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Last Reviewed: March 2017

Help Your Baby be a Healthy Eater

Raising a healthy eater - Do's and Don'tsHealthy eater

Help your baby be a healthy eater.

Have pleasant family meals:

What to Do:

  • Bring your baby to the table to join in at family mealtimes.
  • Talk to your baby quietly and encourage him while he's eating.
  • Eat at the table, away from toys and the television.
  • Be patient with new foods.
  • Know that you may need to try giving new foods many times on different days.
  • Always stay with your baby when he eats.
  • Be a role model by eating the same foods as your baby.

Let your baby:

  • Touch his food with his hands.
  • Feed himself with his fingers or a spoon when he's able.
  • Decide how much to eat.

If your baby doesn't seem hungry...

  • Some days your baby may seem hungrier and may want more food than you offer. Offer her more food on these days.
  • Try not to restrict the amount you give her to eat when she seems hungry.
  • It's normal for babies to eat different amounts of food each day.

If your baby is still hungry after a meal...

  • Some days your baby may seem hungrier and may want more food than you offer. Offer her more food on these days.
  • Try not trestrict the amount you give her to eat when she seems hungry.
  • it's normal for babies to eat different amounts of food each day.

You can help your baby have a pleasant mealtime if you avoid:

  • Pressuring your baby to eat more than he wants or use games to get him to eat.
  • Forcing food into your baby's mouth.
  • Using food as a reward or a punishment.
  • Pressuring your baby to eat because this can make him refuse food even more.

You and your baby's responsibilities:

  • You are responsible for:
    • Giving your baby healthy food that's the right texture, temperature and portion size for him
    • Deciding where your baby will eat
  • Your baby is responsible for:
    • Deciding if he wants to eat
    • Deciding how much to eat

Spend time together as a family, eating and playing together is important for your children's growth and development.

For more information:

Call Region of Peel Public Health at: 905-799-7700
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Caledon residents call free of charge at: 905-584-2216
To speak with a Public Health Nurse


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