Happy 3rd birthday to your little one! Now your child isn’t a baby anymore, but at a new age discovering the world more and more actively. For this, your child needs a healthy that provides sufficient energy and lots of nutrients.
3 year olds have special nutritional needs. They need a higher level of nutrient density but cannot yet tolerate everything that adults or older children eat.
Ensure a healthy diet now, e.g. with lots of fruit and vegetables, because this is when children develop eating habits that may stay with them all their lives.
At this age in particular, children are developing the natural desire to do as much as possible themselves. This also includes eating like the grown-ups. The phrase ‘I can do this myself’ is becoming a part of a child’s daily vocabulary as soon as they start speaking.
Encourage the joy of being independent and let your child try out and learn as much as possible about food.
Many parents are a little bit confused regarding the right diet at this exciting time. They are not sure whether baby products are still suitable or what may be already eaten at family dinners. We would like to accompany and support you during your child’s eventful early childhood with our guidebook.
Adjust the meals you offer according to your child’s development. Some children can already chew well and like eating eat the same food as the rest of the family whereas others may need still need pap. When it comes to the choice of foods, there are only very few restrictions, though.
Please consider our recommendations as guidelines, not as a ‘must’. Diets cannot always follow a plan because your child won’t always eat what is offered, or you are not at home, or you haven’t got everything you need to follow the plan. That is perfectly O.K. It is only important that you offer the meals according to the plan whenever possible and offer balanced nutrition throughout the week.