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Recipes for Toddlers (1-3 Years) recipes





बच्चों का आहार (1 से 3 साल) - हिन्दी में पढ़ें
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As your little one gets ready to celebrate her first birthday, stepping into the fascinating world of toddlerhood, she will be about three times (triple) her birth weight.

The stage from her first birthday until she starts school, i.e., from 1 to 3 years is the stage of toddlerhood. These are crucial years for laying the foundation of your baby’s health. Most babies outgrow the stage of eating mashed and bland foods and will now begin to eat more elaborate meals. They are now ready to eat everything that is being cooked for the other family members.

Do remember that the food habits formed at this age will hold them good for a lifetime. So you need to ensure that she eats healthy and nutritious food. Encourage your toddler to eat whatever she likes and treat her palate to a variety of foods so that she cultivates a taste for new foods and flavours. For you, this stage can be a magical experience, as you will see your baby gaining independence and ability very rapidly.

When and how much to feed

Between the ages of 1 and 3 years, your bundle of energy will grow very rapidly, learning to crawl, talk etc. During this period, she will need to be fed more frequently. Unfortunately, right now, her small stomach is not in a situation to cope up with large meals. So, offer small and frequent meals to your child.

Also remember not to set hard and fast rules in terms of a particular time or number of meals, because what is really important is not the number of times your child eats but what she eats. You need to emphasize on the quality and not quantity of food she eats. Be flexible as rigidity regarding meal times may lead only to stubbornness.

Knowing when the baby is hungry

Most babies show a decrease in appetite during this year, as they are busy concentrating on learning other skills. If your baby is one amongst them, do not worry, as they usually demand food when they are hungry and eat what they like. On the other hand, some children might not be able to express that they are hungry. They may get tired, cry or nibble on anything that’s within their reach. Now you need to be more attentive than usual, as your little angel may not understand that she is hungry and will probably realize it only once food is in sight. If she is hungry, she can cry or throw a tantrum too, so you need to be alert and remind her to eat by offering her food at regular intervals.

It is possible that sometimes she may refuse to eat for no apparent reason. If you insist on force feeding, meal times will soon become a tug of war between you and your child making her extremely unpleasant and perhaps even lead her to develop an aversion of food. If your little one is not particularly interested in all the foods that you offer and chooses to eat one or two things, do not force her to eat the foods she does not wish to eat. She will surely make up for this lack of eating in her next meal. Mothers are agonized if their baby has had no milk for one day, but it is okay to take a break from regular everyday foods, once in a while. Tempt her with cheese or paneer instead.

Handling fussy toddlers

Some toddlers are also fussy about what they like and what they want to eat. By now, they have strong preferences, which might make you want to tear your hair out sometimes. This situation can be handled if you follow the basic principle of serving your baby the foods that she is already accustomed to and enjoys, while continuing to add new foods to her diet. Fussing over her may convey that eating is a means of getting family attention.

Cook dishes that your toddler enjoys. Also, it is wiser to mask foods she doesn't like by mashing, or puréeing it. You can also mix those ingredients with your toddler’s favourite ones.

Toddlers also like variety in terms of textures, shapes and flavours as their taste buds are now almost developed.

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Recipe# 36861
16 May 08

 
Green Butterflies ( Recipe for Toddlers) by Tarla Dalal
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A colourful recipe which will make your kids learn concept of colours while playing and eating! to add on. . . Spinach adds to iron and calcium along with fibre!
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Recipe# 32926
01 Jan 1999

 
Golgappu Makes A Roti ( 2 To 8 Years Old Kids) by Tarla Dalal
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Golgappu loves to discover how some of his favourite foods are made and from what they are made. Come and discover with golgappu the journey of wheat from the farm to the tava, in this story, 'golgappu makes a roti'.
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Recipe# 3090
14 Dec 15

 
Muskmelon and Watermelon Juice ( Baby and Toddler Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
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Most pediatricians advise that children below the age of i year should not be given watermelon as it disagrees with their delicate constitution. However, this is a really tasty combination of fruit juices for children over the age of 1 year and your little one is sure to enjoy it.
Recipe# 34709
20 Apr 11

 
Kachur - A Herbal Powder 
by rajni ahuja
My grand mother was very good naturopath and social worker. Helped and cured many people, free as s part of service to people ,this powder was important part of treatment.
Recipe# 16058
23 May 05

 
Museli Bars by chitvish
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Loaded with nutrients and energy , the healthy and crunchy Muesli bars have muesli mixed with cooking chocolate, honey and butter. These bars make for an amazing nutritious snack bar choice.
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