Healthy Eating for 6 to 24 month old children (3) Ready to go (12- 24 months)

Combining foods to make a balanced diet

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  • Include foods from the 5 food groups for your child every day;
  • Offer a variety of foods in turns;
  • Offer your child a suitable amount of milk;
  • Continue to breastfeed your child.

Daily menu for your child

Grains

  • 1 to 2 bowls
  • Include some whole grain foods, such as brown rice and whole wheat bread.

Fish, Meat, Eggs and Beans

  • 2 to 4 heaped table tablespoons;
  • Avoid eating large predatory fish (such as swordfish, sharks or large tuna);
  • Store and defrost frozen meat properly. Frozen and fresh meat provides similar nutrients.

Vegetables

  • 4 to 8 heaped table tablespoons

Fruits

  • ¼ to ½ bowl of fruit slices;
  • Fruits provide more dietary fibres than fruit juice;
  • Offer your child fruits of different colours

Milk & Milk Products

  • 360 to 480 ml

Q&A: Can my child eat food seasoned with salt or sauces?

  • A limited amount of salt is fine. High salt intake puts your child at risk for high blood pressure in the future;
  • Use ginger, garlic or spring onion as alternatives for seasoning;
  • Limit foods high in salt such as sausages, canned foods, foods preserved in salt, and savoury snack.
  • Use a suitable amount of vegetable oil when cooking.

For more information, please refer to the food exchange table in the booklet “7-day Healthy Meal Planning Guide for 6 to 24 month old children”.

A suitable amount of milk

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Breastmilk

  • Continue breastfeeding your child until she is 2 years old or older
  • Breastmilk provides her with antibodies against infection, and is also beneficial to you and your child's long-term health.

Formula milk

  • As your child eats a variety of foods in her meals, milk is no longer the major source of nutrients;
  • Your child can drink 360 to 480 ml of milk a day. Offer her milk two to three times a day;
  • You can serve milk (about 120 ml) in a small cup with other food at breakfast or as a snack;
  • Drinking too much milk will reduce your child's appetite for other food.

Milk and dairy products

  • A child over 1 year old can switch to drinking full-fat cow's milk;
  • You can choose fresh cow's milk, ultra-high-temperature (UHT) milk, or full-fat milk powder;
  • Parents can give yoghurt or cheese in place of milk for some variety;
  • When your child reaches 2 years old, she can drink low fat milk;
  • Formula milk contains more iron and vitamins than fresh milk. For children who eat little solid food or meat, or are vegetarians, drinking a suitable amount of formula milk can provide additional iron;
  • Do not substitute cow's milk by condensed milk as it is high in sugar.

The amount of calcium provided by 120 ml cow’s milk is same as one slice of cheese or about 100 g of yoghurt.

Note: Children with cow's milk protein allergy require special formula. Please consult a health professional for more information.

(Content revised 08/2017)