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Toddler Fruit Guide

Toddler Fruit Guide

 

 

Small sweet pieces go a long way…

 

Here is a simple guide on how to nourish your picky toddler with whole fruits.

 

What is going on with your toddler’s eating habits during this age?

As your toddler is growing up, so are their taste buds.  They are exploring new tastes, textures, colors and reactions.  It is normal for toddlers to be very picky eaters and develop strong likes and dislikes at this age.  But it is equally important them to train then to experience new tastes even if they do not like it.

 

Fresh fruits vs Fruit Juices

Organic fresh fruits are better any day than bottled fruit juices.  Juices you get in the market are packed with artificial flavorings, added sugars and syrup which very unhealthy for your little child.  If you want to make fruit juice at home, then just blend in the fresh cut fruits with water no sugar (and don’t remove the fiber).

 

What are some recommended fruits for toddlers?

Avoid fruits with small seeds.  They can get stuck and be potentially dangerous.  Here are some fruits your toddler will enjoy:

 

  • Apples (in the form of apple sauce)
  • Apricots
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe (without the seeds and just the pulp)
  • Bananas
  • Kiwi
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Peaches
  • Mangoes
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes

 

 

How much fruit should I feed my toddler every day?

About ½ to ¾ cup depending on the fruit.  Seedless water melons can be very heavy since they contain a lot of water.  Bananas can be easy to digest.  Start by giving ½ cup and slowly increase it if your child is willing.

 

Different ways to feed your toddler fruits

As a rule of thumb, buy seasonal fruits from your market every weekend.  Fruits should always be washed and cut into small bite sized pieces so that they don’t get stuck in your child’s throat while eating.  Here are some ways to feed fruits:

 

  • 1/4 cup applesauce as a mind afternoon snack
  • 1/2 a banana (cut into small pieces or mashed) for lunch
  • 1/4 cup grapes without seeds (cut into quarters) for mid afternoon snack
  • 1/4 cup strawberries (cut into 1/2-inch pieces) for dessert

 

How to guide your child to eat fruits

Some toddlers are sensitive to the taste, smell, or texture of fruits by nature. Here’s what you can do gently to nudge them along:

 

Give them choices.  Let your child pick the fruits they want to eat. Don’t make it a “will you eat fruits or not” conversation, but rather a “let’s choose the fruit you want to eat.”

 

Introduce and reintroduce new kinds of fruits.  Little children need to be acquainted with the foods for minimum of 10-15 times to get used to it and begin eating.

 

Make a note of your child’s fruit sensitivities.  Does she have issues with hard fruits?  Does she enjoy mushy fruits?  It takes quite a bit of trial and error.

If your child is having issues eating fruits, talk to your doctor.

 

What to do if my child is hesitant to try new foods by nature?

Place new fruits next to fruits they like.  Encourage our child to smell, taste, touch and lick the fruit.

 

Give your toddler what the rest of the family is eating.  Avoid preparing “special” fruit platters of only the fruits your child likes, but in their portion sizes of course.  Over time, your child will begin to get used to eating those fruits and enjoy them too!

 

Sometimes healthy home-made dips can help.  Yogurt, hummus, ketchup, low-fat salad dressings can help your toddler enjoy fruit.  Make sure they are home made and not store bought as much as you can.

 

Get your child to help you make the fruit platter.  Let them choose what fruit(s) they want to eat.  Getting hands on and feeling, smelling, and handling the fruit can help them feel at ease.

 

What to do if my child wants to feed herself?

Cut the fruit into small pieces like finger foods.  This will help your child feed herself.

Give your child a baby fork to hold so that she will feel more in control.

When preparing the fruit platter, let your child device where each fruit goes and what they want to eat it with.

 

 

 

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