Snacks 1 to 3 years

Studies performed on the eating habits of children show that under the age of four or five children prefer to eat–in fact, their bodies require them to eat–frequently throughout the day. This is because their tiny stomachs can’t cope with three adult-sized meals a day, and we shouldn’t try to impose an adult eating pattern on them. The range of how often a child eats is quite wide–from three to 14 times a day, with the average at around five to seven times. The size of the meal he’ll want will vary throughout the day, but as a general rule the more often a child eats, the smaller the meals will be. On average, children take in the same amount of nutrients, regardless of the number of times they eat in a day. What is important ...

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