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new_0_year_baby.pngHelp Me Be Healthy: I am 2

You can trust me to eat the right amount
  • You decide what healthy foods to offer me. I decide which of these foods to eat, and how much.
  • You help me learn to love healthy food.
  • Offer me foods from the 5 food groups.
  • Offer me 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks every day. Try to have them around the same time each day.
  • My tummy is still little. Start with small portions — 2 or 3 tablespoons of each food. If I am still hungry, I will let you know I want more.
  • Don’t worry if I don’t eat. I will eat more on some days than others.
  • If I won’t eat, please do not beg or force me.

  • Make our family meals relaxed
  • I like to be with you. Let’s enjoy eating together. Please turn off all our TVs and cell phones, and take away things that might distract me.
  • I do best when I sit to eat or drink. Put me in my highchair or booster seat at the table with our family.
  • I can eat most of our family foods, just like you. You don’t need to fix special meals for me.
  • Put a little of each food on my plate. I love my small plate, cup, fork, and spoon. They are just the right size for me.
  • Help me to like new foods
  • Keep offering me new foods along with foods I already like, but please don’t force me to eat them. It might take many tries before I taste the new food. I might even like it!
  • I change my mind a lot. I like a food today, but not tomorrow. I might ask for only one food. This is normal. It won’t last long.
  • Let me be hungry for healthy food
  • Do not let me have food or sweet drinks between meals and snacks.
  • Do not let me fill up on juice, tea, punch, soda, or even too much milk.
  • Give me water to drink between meals.
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