Portion Sizes for 1-4 year olds

Use our portion size ranges to find out how much is too much.

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Tot It Up

Use our toddler food tracker to check that your 1-4 year olds are getting a good balance of foods and activity

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  • Developmental stages in Infant and Toddler Feeding

    As a parent you will naturally want to know what to expect in your child’s development. The developmental milestones shown below are evidence-based and can be used as a helpful guide to typical child development.

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  • Growth and its Measurement

    Growth comprises two dimensions – weight and length/height. The body grows most rapidly during the first six months of life – healthy newborn infants double their birth weight by four to five months and triple it by a year. By the age of two years a healthy toddler is approximately half his or her adult height.

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  • Overweight and Obesity

    Obesity was once unusual in toddlers but, as in other age groups, it is now becoming increasingly prevalent. The vast majority of overweight and obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake (amount of calories consumed in food and drinks) and energy expenditure (amount of energy used in activity).

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  • Physical Activity and Play

    Physical activity is vital for your toddler’s development and to help him/her maintain a normal weight. The Department of Health recommends that children under five years who can walk should be active for at least three hours each day.

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