Toddler calcium boosts

Six easy ways to keep your toddler's bones and teeth strong and healthy with calcium.

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  • Toddler calcium boosts

    Did you know that 90% of our bone density - the strength of our bones - is established during childhood?

    That's why it's really important to make sure your little one eats plenty of calcium-rich food as a toddler (he gets plenty as a baby in both breast and formula milk).

    Calcium is also important for healthy teeth.

    Ideally, toddlers aged between 1 and 3 need 350mg of calcium every day. 

  • Toddler calcium boosts

    It's really easy to make sure your toddler gets all the calcium she needs.

    It can be found in dairy products, leafy green vegetables, fruit and nuts - although be careful with nuts if there is a history of allergies in your family.

    Aim to give your toddler one or two bone-building foods, listed on the following pages, every day, and you will hit that 350mg - no problem.

  • CHEESE

    Two Mini Babybels provide 260mg of calcium in just a couple of mouthfuls.

    Add them to a packed lunch, have them on a picnic or throw some in your bag for a healthy snack when you're out and about. 

  • ORANGES

    Peeled and with the pith removed, oranges are sweet and juicy, and contain around 75mg calcium per fruit.

    Give your child freshly-squeezed juice at breakfast time, add segments to a fruit salad, or cut up and let your child snack on pieces of juicy orange while you're reading a story or watching TV together.

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  • CANNED SARDINES

    100g provides a whopping 430mg of calcium, so sardines are great - if you can get your child to eat them!

    Try making them more appealing by using a sandwich cutter to make 'fishy sandwiches' on white bread, which is another great source of calcium too.

    Otherwise, try stirring some mashed sardines into a tomatoey pasta sauce. 

  • GLASS OF MILK

    Full-fat or semi-skimmed milk contains 350mg of calcium per half-pint.

    Semi-skimmed has just as much calcium but should only be given to children over the age of two as younger toddlers need the calories from full-fat milk.

  • BROCCOLI

    Ounce-for-ounce, broccoli contains as much calcium as a glass of milk, and 80g of broccoli (or two to three 'branches') provides 32mg - so it's well worth sneaking some into his chicken pasta for an extra health boost.

  • FROMAGE FRAIS

    Two 45mg pots of fruit fromage frais add up to around 77.4mg calcium and are handy to give to your child for breakfast or as a pudding.

    Some brands contain high levels of sugar, though, so always check the label. 

Last updated on 22 January 2008

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