Toddler Nutrition: Dealing with Picky Eaters, What to Feed Toddlers - FamilyEducation

Feeding and Nutrition

Get tips, resources, and expert advice on a healthy diet for your toddler. Learn how to deal with picky eaters and what to feed tots for strong growth and development.

Are You Raising a Picky Eater?

Are dinner wars getting you down? Do you have trouble finding anything that your child will eat? Take this quiz and discover what you can do to avoid raising a picky eater. read more

Children's Vitamins and Colds

Find out when it's advisable to give a four-year-old vitamin supplements. read more

Day Care Cuisine

Day Care Cuisine With more mothers working full or part time, childcare is a fact of life for most families. Nearly 13 million American preschoolers are enrolled in childcare programs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That means that more than 60 percent of the nation's children ages six and under are supervised during the day by someone other than a parent. As of 1995, a third of the infants and preschoolers enrolled in childcare programs participated in center-based care, while 20 percent were cared for in home-based programs. read more

Encouraging Good Eating Habits in Toddlers

Encouraging Good Eating Habits in Toddlers At this stage, baby will discover his favorite foods, and trying to get him to eat anything else becomes a challenge. I know this because Michael was stuck on macaroni and cheese for four years and Brandon still wants Bagel Bites as a side dish at age eight. Oops! Teach your child to feed himself by letting him feed himself. It gets messy, but be patient. Eventually the mess will probably bother your child more than you! Yay! read more

Expanding Your One to Three-Year-Old's Diet

Expanding Your One to Three-Year-Old's DietEven though he's only one or two years old, it's never too early to help a child begin to develop healthy eating habits. You can do this in part by offering a variety of nutritious foods that are appropriate for your child's developmental stage. For the most part, you can put away the baby food now. After age one, your child can eat just about anything, as long as he's not allergic to it, and as long as it's in kid-friendly form—either pureed, mashed, or cut into small pieces. read more

Feed Me

Feed MeTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Finger food Directions When your baby is eating finger food, say, "Can I have some?" and guide a hand to your mouth.Eat in an exaggerated and playful manner as you enjoy the gesture of sharing. Extensions Take turns feeding each other.Pretend to feed toy animals or dolls. read more

Feeding Your One-Year-Old

Feeding Your One-Year-Old Feeding an older baby can be challenging. The following tips help make the job easier.Your baby loves to learn new tricks and show off. If you make her the same food you are eating, you will probably see a new side of your baby. Babies begin to use a cup around one year of age. Some can hold it themselves, and some just need a little help. Either way, once you show them how, they will probably want to do it themselves. read more

Feeding Your Preschooler

Feeding Your Preschooler As your child moves toward six, his nutrient needs continue to evolve into a more adultlike diet. Pound for pound, youngsters require less energy with increasing age. Since the amount of fat kids need to flourish depends on their calorie intake, fat requirements gradually go down with advancing age, too. In fact, now is a good time to start nudging your child toward a lower fat diet. Parents often find daily guidelines for fat and calorie intake helpful because they provide a benchmark for a child's progress. read more

Fending Off Preschooler Food Fits

Fending Off Preschooler Food FitsNow that he can better communicate his eating preferences, your child may hassle you more than ever about eating. Children who regularly refuse food at mealtimes or demand diversions such as television and toys in order to eat are prone to what I have come to call food fits: They use food to gain attention and to manipulate their parents and caregivers. When adults chronically cave in to crying, screaming children, they perpetuate this behavior. Children crave attention of any type. read more

Getting to Know Food

Getting to Know Food The objects on the trees were apples, but how would Hayley have known? Until her first outing to a local farm, she thought apples came in a bag from the supermarket. Few of us grew up on a farm, but it seems like we know more about where food comes from than our children do, or will in the future. In this grab-and-go world, highly processed convenience foods are the norm for kids, who often don't have a clue about the origins of what they are eating. read more

Nutrition for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Nutrition for Toddlers and Preschoolers Children in their toddler and preschool year are very impressionable, which makes it the perfect time to help them form good eating habits. Children are never too young to establish a foundation of good nutrition and healthy eating habits. Toddlers and preschoolers grow at a slower rate than infants. They need enough energy or calories to fuel their active play and their various stages of growth, but they do not need adult-size portions. Large portions can overwhelm their small appetites and are too big for their small stomachs. read more

One to Three Years: Dietary Milestones

One to Three Years: Dietary MilestonesYou may think of him as such, but your child is no longer a baby in the strict sense of the word. He's a toddler now, and the name fits kids ages one through three. Talk about rough and tumble! Once standing becomes old hat, toddlers try their luck at walking, and have their share of spills. Making your way around the room with feet planted wide apart for support is never smooth sailing. read more

Son Won't Drink Milk

When your child refuses to drink regular milk, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. read more

Toddler and Preschooler Nutrition Quiz

What do you know about toddler and preschool nutrition? Test yourself on some of the more common food and nutrition myths. read more

Top 9 Choking Foods

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), one child dies every five days from choking on food, making it the leading cause of death in children ages 14 and under. The AAP is calling for the food industry to change the design and labels of foods that pose a choking risk to young children. Read on to discover the biggest choking hazards, and find ways to make them a little safer for your child. Looking for more tips? read more

Troubleshooting a Preschooler's Eating

Troubleshooting a Preschooler's Eating As kids get older, they tend to accept new foods more easily. I've noticed that Hayley, who is nearly six, has become more adventurous in the past year. There are strategies to improve nutrition while you are waiting for your child to be more accepting of a wide range of foods. Here are some of the most common roadblocks to good nutrition, and some simple solutions. Your Child Won't Eat Vegetables read more

Two-Year-Old Refuses to Eat

Two-and-a-half-year-olds really want to have control over something -- and what they eat is the number one control issue. read more