Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is one of the rare fruits containing both beta carotene and vitamin C. It is a great substitute for kids who are not vegetable eaters.

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Offering new foods

Once your baby masters cereal, gradually introduce pureed meat, vegetables and fruits. Offer single-ingredient foods at first, and wait three to five days between each new food.

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Keep food servings small

Wondering how much to offer? Here’s a rule of thumb – or, rather, of hand. A young child’s stomach is approximately the size of his fist.

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Food and lycopene

Usually you might get worried with the fact that your kid eats everything with sauce. Let them continue eating ketchup as it contains a natural cancer fighting compound called lycopene.

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Microwaves and mealtime

If you use your microwave for heating their food at mealtime, be sure to stir well and check for hot spots prior to feeding them.

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Compact bottle warmers

Compact bottle warmers, which plug into the cigarette lighter, will ensure your child’s milk is the right temperature no matter how far you are from the nearest gas station or other roadside shop.

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Power of broccoli

Broccolis are rich in vitamin A and C and with every bite, your child will get healthier and stronger. Many kids like it raw or lightly steamed. You can use the vegetables in other dishes as well.

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Toddler and Cherrios

How many things can you do with your Toddler using Cherrios? Some activities include counting, stringing them together and combine them with M&Ms for a treat.

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Valentine’s breakfast treat

As a valentine’s breakfast treat, make your child’s breakfast pancakes or toast in heart shapes. Heart shaped cookie cutters are best for this, and can be found at your local dollar store.

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Vitamin D from Eggs

Eggs are packed with protein and vitamin D. They help in building muscles and provide calcium to the body. So an egg a day will complete your kid’s diet requirement.

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Foods in first year

There are certain foods that are not recommended for the first year of life, eggs, shellfish, fish, nuts, and peanuts are not recommended.

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Put it in a straw

Blending fruits and vegetables into drinks – with a straw – can often entice children to eat things which would usually make them turn up their noses. And it is an excellent way to sneak in supplements such as, egg powder, wheat germ, yogurt, honey, and peanut butter.

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Choosing foods

If you’re unsure whether your preschooler is going to eat the meal you took time to prepare, choose foods that are easily saved until the next meal or snack time.

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Dipping tip for meals

Most toddlers won’t give up the chance to dip any object in something wet or gloopy.

Cottage cheese, peanut butter or even pureed fruits can offer a way to get carrot or celery batons into the most obstinate youngster.

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Limiting caffeine

Limit food and drink (especially any drinks containing caffeine) before bedtime. Remember, many clear beverages contain caffeine, so check the label.

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Youngsters and snacking

Young children need to snack throughout the day in addition to regularly scheduled meals. Keep the snacks small and provide water instead of juice or milk so your preschooler will be hungry at mealtime.

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Variety of colored foods

Toddlers will notoriously put unusual bite sized objects in their mouths whether they are edible or not. So they are more likely to graze if confronted with a variety of different colored and shaped foods.

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Toddler snacks

Offer breakfast, lunch and supper with a healthy snack mid morning and another mid afternoon helping to provide the energy and nutrition your toddler needs during the day.

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Chilled water treat

A jug of chilled water in the fridge with slices of lemon or a sprig of mint tastes good. Freeze small pieces of chopped fruit in ice blocks and add to his water.

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How toddlers eat

Parents often describe their toddlers as being picky eaters, but it is often hard to know if that it is because they eat small amounts at a time or because they like to eat the same things every day. Both can be normal.

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