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Feeding Your Child (1-5 Years)

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Is your child eating enough? Too much? The right foods? As the caregiver you are responsible for offering a healthy diet. Your child is responsible for how much they eat. This guide will help you navigate feeding your child a healthy balanced diet.

Meal Time Tips

  • Involve your child in food shopping and meal preparation. Children are more interested in eating when they take an active role.
  • Limit snacks close to meal time as this decreases appetite for the main meal
  • Limit distractions during meal time. Children this age are very active and distractions will make it hard for them to focus on eating their meal.
  • Have a routine. This will help your child feel comfortable at meal time and promote good appetite.
  • Eat meals as a family. This teaches your child good eating habits and manners through modeling.
  • Do not force your child to clean their plate. A toddler’s appetite changes regularly. It is important to remember that they will eat varying amounts from day to day.
  • A good serving size reference is 1 tablespoon per year of age
  • Do not offer desserts as a prize for finishing dinner. This can increase your child’s sweet tooth and decrease their interest in the main meal.
  • Offer new foods with well-liked foods.
  • If your child does not want to eat a new food, ask them to try one bite but do not force them to eat the whole portion. Forcing your child to eat a food can cause negative feelings towards the food and decrease their chances of liking it in the future.

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    Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

    Reviewed: 02/2018

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