Five Toddler Nutrition Tips for Ensuring a Good Toddler Diet

Five Toddler Nutrition Tips for Ensuring a Good Toddler Diet

September 11, 2019 0 By Ewald Bahringer


Hi Enfagrow parents! My name is Dr. Scott
Cohen and I’m the author of “Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s
First Year.” I get a lot of questions about toddler nutrition especially because it’s
really trying when your toddler never wants to eat or only eats one or two things. So
what’s important is five things in their diet. One is to make sure they’re getting
DHA. DHA is an Omega-3 Fatty Acid that’s really important for brain development. A
child’s brain grows eighty five percent in the first three years and DHA is an important
building block of the growing brain. Number two is calcium intake for strong bones, muscles
and teeth. Number three is a protein source. Whether that’s meat, eggs, fish. It could
be dairy – it’s in cow’s milk. It could be beans or soy products. And then the two
other things. Numbers four and five are healthy eating habits. Healthy eating habits are more
important than volume. Don’t try to chase your child around with a spoon or put them
in front of the TV just to have them get one more bite. They’re going to grow normally.
You’re there to offer. They’re job is to decide what they’re going to take and
if they’re not hungry, it’s ok, they’re not going to starve themselves. And number
five is variety. Try to offer three or four different things at a meal. Lots of different
colors and shapes – a fruit, a vegetable, a protein source, a dairy source. So that
they’re getting a wide balance and variety of vitamins and minerals. So if they only
eat one or two, it’s ok. Everybody ends up fine and just remember your toddler will
not starve themselves.