A nutritionally balanced diet for a child is similar to that for the expectant mother. The young baby should be allowed to experiment with new flavors and textures. As long as he is having a mainly milk diet he will be getting the nutrients he needs. As his intake of solid foods increases more attention should be paid to the nutritional content of the foods he is given.

  • Feed the child slowly and let him feed himself if he wants to. Let him play with the food a little.
  • If possible let him have his meals with the rest of the family; It is good social training and he likes the company. Never leave a very small child alone to feed himself – he could choke.
  • Food manufacturers produce a lot of leaflets and booklets to help mothers with feeding information. Some even give free samples. Advice can always be obtained from the Child Welfare Clinic, or the health visitor.
  • Overfeeding is a much more problematic problem than under feeding. Children never starve themselves to death.
  • By the time a child is a year old he will be eating three meals a day, with a mid-morning and afternoon drink. Good food habits are started in childhood and if children are not given crisps, sweets and biscuits between meals, they will not develop a craving for them. Sweets and chocolate should be kept as a rare treat for a child – they only provide 'empty calories' and cause obesity and tooth decay.
  • During the coming two or three years when the child's body is developing rapidly and he is very active, he will need plenty of body-building and energy foods. He knows how much food he needs and his appetite may be erratic; One day he may be too busy to want to eat much, the next day he may eat a large amount. He will also be keen on some foods for a time and then go off them and reply to touch them. This is all quite natural, and the sensible parent will provide a selection of nutritious dishes in small helpings, but not make a fuss ii the child does not eat as the parent thinks he should. Children love to be the center of their parents' attention, and will play on their natural anxiety to draw attention to themselves.
  • A toddler's food can be made to look attractive and desirable by using interesting tableware, and letting it use a bendy straw to drink through.
  • Milk can be colored, or have milkshake powder added to it.
  • A child reliant to eat may be encouraged to have a tea party with his toys, or may eat it if he has helped to make it himself.
  • Sandwiches can be cut into shapes with biscuit cutters, or rolled up into sausage shapes.
  • Vegetables can be arranged on the plate in a pattern, or a face can be made from potato, carrot and a sausage.
  • Potato can be colored and piped onto a dish, and potato crisps can be crumbled up to give a crispy coating.



Source by Babies & Kiddos

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