Moms know how difficult it
can be to feed a toddler – there’s no one particular meal that all toddlers
Before transitioning to table
foods, most toddlers ate simple baby foods consisting of vegetables, fruits,
and meats. Since their diet was basic, most toddlers will prefer their
table foods basic,
without butter or sauces. Adding butter and salt to a toddler’s diet is
unnecessary and results in excess calories.
If your toddler sees you
eating fruits and vegetables, he or she will more than likely want to eat them
too! If a toddler doesn’t have access to junk foods, they won’t be eating them
until they’re old enough to eat with
other children at parties or in school.
Fruit juices should be
limited. They are not particularly nutritious (unless made fresh
from home) and are extremely filling, leaving little room for more substantial
food. Toddlers should be encouraged to drink water between meals and snacks.
Activities and Programs
Toddlers have a ton of energy and
are very active on their own with jumping, running, dancing, crawling and
climbing on furniture. If you feel that your child is a bit too sedentary, you
can get them moving with basic energetic activities like playing tag,
hide-and-go-seek or Simon Says.
Toddlers are also fascinated
by balls. Playing throw
and fetch with a toddler will help develop their hand and eye coordination. A trip
to the zoo can also provide a toddler with plenty of exercise –
perhaps more than your toddler requires, so be sure to bring a stroller in case
For rainy day fun and exercise
, you can create an
obstacle course for your toddler to climb over using various pieces of
furniture such a chairs, coaches and beanbags. Exercise videos geared towards
toddlers are also available. Opportunities for toddler activity
are practically everywhere.
Just let your imagination – and your toddler’s -- run wild!