Tips for Getting Your Toddler To Eat
- Offer new foods at least twice a week, along with old favorites.
- Don't coerce your child to eat, but make it clear that you expect him
to taste new foods. Spitting it out is ok.
- Offer desserts with nutritional value: pudding made with skim milk,
fruit salad, a fruit and yogurt "sundae," whole-grain oatmeal cookies.
- Serve small, toddler-sized portions.
- Foods should be bite-size and easy to chew.
- Toddlers like colorful foods.
- Change the venue: serve lunch in the playhouse or have an afternoon
tea party for snacks.
- Toddlers enjoy playing with their food. It is a part of learning about
it, so, within reason, allow this to happen.
- Let them help in food preparation.
- Grow a vegetable garden.
- Make food attractive -- arrange it in the shape of an animal, a face,
- Offer limited choices. Ask "Do you want orange juice or apple juice?"
instead of "What do you want to drink?"
- Eat as a family as much as possible. Kids learn by imitating.
- Help ensure that they come to the table hungry.
- Don't use food to cure boredom or as a pacifier.
Healthy Snack Ideas for the Toddler on the Go
- small boxes of favorite cereals
- Fig Newtons
- whole wheat, low-salt pretzels
- homemade mini-muffins (Keep a supply in your freezer.)
- peanut butter crackers (Make sandwiches out of whole grain crackers
and natural peanut butter.)
- mini-whole grain bagels
- cheese cubes
- rice cakes
- small juice boxes
- whole grain granola bars
CHOKING HAZARDS: hard candy, chips, olives, popcorn, hot dogs, hard vegetable pieces, grapes, raisins,
cherries and nuts.
Potentially dangerous foods should be sliced small.