Shaping life-long eating habits

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  • Eating meals with your child is a great time to be a good role model and help him build good eating habits.
  • Using a positive feeding approach can help positively influence his eating habits.

How you feed is just as important

Toddlerhood can be a challenging time when it comes to healthy eating habits. Moms who seem to be successful in getting their child to eat a varied and nutritious diet are adopting some of these practices:

  • Taking the time to sit and eat with their child.
  • Acting as a good role model by eating healthy foods themselves.
  • Having reasonable expectations of what and how much their child will eat.
  • Giving their child choices, but limiting unhealthy options.
  • Involving their child in preparing meals.
  • Being consistent with their approach to feeding — not demanding one minute and relenting the next.
  • Making mealtimes pleasant and fun.
  • Rewarding their child with praise, high-fives and hugs — not candy and snacks.

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