Healthy Snack Tip

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.

Feeding Tip

When baby begins using spoon, offer sticky foods such as thick rice cereal, mashed potatoes, which will not slide off spoon.

Hungry Toddlers

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.

Eating before Treating

Feed your kids a healthy meal prior to trick or treat. Kids will be happier & reduce temptation to devour candy from the first stop.
From: About.com: Child Care

Sippy Cup Tip

If child is unwilling to tip up a sip cup try a reusable straw drink container. Small children tend to suck more readily than tip up a cup

Food Tip

Use a cookie cutter to make interesting shaped sandwiches.
From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Self Feeding

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.

Toddlers and Routines

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.
From: HelpGuide.org

Good Nutrition Tip

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.

Toddler food tip

Instead of using a fork and knife to cut up toddler food try using a pair of scissors.

Introducing table food

Toddlers, who are being introduced to table food & utensils, will make a mess; prepare for it & consider what you use as a floor covering.

Eating a health balanced diet

Be a food role model by eating a healthy, balanced and varied diet. From: Better Health Channel

First year food

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.

How to introduce new foods

When introducing new foods, keep track of them on the calendar so you can track down food allergies.

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Teaching children about portion control

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.

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How to transition from nursing to drinking

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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preventing choking in babies

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.

From: cdc.gov.

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Make fun finger food

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.

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Introducing new foods.

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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Practice food safety

Wash fruits and vegetables, do not eat undercooked meats or poultry or drink unpasteurized milk or juices.

 From: pediatrics.about.com.

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