Feeding your toddler

Feeding your toddler

9 Tips to remember when giving food to your little one

Lucille Beseler, RDN

Is co-author of Nurturing with Nutrition and a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representing over 100,000 Nutrition professionals, while also active as a clinical dietitian in South Florida.

Article in collaboration with: Melanie Bazarte, PhD
  • A toddler serving is usually a third to half an adult's portion.
  • A toddler can't eat very much at one sitting, and may eat only 1 1/2 – 2 meals a day.
  • Be patient and flexible in your approach to your toddler's eating.
  • Food fads or jags are common, short-lived, and not worth concern. Ride them out.
  • If your child regularly eats something from each of the food groups, he's likely to get all the needed nutrients over the span of a month.
  • Mealtime should never be a power struggle.
  • Refusing certain foods while eating others to excess is typical toddler behavior.
  • Always remember, eating is your child's responsibility.
  • Children copy adults: be a healthy role model and eat nutritious food in a mannerly way yourself.

Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN

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