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    new_0_year_baby.pngHelp Me Be Healthy: I am 3 1/2
    My stomach is still little.
  • Start with about 3 tablespoons of each food. Let me ask for more.
  • I like to make some choices. Let me choose between healthy foods.
  • I get hungry between meals. A healthy snack helps me get what I need to grow and learn. Pick foods from the 5 food groups.
  • Don’t worry if I don’t eat a meal or snack. I will eat more on some days than others. Please don’t beg me to eat or fix other food for me.
  • Too much sugar fills me up, but does not give me what I need to grow healthy. Please give me fruit to eat. It tastes sweet and is good for me, too.
  • Praise me with words, not food. Do not use food to reward or punish me. These words are the best reward: “I am proud of you!” “You did a good job!” “ Thank you!”


    Make our family meals relaxed

  • I want to help. Let me set the table with you. I can count the plates, cups, and forks.
  • Please let me serve myself. I can spoon food from a large bowl onto my plate.
  • Please turn off all of our TVs and cell phones while we eat. Let’s focus on our family and our food.
  • It is okay if I don’t eat a food. It takes me many tries to see if I like something. Please be sure to try that food with me again.
  • I need to sit down while I eat or drink. Let me sit in my booster seat at the table.
  • Give me a small spoon or fork and a small plate and cup. I may still be a little messy when I eat. I am learning!
  • Let’s wash our hands together before and after we eat.


  • Help me to enjoy vegetables


  • I want to eat foods that taste good and are healthy, so I can play and grow!
  • You are my teacher. If you eat many kinds of vegetables, I will learn from you.
  • Let’s try some raw vegetables. I can eat broccoli flowers dipped in salad dressing.
  • If I am hungry between meals, let me eat some vegetables or fruit.
  • I can learn to eat vegetable soup or salad with dressing. I will be messy. Please tell me you are proud of me for trying.


  • Let’s play


  • Let’s jump in and out of a hula hoop.
  • Let’s pretend I can hop like a frog or gallop like a horse.
  • I am ready for a tricycle now.
  • Can we make an obstacle course that I can go over, under, around, and through?
  • Let’s walk to the playground with our friends and swing on the swings.


  • Help me keep my smile bright


  • Take me to the dentist twice a year.
  • Let me start brushing my teeth each day. Then you brush them too, for hard to reach spots.
  • Get me a small toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • I need just a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste. Remind me to spit out the toothpaste.
  • Please floss my teeth once a day to clean between them.
  • Sugary drinks can hurt my teeth. Let me drink water instead of punch, tea, or soda.


  • For details, please download Help Me Be Healthy : I am 3 1/2​​​​​​​