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As the baby starts to eat solids, finger foods are a great place to start for toddlers. They also help your toddlers to begin to learn how to feed himself with a spoon or fork. And if you're worried about them making a mess, stock up on Baby Bibs for toddlers. Finger foods are great because babies prefer to eat foods which they can pick up and feed themselves, rather than foods that must be spooned to them. A lot of babies would rather have food right off the table than their baby formula. Always be on the lookout for allergic reactions and choking hazards. Make sure they are always supervised during meals and until you are confident of the strength of their teeth and chewing abilities avoid food like popcorn, hot dogs, jelly beans, chunks of carrots, grapes, raisins, and nuts. Cut or finely chop such foods, or simply wait until your baby gets older. Hard candies should be avoided altogether.

A lot of children can continue breastfeeding even up to the second year. Some moms continue to breastfeed even after they start feeding the baby solid food. After 12 months it’s ok to start offering solid food to the baby and if you’re still breastfeeding it's advised to offer solids before breastfeeding instead of after. Breast milk offers several nutritional, immunological and emotional benefits to a baby and will continue to do so even after they start supplementing it with solids or formula. Some moms continue to nurse once or twice a day and other more. Keep in mind that as your baby slowly moves into eating more solids, your milk will fill any nutritional gaps nicely. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for a baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months. Once you do start to breastfeed less often, remember that you must make a greater effort to ensure that your child eats several meals of nutritious food each day.

Some children take a little longer to begin taking solids well. Some of them have food sensitivities and this may be their body’s way of protecting them until their digestive system can handle more. Others are late teethers or have a lot of difficulty with teething pain. At this point, your mild can still provide all the nutrition your child needs, with the possible exception of enough iron. As long as his iron levels are within acceptable levels and when he does eat you are offering him foods naturally rich in iron, then you have plenty of time before you need to worry about a number of solids he’s getting.

Feeding suggestions for Toddlers using Baby Bibs

 

Toddlers should be offered a variety of foods. They can eat the same things as the rest of the family. Foods rich in protein, calcium, and iron, along with fruits and vegetables, bread, etc. should be made available on a routine basis. Serve the most healthful foods possible, but don’t expect your toddler to eat a big meal at each sitting. Most children, when offered nutritious meals and snacks and allowed to eat what they wish. However, make sure you don’t let your child fill up on empty-calorie snacks, but don’t force him to eat when he doesn’t want to.

Many toddlers eat better when they have food available throughout the day, rather than just at a few set times this is referred to as grazing. Simply offer your toddler nutrient-dense snacks throughout the day like cut-up vegetables, bite-sized pieces of fruit, hard-boiled-egg slices, yogurt, whole wheat bread, and cereals, cheeses and let him eat what he wants.

How Much Should A Toddler Be Eating?

 

It’s important to take note of how much your child is eating when you are no longer breastfeeding. You have to ensure they are getting the daily nutrients and calories required for their growth. Between ages one and five, a child’s growth is in a decelerated stage; that is, they have slowed down in growth. Since growth slows down, their need for calories subsequently decreases, which in turn leads to a smaller quantity of food ingested per day. Rest assured that toddlers do not need as much food as you might expect because of this slowing down of the growth rate. Three small meals and two snacks a day will probably be enough to fuel even the most active toddler. Don’t stress or panic if your child is a picky eater. It’s more common than you think. All you need to do is to continue to offer foods. Don’t worry if he’s not interested or takes very small amounts. Your only true responsibility is what you offer, when you offer it and how you offer it, not whether or not he eats it. That has to be up to him. Trying to force, coax, or cajole your child into eating is never recommended. Continue to nurse on demand, day and night, and trust your child to increase the solids when he’s ready. As baby slowly moves into eating more solids, your milk will fill any nutritional gaps nicely.

Trust that your toddler will eat as much as he or she needs during meals but also be watchful and supervise. Make sure you are giving them foods rich in nutrients and calories. Kids need the energy to run around all day and play and scream so that's when the calories come in handy. Take advantage of snacking and give them nutritious snacks s they are not filling up on just sugar or artificial sweets and candy. Also, make sure they stay hydrated by making them drink water as often as possible. Still, give them water even when they drink juices and other carbonated drinks. Nothing should substitute water.