Healthy from the Start by taliwin


How feeding nurtures your young child’s body, heart and mind

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 from the Start
            How feeding nurtures your young child’s
            body, heart and mind

                           Here are some ways to        tines help children look         before he will eat it.
                           help your child become       forward to each meal.
                           a healthy eater:                                              6. Turn off the TV (com-
                                                                                         puters, etc) at mealtime.
                           1. Remember: Meals are            Healthy                              The television
                           about more than food.                                                  can distract
                           They are a time to con-           eating and                           children from
                           nect with your child and
                                                             exercise                    eating. It also takes time

F   eeding is one of a
    parent’s most impor-
tant jobs. It is how we
                           to support her overall
                           development. Talk with
                           your child during meals
                                                             go hand in
                                                                                         away from talking as a

help our children grow     and don’t let her eat             hand.                       7. Healthy eating and
healthy and strong.        alone. This helps build                                       exercise go hand in
But mealtimes are          strong family relation-                                       hand. So make active
about much more than       ships.                       3. Offer 3 to 4 healthy          play a part of everyday
food. Meal and snack                                    food choices (that your          family life.
times give you a chance    2. Create routines           child likes) at each meal.
to help your baby or       around mealtime.             Research shows that
toddler:                   Routines make children       children will choose a
• Learn healthy eating     feel loved and secure.       healthy diet when they
  habits                   Establish regular meal       are offered a selection of
• Feel important and       and snack times begin-       different healthy foods.
  loved                    ning when your child is
• Feel understood and      9-12 months old. Rou-        4. Don’t force your baby
  respected                                             or toddler to eat. This
• Trust that others will                                often results in children
  care for her                                          refusing the food and            8. If you are concerned
• Feel good about her                                   eating less.                     about your child’s weight
  body                                                                                   or activity level, talk to
                                                        5. Don’t give up on new          your child’s health care
                                                        foods! Patience is the           provider. To learn more
 To see full booklet on
                                                        key. You may have to             about feeding and young
 feeding, go to
                                                        offer your child a new           children, visit www.
                                                        food 10 or 15 times    

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 Generously supported by                                                  Endorsed by:

 MetLife Foundation


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