A complete and nutritious meal for your 3-year-and-3-month-old should include carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Whether or not he has started preschool, it is good to start the day with a healthy breakfast.
While your child’s taste profile might be simple, this doesn’t mean you cannot jazz up his meals with food art to entice them to eat more.
Junk food is only okay for special occasions, or when you just cannot say no. Do keep the junk food intake to a minimum so as not to interfere with more nutritious food which is necessary for their growth.
Carbohydrates from grains are now your child’s main source of energy. Every day, he/she needs 4-5 ounces, half of which should be from whole-grain sources. 1 ounce equals 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal, or ½ cup of cooked rice, cooked pasta, or cooked cereal.
Your child is growing fast! Meat and beans are great sources of protein for the growing child, and at this age she would need 3-4 ounces of them daily. 1 ounce equals 1 ounce of meat, poultry or fish, ¼ cup cooked dry beans, or 1 egg.
Fruits and vegetables are the primary sources of vitamins and minerals for your growing child. Your little one may resist eating vegetables and fruits, but keep on trying and they eventually will learn to eat them. At this age, he/she needs 1-1½ cups of fruits and 1½ cups of vegetables every day.
Your child is not so dependent on milk anymore, but dairy is still an important source of nutrition for your little one. Your little one needs at least 2 cups of milk per day. This could also be 2 cups of yogurt, 3 ounces of natural cheese, or 4 ounces of processed cheese.
Vaccinations and Common Illnesses
Do be wary of common signs of serious diseases like fevers, persisting symptoms, mucoid or bloody stools, and skin rashes. These can be a sign of more serious diseases, and should be consulted with a doctor if you are concerned. As a precaution, don’t forget to have a follow-up vaccine for the following:
Ideally, your little one should have already completed all of his/her important vaccinations at this age.
If you see any of the following symptoms in your child, be sure to take him/her to the doctor as soon as possible.