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Health Information For Parents
My 2-year-old used to be a pretty good eater. But now she’s going through a phase where she won’t even try the vegetables I serve. How can I get more veggies into her mouth and off the floor? – Mila
As most parents know, there are two things you can’t force a child to do: eat and sleep. This is especially true of toddlers, who often assert their independence through eating — or not eating — the foods you put on their plates.
Many toddlers turn their noses up at vegetables. But don’t give up — with time and patience, even the pickiest eaters can find several veggies they like (and a few they even love!).
Here are some tips that might help:
One thing to keep in mind when serving fresh fruit and veggies: Raw vegetables and hard fruits can be a choking hazard for young children. Be sure to cook them well, and thinly slice or cut them into small enough pieces so that they’re not a choking risk.
By anticipating problems and offering choices, you can teach your toddler healthy eating habits and avoid power struggles about food.
Toddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.
Some toddlers may seem too busy exploring to slow down and eat. Others may be fickle about food or refuse to eat at mealtime. That’s where healthy, well-timed snacks come in.
Here are 10 simple tips to help you raise kids who develop healthy eating habits!
Make mealtimes more pleasant and less stressful for everyone by learning how to handle a picky eater.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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