Are you wondering what’s best for your toddler diet? Do you worry that he or she doesn’t eat enough? Or maybe he/she eats too much. You may totally confused and unsure of what to even feed your child with; you may have tried all you can but she still looks slim an “malnourished”. Whatever your question might be, the answer is here, right in front of you.
1. Do not feel overwhelmed, your toddler may be healthy even though he is not eating enough in your opinion
Firstly you need to understand that toddlers have a natural ability to sense when they are hungry and when they are full. They will gradually begin to eat what the family eats if they are offered the same food and encouraged to try it. Low-fat or controlled diet is not recommended for toddler as they may result in poor growth. And most of the bad habits they exhibit are also natural:
2. Picky eating, grazing and snacking, preference for pureed foods, are all common toddler habits
Picky eating, delay in self-feeding, grazing and snacking, preference for pureed foods or difficulty with chewing, overeating, fussy eating meal-time tantrums and food refusal and reduced intake of food or reliance on drinks are all common habits of toddlers.
This different attitudes show up either at the point when the toddler is having a slow growth rate and needs less food, the need for small food that provides adequate energy or just to show independence. But forcing the child to eat can cause him to develop the habit of overeating.
3. A toddler diet need more fat and less fibre than and adult
A healthy diet for a toddler differs from that of an older child or an adult due to the fact that toddlers need more fat and less fibre than that recommended for others. While cooking you are advised to Use some butter, margarine and oils. Merely wholegrain foods are too filling for toddlers, so it is recommended that you give a mixture of white and some whole meal/wholegrain breads and cereals. Also give toddlers small servings of cake and biscuits with fruit for some puddings
4. Toddler diet may need a vitamin A & D supplement each day
And most importantly give toddlers a vitamin A & D supplement each day to enhance for normal growth and development and to prevent rickets. It is especially important for fussy eaters, toddlers of African, African-Caribbean and South Asian origin and those living in the northern areas of the UK. Vitamin drops usually include vitamin C which helps with the iron absorption.
5. Toddlers need a positive role model by eating a healthy, balanced and varied diet
As parents, you are required to decide what food and when to offer it, but it is crucial that the child decides whether or not to eat and how much they’ll eat. Remember that children eat when they’re hungry. Be a positive role model by eating a healthy, balanced and varied diet together as a family. Serve the same foods as the family eats, so that can be used to it. Let children feed themselves and give help if needed: it makes the whole process exciting for them. Enjoy family meals together at a table, so that they can imitate others. Make sure during meals the environment is. Keep distractions like the TV away. Continuously offer encouragement, but try not to apply force.
To reduce the risk of choking, safety suggestions include:
- Make sure there is adequate supervision.
- Make sure your child is always seated while eating to avoid chocking and falling.
- Substitute small hard foods such as nuts, raw carrot, hard lollies and popcorn lightly steamed vegetable sticks with because they can swallow them wrongly.
Any other problem you may have is best reported to a doctor.