After the rapid growth in the first year of a toddler’s life, growth in the second year starts to slow down. In their first year a baby will triple its birth weight, whereas in the second year, a toddler may gain anywhere from between 2kg and 4kg.
Growth and Appetite
Because toddlers’ growth rates are slower than the growth rate of babies, they don’t need as much food in relation to their body size. Fortunately, a toddler’s eating habits are guided by their appetite and this tells them how much they need to eat.
It is important not to expect toddlers to eat as much as they did when they were an infant. They need to be able let you know when they are hungry or full.