Mini-foods are a maxi-hit

Mini sized food is always a hit.Look for mini-pitas that you can stuff and sandwich wrap cut into bite-size pieces

Easy toddler snacks

Easy snacks for toddlers include yogurt, oatmeal, String cheese, raisins and cut up pieces of fruit.

Calories and toddlers

The average toddler needs about 1300 calories a day. Rule of thumb is toddler will need 40 calories each day for each inch of his height.

Milk and tooth decay

Avoid giving bottle with milk or fruit juice to the baby lying in bed. This can develop nursing bottle mouth that may result in tooth decay.

Milk and iron deficiencies

Cow’s milk is low in iron. Drinking a lot of cow’s milk (more than 24-36 oz) also can put a child at risk of developing iron deficiency.

Snacks and mealtimes

To make sure your toddler is hungry at meal time, don’t let him have too much to drink or have a snack too close to meal time.

Choices for mealtime

Children love choices so put out some vegetables, bite-size fruits, cut-up meat, some chickpeas & a bit of pasta with sauce for dinner

First foods

Pediatricians often suggest introducing toddler to veggies first. Steamed green beans, & diced carrots are fun to eat & nutritious

Portion control tip

Offer smaller portions to start & let child ask for more. This lets them feel he has more control rather than you trying to force feed.

Serving sizes for toddlers

The typical serving size for a toddler is about 1/4 of what an adult size serving would be.

Portion control

The idea that children should sit at the table until they ‘clean’ their plate is out of fashion. Instead, children should be taught to recognize when they are full and then stop eating.

Dining schedule for toddlers

Toddlers rarely follow a traditional meal pattern. They tend to need small and regular snacks. This suits small tummy sizes and provides the energy to keep moving all day. The amount eaten at mealtimes, in particular the evening meal, may be smaller than parents would like. However, children can balance the amount of food eaten with exactly how much they need if they are not forced to overeat or finish all the food on the plate.

eye contact tip

Eye contact and calm, soft interactions while feeding aid in digestion as well as in establishing trusting relationships with caregivers.

Prepare for eating out

Keep a tupperware container in the car & take it out when waiting in a restaurant with toddler. Load it with crayons, markers, paper & tape

Sippy cup tip.

If your child is unable or 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 and this will encourage less bottle use!

Table safety tip

Do not place hot fluids on tablecloths in case the child pulls on the tablecloth.

Food clean up tip

After mealtime while your child is still in the high chair – give them a warm washcloth to play with and you’ll be amazed at how much they will have cleaned themselves up after about 10 minutes of playing with it!

Eating out with toddlers

When dining out each parent should try to order something out of either their main entree or sides that the child will like.

This way the child will have a variety of food to eat if he decides he doesn’t like something that night that he usually loves.

Milk for babies, toddlers and kids

Breast milk has all the appropriate vitamins and minerals for babies. Best choice of milk for children after age 1 is ‘whole milk.’ It is recommended to switch to low-fat milk after age 2 or 3.

Emotional attachment to food

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.