Toddlers develop an emotional attachment to food. Do not overfeed your toddler with snackfoods and other unhealthy foods. This will help develop good eating habits for life.
When dining out, if you want a dessert but you know your child is on the edge of throwing a temper tantrum because they have been seated for too long, try ordering your dessert to go.
For children, who don’t care for milk, add a few drops of food coloring and serve with a straw.
Do not offer hard candy, nuts or popcorn to children under age four. Cut grapes, hot dogs, carrots and such into small pieces to avoid choking.
Introduce one new food at a time. Add another new food after four or five days. Waiting allows the baby to get used to new flavors and allows you to identify any problem foods easily if allergic reactions occur.
Never drink hot objects while your child is sitting on your lap. Sudden movements can cause a spill.
Take a blindfolded taste test with you kids and sample some favorite foods. Then the table turn and mom and dad to take the test.
Order food for your kids right when you sit down in a resturant. Ask for it to be brought out first. This keeps the little ones busy, fed and happy.
Make a variety of healthy foods available. Keep plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks and healthful beverages around and easily accessible so kids become used to reaching for them when they’re hungry.
When baby begins using spoon, offer sticky foods such as thick rice cereal, mashed potatoes, which will not slide off spoon.
If your child is well-rested but is beginning to act up more than usual, make sure it hasn’t been too long since his or her last meal or snack. Your toddler may be hungry without realizing it, and if this is the case, a healthy snack may be all that is needed.
Feed your kids a healthy meal prior to trick or treat. Kids will be happier & reduce temptation to devour candy from the first stop.
If child is unwilling to tip up a sip cup try a reusable straw drink container. Small children tend to suck more readily than tip up a cup
Use a cookie cutter to make interesting shaped sandwiches.
Self-feeding can begin at 6mos, as soon as baby can pick up bits of mashed potato or banana, well-cooked thin carrot slices or baby peas.
Have regular family meals. Children need routines. Knowing dinner is served at approximately the same time every night and that the entire family will be sitting down together is comforting, which also enhances appetite, and provides a perfect opportunity for your children to share what’s on their minds.
Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
Instead of using a fork and knife to cut up toddler food try using a pair of scissors.
Toddlers, who are being introduced to table food & utensils, will make a mess; prepare for it & consider what you use as a floor covering.
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