Does your toddler eat his food happily? Feeding
toddlers is a daunting task for parents as they are very choosy. Toddlers are
at growing stage and they need to develop healthy eating habits for proper
growth and development. Read on to get
interesting tips on feeding toddlers.
It is vital you take proper care and caution when you
feed a toddler. Toddlers are often choosy. They have some rigid preferences and
selection and you will find that at times they do not readily accept new food
items. Till the toddler is one year old, you need to feed him small amount of
food and once the child completes his first birthday, the growth is rapid.
You need to develop healthy eating habits in your
toddler as soon as possible and researchers are of the opinion that actual
eating habit develops right at this age. So, concentrate on increasing the
intake of fruits and vegetables and minimize the intake of fried and fast food.
This is the right time to introduce family food and style so that he gets used
to this type of food and eating style.
Tips on What Should a Toddler Eat
Nutrition β pay attention to giving at least
one fully nutritious meal to your child once he is one year old. Before that
you can feed him with high protein and carbohydrate food items. Remember, your
toddler will not eat three full meals daily. You will have to feed him
different types of foods so that he gets full nutrition by the end of the day.
Usually before one year, you need to pay attention to food that is low in salt,
sugar and fat content.
Fruits and Vegetables β In addition to foods,
you should pay attention to fruits and vegetables avoiding added salt and
sugar. Add fruits during the later half of the morning or evening because you
will find that toddlers eat readily and properly in breakfast.
Balanced Meal β Prepare balanced meal and
healthy snacks for your toddler. If you find that he dislikes milk during
breakfast, you can give him other milk products like cheese, yogurt or
something else that he likes to have. Pay more attention to the likings of your
toddler and feed him accordingly. If your child likes the food he will be able
to have a good quantity and the food will have positive impact on his health
Plan β Work out a plan for your toddler so
that you feed him with different types of food and also encourage him to take
varieties of food as well. Start with simple and mashed food items. Try to
steam the vegetables and pulses that you introduce. This will help you take
utmost care of the diet and nutrition of your toddler.
Natural and Homemade Food β Try to give your
child natural and homemade food and avoid tinned and packaged food items as far
You might face problems and your toddler may refuse
to eat a specific food item after sometime. Do not panic. It is obvious and
quite natural. Just make some changes here and there. Also, do not add new food
items every now and then. Let your child get accustomed to one type of taste.
Secondly, do not force your child to eat if he is not
hungry or refuses to eat.
Make the servings small and avoid giving big
Try to introduce oatmeal cereals as early as
possible as they are very good and healthy to start a day with. Do not worry
about how much your toddler should eat. Remember, every child is different and
if the mental and physical growth of your child is normal, you need not worry