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From small tasters to a good appetite

Welcome to the table! Eating together and seeing how other people eat helps your child to learn what to do. But what should they eat?

You can now gradually serve your child more and more of the food that the rest of the family is eating. Avoid too much salt, as it's not good for the baby's kidneys.
Children who are breastfed still need up to 500 ml of milk a day, but are ready to try new kinds of food, such as:
• Bread – rye bread, graham bread
white bread, French bread
• Fruit and vegetables, including new
kinds
• Milk, yoghurt
and cheese
• Finely chopped meat, chicken,
fish, egg, boiled dried peas,
beans or lentils
• Various grain products

Snacks for one-year-olds
Young children need to eat little and often, and so they need snacks. They have small stomachs and get through a lot of energy.
Healthy snacks include:
• Apple chopped into small pieces
• Biscuit with smooth peanut butter
• Half a banana
• Cubes of cheese
• Fruit yoghurt
• Carrot sticks
Some children like to chew as their teeth start to come through. Offer rusks or buy a biting ring.

Two-year-olds are sceptical about new food
Studies show that six-month-old children are more open to new flavours and dishes than older children are. Even at age two, it gets harder to offer new kinds of food, and the trickiest period is between the ages of five to ten.
What happens at age two relates to how the child is developing. They realise that they are unique individuals with self-will, and it's common for them to refuse to eat. If they've tasted lots of different food by this time, they are less likely to become fussy later on.

Read more about vitamins and other nutrients your child needs and vegetarian food for children.
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