We are very happy to report that the babe (my 19th month old) had successful 18/19 month check up. And when I say successful, yes I do mean that she is healthy, but she also gained three pounds in four months. Now, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the average weight gain for toddlers between one to two years is about three to five pounds. Score one for the Babe and score two for the Mama! This took months of patience getting a strong-willed toddler to eat (did I mention, she wouldn’t even stop to do that if she wasn’t strapped down in a high chair?) foods that are both high-caloric and healthful at the same time. There was no way I was going to cave and feed her “junk” all day. The AI (Adequate Intake) for daily calorie consumption is 992 kcal* (calories) for girls ages 1-3 or 15kcal per centimeter.** In the Babe’s case that equates to 1200 kcal/day. That is quite a bit of food for such a small being. Here are some of the foods we added or substituted for my daughter’s enjoyment.
Enfamil (Stage 3) formula, added to whole milk
Whole milk yogurt made with cream
Almond butter
Whole milk cheddar and colby cheese
Like I said, these are just a few of the foods we used, and most likely that made the biggest impact on her daily diet. There were numerous other tactics we employed while cooking or preparing her meals/snacks to get results. Now the plan is to continue until she is older and demonstrates adequate gain for a longer amount of time. Here’s to continued success!

*The Institute of Medicine, Dietary Reference Intakes
** Mitchell, M.K., Nutrition Across the Lifespan, 2003 (I know it is dated, but I liked the information provided on this subject.)

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