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From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
Home/Nutrition & Recipes/Articles/Infant & Toddler Nutrition/Nutrition/Recommended Daily Intake for Toddlers Aged 1-2 Years

Recommended Daily Intake for Toddlers Aged 1-2 Years

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Feeding toddlers is no easy feat. Usually once your child turns one one, their growth has begun to slow down and appetite decreases as a result. Your once active eater might suddenly appear fussy.

Poor nutrition in toddlers can lead to common childhood problems such as constipation and iron-deficiency anaemia. Without the right foods, children do not have enough energy to explore, discover and learn as they should. In addition, they may suffer in the development of movement and motor skills, height and muscle development, and cognitive development.

Please note the following should be seen as general advice for a balanced diet of toddlers referencing the Australian Dietary Guidelines. For specific advice please consult your healthcare professional.

A toddler’s requirements

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Toddlers rarely follow a traditional meal pattern. As they are generally active all day, their small tummy sizes require frequent grazing and snacking to fuel their energy, meaning that at main meal times little is eaten. This can be frustrating for a parent or caregiver, but as long as healthy and nutritious snacks are offered, a toddler will naturally balance out their dietary needs accordingly. Grazing and snacks are necessary for your toddler’s development.

When it comes to feeding toddlers, there’s a lot of conflicting information. Food suggestions change regularly as more studies are performed and “superfoods” are discovered, but one thing that remains consistent is a toddler’s recommended daily intake. If all other information confuses you, this should be where your toddler’s food-roots lie.

The Daily Intake Guide or %DI is a set of reference values for an acceptable intake of nutrients including:

  • Energy
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Saturated Fatty Acids
  • Carbohydrate
  • Sodium (Salt)
  • Sugars
  • Dietary Fibre.

Everyone has individual nutrient requirements depending on factors like gender, weight, age, pregnancy or lactation status, physical activity level and more. For toddlers, who are growing and developing quickly, the food that enters the body is especially important. Not only does it help fuel their development, it also helps to set up dietary habits that will stay with them for a very long time.

Toddlers need a diet made up of foods from the four main food groups, served in the correct portion sizes and in the correct balance:

  1. Aim for starchy foods 5 times a day.
  2. Aim for fruits and vegetables 5 times a day.
  3. Aim for dairy foods 3 times a day.
  4. Aim for protein foods 2 times a day.

On top of this, you should aim for at least 1.3L of fluids.

Starchy foods

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Starchy foods are a good source of energy, which is particular important in active toddlers. They also contain fibre and essential B vitamins, needed for growth and development.

Starchy foods include:

  • ½ – 1 slice of bread
  • 1-2 rice cakes
  • ½ cup breakfast cereal (look for whole grains and low sodium)
  • 1-3 tbsp mashed sweet potato
  • ½ cup cooked pasta or rice
  • ¼ cup spaghetti hoops.

Easy ways to eat more starchy foods include:

Fruits and vegetables

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Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, and many phytonutrients that keep the body healthy. Different fruits and vegetables protect the body in different ways, so it’s important to choose a variety of colours everyday.

Good fruit and vegetable snacks include:

  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • ½ banana
  • 6 grapes
  • 1 tbsp peas
  • ¼ cup broccoli
  • ½ apple
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 zucchini sticks
  • 2 small apricots.

Easy ways to introduce more fruits and vegetables include:

  • Adding a touch of honey to sweeten smoothies instead of sugar or flavoured syrups.
  • Using avocado instead of butter.
  • Grating apple or mashing banana into pikelets.
  • Making a vegetable dip for crackers.
  • Serving baked pumpkin and sweet potato as “French fries”.
  • Bellamy’s Organic ready-to-eat fruit and vegetable pouches.

Dairy foods

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Dairy foods are an excellent source of calcium, needed for strong and healthy bones. Many dairy foods also provide important nutrients like protein, iodine, riboflavin and vitamin B12.

Dairy foods include:

  • 100ml milk (full fat until the age of 2)
  • 125ml yoghurt
  • 1 cheese triangle
  • ½ cup rice pudding
  • 1 cheese stick
  • ¼ cup custard
  • 100ml almond milk fortified with calcium
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese.

Easy ways to introduce more dairy include:

  • Grating cheese on top of dinner meals.
  • Placing a dollop of yoghurt on top of fruit.
  • Blending a smoothie with milk.

Protein foods

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Protein builds, maintains, and repairs the tissues in the body and triggers the chemical productions, such as haemoglobin and adrenalin. Muscles and organs are made of protein.

High protein foods include:

  • ¼ cup chickpeas
  • ¼ cup lentils
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • ¼ cup minced meat
  • 2 fish fingers
  • ¼ cup baked beans
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 70g BBQ chicken
  • 150g tofu
  • 90g cooked fish.

Easy ways to introduce more protein include:

Fluids

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Toddlers need about 1.3 litres of fluid a day. This includes about 350ml of milk, as well as water, coconut water, soups and fresh juices (fresh juices should be limited to no more than 150ml).

The best way to tell if your toddler is getting enough fluids is to check their urine. With the right amount of fluids, urine should be light-coloured or colourless. Very active toddlers need a lot of water to replace the fluids they lose, and intake should be altered to account for hot days, fever and illness.

Easy ways to introduce more water include:

  • Diluting juice with equal parts water and juice.
  • Mixing chilled water with room temperature water so that it’s easier for them to drink.
  • Keeping water within easy reach .
  • Offering water every hour, and leading by example.

A toddler’s habits

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Keeping on top of dietary needs isn’t the only confusing part when it comes to feeding a toddler. As a toddler, they possess a limited attention span and they’re suddenly learning that they’re independent. Inconsistency is a common feature, so don’t get cross if your toddler suddenly decides they don’t like something they used to love. Nor should you get frustrated if they decide they need you to feed them. Just because they fed themselves yesterday, doesn’t mean they will today.

If you’re faced with inconsistency, keep food interesting. Exposure to new foods encourages adventurous eating habits and more confident food choices. If your toddler is one who thrives in ritual, however, don’t deprive them of this. Keep meal and snack times the same, and keep one piece of food the same – even if they don’t always eat it.

When introducing new foods, keep an eye out for any allergic reactions. If a family member is known to have allergies, eczema or asthma, this is especially important – as alway when in doubt consult your child’s health care professional. Also avoid foods that could be choking hazards, such as popcorn, whole raw vegetables, whole grapes and nuts. It’s also recommended that you limit foods high in saturated fat, such as biscuits, cakes, pastries, pizza and potato chips.

Meal and snack times

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It has been recommended to offer your toddler three meals a day, plus two or three healthy snacks. Your toddler may not eat at these times, but they’ll soon come to expect that food is available to them at certain times of the day. While allowing kids to skip a meal is a difficult concept for many parents, kids should be allowed to respond to their internal cues for hunger and fullness.

Toddlers have great awareness of others and will often imitate people close to them. Watching adults enjoy food can be a great influence on a toddler’s acceptance of certain foods, while watching other children is even more powerful.

Creating enjoyable mealtimes and snacks helps young children learn healthy eating habits and develop positive attitudes towards food. Show enthusiasm for healthy foods and plan fun food activities, and your toddler is much more likely to accept the foods you wish them to eat.

This information has been provided as general advice only. If you are considered about your child’s dietary intake, please always speak with your paediatrician, GP, or a registered medical health professional about your concerns.

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Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.