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Children's food needs at different stages

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Many parents have had similar entanglements in their children's eating problems. It’s not because the child eats slowly, nor is it not reminded. It is really difficult to intervene. In fact, there are many reasons why children eat slowly. Sometimes the children really eat slowly, and sometimes the parents think their children eat slowly. For example, children's chewing ability is naturally inferior to adults, and slow eating may also be excusable. So how long does it take for a child to eat to be considered normal?

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Regarding the "fast" and "slow" eating, how long is normal?

Some children eat slowly, but it is not because the child is not focused enough. The child is eating very seriously, but eats more slowly than his parents.

1. 15-20 minutes is recommended for 6-12 months

At this time, the baby starts to eat supplementary food, and the supplementary food is generally more delicate, mostly muddy, and the child's appetite is not large. Parents can feed the baby at the early stage, and let the baby exercise and eat at a later stage.


2. 20-30 minutes is recommended for 12-18 months

At this time, the baby has teeth and the food that the baby can eat has increased. The addition of some solid foods makes the baby's diet more abundant. At this time, the child's behavioral control ability is also enhanced. In addition to parent feeding, the child has more opportunities to eat independently.


3.18-36 months suggest 30-40 minutes

At this time, the baby's teeth have grown out, and basically the food for adults and children can be handled. At this stage, the child mainly eats by himself. Because of inflexible movements and increased appetite, the child's meal time has increased.


4.3-6 years old, 30-50 minutes is recommended

At this time, the child basically eats on his own ability, there are many types of food, more exercise, and the child's appetite also increases significantly.

It can be seen that the time for children to eat is different at different stages. Of course, this is only a suggested timetable. Parents can also adjust it according to the specific situation of the child. After all, the appetite of each child is different. So why do many children show slow eating?

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What are the specific reasons why children eat slowly?


1. 6-12 months

At this stage, the baby mainly relies on the parents to feed supplementary food, so the child's sense of participation in this process is relatively low, and the child is easy to lose interest. In addition, the baby is also prone to fall asleep while eating at this stage, and lack of sleep will also affect the baby's eating speed. In addition, the shape of the complementary food is not suitable, for example, it is too thick and difficult for children to swallow.


2. 12-18 months

At this stage, the baby is in the teething period, and the discomfort of the teeth at this time will affect the baby's meal time. In addition, the baby’s dry mouth will cause less saliva secretion, which will affect the baby’s eating speed. The baby's deciduous teeth have not fully grown, and the chewing ability is not perfect.


3.18-36 months

At this stage, the child receives more environmental stimuli. The child may have eaten some fruits or snacks before eating, so that the child's hunger will be reduced, and he will not want to eat, and will linger during the meal.


4.3 years old and above

At this stage, children's concentration will be attracted by environmental stimuli, such as cartoons. If children receive too many interference factors, their concentration during eating will be destroyed. In addition, the influence of parents is also very important. Let the baby eat quickly at the moment, and let the baby eat slowly at the moment. After a long time, the child does not know whether he should hurry or slow down.

It can be seen that the older the child, the more important it is to develop good eating habits. It is not a problem for children to eat and chew slowly, but too much time and delay are not good for their health. So how can parents improve their children’s slow eating problem?

Parents can do this if they want to improve

1. Encourage children to eat independently

Let the child have a certain sense of participation and ritual in the behavior of eating, and the child will be more willing to cooperate. For example, tableware with beautiful patterns will make children more willing to eat. Ask the child to help hold chopsticks before eating, and the child will be more willing to eat.


2. Less disturbing eating environment

When the child eats, there should be as little interference as possible and as little distraction as possible. Try to let the child sit on the dining chair when eating, this will reduce the child's running trouble. Turn off the TV and let the child finish the meal quietly.


3. Make meals more diverse

Obviously, children are more interested in fresh food, so Mommy will change the style of meals frequently, and the children will be more interested and enthusiastic about eating. Children are curious about every meal because of their curiosity about novel foods.


4. Parents set an example for their children

Parents should not be interrupted by other things while eating. If you sit down and eat quietly, your child will also be infected. A good dining environment is very important for children. Children will learn how to eat quietly. In addition, it is best for parents to wait for their children to eat before leaving, otherwise it will increase their anxiety and reduce their enthusiasm for eating.

In addition to these methods, parents can also appropriately reduce the child's snack intake to ensure that the child is in a mild sense of hunger, which will make the child more eager to eat. I was more attentive when eating. If the child’s hunger is low and the child does not feel hungry, he will naturally not want to eat and eat slowly.


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