When introducing new foods, keep track of them on the calendar so you can track down food allergies.
Place only a small amount of food in your child’s plate.
It may be good to start with one tablespoon of food for each kind of dish. If he cleans his plate, it will give him a sense of accomplishment. A child can always ask for a second serving, if he wishes to eat more.
Allow your toddler to identify when they have had enough – this teaches them to listen to their body. source
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
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
27 per cent of toddlers are fussy eaters, 22 per cent of them have parents who admit to being fussy eaters too. source
Don’t use lollies, sweets or desserts as bribes for eating other foods. source
Fruit provides essential vitamins & minerals. To reap the nutritional benefits, aim to eat a variety of fruits like berries, melon & oranges source
Experiment with whole grains other than the common whole wheat & brown rice. Try spelt, quinoa, millet or kamut pasta, bread or grain. source
To increase protein try mixing a mashed up hard-boiled egg with baby food vegetables such as peas or spinach. source
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
Think about ways to combine foods to get an equal amount of protein, starch, & fruits/vegetables in each bite source
Quit the ‘clean-plate club.’ When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they’re less likely to overeat. source
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