M.Ed., RD, LDN, CLC, RYT-200
Andie is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Lactation Consultant, and Certified Personal Trainer who thinks of nutrition counseling as equal parts science and sensitivity. She specializes in lactation, sports nutrition, exercise fitness, and weight loss programs.
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By 18 months, your child is able to eat the same foods as the rest of the family. A typical meal pattern for this age group consists of 3 meals and about 2 snacks daily. Your child may be able to verbalize when he is hungry and when he is satisfied. His developing communication skills may also include voicing his likes and dislikes when it comes to which foods he prefers to eat. The best way to encourage healthy eating is by continuing to offer a variety of nutritious foods across all food groups, while limiting his exposure to foods with added sugars and salts, including processed foods.
Milk is still an important part of your 18-24-month-old’s-month-old’s diet. By now, he should have transitioned from infant formula to whole milk or toddler milk and should be drinking about 16-20 ounces daily. If you are still breastfeeding, you can continue to do so as both you and your child desire.
The below meal plan for 18-24 month olds, snack and recipe ideas will help you to provide your child with nutritious choices that will continue to influence his taste development and food preferences.
As your child gets older and life gets busier, it may seem easier to choose quicker, more convenient foods. Most ready-to-eat convenience foods are highly processed and contain added sugars and excess salt, read the label before you offer these to your tot. Your child’s taste preferences are still developing so be sure to offer him mostly whole, fresh foods. Including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. The food you serve your child during this stage can influence what he or she prefers to eat later in life.
For more information on picky eating, please visit our Picky Eating Hub.
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Our meal plans offer recipe and meal suggestions for your child. They are not designed to replace your doctor’s recommendations, nor do they take into account special nutritional needs, including allergies and intolerances. The meal plans suggest serving sizes that may or may not be appropriate for your child. Please consult your doctor to determine what is best for your child.
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