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.
For children, who don’t care for milk, add a few drops of food coloring and serve with a straw.
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.
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.
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.
By 12 months, many pediatricians recommend no more night nursings, because you risk cavities.
Feed your kids a healthy meal prior to trick or treat. Kids will be happier & reduce temptation to devour candy from the first stop.
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.
Instead of using a fork and knife to cut up toddler food try using a pair of scissors.
Try to serve at least 1 veggie with each meal. You can alternate between salads & cooked or cut veggies but always serve at least 1.
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.
Do not to let your child overdo it on the chocolate front. A little goes a long way so try to limit your child’s intake, especially if he or she is very young.
You can buy relatively small eggs from most shops; as tempting as it may be to buy your child a giant chocolate bunny, bear in mind that the last thing that you want over Easter is a sick toddler or baby.
Structure your child’s eating so that she has three regular meals a day and two healthy snacks in between meals. Source
Serving up soy milk? Go with the enriched kind, which has added nutrients like calcium, folate, and vitamins A, D & B. Source
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