How Can I Help My Baby/Toddler Eat Extra Calories?
Create a Positive Environment
- Have meals around the same time and in the same place every day with family members.
- Focus on eating. Do not bring phones, iPads®, televisions or other distractions to the table.
- Keep mealtime relaxed and fun.
Encourage Positive Behavior
- Let your baby/toddler decide when they are hungry. Offer different types of foods. They can decide how much to eat. Try not to force your baby to eat.
- Praise good behaviors around eating.
- Set a good example for your baby/toddler. Try not to argue or punish. Children learn best from people around them. Model the behavior you want your baby/toddler to learn.
- If your baby/toddler does not want one type of food, offer a different choice.
Provide Healthy Choices
- Keep healthy snacks on hand. Do not offer foods or drinks with extra sugar or salt.
- Offer drinks in the middle or toward the end of meals. This can help prevent your baby/toddler from filling up on liquids. Do not give juice (even 100% fruit juice). Juice has extra calories and sugar your baby does not need.