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
- 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)
- Weaning Your Child (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: Relationship between Animal Sourced Food Consumption and Early Childhood Development Outcomes.
- Article: The role of multi-dimensional women's empowerment in agriculture to improve the...
- Article: Poor and non-poor gap in under-five child nutrition: a case from...
- Toddler Nutrition -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Also in Spanish
- Food and Nutrition Service Programs Contacts by State (Food and Nutrition Service)
- KidsHealth (Nemours Foundation)
- Feeding patterns and diet -- children 6 months to 2 years (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish