From about 9 months of age you should encourage your baby to eat finger foods source
Enjoy dinner around the table with the television off and all family members present. source
Burp, burp & keep burping your baby. Whether you breast or bottle-feed, a good pat on your baby’s back can work wonders. source
The best time to eat out at a restaurant with a toddler is early in the evening, rather than risk the heavy crowds. Source
Give your toddler shelf space. Reserve a low shelf in the refrigerator for a variety of your toddler’s favorite foods Source
Choose a booth when dining with a tot. It is much easier to contain a wiggly toddler inside a booth than it is at a table. Source
Putting nutritious, familiar favorites on top of new and less-desirable foods is a way to broaden a finicky toddler’s menu Source
When dining w/a toddler, research the menu to save time before ordering & help prepare child for the restaurant visit. Source
A toddler’s eating is erratic & unpredictable, but if viewed over days, will balance out in terms of average daily needs. Source
Offer limited choices. For example, ask, ‘Do you want orange or apple juice?’ instead of ‘What do you want to drink?’ Source
Trust child’s appetite if he is growing normally. Never force child to clean his plate. This can lead to unhealthy eating habits more info
One reason why toddlers don’t like to sit still at the family table is that their feet dangle. Try sitting on a stool while eating. more info
Buy child-size plates with separate compartments. Some toddlers do not like when foods mix together. more info
Youngster would rather drink than eat? Make a smoothie. Mix milk, fruit & supplements like yogurt & peanut butter more info
Toddlers like spreading. Show how to use a table knife to spread cheese, peanut butter onto crackers or toast.
Encourage your child to try ‘grown-up’ fare. Lids are willing to try a new food if they see mommy enjoying it
Most toddlers like to feed themselves, so give them lots of chances.
Toddlers will often want to try what their parents are eating and that is a good opportunity to get them to try some new foods
Offer child foods that pack lots of nutrition into small doses.
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