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.
From: La Leche League.
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.
Be a food role model by eating a healthy, balanced and varied diet. From: Better Health Channel
Food for the first year is not important nutritionally because they are drinking breastmilk and/or formula. The first year is really just an introduction to food, and letting them get acclimated to eating solids.
When introducing new foods, keep track of them on the calendar so you can track down food allergies.
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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.
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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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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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.
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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Wash fruits and vegetables, do not eat undercooked meats or poultry or drink unpasteurized milk or juices.
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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