Tips for feeding toddlers

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Tips for feeding toddlers

One of the things that throws parents off about feeding is that up until 9 months of age it something that child goes along with, whether it is the breast or the bottle. In 9 month of age, babies develop the pencil grasps and one thing this means is that they can pick up small bits of food and they don't want you to feed them anymore, they want to do it themselves. And then through 12 to 24 months, I did it myself all by myself, that is really a important theme for the toddler. And it applies to food, they don' t want you feeding them anymore. And it is a scary feeling because there is almost nothing that seems as important as being successful in nourishing your child. But it's up to them and they are only going to put in their bodies what they decide they're gonna put in their bodies. And so the key here is to let them know that you understand that and to get out of the way because the more pressure you put on them, the more struggles and battles you get into with them about feeding, the more they'll fight back by not feeding. And this can be scary when they are not eating what you think they should but you have to fall back on are the growth curve charts that you can look at with your child's pediatrician to make sure that his or her growth and development are in track.

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Joshua Sparrow, MD

Child Psychiatrist & Author

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children's Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, among many others. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on related topics and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of 8 books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints: Birth to Three, 2nd Edition and in 2010, co-edited Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton, a textbook on the ongoing generativeness of Brazelton’s seminal research in a wide range of fields. Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.

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