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The toddler (ages 1 to 3 years) phase can often be challenging when it comes to feeding. Several developmental changes occur at this time. Toddlers are striving for independence and control. Their growth rate slows down and with this comes a decrease in appetite. These changes can make meal time difficult. It is important for parents to provide structure and set limits for the toddler. The following are suggestions to help manage mealtimes so that the toddler gets the nutrition he/she needs:
  • Avoid battles over food and meals.

  • Don't force your child to eat as toddlers are often afraid of new things.

  • Be realistic about food amounts. Portion size should be about one-fourth the size of an adult portion.

  • Limit juice intake and instead offer plain water.

  • Sweets should not be used as a reward. Try serving it with the rest of the food.

Make the food easy for your toddler to eat:
 
  • Cut food into bite-sized pieces.
  • Serve foods near room temperature.

  • Use a child-sized spoon and fork with dull prongs.

  • Seat your child at a comfortable height in a secure chair.

Prevent choking by:
 
  • slowly adding more difficult-to-chew foods.
     
  • avoiding foods that are hard to chew and/or swallow such as nuts, raw carrots, peanuts.

  • modifying high-risk foods: cut grapes in quarters, and cook carrots until soft.

  • always supervising your child when he eating.

  • keeping your child seated while eating.

Read more about healthy toddler diet and get ideas for meal plans in our next section:

Getting started on eating right

Dealing with fussy eaters

Meal plan for toddlers

8 Tips for a healthy lifestyle

 

 

 

 



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