Diet for 1-2 year old
At this age toddlers develop their eating habits which will likely last through their lives. Your job is to introduce new taste and variety of healthy foods. Help your child develop a taste for healthy foods now.
Toddlers have small tummies, so make sure you do not fill them with sweets and empty calories. Serve them food which has healthy nutrients for them to grow.
Your toddler will continue to explore self-feeding, first with fingers and then with utensils at around 15 to 18 months of age. Gibe your child the opportunity to apply these skills.
Toddlers also like to assert their independence, and the table is one place where you should give them some sense of control. Allow your toddler to respond to internal cues for hunger and fullness but set the boundaries. You decide what variety of healthy foods to offer at a meal and your child decides which of those foods to eat, how much to eat, and whether to eat at all.
Cow or buffalo's milk can be given to your child after 12 months of age. While milk is important, it should be limited to 16-24 ounces per day. Iron rich food like meat, poultry, chicken liver, iron-fortified snacks, beans etc should be given to prevent anemia.
Avoid foods which are choking hazard, like popcorn, hard candies, raw vegetables and hard fruits, whole grapes, raisins, and nuts.