Nutrition for a 2 1/2 year old

Julienne - posted on 04/01/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )




Hi Everyone

I am looking to find some information on nutrition and growth etc on my daughter who is 16kgs or 35 pounds. I only feed home made foods and snacks are generally fruit or prunes, sultana's, rice cakes. When we go out for dinner she will eat whatever we are eating, calamari, pizza, pasta, chicken, veggies.

She was born 4kgs 9 pounds and has been at the top of the growth charts since born. I breastfed her until 12 months.

I don't really know what to change or cut back on.

Any advice or comments??



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Sarah - posted on 06/08/2012




My guess is there is nothing wrong with her. I charted her on a growth chart. Her weight was the 90% at birth, and is in the 90% now. You need to remember, not every kid will be "average." Average is simply adding all the weights together (say for 1000 kids) and dividing it between the number of kids. This is how you get the percentiles. Remember, some kids will be at the 5% (my daughter is), and some at the 90% (or 20th or 60th or 95th). It doesn't mean they aren't "normal" they're just bigger or smaller than the AVERAGE child. It doesn't mean there's anything wrong with them. Your daughters normal is likely just a little larger than her peers. What matters is that she grows along her own rate, don't follow her growth against someone elses. It would actually be concerning if she dropped from the 90th to the 50th. She isn't meant to be there. Kids growth slows as they get older and if you look at a growth chart you'll see how wide the range of normal can be. Her growth will slow down as she ages. She doesn't need a special diet, she needs to eat healthy to grow as her body is designed to. What she does need is people to stop worrying and commenting on her weight, that will only cause problems as she gets older.

Kate CP - posted on 04/04/2012




If you're worried about her being over weight (it's normal for kids to chunk up right before a growth spurt) then cut out the carbs like rice, pasta, bread, crackers, etc. Sugars (found in carbohydrates) are NOT good for you and will make a person fat. Fat (NOT transfat) IS good for you and helps brain development.

Julienne - posted on 04/04/2012





She is in the 75th percentile for height, doesn't have sweet or fried foods. Our GP is my father in law so everyone has a little to say about her weight...

Again not sure

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Is she tall too? Nothing wrong w/ being at the tops of the charts as long as she is healthy and thriving.

Let her eat a wide variety of healthy foods, keep the sweet and fried things to a minimum, and make sure she's staying active (fairly easy for a 2 year

Is her doctor concerned?

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