Children have smaller stomach than adults therefore they need to eat smaller portions of food more often. Their tummies are only the size of their own closed fist!
- Most children know when they are full, so encourage them to eat to their appetite but do not force or expect them to eat if they are not hungry.
- Every child is different and allowing them to eat to satisfaction is an important part of their learning.
- Some children are slow eaters so allow plenty of time for them to eat. A lot of new skills are being learned at children meal times so it can take time.
- Try not to offer drinks 30 minutes before a meal and limit drinks at meal times to half a beaker.
- Children sometimes get thirst and hunger mixed up. They might say they’re thirsty when really they’re hungry. Be careful not to allow your child to fill up on too many drinks.