Second year of your child. Feeding schedule.

After the first year of life, growth slows down. The same happens with the appetite of many children. Infants who were voracious eaters may seem picky as toddlers. This is very normal, but not concerning as long as toddlers eat balanced diets.

Here are some tips on feeding your baby. After your baby reaches one year of age and eats enough food from all four food groups, your baby is ready for whole cow's milk from a cup.

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Children who are younger than two years old should not be given 2% or skim milk because lower-fat milk does not provide the calories and essential fatty acids they need.
Because your child may eat little at mealtime, children need snacks to balance the diet. Offer three regular meals and three small nutritious snacks.
Remember sweet foods or beverages like cookies, candies, gelatin, soft drinks, fruit drinks, or oily salty foods like chips need to be controlled. These foods add pleasure to a diet, but if offered too often, they can decrease your infant's appetite for necessary foods.
Juice is a good treat, but too much can be just like drinking too much soda: empty calories. But remember to Limit juice to 6 ounces a day.
If your child is drinking from a cup now, great! If not, it is time to encourage cup drinking. Children should be completely off the bottle by fifteen months.
Toddlers continue to thrive on some routine. Mealtimes should be as calm and predictable as you can make them.
Self-feeding is one of your toddler's first big steps toward independence. It can be messy. Be patient and encourage it. Sometimes it’s seful to cover your floor with plastic or newspaper to make cleanup easier.
By the period of fifteen months to twenty four months your baby should be eating smaller portions of whatever everyone else is eating (except for potentially dangerous foods like popcorn, peanuts, raisins, granola, etc - wait until age 4 to introduce these.)

Here are some tips for feeding older toddlers.
First of all set a good example.Your toddler will usually eat the same foods you do.
Sometimes it may seem like toddlers eat next to nothing, but they do need much less food than adults (who tend to overeat anyway.) You can easy guide to minimum servings: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of any food.
Try to encourage children to try at least one bite of a new food. If the child rejects the food, you should reintroduce the food again later.
Feed children before guests arrive. Children require lots of attention at mealtime and it may be impossible to give it to them while entertaining.
Remember to offer your children water to drink. Toddlers should not get more than 16 oz of milk and 8 oz of juice daily. If they are truly thirsty, they will accept water. If they refuse water and will only take juice or milk, they want a "calorie fix."

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