Most Parents Don’t Realize Their Kids Are Overweight or Obese

Half of the mothers who took part in a study thought that their obese four or five year-old was normal weight, as did 39 % of the fathers and when it came to overweight children, 75 % of mothers and 77 % of fathers thought that their child was normal weight.  Further, mothers and fathers of overweight and obese children were significantly heavier than the parents of normal weight children. These statistics certainly give us something to think about.

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More Tips for Toddler Eating

Family Dinner | November 9, 2009 | By

From Stacey Seybold Hiller, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist and Owner, Dream Dinners of Indianapolis, IN

 

In previous articles, we have discussed offering a variety of foods, using a variety of dips, and not broadcasting our food likes and dislikes onto our toddlers.  But are there other practical tips that can get healthy foods into a toddler’s mouth?  You bet!  Try these:

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Making Meal Time Fun with Toddlers

Family Dinner | November 6, 2009 | By

 

From Stacey Seybold Hiller, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist and Owner, Dream Dinners of Indianapolis, IN

The previous article discussed how it is important it is to offer toddlers a wide variety of foods from an early age, and to have them eating (in a safe form) the same foods we are eating.  But that can be easier said than done.  What are some easy ways to encourage toddlers to try new foods?  Try some of these:

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Getting Your Toddler To Eat

Family Dinner | November 2, 2009 | By

From Stacey Seybold Hiller, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist and Owner, Dream Dinners of Indianapolis, IN.

baby_eating_breadOnce your child has developed enough motor skills to sit by themselves in a high chair, it is time for solid foods!  This is an exciting time in a child’s life.  This is also the best time to introduce your child to a wide variety of tastes and textures.  Even though it makes more work for parents, a messy (toddler) eater will be a good eater later on.  The more children get to see, touch, smell, and taste a variety of foods, the less picky they will become later in life.  Experimenting with food in this way during the toddler stages is a very important sensory experience.  Children that are exposed to many food textures will be more comfortable with things such as finger paints and sand castles later in life.  Even very young infants benefit from being around the family while the meal is being prepared and eaten.  Babies will become comfortable with the food smells, and then by the time they have foods in front of them, those smells won’t be unfamiliar or scary to them.  In addition, the language stimulation at meal time is extremely valuable for baby!

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