The First Few Years of Nutrition: 1 to 3 Years

Category: Newborns

One of the biggest changes for your child now would be being able to switch to fresh cow’s milk. And of course, eating the same foods as mum and dad. Read what the experts have to say.



Once your child is above one year of age, their milk intake is mainly for calcium and protein. They can be safely transitioned to fresh cow’s milk. Dr Christelle Tan, specialist in paediatrics, Raffles Specialists, Raffles Holland V, says that formula beyond a year old is not necessary if your child is healthy, growing well and is eating a wide variety of foods.



“One point to consider is that formula milk is more

calorie dense than cow’s milk and hence drinking too

much of formula milk may cause some children to have

reduced appetite for solids,” says Dr Tan.



She also recommends that mothers continue breastfeeding for as long as they feel comfortable.


Other Milk Options

Other than fresh cow’s milk, you may opt for less conventional milk choices such as soy or nut milk such as almond milk. “Parents have to be careful to avoid low fat and non-fat preparations and also to look for preparations fortified with vitamin A, D and calcium,” says Dr Tan. “Also, calcium supplementation may be necessary. Parents should discuss this with their paediatrician if they intend to fully transit to soy or nut milk.”


At the Dinner Table

By this age, your child can eat the same foods as adults. They should, however, avoid foods that are extremely salty or sweet, as well as foods with preservatives. Be sure to include the four main recommended food groups (excluding milk).



Your child has their whole life ahead to enjoy all the gastronomic pleasures the world has to offer. Start them on the right foot and ensure that their first foray into food is a healthy and nutritious one. 




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