It is important that children develop healthy eating habits early in life. Here are some ways to help your child eat well and to make meal times easier.
What to Expect:
- After the first year of life, growth slows down, and your child's appetite may change.
- It's normal for your child to eat more on some days and very little on other days.
- A child may refuse to eat in order to have some control in his life.
- A child may be happy to sit at the table for 15 to 20 minutes and no longer.
- A child may want to eat the same food over and over again.
How can I encourage my child to eat more?
- Set regular meal and snack times. Avoid feeding your child in between these times, so that they are hungry at meal and snack times. If you want your child to eat dinner at the same time you do, try to time his snack-meals so that they are at least two hours before dinner.
- Limit juice and milk between meals. Offer water between meals, which will satisfy thirst without spoiling the appetite. Serve drinks at the end of the meal.
- Respect tiny tummies. Keep portion sizes small. Here's a rule of thumb – or, rather, of hand. A young child's stomach is approximately the size of his fist. A good serving size for a young child is 1/2 slice of bread, 1 oz of meat, or 1/4 cup of fruit or vegetable pieces.
- Respect changing appetites. Offer ...