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    new_0_year_baby.pngHelp Me Be Healthy: I am 4 1/2

    Help me choose healthy foods


  • I will soon be 5 years old! I still have lots of growing to do. Please help me.
  • Teach me how to choose healthy foods. I will need to know what to eat at school.
  • Help me learn to balance foods. If we choose ice cream, let’s top it with fresh strawberries.
  • Help me try new foods. Let’s do it once a week. We could make a stir-fry. I can wash the vegetables.
  • Please trust me to know when I am hungry and when I am full. Don’t force me to eat or “clean my plate.”
  • Eating breakfast helps me learn. If I don’t eat, I am too hungry to think or listen.
  • Let’s plan breakfast the night before. At night we can put the cereal box, bowls, and spoons on the table. In the morning, we can get out the milk and fruit.


  • Make our family meals relaxed


  • Let’s wash our hands before and after we eat. I like to copy what you do.
  • I will help set the table.
  • Let’s sit and eat together. I feel special sharing this time with our family.
  • Can we turn off all our TVs and cell phones while we eat?
  • I like to serve myself. Show me how to pass food around the table and practice my manners.
  • I am getting better with my fork and spoon! I can use a napkin to wipe my mouth and hands.
  • I can help clear the table after we eat.


  • Offer me safe foods


  • Give me foods that are bite sized and easy for me to chew.
  • Stay with me when I try foods I can choke on: raw hard vegetables, grapes, peanut butter, nuts, popcorn, dried fruits, hot dogs, and chunks of meat.


  • I can help pack a lunch


  • I like to spread peanut butter on bread.
  • I will cut soft foods with a plastic knife.
  • I want to peel hard-boiled eggs, oranges, and bananas.
  • Let me wash fruits and vegetables.


  • Let’s play


  • I can run, hop, and throw a ball.
  • Let’s play my favorite games like hide-and-seek.
  • Can we make a play date with my friends?
  • We can explore the world together. Let’s pretend we are animals in the jungle.
  • In all kinds of weather, we can play safely together.
  • I like stories. Can we read together?


  • Help me keep my teeth healthy


  • Take me to the dentist every 6 months.
  • Keep coaching me to brush my teeth morning and night. I need your help with spots I miss.
  • 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.
  • Can you get me 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. Sugary drinks can give me cavities.


  • ​​​* For details, please download Help Me Be Healthy : I am 4 1/2​​​