How many calories should a 1 year old eat?

By Jennifer Gilbert
A one-year-old has different nutritional needs than an infant.

When an infant turns one, he begins the transition from baby to toddler. While one-year-olds do not necessarily eat the same foods as two-year-olds, the switch from bottles and baby food to table food and whole milk begins at this age.

Number of calories

KidsHealth.org says that toddlers should consume 1,000 to 1,400 calories per day. This applies more to children between the ages of two and three, but it can serve as a guideline for one-year-olds, as their eating habits transition from baby foods to table food.

Fat

Although fats do not need to be restricted for infants, KidsHealth.org recommends that by the age of two, children should get only 30 to 35 per cent of their daily calories from fat.

Foods

Bananas are a good, easy-to-eat fruit for toddlers.

One-year-olds should be offered a variety of things to eat, focusing on nutrient-rich foods. Since they eat so little at one time, KidsHealth.org recommends that toddlers avoid sweets and junk food.

Meals and snacks

Although every child is different, most toddlers should eat three meals a day, along with two or three snacks, according to KidsHealth.org.

Milk

By two, most toddlers can switch to two-percent milk.

According to KidsHealth.org, children under two should drink no more than 709ml of whole milk per day. Drinking too much milk can lead to an iron deficiency from a lack of solid food.

About the Author

Jennifer Gilbert has been writing and editing for magazines since 2003 and writing and editing for the Web since 2006. Published articles have been featured in "Candy Industry," "Chicago Parent" and the "Chicago Sun-Times." She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.