What are appropriate foods for my toddler?
Appropriate foods for toddlers are those that are nutritious, easy to chew and swallow, and safe for their age. If you let your toddler try variety of food, you can actually see if your toddler is allergic to any food listed below.
Here's a list of some suitable foods for toddlers:
Soft and easy-to-eat fruits such as bananas, apples (sliced or cooked), pears, peaches, berries, and melon.
Cooked or steamed vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Foods like whole-grain bread, pasta, rice, and cereals that are easy to chew and digest.
Whole milk (for children aged 1-2 years), yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products to support their calcium needs.
Soft-cooked or ground meats like chicken, turkey, and beef. Other protein sources include tofu, lentils, beans, and eggs.
Foods with healthy fats such as avocados, nut butters, and olive oil.
Scrambled or boiled eggs are rich in protein and vitamins.
Soft fish varieties like salmon can be introduced to provide essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Choose whole-grain and low-sugar cereals suitable for toddlers.
Offer healthy snacks like whole-grain crackers, rice cakes, cheese cubes, and fruit slices.
Remember to cut foods into small, bite-sized pieces to reduce choking hazards. Avoid offering foods that are too hard, round, or sticky, as they can pose a choking risk.
Additionally, make sure your child drinks plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
As toddlers may be picky eaters, try to offer a variety of foods to expose them to different tastes and textures. Be patient and avoid pressuring them to eat. Offer new foods alongside familiar ones and let them explore and try at their own pace.
Some toddlers might be allergic to some of the food on listed, check your toddler's skin if you see any reactions. Use organic clothing, bamboo muslins and bamboo beddings which help dealing with skin allergies.