Some days I’m at acomplete loss to get mytoddler to eat anything.
How can I get her to eatmore?
Kimberlee Brooks, an Alberta
Health Services dietitian in
Medicine Hat, offers parents this advice:
“You are responsible for what your
child is offered to eat and when and
where it will be served. Your toddler
is responsible for eating the food, or
Brooks also offers these guidelines.
When introducing a new food, offerit in small amounts at the start of themeal. Encourage your toddler to touchhis food with his fingers and take a bite.Try preparing new foods in differentways: raw, steamed or mashed. It
Getting your toddler to eat
For more tips on toddlers and eating,visit the dietitians of Canada website:
a toddler accepts a new food. Havepatience.
Try foods in different shapes. Forexample, rotini is easier for toddlers tomanage than spaghetti.
Limit sweets. Instead, focus onhealthy foods with a naturally sweettaste, such as fruit. Whole fruit cutin small pieces or in a smoothie ispreferable to juice. If you offer juice,limit it to ½ cup (125 ml) a day.
Make food fun and interesting.Giving foods an entertaining namemay make it more likely for yourtoddler to try them. Let your toddlerparticipate in food preparation, evenif he pretends to cook his food in a toypot.
Offer foods regularly. For toddlers
this can mean three meals and two or
three snacks a day, with two to three
hours between eating. Between meals
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and snacks, offer only water. If yourtoddler won’t eat her supper and thenwants food an hour later, let her knowshe has to wait until snack time.
Avoid serving milk or juice beforemeals and snacks. Often toddlers fillup on liquids and have no room fornutrient-dense, solid foods.
Make food the focus of mealtime.Turn off the TV, stereo or radio. Removetoys and sit down together. Brooks saysthat this will help your toddler learnwhen it’s time to eat and to feel safeabout eating.
— Jeanie Vanderwell