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.
- 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.