Feeding Suggestions for Toddlers

Toddler Feeding

Finger foods are always great for toddlers, and your toddler will also begin to learn how to feed himself with a spoon and fork. Many babies prefer to eat foods which they can pick up and feed themselves, rather than foods that must be spooned to them. A lot of babies would rather have food right off the table than the blander-tasting baby foods.

Prior to twelve months, your baby's primary source of nutrition should still be breast milk or formula.  It is often said "food under one is just for fun."  And we recommend baby-led weaning as a great way to introduce your baby to foods.  If you re wondering how to do baby-led weaning, we can help you with a one-on-one consultation.

After the age of twelve months, continue to be on the lookout for any allergic reactions to new foods and keep in mind that the choking hazard is still very real. Supervise your toddler’s meals in case of choking, and continue to avoid foods such as popcorn, hard candies, hot dogs, jelly beans, chunks of carrots, grapes, raisins, and nuts. Cut or finely chop such foods, or simply wait until your baby gets older.

Toddlers should be offered a variety of foods. They can eat the same things as the rest of the family. Foods rich in protein, calcium, and iron, along with fruits and vegetables, breads, etc. should be made available on a routine basis. Serve the most healthful foods possible, but don’t expect your toddler to eat a big meal at each sitting. Most children, when offered nutritious meals and snacks and allowed to eat what they wish, will meet their nutritional requirements over several days or even a week. Don’t let your child fill up on empty-calorie snacks, but don’t force him to eat when he doesn’t want to.

Many toddlers eat better when they have food available throughout the day, rather than just at a few set times (see grazing). Simply offer your toddler nutrient-dense snacks throughout the day (cut-up vegetables, bite-sized pieces of fruit, hard-boiled-egg slices, yogurt, whole wheat breads and cereals, cheeses) and let him eat what he wants. Some parents have had good luck with Dr. William Sears’ suggestion of a “nibble tray,” where you fill a tray (like an ice cube tray, muffin tin, etc.) with several types of healthy foods and leave it out for your toddler to nibble on throughout the day.

Source: https://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/toddler-foods/

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