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FEEDING YOUR TODDLER 101

FEEDING YOUR TODDLER 101

Now that you’ve progressed from the messy meal times and your toddler is starting to eat meals similar to yours, feeding them may start to get a bit confusing. You may question whether your child is eating enough and whether you are providing them with a balanced meal. I’m here to try ease your mind.
TIPS TO TEACH YOUR CHILD ABOUT HEALTHY EATING

TIPS TO TEACH YOUR CHILD ABOUT HEALTHY EATING

Good nutrition during childhood is vital for both physical and mental growth and development. Studies have shown that the first few years of life are the optimal window for establishing healthy eating behaviours in children1. These behaviours are influenced by children’s personal experiences and observing eating behaviours of others. By setting a good example and teaching your child healthy eating habits from the start, you can equip them with the tools for a lifetime of healthy eating. 
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS OVERWEIGHT?

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS OVERWEIGHT?

DISCLAIMER: Speak to a healthcare professional to ensure that the guidelines mentioned below are applicable to your child and if applicable, to assist with further management.


The topic of childhood obesity is very sensitive. No child should ever be judged by the size of their body as every child is beautiful in their own way. The problem at hand is that the childhood obesity statistics in South African are increasing at an alarming rate. One out of four girls and one out of five boys between the age of two and fourteen years old are overweight or obese1. Identifying overweight and obese children at an early stage and early intervention can have a profound impact on preventing long term health consequences.

CREATIVE WAYS TO INCLUDE FIBRE IN YOUR CHILD’S DIET

CREATIVE WAYS TO INCLUDE FIBRE IN YOUR CHILD’S DIET

If you’re a parent then you’ll know that it’s not always smooth sailing when it comes to feeding your child. You take the time and effort to create delicious, well balanced meals and when you proudly serve it to your child their reaction is a scrunched-up face or ‘I don’t like it’, without them even giving it a taste. Your next go-to trick is for you to sample the food and exaggerate how tasty it is by saying ‘mmmm’ and ‘yummy’ but they look at you as if you’re crazy and still refuse to eat it. As a result, your child may go through stages of lacking fibre in their diet. Fibre is important for the digestion and absorption of food. Insufficient fibre may also be the reason that your child is frequently constipated. Here’s a few ideas to ensure that your child consumes sufficient amounts of fibre daily.