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Toddler Nutrition & Feeding

Information for parents about toddler nutrition and feeding including help for picky eaters, sample meal plans, food allergies extended nursing and weaning.
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ChoosingToddler Snacks
Find out more about nutritious snacks for your child.

How to Get Your Child Past the Fussy Food Stage
It's natural for toddlers and two-year-olds to be a bit fussy about food. But don't be too quick to label your child "picky." With a little guidance and some great meals, your child can get past the fussy food stage.

Toddler Nutrition
Find answers to some of the most common questions parents have about finger foods and feeding older toddlers a balanced diet.

Transitioning from High Chair to Booster Chair
Get tips on using a booster chair instead of a high chair for your toddler's feedings

Toddler Food Allergy Facts
Safely introduce foods that are on the list of the big eight food allergies.

Recipe Books for Toddler Meals
Use these recipes to make meals toddlers of every stage will love. From basic purees for younger toddlers to family meals that little ones can enjoy too, it's all here.

Fast Food Kids' Meals for Toddlers
Readers give their reviews of fast food kids' meals for toddlers. See submissions

When Can My Toddler Have Yogurt?
Learn when your child can start enjoying yogurt.

When Should I Introduce a Spoon to My Toddler?
Learn when to introduce the spoon to your toddler.

When Can I Give My Child Honey?
Answers the question about giving children honey, including when it's safe and also discusses the safety of corn syrup.

Calcium, Vitamins D and Fats - Getting Enough Calcium, Vitami…
If your child is allergic to milk, it may take a little planning to ensure that your toddler gets enough fat, calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients.

Toddler Menus
Here is an example of a toddler menu that is between 1,000 and 1,400 calories and fulfills all the daily requirements from the USDA.

The Healthy Baby Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel
Review of the book The Healthy Baby Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel.

What is a Toddler Serving Size of Milk?
Learn how much food constitutes a serving size of milk for your toddler.

What is a Toddler Serving Size?
Learn how much food constitutes a serving size for your toddler.

What is a Toddler Serving Size of Vegetables?
Learn how much food constitutes a serving size of vegetables for your toddler.

What is a Toddler Serving Size of Fruit?
Learn how much food constitutes a serving size of fruit for your toddler.

What is a Toddler Serving Size Meats and Beans?
Learn how much food constitutes a serving size of meats and beans for your toddler.

What is a Toddler Serving Size of Grains?
Learn how much food constitutes a serving size of grains for your toddler.

What is a Toddler Serving Size of Fats and Oils?
Learn how much food constitutes a serving size of fats and oils for your toddler.

What is a Toddler Serving Size of Discretionary Calories?
Learn how many extra calories can be used on sugars, fats and other extras for your toddler.

What Foods Should I Avoid Giving to My Toddler Because of Choking?
Here is a list of foods to avoid giving your toddler because they pose a choking hazard.

What Are the Most Common Food Allergies?
These are some of the most common food allergies and those that are most likely to cause a reaction when you introduce them to your child.

Introducing Eggs - When Can I Give My Toddler Eggs?
When to introduce eggs into your toddler's diet.

Introducing Chocolate - When Can I Give My Toddler Chocolate?
Learn when you can safely introduce chocolate into your toddler's diet.

Introducing Fish - When Can I Give My Toddler Fish?
Learn when you can safely introduce fish into your toddler's diet.

What Was Your Toddler's First Taste of Chocolate?
Parents share what their toddler's first taste of chocolate was and how he reacted.

When Can I Give My Toddler Peanut Butter?
Learn when you can introduce peanut butter into your toddler's diet.

Introducing Tree Nuts - When Can I Give My Toddler Tree Nuts?
Learn when you can safely introduce tree nuts into your toddler's diet.

Introducing Soy - When Can I Give My Toddler Soy?
Learn when you can safely introduce soy into your toddler's diet.

Introducing Finger Foods
Tips and recipes for introducing finger foods to your child.

Introducing Wheat - When Can I Give My Toddler Wheat?
Learn when you can safely introduce wheat into your toddler's diet.

Books on Feeding Your Baby or Toddler
These books can help you get started making your own baby food, planning your baby or toddler's meals, packing a healthy lunchbox and making meals that are friendly to your child as well as the rest of the family.

How to Make Graham Crackers
Toddlers love graham crackers. Here's a simple recipe that is sure to be a hit with your family.

Introducing Food Textures
Techniques and recipes that can help your child learn to adjust to texture in food.

Can I Drink Alcohol and Still Breastfeed?
Learn about the safety and dangers of drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.

How Much Alcohol Can I Have While Breastfeeding? Should I Dump?
A mom asks some good questions about nursing while having a drink. Here are some guidelines to follow and what you should (or shouldn't) do about your breast milk.

To Wean or Not to Wean? That is the Question
An excerpt from the book, Spilled Milk: Breastfeeding Adventures and Advice from Less-than-Perfect Moms, author Andy Steiner discusses with other moms the factors involved in deciding to wean a child from the breast.

Picky Eaters - How I Get My Picky Eater to Eat New Foods
Parents share how they get their picky toddlers to eat new foods.

Cooking for Your Baby by Lisa Barnes
Review of the book Cooking for Your Baby: Wholesome, Homemade, Delicious Foods for 6 to 18 Months by Lisa Barnes.

Introducing New Foods to Toddlers - Am I Being Too Careful?
A mom is worried about introducing new foods to her toddlers like peanut butter, fish, melons and berries. On top of that, her oldest is a picky eater.

Multiple Back-Ups: Vitamins and Your Baby or Toddler
Does your baby or toddler need a vitamin supplement? Learn more about this issue from Dr. Alan Greene, author of Raising Baby Green, who recommends looking at vitamin supplementation as a back-up plan for your child's diet.

Family Meals - How to Handle Picky Eaters
You don't need to make separate meals for picky eaters or eat only kid-friendly foods. These simple strategies show you exactly how to handle picky eaters.

How to Cope with Picky Eaters Ecourse
You'll learn how to cook fruits and vegetables so that picky eaters will gobble them up.

Fruits and Vegetables for Kids
Finding fruits and vegetables that kids will actually eat is a constant challenge for many parents. The 50-Exposures Rule is a way to help get kids to eat vegetables without forcing, bribery, sneaking or shaming. Better yet: It's the best way to help kids develop a lifelong taste for fruits and vegetables.

Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables
Everybody wants kids to eat vegetables. Is sneaking vegetables into their food the best way?

Do you give your child vitamin supplements?

Healthy Habits: Juice and Kids
Should you give your baby juice? Can you give it to them in a bottle? Learn the do's and don'ts of healthy juice habits.

Dinner Ideas for Those Stuck in a Rut
Stuck in a dinnertime rut? Check out some of these dinner solutions from the Babies and Toddlers forum.

Healthy Habits: Fun Food Activities
Fun food activities that will help bring you and your family closer to fruits and veggies.

Converting a Picky Eater
If you've got a picky eater on your hands, Fresh Baby Founders Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers have some tips to help make mealtimes smooth and make sure your child is getting all the nutrition they need.

When Can My Toddler Have Cheese?
Learn when your child can start enjoying cheese.

Gluten Free Playdough

Some children, either due to celiac disease or wheat allergy, need a playdough that is gluten free or wheat free.  Here are several gluten free playdough brands and recipes to keep your child healthy and safe while still learning and having fun.

How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Toddlers love grilled cheese sandwiches. Here's how to make a grilled cheese sandwich that will please your toddler every time.

How to Make Your Own Finger Foods for Toddlers
How to make nutritious finger foods for toddlers to practice feeding themselves.

How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Toddlers love grilled cheese sandwiches. Here's how to make a grilled cheese sandwich that will please your toddler every time.

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