Nutrition for Toddlers and Preschoolers

How to Feed Toddlers and Preschoolers
  • With time and practice, kids will learn to eat a variety of foods. Adults can help to make learning about food and eating feel safe and comfortable.
  • Adults decide what foods to offer, and when and where to serve meals and snacks.
  • Kids decide how much to eat, and which foods to choose from what is provided.
  • Eating together is good for adults and kids, and supports healthy eating.

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What to Feed Toddlers and Preschoolers
  • Balanced meals include foods from 3 or 4 food groups; balanced snacks contain foods from 2 food groups.
  • Offer milk or water with meals and snacks. Between times, offer water.
  • Avoid foods that are a choking risk until children are at least 4 years old.

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