Feeding Toddlers: 8 Common Mistakes Parents Make

A picky eater or a toddler that won’t eat at all can be frustrating for a parent. You may have read a stack of books or asked fellow parents what they have done, but feeding your child is not a one-size-fits-all process. Here’s how to avoid feeding pitfalls and keep your child on track with lifelong healthy eating habits. By: Toby Amidor, MS, RD

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Mistake #3: Insisting on Finishing Their Plates
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Mistake #3: Insisting on Finishing Their Plates

Parents typically give larger portions than necessary or serve snacks (especially juice) too close to meal time. 

Instead: Aim for 1 tablespoon per age of your child for each dish (about 2 or 3 dishes). So a 2-year-old child should receive 2 tablespoons each of carrots, rice, and meatloaf. Also, serve snacks about 1½ to 2 hours before mealtime. Instead of focusing on a clean plate, encourage eating until they’re full.




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