“I am interested in asking fellow Mums if they know of a website or book that I can access that gives up to date, easy to read tips on food groups and how much of everything a child needs to be healthy (preferably a daily guide). I have a 3 ½ year old and a 20 month old and while I think I am feeding them well, limiting sugar and processed food where I can, I get frustrated by not knowing exactly how much of everything they need to meet their nutritional needs. I found a calcium chart on a government website and learned they need a cup of milk, a piece of cheese and some yoghurt each day which was great as it was simple and easy to follow. You can also pick up tips from different websites and other sources but it can all get confusing (especially when opinions from the sources differ) and I would love to know if there is one source I could refer to that other Mums would recommend as a starting point. Is there one source mums can go to for nutritional info?

Posted by Anon, 20/03/13

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  • The diffiuculty with one place for information, is that as time goes on infomation is always changing, i have noticed changes in the official guidelines for introducing foods to babies which are known allergins to change a couple of times over the past couple years. So it can be very tricky to know exactly which advice to take

  • Here is another source of info- http://www.nutritionaustralia.org

  • It is far too easy to get caught up with what to feed our kids and stress about it! I love the idea of eating a rainbow, will have to give that one a go. I just try to offer a variety of things each day and hope for the best, avoiding preservatives as much as possible!

  • Raisingchildren.net.au is a good website :)

  • I agree with MRSDEW17 don’t rely on one source.

  • http://raisingchildren.net.au/nutrition__fitness/toddlers_nutrition.html

    Raisingcgildren.net.au has some information…

  • I’m not sure I’d rely on one website. Sometimes the authors are biased towards a particular area of interest so I’d spread my sources. I’d also use my GP or child health nurse (if you use one) about their opinions. If your children are meeting all their milestones, you’re on the right track.

  • Fresh unprocessed foods are best,cutting up bits of fruit or veg on a plate they will instinctily pick what their body needs. Milk is one of the hardest things to digest as it has too much protein and is overprocessed. A great alternative for calcium is tahini(sesame seed paste) kids love it and they only need a small spoonful a day. There many nut butters available which are only ground up nuts and nothing else -look in health food section of supermarket.If you still want to use dairy yoghurt is a better alternative,make sure it is a good brand with probiotics and it is organic.My son grew up with no dairy or meat and never gets sick and is full of energy from a plant based diet.

  • There is some handy information on this site too: http://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/

  • A good rule for mealtime is 50% veges, 25% carbs and 25% meat (and try to limit red meat because it is high in saturated fats). If have a bowl of cereal then they’ve had their glass of milk anyway, and don’t forget calcium comes from sources other than dairy milk (such as some nuts). I think don’t stress too much. If they eat a good variety of different foods they’ll be fine.

  • Brilliant advice, thankyou :-)

  • http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/nutrition_toolkit.html/context/222

    raisingchildren.net.au is an excellent source of basic info on all things children/parenting. It’s the south Australian govt website. You can click on age (baby/toddler/teen etc) and it will give you the info you need as your kids grow.

  • Annabel Karmel website is good

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