Healthy eating for kids aged 3-5 –

I'm a bit worried about issues in the bright food and run around especially as a parent you want to make sure each other getting the best oh right the first step is to make sure that you child enjoys meal so you need to create a nice happy family atmosphere a social atmosphere at mealtimes it's important that you eat the foods you want your child to eat because children learn by copying you but it can be difficult to make sure to always have family meals so try and do it as often as you can don't insist your child eats everything up on their plate just offer them small portions so they don't feel overwhelmed and then if they eat it all up you can offer them a little bit more it's important to offer your child a good combination of all the five food groups that way they'll get all the nutrients they need there are rain recommended ranges of portion sizes for toddlers because they eat well sometimes and sometimes they eat less it's good to have a routine of meals and snacks throughout the day because grazing on food all day isn't good and our routine makes a child feel safe and secure and they know what to expect also they wouldn't get enough nutrients out of just three meals so you do need to add in those extra nutritious snacks it's important to offer your child enough drinks each day six to eight is about enough if you offer them with each meal and each snack but you might need to offer more after lots of physical activity or when the weather's very hot three to four ounces is really enough to notice very good choice but if you offer fruit juices or squashes make sure they're very well diluted for their teeth I do find it hard to even provide nutrients of it mean if your child is eating well then they'll get all the vitamins they need except for vitamin D because vitamin D mainly comes from sunshine and not all children get enough of it so the Department of Health recommended and children under five all take a vitamin A and D supplement each day children have different tastes and preferences and it's important to respect those so that you're not forcing a child to eat something they don't like some chart children like wet food and casseroles and things all mixed together other children like it dry food and though sometimes sometimes they like that kept separate on the plate so it's important to offer the food in the way they like it and for the foods they refuse just keep offering them because eventually they will be happy to eat them especially if you're eating in yourself children love spending time with their parents and they really enjoy their attention and praise so use these as rewards for your child don't use food because then you make those foods you're using more valuable and that's usually the opposite of the healthy eating message you want to teach them there are certain foods that you need to limit and others that you need to completely avoid when feeding toddlers and so it's a good idea to note these down you and the final step is about keeping your child physically active for about three hours a day but your child needs to have about 12 hours sleep a day and that's important for their growth and the other thing to limit is TV and computer time and keep it to less than one hour a day so these 10 steps are a guide for you to try and follow each day remember small changes can make a big difference

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