Children age 1 to 4 have small tummies. They can only eat small amounts so the food they eat and drink needs to be nourishing.
Your child’s appetite
Use your child's appetite as a guide to help you decide how much food to offer them. Their appetite can increase as they grow.
Smaller younger children will eat less. Taller older children will eat more. Children who are more physically active will eat more.
Children age 2 and older need to be active for at least 3 hours every day.
As they grow, you can increase the amount of food you give at mealtimes.
Your child also needs a vitamin D supplement from Halloween to St Patrick's day.
Regular meals and snacks
Offer your child 3 meals and 2 to 3 healthy snacks each day. Having regular times for meals and snacks sets up healthy eating habits for life.
How to give the right portion
give your child a portion that matches their size - they can ask for more if they are still hungry
use the children's food pyramid as a portion guide
give them child-size cutlery to make it easier for them to feed themselves
give them child-size plates and bowls
do not give your child the same amount of food as you
do not give them large portions - even if it's healthy food
do not pressure your child to eat all on their plate if they say they are full
Plate and bowl size
Use child-size plates and bowls to help you decide on portion size. This can help you see if you’re giving your child enough to eat or too much.
The recommended plate size is 20cm. This is around the size of a side plate. An adult’s plate is 26cm.
The recommended bowl size is 11cm. An adult’s bowl is 16cm.
You can buy child-size plates and bowls in most homeware stores.