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new_0_year_baby.png Help Me Be Healthy: I am 4.

Help me learn to eat only when I’m hungry
  • I know if I am hungry or full. Let me stop eating when I have had enough. Don’t force me to eat or “clean my plate.”
  • I like to make some choices. You know what foods I need to be healthy. Offer them to me for meals and snacks. Let me choose which ones to eat.
  • Don’t worry if I don’t eat a meal or snack. I will eat more on some days than on others. Don’t beg me to eat or fix other foods for me. Do not let me eat unhealthy foods between meals.

  • Make our family meals relaxed
  • Let’s wash our hands together before and after we eat.
  • I like being your helper. I can put spoons, forks, and napkins on the table.
  • I feel proud when I sit and eat with our family. I can eat the same foods.
  • You are my favorite teacher! Show me how you eat many healthy foods. I will copy you!
  • I feel grown up when I serve myself. I will learn how much to take.
  • Please turn off all our TVs and cell phones so we can talk more and enjoy our food.
  • Offer me safe foods
  • Give me foods that are bite sized and easy enough for me to chew.
  • Stay close when I try foods I can choke on: raw hard vegetables, grapes, nuts, popcorn, dried fruits, hot dogs, and pieces of meat.
  • Cut grapes and hot dogs the long way. Spread peanut butter thinly on bread or crackers.
  • Teach me how foods help me grow and learn
  • Grains give me energy to grow and think.
  • Vegetables and fruits help my body fight germs and stay healthy.
  • Milk builds strong bones and teeth.
  • Meat and beans make strong blood and muscles.
  • Help me keep my teeth healthy
  • Take me to the dentist every 6 months.
  • Remind me to brush my teeth every morning and night. Then you brush them to be sure they are clean.
  • I still need a small toothbrush and a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste. Make sure I spit out the toothpaste after brushing.
  • Please help me floss my teeth once a day to clean between them.
  • I’d like a new toothbrush that’s just for me. This is one thing I should not share.
  • Give me water to drink when I am thirsty.
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