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Guide to Toddler Portion Sizes

Guide to Toddler Portion Sizes. It's important to be aware of toddler portion sizes, too! Here's our comprehensive guide to toddler nutrition! http://www.superhealthykids.com/guide-to-toddler-portion-sizes/

It’s so exciting when your chubby little baby begins to walk, or ‘toddle’ their way into a toddler.  But with that comes the challenges of feeding and introducing all sorts of wonderful foods to this little person.  A lot of times, it seems they are barely eating enough to sustain a bird, let alone a body who is constantly on the move! How do you know how much to feed them?

Generally toddlers are very good at listening to their hunger and satiety cues.  Sometimes as parents, we don’t trust their cues and think “Surely they must be hungry, they haven’t eaten in 3 hours!”  This is where the feeding relationship comes in.

The parent’s role is to buy the right food, and prepare it in a nutritious and creative way.  The child determines how much, when and if they eat.  Erratic eating habits are normal for little kids – they may eat well one day and practically nothing the next day.  It’s better to look at your child’s eating habits on a weekly basis – not daily – it’s much less stressful that way!  I strongly believe in this feeding relationship and definitely use it with my children.  We are all happier when we are focused on our own roles.

There are however some basic guidelines as far as portion sizes go.  It is helpful to know if the portion you are serving your toddler is appropriate for their needs.  Here are the basic guidelines for daily amounts and portion sizes for your toddler.

Protein Foods

 Vegetables

2 ounces Daily

3 portions daily

One ounce equals:

  One portion equals:

1 oz of cooked beef, poultry, or fish

  1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped fresh, cooked or canned vegetables

1 cooked egg, or 1/4 cup cooked beans

 

 

 

 

 

Dairy

Fruits

4 portions daily

3 portions daily

One portion equals:

One portion equals:

1/2 cup milk

1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped fresh, cooked or canned fruit

1 oz cheese

 

1/2 cup yogurt

 

 

 

Grains

 

6 portions daily

 

One portion equals:

 

1/2 – 1 slice bread

 

1/4 – 1/2 cup cooked cereal, rice or pasta

 

1/2 cup read-to-eat cereal

 

2 small crackers

 

1/2 waffle or pancake

 

1/2 tortilla

 

1/2 hamburger bun, roll or 3-inch bagel

 

If you don’t like measuring, a sectioned plate is a great way to estimate portion sizes.  Check out our Shop for a selection of these fun and healthy plates!  Here are a few examples of toddler-size meals.


Peanut Butter Toast, Peaches, Boiled Egg, Hash browns, Yogurt
Guide to Toddler Portion Sizes. All kids are different, and grow at different rates, but these guidelines to what your toddler should be eating is a great baseline!
Barbeque Chicken, Orange Slices, Steamed Green Peas, and Sweet Potato Crescent Roll

Guide to Toddler Portion Sizes. All kids are different, and grow at different rates, but these guidelines to what your toddler should be eating is a great baseline!

Chili, Baked Corn Chips, Green Salad, Grapes

Guide to Toddler Portion Sizes. All kids are different, and grow at different rates, but these guidelines to what your toddler should be eating is a great baseline!

Grilled Chicken, Brown Rice, Steamed Green Beans, Grapes, Blueberries, Strawberries
Guide to Toddler Portion Sizes. All kids are different, and grow at different rates, but these guidelines to what your toddler should be eating is a great baseline!
Homemade chicken nuggets, Green Pepper, Carrots, Orange Slices, Multigrain Roll
Guide to Toddler Portion Sizes. All kids are different, and grow at different rates, but these guidelines to what your toddler should be eating is a great baseline! Guide to Toddler Portion Sizes

 

So what if your toddler doesn’t finish their plate?  It is OK!!  Offer them a variety of nutritious foods, be an example by eating those foods yourself, and don’t stress!  Remember, toddlers are good at listening to their hunger cues.  Being consistent in offering healthy choices and having them stocked in your pantry and fridge is one of the best things you can do to get your kids to eat healthy foods.  What will be on your plate today?


Love these plates? Get them here! 

 

written by
Natalie Monson

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Comments(19)
Tamara says:

What are good portion sizes for elementary children (10-12)?

Natalie says:

Great question. See this link: http://www.healthykidsplate.com/food-groups-for-kids/

Generally portion sizes at that age are the same for adults – they just need less overall during the day; ie: 1/2 cup vegetables is a serving, 1 oz of cheese is a serving, etc.

Kali says:

This is great information. The plates are a great idea. I’m going to start having kids soon and of course there are so many questions and this totally helps! Thanks for sharing this information. I’m totally afraid of giving my children too much or too little food and this will help taking the guessing out of that!

These are some really great, specific meal ideas! Thank you for sharing! What exact ages are you considering a toddler? Sorry, if I missed this somewhere.

As an occupational therapist and a mom, my experience has been that it is really important to limit snacking between the meals you are planning as well. It doesn’t take much to fill up there little bellies!

Natalie says:

These guidelines are for toddlers ages 12-24 months.

Meredith says:

can you actually buy these plates some place?

Natalie says:

Yes – we designed and sell the plates on our site: http://www.healthykidsplate.com/. There are a few different options for the plate. Let us know if you have any questions!

Asmaa moussa says:

Hello;

Since what age I should give my baby this portions.. my son is 14 months and he is terrible eater, it is very depressing actually

Asmaa moussa says:

Also, Shall I add all these items in his meals everyday??

Erica says:

Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been looking for a good “guideline” to follow. This is perfect!

Anna says:

Great pictures and ideas!
However, there’s one thing I don’t get. Is a plateful like that a 2yr old’s portion for the whole day or for one meal? How many plates like that should they have a day? Just one, divided into several mealtimes, or three? Should they be eating fruits and meat and veggies combined each mealtime?

Hae-Lin Choi says:

I love this website!
Question: My toddler is 18 months and definitely eats more than whats on these plates for dinner. Are we overfeeding him?
Thanks!

It is really a great and helpful piece of info. I am happy that you shared this useful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

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Stacy says:

MY KIDS R 5, 4, and 2 and a lot of the time they tell me they r full when they only took 4 bites is this OK I make them eat more but I don’t want to force them sometimes I feel like they r just being lazy and I wasn’t sure what there portion size is?

Melanie says:

Where did you get that plate?

Natalie Monson says:

We sell them on our website 🙂 http://www.superhealthykids.com/shop/#plates

LUCY says:

Please take the photos of whole grapes down – major choking risk

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