Do’s And Don’ts Of Feeding Toddlers
By now you probably know that children have choices in everything – toys, clothes, and even food. While you would like to give them all food items they want, it’s important that you also give them what they need. Now, the challenge is to figure out how to balance the two.
So, here are some do’s and don’ts of feeding toddlers:
1. Start Early
You might think that your child is too young to be taught about healthy eating habits. However, if you keep postponing it’ll be too late, and the unhealthy eating will start affecting his/her development. Hence, start inculcating good habits in your child at an early age.
2. Be A Role Model
Monkey see, monkey do. Your kids, either consciously or sub-consciously, learn by imitation. If they see you eat healthy food, they’re likely to imitate you and choose to eat healthy.
3. Use Creative Presentation
A kid’s perception of the food in front of him/her depends a lot on how it looks. So, present the food in fun, colourful ways. You can use different shapes, textures and even tastes.
4. Involve Your Child In Planning Meals
Children feel good when you let them contribute to something. So, when you draw the daily or weekly plan for meals ask for their opinions too. Also, ask them whether they would like to help cook a ‘healthy’ meal.
Not every child has the same appetite. It might also take them a while to know if they are full. To ensure they feel full, you might want to over-feed them. However, don’t give your children a huge portion of food. Just ensure that they have more of healthy food than junk food.
2. Expect Them To Finish Everything
There will be times when your child won’t finish everything on his/her plate. Be patient. If they say they are done, maybe they are.
3. Save Appetite For Dinner
You might think giving them snacks between meals is just going to make them feel full later but not giving food when they feel hungry is not good either. Moreover, kids need more energy, so they feel hungry more often. So, allow healthy snacks in-between.
4. Forbid Treats
Kids tend to do those things that you’ve specifically ask them not to. It’s just their nature. You might want to keep sweets and other treats away from your kids but forbidding it completely is only going to make them want it more. Hence, let them eat treats every once in a while, especially when they finish their healthy meal.
A healthy diet plays a crucial role in your child’s development. Having said that, it might not be possible to provide all the nutrients in the required daily quantities to your children. Add to that the fact that kids generally are finicky eaters. All of this might lead to gaps in their nutrition. You can add Junior Horlicks# to their diet to bridge this gap along with a regular diet. It has 50% higher Protein* and 23 vital nutrients for weight and height gain and nutrients such as DHA, Choline, Iron, etc. helping in brain development.