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 Recommended Daily Allowance for Infants and Toddlers

  Last Updated : Oct 26,2018

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Recommended Daily Allowance for Infants and Toddlers

Along with the dietary requirements for mothers, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has also suggested the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for infants and toddlers. The table below list all the major nutrients required for their healthy growth.



Nutrients 0 to 6 Months 6 to 12 Months 1 to 3 Years
Energy 92 Kcal/kg 84 Kcal/kg 1060 Kcal
Protein 1.16 gm/kg 1.69 gm/kg 27 gm
Fat * * 25 gm
Calcium 500 mg 500 mg 600 mg
Iron 46 mcg/kg** 5 mg 9 mg
Vitamin A 2800 mcg 2800 mcg 3200 mcg
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 25 mg 25 mg 40 mg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.2 mg 0.3 mg 0.5 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.3 mg 0.4 mg 0.6 mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 710 mcg/kg 650 mcg/kg 8.0 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.1 mg 0.4 mg 0.9 mg
Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) 0.2 mcg 0.2 mcg 0.2 to 1.0 mcg
Folic Acid 25 mcg 25 mcg 40 mcg

* Although ICMR has not made any specific recommendations for the consumption of fats for babies, it is essential in moderation for the healthy growth and development of your baby.

* * Breast milk is a poor source of iron. However, babies are born with adequate iron stores which suffice their requirement for the first 6 months. Therefore, the requirement for this nutrient begins only after the age of 6 months.

Some recipes for Babies and Toddlers

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Daily Food Guide for Toddlers
Guide to Weaning
Best food for feeding Mothers to get more milk
When and how much to feed your Baby
Components of Breast Milk
Recipes for Baby (10 to 12 Months)

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recommended daily allowance for infants and toddlers

This delectable soup introduces your baby to more vegetables, with varied textures, colours and flavours. Cauliflower, bottle gourd, carrot and tomatoes come together to create a partly sweet and partly tangy soup that your child is sure to enjoy. What’s more, this soup also happens to be a true multi-vitamin delicacy, rich in vitamins A and C, and folic acid too. If your child does not like the flavour or texture of tomatoes, you can avoid it to make the soup milder.
 by Tarla Dalal
A flour-based mithai from Gujarat, golpapdi is a hot favourite with most people because it is not only tasty but also easy to prepare. Add to this the fact that it is very nutritious, and it becomes something moms would love to feed their young ones. Here, we have made Jowar Golpapdi with iron-rich ingredients like jowar flour and jaggery, bound together with ghee. This mouth-watering snack stays good in an air-tight dabba for 2-3 days, so you can keep it handy to answer your baby’s sudden hunger pangs.
Pulao is usually associated with rice. However, it could also offer an interesting route to introduce your child to other cereals. Here, for example, we have made a unique pulao with fibre-rich bulgur wheat in combination with paneer. While paneer is rich in protein and calcium, the addition of carrot adds vitamin A too! Serve this appealing Bulgur Wheat and Paneer Pulao with fresh curds to make a complete meal.
 by Tarla Dalal
The Vegetable Idli is a beautiful potpourri of flavours, colours and textures, which your child is sure to enjoy. The soothing taste of coconut milk together with the fresh flavour of vegetables is enough to make this idli variant a runaway hit with kiddos. A soft and safe food, this is not likely to choke babies of 10-12 months’ age. So, you can cut these idlis into strips and serve them attractively, so your baby will try to feed herself – a necessary life-skill that must be initiated from this wee age itself!
Salads have great nutritive value and should be a part of your baby's meals. While most little ones are not enthusiastic about salads, if you include a few of their preferred ingredients, they won't even notice they're eating a salad. You can add any fruits your baby likes to supplement their diet with vitamins and minerals. Kabuli chana will supplement their diet with protein and some calcium as well.
The Multigrain Palak Paneer Roti is a delicious way to introduce your baby to other cereals like jowar and bajra, in flour form. These flours are richer than wheat flour in fibre as well as in iron and folic acid, which are essential to build up haemoglobin stores. This experimentation is essential because the greater the variety of foods babies are introduced to during the first year, the more likely they are to accept newer tastes as adults. Apart from the goodness of these cereals, this roti also provides essential nutrients from palak and paneer.
This recipe is a perfect example that children are capable of eating the same dishes you eat – just that you need to tweak them a bit to make them baby-friendly. In fact, you need to introduce them to dishes that are part of your routine meal, rather than keep cooking their comfort foods, so that it becomes easy for them to slide into your way of life. Here, for example, we have made the ever-popular Gujarati dish chila, in a mini-format, with a mix of protein rich dals. Once you have soaked the dals, this Mini Mixed Moong Dal Chila is also easy and quick to make. Make them bite-sized, so your child can enjoy eating it herself.
 by Tarla Dalal
A safe and soothing food, Rice Mash for Babies is highly recommended once your baby has gotten used to Rice Water. Rice Mash for Babies is aromatic, thanks to the light lacing of ghee, which also lubricates the mash making it easier for the child to swallow. This easy and healthy recipe is satiating, easily-digestible, and provides ample energy too. Start Rice Mash for Babies with a small quantity and give some time to the baby to get accustomed to new foods introduced. Enjoy how to make Rice Mash for Babies recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
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Recommended Daily Allowance for Infants and Toddlers
 on 25 Jan 18 11:41 AM

Some complication arises now due to which i am unable to feed my 7 months baby. I was worried about his diet. Here is the good knowledge & collection for recipes with full load of nutrients by Tarla Mam. I started with Mixed Vegetable Soup, Dal soup, vegetable idli, Rice Mash which my baby had properly. Will definitely try other recipes from Tarla Mam cookbook Baby & Toddler.