While there are no road maps to feeding toddlers, these 12 tips can help them develop good eating habits. Check out these tips from "The Toddler Care Book: A Complete Guide from 1 to 5 Years Old" by Dr. Jeremy Friedman.
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Skip the Drive-Thru
Whenever possible, serve homemade meals rather than prepared or convenience foods. Encourage eating and snacking on fresh fruit and vegetables by having them cut up, ready to eat, and easily accessible.
Limit your toddler's juice intake: 4 ounces, or 1/2 cup (125 mL), a day is plenty. Water is a healthy option if she's thirsty.
Portion Size Matters
Adjust portions to suit your child's comfort level. She can always come back for seconds.
Don't Forget the Iron
Ensure that you are providing an adequate source of iron in your child's diet, particularly in the case of big milk drinkers. Milk is low in iron, and the iron it does contain is poorly absorbed.
To minimize overweight and obesity, model healthy, active living by walking, playing, bicycling, or swimming together as a family.
No TV Dinners
Don't stand for distractions. The television should not be on during mealtimes.
Learn More About the Book
What parents are often not prepared for are the behavioral changes that occur as their child enters the second year of life, and seemingly overnight becomes an opinionated, independent little personality who seems bent on testing their endurance on a daily basis.
That's when they will most need The Toddler Care Book by Dr. Jeremy Friedman. Written with pediatric colleagues from the renowned Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, this book is a thorough reference that provides age-appropriate strategies for dealing with the challenges parents face during the first five years. Designed to be user-friendly, it is chock full of practical information, easy-to-read charts, and helpful sidebars, enriched by more than 250 full-color photographs and illustrations.
Dr. Jeremy Friedman, MB.ChB, FRCP(C), FAAP, is the chief of pediatric medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto.
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