Fantastic Finger Foods
A little creativity in food presentation can go a long way towards rendering nutritious meals palatable, even for picky toddlers!
Avoid Choking and Allergy Hazards
When preparing finger foods, follow these safety tips:
- Watch out for choking hazards, such as nuts, raw carrots, and hard candy. Cut grapes into quarters and hot dogs lengthwise into thin sticks. Cook carrots and other crunchy vegetables until they are soft. Cut apples and other hard fruits into tiny bite-sized pieces.
- When introducing new foods—especially foods like eggs, shellfish, and nuts (which tend to cause allergies)—wait 24 hours before feeding them to your child a second time. If your child has an allergic reaction, such as wheezing or a rash, call your pediatrician immediately.
The toddler years are a time in which children are beginning to express their individuality and independence. They are learning what they like and don’t like, especially with foods. If your child won’t eat something, don’t push. Your job is to put healthy food on your child’s plate—it’s her job to eat it. Offer her a variety of food she likes, be creative, and she’ll ultimately learn to make the right food choices for herself.
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