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Help Me Be Healthy: I am 1 1/2
Help me learn to eat new foods
Please let me try new foods. I need to taste them to know which ones I like.
Serve me foods I like along with a new food. You may need to offer me a new food 10 times before I will try it. This is normal. I am learning about food.
I learn by smelling, tasting, and touching. I will put food in my mouth and take it out again. Toddlers do this.
If I try many different foods when I am little, I’ll probably like more foods when I am big.
Offer me safe foods
Some foods are hard to eat. I can choke on them. Give me foods that are bite sized and soft enough for me to chew and swallow easily.
Foods that I can choke on:
Hard foods, like candy, peanuts, popcorn, and nuts
Raw vegetables and hard fruits
Slick, round foods like hot dogs or whole grapes. Please cut them the long way.
Sharp foods like corn chips
Sticky foods like peanut butter
Large foods like whole hamburgers
Make our family meals relaxed
I like to be with you and talk at meals. Let’s turn off all our TVs and cell phones and enjoy our meal together.
I still need to sit in my high chair or booster seat when I eat or drink.
I can eat some of the same foods you do — I want to be just like you!
Please help me have good habits. Let’s wash our hands before and after we eat.
Let me try to use a small fork. I will still be messy when I eat. This is how I learn to feed myself.
I like to copy what you do. If you make healthy choices and try new foods, I will too!
Look what I can do
I can drink from a cup and use a spoon. I am still learning. I will be messy.
I can push and pull toys, stack blocks, and throw a ball.
I understand much of what you say. Please talk with me so I can learn more.
Please help me take care of my teeth
Brush my teeth, front and back,2 times a day.
Use a small, soft toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste.
For details, please download Help Me Be Healthy : I am 1 1/2