How to transition from nursing to drinking

Sippy cups help a toddler make the transition from nursing or a bottle to drinking from a glass more easily, but most toddlers don’t need them too long. With a little help from you, she can quickly drink independently from a glass.

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preventing choking in babies

To prevent your baby from choking, cut her food into small bites. Don’t allow your baby to play with anything that may cover her face or is easy for her to swallow.

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Make fun finger food

Fruits often make fun finger food!

Cut apple slices thin, or try banana chunks or diced peaches. If you give her round fruit like grapes or cherries, cut each one in half so she won’t swallow it whole and choke.

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Introducing new foods.

Introduce new foods one at a time, several days apart. This makes it easier to figure out what might be causing any rash or food allergy symptoms he might have. From: pantagraph.com.

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Practice food safety

Wash fruits and vegetables, do not eat undercooked meats or poultry or drink unpasteurized milk or juices.

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When he’s done

Allow your toddler to identify when they have had enough – this teaches them to listen to their body. source

Refusing to eat

Be realistic about the amount of effort you put into making your child’s meals. Don’t feel resentful when they refuse to eat. source

starving

One-third of parents worry that their child isn’t eating enough. Unless they are ill, a young child will never voluntarily starve themselves. source

fussy eaters

27 per cent of toddlers are fussy eaters, 22 per cent of them have parents who admit to being fussy eaters too. source

Bribery for good eating

Don’t use lollies, sweets or desserts as bribes for eating other foods. source

Fruit

Fruit provides essential vitamins & minerals. To reap the nutritional benefits, aim to eat a variety of fruits like berries, melon & oranges source

Grains

Experiment with whole grains other than the common whole wheat & brown rice. Try spelt, quinoa, millet or kamut pasta, bread or grain. source

Protein

To increase protein try mixing a mashed up hard-boiled egg with baby food vegetables such as peas or spinach. source

Toddler tummies

Toddlers don’t need a full serving, nor even a half-sized serving in most cases. They have little tummies that fill up quickly. source

Finger foods

From about 9 months of age you should encourage your baby to eat finger foods source

Balanced diet

Think about ways to combine foods to get an equal amount of protein, starch, & fruits/vegetables in each bite source

Cleaning your plate

Quit the ‘clean-plate club.’ When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they’re less likely to overeat. source

Juice box hero

If you pull up the corners of a juice box it is less likely to spill if your kid squeezes it. source

Grape danger

Grapes are a choking hazard and should ALWAYS be halved before serving to anyone under 3 source

finger foods

From about 9 months of age you should encourage your baby to eat finger foods source