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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# 32926
01 Jan 1999

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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# 3103
14 Dec 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
These mouth-watering and colourful cutlets are a great way to lure your kids into having a whole lot of nutritious ingredients! Grate the vegetables finely so that it is easy for your child to consume, and to make it all the more attractive you can roll the cutlets in fancy shapes and sizes. ....
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Recipe# 36859
16 May 08

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Make this cheesy creamy delicacy with kid's all time favourite "rice' and watch your child dwell into this dish.
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Recipe# 3094
14 Dec 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
A fast-growing baby needs super-foods like this to keep her charged! This yummy khichdi made with mixed sprouts has a hint of subtle spices like onions and garlic. If your baby enjoys this, it will ensure that meal times are splatter-free, more enjoyable and more satisfying for both of you. ....
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Recipe# 3096
14 Dec 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
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 ....
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Recipe# 3100
14 Dec 15

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I am sure your little one will relish this stuffed Moong Sprouts Dosa, as it has a lovely flavour and interesting texture too. The stuffing is an ideal way of introducing a combination of vegetables to your child's meal. The vegetables not only serve as an important source of nutrients like ca ....
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Recipe# 3063
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Chickoo is a very baby-friendly fruit because of its natural sweetness, mild flavour and easy to swallow texture. Children are therefore sure to relish this tasty Chickoo Milkshake that combines the goodness and yummy taste of chickoo with the calcium and protein of milk. It is important to re ....
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Recipe# 3093
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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 esse ....
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Recipe# 3099
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Yellow pearls of corn combined with peas and cubes of cottage cheese look really appealing and i'm sure your little angel will enjoy munching on them. A new flavour of mixed dried herbs is added to perk up this dish, as children at this age do enjoy experimenting with newer flavours. You should cook ....
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Recipe# 3095
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Well, your baby is getting older and it is time to think of planning meals with a main dish and an accompaniment too! You could, for example, serve parathas and pulaos with this colourful and tasty raita made of nutritious carrot and beetroot, combined with curds and seasoned with jeera powder ....
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Recipe# 3098
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This mildly spiced and nutritious subzi will make an excellent accompaniment for rotis and parathas. Soya is "the king of beans" as it is a valuable source of energy, proteins, calcium, iron and fibre, all of which are extremely important for your child's healthy growth. Vegetables like tomato, caps ....
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Recipe# 3086
14 Dec 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
This colourful soup is a good way to combine dal and vegetables, giving your little one the combined benefits of protein from dal and iron, folic acid, vitamin A and fibre from vegetables. Since this soup uses naturally flavourful veggies, you do not need any spices in this soup. Plus, the uni ....
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Recipe# 40479
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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 t ....
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Recipe# 40478
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
‘Mini’ is the best format to serve your child, as it is easy for her to handle all by herself! But the best part is that this recipe is mini only in size, but maxi in nutrient value, all thanks to carefully chosen ingredients like iron-rich bajra and fibre-rich oats. Grated carrot improves the ....
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