Tips for toddler feeding skills

Tips for toddler feeding skills

Rules to follow for smarter mealtimes

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
toddler feeding skills

Rules you can follow to ensure your toddler learns good feeding skills:

  • Make sure the chair height and utensils fit your child. Food must be seen and reached easily.
  • Have everything ready and close by, so your toddler won't have to wait too long.
  • Allow more time than you think you'll need for mealtime to promote a relaxed atmosphere.
  • NEVER put on "Dinner Theater" or staging a show to coax a child to eat.
  • Minimize the mess:
    • Use a plate with deep sides to ease fork use.
    • No plate needed for finger foods.
    • Use a plastic bib with large food-catching pockets.
    • Put a plastic shower curtain, tablecloth, splat mat, or newspapers under highchair to make clean-up easier.
    • Make a placemat or tray with a circle marked for your toddler's cup, so she/he can see where it belongs. You can also do this for her/his plate.

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