Toddler Feeding Tips

Tips for Toddlers to
Encourage Healthy Eating

  • Offer a wide variety of wholesome foods in a supportive, non-pressured setting and according to a regular, predictable schedule.
  • Present new foods at least twice a week.
  • Offer new foods along with old favorites.
  • Serve small, toddler-sized portions to not overwhelm your child.
  • Foods should be easy to chew.
  • Food should be bite-sized.
  • Toddlers like colorful foods.
  • Try changing the meal venue---serve lunch in the playhouse, present the snack as an afternoon tea party.
  • Toddlers enjoy playing with their food; it is a part of learning about it.
  • Let toddlers help in food preparation.
  • Grow a vegetable garden.
  • Eat as a family as often as possible. Kids learn by imitating what they see.
Tips for Toddlers - Have Fun with Food
  • Make food attractive---arrange it in the shape of an animal, a face, etc.
  • Offer limited choices. For example, ask, "Do you want orange juice or apple juice?" instead of "What do you want to drink?"
  • Help ensure that they come to the table hungry.
  • Don't use food to bribe, cure boredom or as a pacifier.
  • A toddler's eating is erratic and unpredictable, but if viewed over several days, will balance out in terms of average daily needs.