What is your toddler's daily diet?

Philippines
October 8, 2008 7:01am CST
What does/did it usually consist of? I have a two year old and a one year old and they both eat the same things from breakfast to dinner. FOr breakfast they usually have a cup of milk, one boiled egg (most of the time only the white), cheese, cornflakes or bread or rice, banana/apple. They don't have morning snacks. For lunch i give them vegetable soup or pasta or rice, fruit juice. They have snacks after their afternoon nap, usually 4 or 5 pm - of cookies or wafers. Then for dinner they usually have something light like soup, a slice of bread or half a cup of rice or stir fried vegetables. They drink milk before bedtime. Sometimes i worry if i am giving them too much or maybe less than what they should have. What about your toddlers? What do/did you give them for meals and snacks?
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Your toddler can and should be eating the same foods you eat, just smaller portions. What you describe sounds great except that there's not much protein. Add some beans or meat in with their lunch and dinner. It is also good to vary their foods. Try different fruits, veggies and different meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My toddler has pretty much the same schedule, though it does vary. He has breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack and dinner. Occasionally he has a small snack after dinner if he didn't eat much. He drinks milk with meals and juice or water in between. He eats all the same foods we eat, and handles feeding himself well with a fork or spoon.
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
Thanks for your suggestions. I will keep that in mind. How old is your toddler? DO you give him vitamins? I let my two boys sit on the floor, but i still feed them, especially when we're having soup. My two year old is slowly learning to use spoon only. He likes to practice with yogurt and ice cream.
• United States
8 Oct 08
My son just turned 2 last month. He has been sitting at the table with us in a booster seat since he was 3 months old. I would give him his baby food while we ate dinner. Once he started eating finger foods, I gave him what we ate. He always had a spoon in his hand to try to feed himself, and soon got pretty good at it. He does not take a vitamin because his pediatrician told me it is not necessary as long as he is eating a variety of foods. Try sitting your children at the table and have them eat at the same time you eat. Your two year old should be able to sit in a chair or booster seat, and the one year old could sit in a booster seat or high chair, but instead of using the tray, move the chair right up to the table and put his plate on the table. Give them spoons and help if they need it, but let them try themselves. Don't worry about messes too much- that's how they learn. Learning how to feed themselves and to have good manners at the table is easier when they are younger. Do it now and pretty soon they will be experts!
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
Once again, thank you. I will try to let them eat on their own starting tomorrow and i will try to be more patient with the mess. I am pretty strict with our daily schedule that's why i tend to stick to the eating time and feed them myself so we can move on to doing other things. I guess i failed on this area and i should take my time with them.
• United States
8 Oct 08
For one i do see why anyone would put a toddler on a diet. to me thats about retarded but thats jsut my opinion.my oldest son which hes 2 years old and he eats whatever he wants to eat for all 3 meals being the reason for that is because he wont eat 3 meals a day. and he dont eat candy,chips,cake,etc.. he'll eat chips once in a while. but thats it. so no he dont have a daily deal...But in the morning he does eat some ceral and a banana. And my youngest which is 10 months old and he eats 3 times a day which is baby food and 5 bottles of milk 2 bottles of water and 8oz a day of juice in a sippy cup. So no i dont beleive in a toddler being on a diet unless they are put on a diet by a doctor.
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
My dear, "diet" is defined as the what a person eats and drinks. It could be a balanced diet or an unhealthy diet. When i said "diet", i didn't mean control of eating, but what you feed your child. Diet is essential to a human being of any age. There's a diet for adults, for older and younger children, for adolescents, for senior adults, and even for toddlers. Basing on your response, i would say that your toddler seem to be enjoying his kind of diet. I would call it a wild kind of diet but i would not say it's unhealthy since i think it's what his body seem to call for. Thanks for your response and happy mylotting.
@seeths (413)
8 Oct 08
My son is one year and nine months.When he gets up in the morning he has one glass of milk and before he goes to school I mke sure that he has breakfast or incase if he makes a fuss then I make sure that I give him a banana and one glas of milk again.Then around 1.00 in the afternoon he has dal rice and after ione hr i glass of milk and then in the evening one biscuit and glass of milk and the night time it really depends porridge or rice.Then he takes one glass of milk again. Regards
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
Thanks for replying. Is that his daily diet or do you have variations? What are other kinds of food that he likes to eat?
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
8 Oct 08
my daughter really dont have a daily diet. we let her eat whatever she wants. she's just not into potatoes except french fries. being an asian...she eats rice too