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 #7: Using Food as a Reward
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Mistake #7: Using Food as a Reward

This technique typically rewards the kids by using high-fat, sugary foods. It may seem like the easy way out now, but it’s sending the tot down the wrong path of not-so-healthy eating habits. Also, using sweets as a reward gives the child the idea that sweet food is desirable, where as other healthier food is not. 

Instead: Reward your child for good behavior (not for eating their veggies) with non-food items like a trip to the park, a bubble bath, or extra play time.




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