When to start on solid foods

The recommended age to start solid foods is 4 to 6 mos. Your baby’s motor skills and stage of development will also help determine when he or she is ready.

Forcing children to eat food they don’t like

Do not force your child to eat a particular food item. Allow your child to choose the food that he wants because this may reduce frustration, in encourage independent thinking.

The truth about food allergies

There is no cure for food allergies. They may go away by themselves, but in the meantime the only way to overcome them is to avoid the food altogether.


Special cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

Decorate cupcakes for Valentine’s Day with creamy icing. White icing can be turned into pink with a bit of red food coloring. Kids will be amazed by this as the white icing changes colors.

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A special Valentine’s dinner

Have a special celebration on Valentine’s Day by having banana splits for dinner!

Make sure to have anything a person could desire for toppings and make the meal extra special for the kids.

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Common Allergies

If you or spouse suffer from allergies, or other kids are allergic, you should avoid most common food allergy foods, such as nuts & eggs.

Toddlers and eating fruit

Fruit kebabs are a lot more fun to eat than plain old fruit. Use flavored yogurt or low-fat chocolate pudding for dipping.

Snack food tip

Divvy up boxes of snack foods like crackers, pretzels, and raisins into snack-size zippered bags and keep a picnic basket of bags on the counter so you can grab a few whenever we leave the house.

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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.