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Toddler Feeding Tips

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Shelly Nalbone is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked with children fo
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on Monday, August 15 2011 in Toddlers
Feeding time with toddlers can be a real challenge. There are developmental reasons why kids between 1 & 3 yrs of age seem to just pick at their food. The first year of life is a period of rapid growth for babies. Toddlers gain weight more slowly, so they need less food for growth. The fact that these little ones are always on the go also affects their eating patterns. They don't sit still for anything, even food. Snacking their way through the day is more compatible with these busy explorers' lifestyle than sitting down to a full-fledged feast. Toddlers also have periods of time when they may want 1-2 foods for every meal and snack. Since erratic eating habits are as normal as toddler mood swings, expect your child to eat well one day and eat practically nothing the next. Toddlers from one to three years need between 1,000 and 1,300 calories a day, yet they may not eat this amount every day. Aim for a nutritionally-balanced week, not a balanced day. Make it a goal to offer healthy meals and snacks each day that are bite sized and easy to grab and go.
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Shelly Nalbone is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked with children for more than 17yrs. She graduated from Houston Baptist University in 1993 with her Bachelors Degree in Nursing and completed her Masters Degree at Texas Woman's University in 1999. Shelly completed a Post Masters Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She has spoken nationally on pediatric and adolescent health care topics and was a contributing author for a pediatric nursing textbook. Shelly is Associate Clinical Faculty for The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and LoneStar College Nursing programs. She lives in the Champions area with her husband and 2 children.