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During the toddler years, children begin to express definite preferences concerning foods, schedules and even clothing. Some toddlers enthusiastically explore new foods, relishing every bite. Other toddlers stubbornly resist any unusual textures, tastes or smells. Take a pragmatic approach, offering some favorite foods each day with a few small portions of less preferred foods.
From the time your child is born, doctors advocate the importance of feeding him milk and other dairy products. This becomes a problem for parents of kids with allergies and intolerances to milk proteins. However, with an increasing amount of available milk alternatives, there are plenty of meal options for families with young children who can't tolerate milk. While other kids are munching on popular childhood snacks like cheese and yogurt, dairy-free toddlers can join in with soy products and a host of other tasty foods.
Along with a burgeoning vocabulary and rapidly developing motor skills, many toddlers develop strong opinions about the foods they will -- and will not -- eat during mealtimes. This growing independence, along with a natural trend toward slower growth in the toddler years, means that getting healthy foods into your toddler at mealtimes can be challenging. Accepting toddlers' natural tendency toward grazing by offering your toddler a variety of smaller portions of foods can help your toddler get the nutrition he needs. It can also make mealtimes more pleasant and relaxing for the entire family.