Refusing to eat

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

fussy eaters

27 per cent of toddlers are fussy eaters, 22 per cent of them have parents who admit to being fussy eaters too. source

Bribery for good eating

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


To increase protein try mixing a mashed up hard-boiled egg with baby food vegetables such as peas or spinach. source

Toddler tummies

Toddlers don’t need a full serving, nor even a half-sized serving in most cases. They have little tummies that fill up quickly. source

Finger foods

From about 9 months of age you should encourage your baby to eat finger foods source

Balanced diet

Think about ways to combine foods to get an equal amount of protein, starch, & fruits/vegetables in each bite source

Cleaning your plate

Quit the ‘clean-plate club.’ When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they’re less likely to overeat. source

Juice box hero

If you pull up the corners of a juice box it is less likely to spill if your kid squeezes it. source

Grape danger

Grapes are a choking hazard and should ALWAYS be halved before serving to anyone under 3 source

finger foods

From about 9 months of age you should encourage your baby to eat finger foods source

Food preferences

Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety. source

Eating together

Enjoy dinner around the table with the television off and all family members present. source


Burp, burp & keep burping your baby. Whether you breast or bottle-feed, a good pat on your baby’s back can work wonders. source

Eating out with a toddler

The best time to eat out at a restaurant with a toddler is early in the evening, rather than risk the heavy crowds. Source

Toddler shelf space

Give your toddler shelf space. Reserve a low shelf in the refrigerator for a variety of your toddler’s favorite foods Source

Choose a booth

Choose a booth when dining with a tot. It is much easier to contain a wiggly toddler inside a booth than it is at a table. Source