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?

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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