The toddler phase (ages 1 to 3 years) can often be challenging when it comes to feeding and nutrition. Developmentally, many changes are occurring in your child’s body and mind. This can make mealtime difficult. It is important for parents to provide structure and set limits for toddlers. Here are a couple suggestions that may help manage mealtime:
Always supervise when your child is eating. A choking child may not be able to make noise or get your attention. Encourage chewing and swallowing before talking or laughing and discourage eating while walking or playing or riding in a car.
The following foods can be choking hazards:
Tips to avoid choking:
Even selective or picky eaters can take steps to healthy eating and good food habits. Here are a few tips to help your picky eater: