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    Toddler eating guidelines
    mommyof12b2 posted:
    Hope this is helpful. I am always wondering what are appropriate serving sizes for my DD and I thought this was a very helpful article.
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    MontanaMama2009 responded:
    That was a really great article.

    "As you can see, toddlers need remarkably little food. A typical meal may consist of 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/4 slice toast, a few bites of scrambled egg, and a tablespoon of applesauce. It's not surprising that the most common concern of a toddler's parents is that their toddler doesn't eat enough, especially vegetables. While what the eat may not look like much, keep in mind that toddlers are small and not growing too quickly. "

    And this:
    Because of their small size and slow growth, toddlers' appetites are small. It's important not to make a fuss if they refuse to eat. They'll eat when they're hungry, and the more you force, the stronger they'll refuse. A toddler's eating is erratic and unpredictable, but viewed over several days, will balance out in terms of average daily needs. So don't worry if on some days she refuses to eat anything, because she will make up for it elsewhere.
    And what I REALLY liked was the topic of desserts. Desserts should ONLY be given when your child has eaten his vegetables, kind of thing. And desserts should be nutritious. So instead of ice cream, maybe a yogurt smoothie. Instead of chips, an oatmeal and raisin cookie. Great post!
    racemom909 replied to MontanaMama2009's response:
    Great Thanks for sharing.Funny I just posted yesterday a food question!And I have been wondering about all of the stuff in the article!I do have a question though,since I do have anxiety about her choking and it does mention make sure its soft foods,what about veggies!?My sister was trying to make me give her a carrot to chew on,but they freak me out!!!Do you guys steam your veggies or give them regular?I know you all probably think Im crazy,lol.Payton is 17months and has had all her teeth in since she was 14months old!
    MontanaMama2009 replied to racemom909's response:
    I don't think that's crazy at all!

    If the carrots aren't cooked or steamed, I grate them. I won't cut them into little pieces, even. They're too hard and she could easily choke.

    Usually, the veggies are cooked, so they're softened up for her.
    cduffy replied to racemom909's response:
    Cooked for sure! I won't be able to give my DD raw veggies for quite some time...she's 17.5 mos and still only has 4 teeth...#'s 5&6 and trying to poke through, but that's it!
    racemom909 replied to cduffy's response:
    Thank you so much for your help and for reasuring me im not crazy!=)

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