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How much food my child needs? Appetite of your child

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How much food my child needs?

How much food my child needs? This is one more question that arises in parent’s mind everyday when they server them any of the meals. How much food my child needs?This question also pops up when people enquire and compare their child with other children.

How much food my child needs?

Healthy eating habits and stress free childhood is an indicator of healthy parenting, in the world of parenting.

The appetite of young children can change from one day to the next. 

Parent’s mindsets while serving food to their child:

 As parents or caregivers, you decide:

  • What kind of food we serve to our child. : As mother it becomes tough to choose between the healthy food that we want to serve to our children and whatever he eats.
  • What time of day are we serving food. As mothers, we just always look for a chance to feed our children. Feeding children is a full time project for any mother.
  • the place where the food will be served: that is a trick point. For most of the mothers, it is wherever child sits to eat. But honestly, especially in toddlers case, they never sit in one place, long enough to finish their meal.

Your child decides:

  • among all the food that is served, which ones are worth eating. And which are not appealing and can be rejected by showing tantrums.
  • how much should I eat: they also decide how hungry they are and what amount of food is ok for them.

How much food my child needs?

We will get the answer by trying the following ways which will make you happy parents.

  • Start feeding your child in small amounts and let them re-ask if needed. Your child will respond according to his need.
  • Occasionally, your child will starve and eat a lot. So, give him the second serving. This way he will not see full plate at a time.
  • He  will eat less when not much Hungry. This is normal. If your child is not hungry, do not pressurize or bribe him to eat or to finish the meal.
  • Do not serve many munching in between, that reduces his craving for food at the time of meal.
  • If your child is active and happy then there is nothing to worry about. A starving child will not be active and happy throughout the day.
  • During the meal time if your child denied eating, please take away the food. Do not ask or pressurized him for eating for another 1-2hours. He will surely eat the next time you offer him.
  • Timely eating will also help in knowing the answer to your question.
  • If you still have any questions about your child’s development or hunger, talk to your doctor.

Happy childhood is every child’s right.

All the best wishes to you on this amazing journey. This will surely give us easy life.

If these tips help you in finding your answer, please comment. You can also comment, if you are having any other questions related to parenting. 

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We can teach our children to eat and enjoy food.

As parents, we can teach our children to eat and enjoy food. It will make our lives easier. These ways will be helpful to every mother, in building healthy eating habit.

Eat properly. Mothers say this most of the times.

What can I do to help my child eat well? There is a question that always pops in my mind and to every parent at some point of time. How will my child eat well.

There is no fixed answer to this question, but there is a list of ways, that can surely help in solving this problem.

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  • Sit and eat with your child and serve every thing in small portions, that you have served in your plate.
  • Show your child what eating healthy is like. You are your child’s best role model. They will learn to eat and explore new foods by watching what you do.
  • Offer new foods many times. They often need to see, smell and touch a food many times before tasting it.
  • Your child may need to taste a food many times before they eat it. So,Continue to offer new foods and include foods your child has refused in the past.
  • Give your child enough time to eat.
  • Young children learn by touching, smelling and looking at foods.
  • Give your child time to learn about the foods you offer. Learning to use a spoon and fork also takes time.
  • Plan time to sit and eat slowly with your child.
  • Making Mess at home is also part of learning.
  • Try offering the same food in different ways.
  • Be patient and keep giving your child foods made in different ways: raw, cooked (steamed, roasted), in stews, soups and sauces.
  • If your child likes vegetables cooked a certain way, give them other vegetables made that same way.
  • Offer new foods with foods your child already likes.
  • Offer new foods often and serve them with food that your child likes.
  • If your child doesn’t want to eat or eats very little for a meal, offer a healthy snack 1 to 2 hours later.
  • Making a different meal for your child will not help them become a healthy eater.
  • Sometimes young children only want to eat the same foods over and over again. It is normal and may last for a few weeks or months.
  • If the “favourite” food is healthy then continue to offer it along with a variety of other healthy foods.
  • If the “favourite” food is a less healthy option,then give it to your child less often.

As parents, we can teach them to enjoy food and it will make our lives easy.

Wishing you happy parenting, that leads to happier you.

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