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Nutrition for Young Children

Healthy eating habits begin when a child is young.  Your child learns by watching you, so sit down and eat healthy family meals with your child as often as you can.

  • Breastmilk is good for young children, even in small amounts.  Health Canada recommends breastfeeding until age 2 years and beyond.  Breastmilk reduces your child’s risk of infections and of being overweight later in life.
  • Offer your child 3 meals and 2-3 snacks at regular times each day.
  • Let your child learn to eat by feeding himself.
  • Your child knows when she is hungry and when she is full - let her decide how much to eat or whether to eat.
  • Avoid or limit juice to ½ cup per day.  Juice and juice “drinks” are full of sugar that can cause tooth decay.  Juice can also make your child too full for meals and snacks.
  • Some foods are choking hazards such as nuts, grapes and hard raw vegetables.  These foods can be made safer by chopping or shredding.
  • Always stay with your child when he is eating or drinking, and make sure he is sitting down.

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