Written by Pradeep
Toddlers are full of energy and always on the go. It is necessary that they are provided with proper nourishment to maintain their energy and help them grow at a healthy pace. We all know that feeding a toddler is never an easy task. More often than not, they refuse to eat and if they do want to eat, their choices change regularly. It is a part of growing up so you should not worry. Here are some tips that you should keep in mind while feeding your child to ensure that he gets proper nutrition:
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, children tend to get picky. Do not push them into eating what they do not like. You can offer fruits to them by either simply cutting them into slices or by mixing them with milk to make shakes or with cream and custard to make a tasty dessert. Make the child eat with you at meal time so when he sees you eating vegetables, he/she will also get encouraged to eat them. Also give fresh fruit juices to your child. Note that the whole fruits are always a better choice. You can make your child eat various vegetables by making a variety of sandwiches and salads.
Foods rich in iron and protein are also a must for your toddler. Meat, fish, pulses, eggs and nuts are a good source of protein and provide a lot of nutrition. Calcium is another important component that your child must consume alongwith magnesium and potassium. All vitamins, fatty acids and minerals can be included in the toddlers diet by keeping a good balance of all essential nutrients. Do not try to overfeed the child, but feed him on timely intervals. Respect your childs likes and dislikes, and accordingly design/innovate his meals.
Dairy products are very important as they provide calcium to strengthen the bones and teeth of children. You can give your child yoghurt, cheese, paneer, etc. You can also mix fruits or chocolate in the milk to give it a different flavor and make it seem more interesting.
Help your child get the necessary nutrition and have a normal growth pattern by following these simple tips.
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