How many calories should a 20 month old girl consume?

Laura - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Anyone else have this problem with her child? My daughter is in the 99% of height, 5% of weight (Tall and lean) and barely eats or drinks. Does anyone have a web resource I can visit to learn more as well?

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Laura - posted on 11/12/2009

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Today's food

1/8 banana, 1 oz juice, 1 oz organic milk, .04 oz water, 6 teaspoons hemp seeds, 2 crackers, 2 dates. Breastmilk= 120 ish calories today?



I've been keeping a food log for a week. 1000 calories is unfathomable. I'm so confused!! She has two healthy poos a day and lots of energy. She seems to thrive on 120-180 calories plus breastmilk. This is her own choice not mine (I offer other foods alot)

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Ana - posted on 12/24/2013

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Michelle, nursing 3-4 times a night for a 13 month old? isn't that excessive? my son slept through the night since he was 5 months old. I'm just curious, that seems excessive.

Michelle - posted on 11/13/2009

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oh if she's nursing she's getting alot more calories then u think :) each ounce of breastmilk is estimated at 20 calories and if she's still nursing 6-8 times a day she's probably getting enough calories she's just choosing to get them from nursing and not solids :) nursing is healthier anyway

Laura - posted on 11/13/2009

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To answer your question- she nurses 6-8 times a day.
This morning breakfast is 1/2 banana and a few sips of almond milk.

Michelle - posted on 11/13/2009

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how many times is she nursing? just once? if that's t he case you really need to talk to her ped as she's no where near eating what she should

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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btw my 13 month old was 30 inches at her 12 month appt even though she's younger an average day for her food wise is

she nurses when she gets up then we take bubbie to school when we get back she has breakfast i'll give u today's diet since it's easier to remember she had a slice of gluten free toast with 1/2 a banana and coconut milk *she's allergic to dairy soy and gluten* she nurses again before naptime then after nap is lunch she had endamaes with hummus and coconut milk her afternoon snack was 4 ounces of coconut milk yogurt dinner she had brocolli fresh mashed potatoes and some pears... after dinner she had part of my son's smoothie then nursed plus she's up 3-4 times a night to nurse

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Quoting Laura:




Quoting Michelle:

As a general rule multiply their height in inches by 40. So for example, if your baby is 27 inches he or she should be getting about 1080 calories daily.







Thanks- but should weight have something to do with it. By that measurement that's scary since she birthed out 22 inches she must be at least 30 inches by now and only consumes 120-150 calories daily i think.










how are you getting 120-150... if that was the case she wouldnt be alive :)





 



If you think that your toddler should be eating a full meal at each mealtime, take heart - your toddler won't eat 3 "full" meals and further, does not need to eat 3 "full"  meals per day! What your toddler does need is at least 1000 calories per day, according to the AAP.





The AAP ( )  recommends that children age 1 to 3 years get about 40 calories per inch of height a day.



 





When planning and serving meals to your toddler, try to have him/or her consume the following on a daily basis:



 





2 to 3 cups of calcium - milk (or yogurt, cheese or other calcium rich foods)



 





4 servings of fruits and vegetables. (Serving size: one tablespoon per year of age.) One serving should be high in vitamin C and another in vitamin A.



 





4 servings of grains - bread and cereal. One should be an iron-fortified baby cereal. A serving is about 1/4 to 1/3 an adult portion (1/4 slice toast, 1/4 cup pasta)



 





2 servings of proteins - meat, beans, eggs, tofu, or peanut butter. A good serving of protein should be served at every meal. One serving equals 1/2 ounce. Courtesy of Parent'sPlace Nutritionist Q&A.



 



We find that feeding your Toddler becomes less complicated and frustrating when parents realize what a serving size for a Toddler really is. A good rule for serving sizes for toddlers is the following::



 



1 tablespoon per year of age or 1/4 of an adult serving per year of age 



 



At the next meal, use these measurements exactly and see for yourself how little food a Toddler should actually  be eating.  We bet you will be quite surprised!

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Quoting Laura:




Quoting Michelle:

As a general rule multiply their height in inches by 40. So for example, if your baby is 27 inches he or she should be getting about 1080 calories daily.







Thanks- but should weight have something to do with it. By that measurement that's scary since she birthed out 22 inches she must be at least 30 inches by now and only consumes 120-150 calories daily i think.










how are you getting 120-150... if that was the case she wouldnt be alive :)





 



If you think that your toddler should be eating a full meal at each mealtime, take heart - your toddler won't eat 3 "full" meals and further, does not need to eat 3 "full"  meals per day! What your toddler does need is at least 1000 calories per day, according to the AAP.





The AAP ( )  recommends that children age 1 to 3 years get about 40 calories per inch of height a day.



 





When planning and serving meals to your toddler, try to have him/or her consume the following on a daily basis:



 





2 to 3 cups of calcium - milk (or yogurt, cheese or other calcium rich foods)



 





4 servings of fruits and vegetables. (Serving size: one tablespoon per year of age.) One serving should be high in vitamin C and another in vitamin A.



 





4 servings of grains - bread and cereal. One should be an iron-fortified baby cereal. A serving is about 1/4 to 1/3 an adult portion (1/4 slice toast, 1/4 cup pasta)



 





2 servings of proteins - meat, beans, eggs, tofu, or peanut butter. A good serving of protein should be served at every meal. One serving equals 1/2 ounce. Courtesy of Parent'sPlace Nutritionist Q&A.



 



We find that feeding your Toddler becomes less complicated and frustrating when parents realize what a serving size for a Toddler really is. A good rule for serving sizes for toddlers is the following::



 



1 tablespoon per year of age or 1/4 of an adult serving per year of age 



 



At the next meal, use these measurements exactly and see for yourself how little food a Toddler should actually  be eating.  We bet you will be quite surprised!

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Laura:



Quoting Michelle:

As a general rule multiply their height in inches by 40. So for example, if your baby is 27 inches he or she should be getting about 1080 calories daily.





Thanks- but should weight have something to do with it. By that measurement that's scary since she birthed out 22 inches she must be at least 30 inches by now and only consumes 120-150 calories daily i think.






how are you getting 120-150... if that was the case she wouldnt be alive :)

Laura - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

As a general rule multiply their height in inches by 40. So for example, if your baby is 27 inches he or she should be getting about 1080 calories daily.


Thanks- but should weight have something to do with it. By that measurement that's scary since she birthed out 22 inches she must be at least 30 inches by now and only consumes 120-150 calories daily i think.

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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As a general rule multiply their height in inches by 40. So for example, if your baby is 27 inches he or she should be getting about 1080 calories daily.

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