Following certain steps can optimize feeding of a child and can avoid some feeding difficulties.


(1) avoid distractions during a meal (television, toys, cell phone, etc)

(2) limit meal duration to no more than 30 minutes

(3) limit intake to 4 to 6 meals or snacks per day with water in between

(4) serve age-appropriate foods

(5) systematically introduce new foods

(6) encourage self-feeding

(7) tolerate an age-appropriate mess

(8) maintain a pleasant attitude throughout the meal

(9) accept the child's own interpretation of satiety

(10) be a model healthy eating

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