Too Active for Meals

Q: “My toddler is too active to sit long enough to eat a full meal. How can I be sure he’s eating enough?”

A: Feeding toddlers who are too busy to eat requires flexibility and creativity. “Grazing” over the course of the day may be more appropriate for this stage of development than three set mealtimes.

Offer your son snacks of nutritious finger-foods—cubes of cheese or meat, crackers, and fruit—5 or more times a day to fuel all that activity without asking him to slow down. Over the course of a day or so, try to get a balance of food groups into him, rather than trying to balance every meal.

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