32 The Early Years | Healthy Parents, Healthy Children
•;lets you know when she’s hungry
•;needs to eat when she’s hungry
•;lets you know when she’s full
As parents you need to:
•;help your baby stay calm while feeding
•;watch and respond to your baby's cues that tell you she is hungry or full
The feeding relationship changes as your baby gets older. Children and parents take
on different roles. Children are still responsible for how much they eat. Parents are still
responsible for what food they provide for their children. By the time children are eating a
wide variety of foods with different textures (about 12 months old), parents also become
responsible for where and when their children eat.
In the chapters ahead you’ll find further suggestions about healthy eating for different
age groups. For more information on healthy eating during the first 5 years, visit
Meals are important times for families to connect. Try to have at least 1 family meal
together each day. Even your young baby will benefit from being with you during meals.
Spending this time together helps your family:
•;build strong family relationships
•;develop healthy eating habits
•;develop language and social skills
To protect your child's health, be careful when preparing, cooking and storing food.
For more information about temperatures for cooking and storing foods.
Choking hazards and foods to avoid
Be cautious with certain food textures. Your child's chewing and swallowing skills will
keep developing into the preschool years. Avoid or modify foods that are choking hazards
until she is 4 years old. For more information about what to do if someone chokes, visit
MyHealth.Alberta and enter the key word ‘choking’ in the search box.