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Heidi Sosa Padilla, RD, CD

Heidi Sosa Padilla, RD, CD

Registered Dietitian

Heidi Sosa Padilla is a Registered Dietitian at Swedish in the pediatrics and neonatal intermediate care units and also sees outpatients in Pediatric Specialty Care. She received her Bachelors Degree in Dietetics at Bluffton University in Ohio and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She has been at Swedish since 2002.

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Family Meals with Young Children

Many parents don’t realize how much eating meals together as a family helps their children’s development and well-being in addition to being known to reduce the risk of obesity and improve the nutrition of children. Eating meals together is a valuable lesson and practice in sharing. By eating the same foods, hearing about someone else’s day, and telling stories, kids learn to compromise and show respect. Sitting around the table with the family is a great setting for children to see how they are a part of something bigger than just themselves.

When you have young children, it is a key time to start eating meals as a family and develop this lifetime habit. Even babies old enough to sit in a high chair but not old enough to eat everything everyone else is eating will benefit from joining the family at the table.

Here are some tips to make mealtimes more pleasant with young ones:

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