The child's diet is a vast subject. As we become more aware of the importance of a healthy and balanced diet, we of course all want the best for our children. But then: what are his needs? What can he eat and at what age? What about snack and sweets? Discover our advice to propose a food adapted to your child!
From 18 months, the child can eat almost anything, in quantities adapted to his age.
Up to 6 years, he can go through periods of "neophobia": he rejects a food overnight, or refuses to taste new foods.
From 4 years old, he can eat everything and is in full possession of his sense of taste; at this age, his eating habits are sustainable.
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Cereals and starchy foods at every meal
They give the energy needed by the brain and the rest of the growing body. Boiled, bread, rice, pasta, potatoes: you have to vary the pleasures and adapt the quantities according to the age.
Milk with each meal To provide the essential calcium for growth, a child should consume half a liter of milk a day, or 3 to 4 dairy products, up to 15 years. It can be plain or chocolate milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese ...
Fresh vegetables for lunch and dinner
Rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, they facilitate digestion and contribute to well-being. From 10-11 months, all vegetables are allowed excluding pulses. Vary the vegetables, colors, presentations (gratin, puree, steam ...) to awaken the taste buds of the child. If he is reluctant to eat vegetables, one can on associations by mixing them with starchy foods.
Meat, fish or egg in small quantities
They provide protein, vitamins and iron. Quantities vary according to age:
From 2 years, 20 grams for lunch and dinner, and from 3 years, these amounts can be increased by 25 grams for lunch and dinner.
Limit meat 2-3 times a week, and avoid meat that is too fat (mutton and some pork) and offal that is difficult to digest. Cooking without fat is preferable.
Two or three fruits every day
They contain vitamins, minerals and irreplaceable fibers.
They can be eaten raw, stewed, or squeezed. In general, children appreciate them for their sweet taste.
A little fat
Children can consume alternately butter and oil: one for its richness in vitamin A, the other for its content of vitamin E and essential fatty acids. 15 grams of butter, in vegetables, or a tablespoon of oil (preferably of rapeseed olive) in raw vegetables are enough.
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