Food – For Children One to Two Years Old

At this age your baby is becoming a toddler and you can now offer them modified versions of family meals. Food will become the staple and cow’s milk can become their main drink, however breastfeeding can continue for as long as you and your toddler desire.

You may notice new food behaviours such as food refusal or playing with food. These behaviours are normal toddler behaviours to test you, observe your reaction and assert independence. See the next section on information on food refusal.

You may also notice a decrease in your child’s appetite at this age. This is normal and corresponds with growth slowing in the second year. Children at this age tend to graze, so regular snacking is important.

Suggested snack ideas:

  • Finger sandwiches
  • Crumpets or pikelets
  • Crackers & cheese sticks
  • Fresh fruit pieces
  • Breakfast cereal and milk
  • Mini tub of yoghurt
  • Snack pack of fruit
  • Baked beans on toast
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