Food provides the energy and nutrients that young children need to be healthy. Toddlers are learning to feed themselves and to eat new foods. They should eat a variety of foods from all of the food groups.
Each day, toddlers need enough nutrients, including
- 7 milligrams of iron
- 700 milligrams of calcium
- 600 IU of vitamin D
- Be a Healthy Role Model for Children: 10 Tips for Setting Good Examples (Department of Agriculture) - PDF Also in Spanish
- Children's Nutrition: Tips for Picky Eaters (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Extended Breast-Feeding: What You Need to Know (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Snacks for Toddlers (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
- Stopping the Bottle (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
- Toddlers at the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles (Nemours Foundation)
- When Your Toddler Doesn't Want to Eat (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Toddler Nutrition (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Exclusive breastfeeding promotion and neuropsychological outcomes in 5-8 year old...
- Article: The Association of Breastfeeding Duration and Early Childhood Cardiometabolic Risk.
- Article: Bringing babies and breasts into workplaces: Support for breastfeeding mothers...
- Toddler Nutrition -- see more articles
- Toddler Nutrition and Health Resource List (Department of Agriculture) - PDF
Find an Expert
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Also in Spanish
- KidsHealth (Nemours Foundation)
- School Meals Contacts by State (Food and Nutrition Service)
- Feeding patterns and diet -- children 6 months to 2 years (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish