some help from you sometimes. He can eat the same food as the rest of the family, as long as there is no added salt. You should also cut the food into suitable parts for the toddler. Try to make your child eat with you as a family whenever possible.

What types of foods should I give to my child?
Help your child taste fresh, untreated foods. And encouraged him to try out many possible tastes.

You still need to minimize drinks and fatty and sugary foods. You can keep potato or potato flakes and desserts as snacks you offer a few times, no more than once a week.

After your child completes his first year, you can continue breastfeeding if both of you want to. Or you can start by giving it whole milk in a cup, not in a bottle of lactation. Low-fat milk is very low in calories for your child at this age.

Try to give your child between 350 and 500 ml of milk a day (one third to half a liter). Eating more than half a liter of milk a day can prevent your baby from absorbing iron in his food. Eating too much milk does not leave enough room in the stomach for other foods.

However, your child may not enjoy drinking milk. Try to serve him custard, pudding, cheese or cheese sauces, yogurt or yoghurt, and freshly baked cheese instead. Three servings of milk, cheese or yoghurt are sufficient daily.

How do I make eating enjoyable?
This is a great time for innovation and creativity in preparing your baby’s meals. He introduced his new fruits and vegetables along with his favorite foods so he gets more opportunities to enjoy a varied and nutritious diet.

You can pretend that broccoli and cauliflower trees are on an island of mashed potatoes. Fish and meat can also live on the island or may make boats swim in a river of gravy or homemade sauce.

Try slicing sandwiches using pastry slices. The shapes of hearts, animals, and dinosaurs are all fun and fun choices

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