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What is the evidence on the danger of feeding whole blueberries and grapes to infants and toddlers?

Summary Grapes are round and larger than a child's airway and may lead to occlusion. Food with a smooth, deformable surface can form a tight seal. Grapes are "the third most common cause of food-...
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3-year-old eats snow

One reason grey snow might be preferred is that it probably has a little salt in it. I would take this as an opportunity for fun. Take her out with a bowl and show her how to "collect the best ...
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How do I get pre-schoolers to stop asking for food every hour?

I don't mind giving them more, but when I do they barely eat any of it. Then pack it up, and offer it the next time they ask for more. Or keep healthy snacks like cheese and raisins available ...
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How do I get pre-schoolers to stop asking for food every hour?

Some kids are "grazers", especially at those ages - they tend to want to eat small portions almost constantly. My youngest (now 6) constantly wanted food until about a year ago, and even within the ...
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Should we chase our 13-month-old girl and feed her?

At a guess, your girl has discovered the power of "No". She will not starve herself, so try letting her run away. Ignore her. She will not go far. Then she will get hungry, and will want food and also ...
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Should I limit the amount my toddler eats?

Offer your child a variety of food, mostly healthy. Do not limit the amount of healthy food. Restrictive feeding of children by parents is associated with eating in the absence of hunger (inability to ...
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Getting child to eat (preschooler)

The first thing to try here is to limit the phone time during meals. If the child has another thing they're interested in, it's very easy for them to ignore the food - they want to get back to the ...
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A boy at school told my 8-year-old daugther she had fat thighs. How to boost her self-esteem and make her eat healthier?

In terms of eating healthily, you need to practice what you preach. Do you have unhealthy foods in your house? If so, why? If, for example, you eat ice cream several days a week, why is it a bad move ...
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How bad is a metal spoon for a 6-month-old baby?

First off, the best person to ask about this for your baby is your pediatrician, as they can make sure that she doesn't have anything out of the ordinary going on in terms of dentition. In general, ...
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Can I use an hourglass to make my kid eat faster?

https://www.ellynsatterinstitute.org/how-to-feed/the-division-of-responsibility-in-feeding/ The parent is responsible for what, when and where. Your child is responsible for how much and whether. ...
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How can I address my kindergarten son not eating at lunch?

Note: I am not a doctor, nor am I your doctor; please read the note at the last paragraph regarding the medical issue you mention. Speaking for an average kindergartner, it is very common for them to ...
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1 year refuses new food and throws a fit if we don't give him what he wants

I respect Meg's answer and find the approach to be very good (I have recommended it myself, but for older children); on the other hand, NonCreature's answer says a lot and is valuable food for thought....
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My toddler randomly will not swallow their milk

It's almost certainly just experimentation. My son did the same thing at similar age, experimenting with letting drinks or chewed food fall out of his slack mouth, or holding milk in and swishing it ...
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How long should i let my two year old cry for before giving up and giving her what she wants?

If she’s genuinely hungry, she’ll eat vegetables or fruit. The typical strategy we use is to let the kids have as much healthy snacks as they want (so long as it’s not just before mealtime) but limit ...
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Should We Wake Our Son Up If He Hasn't Eaten Dinner?

Hungry children generally make their discomfort known :) If he wasn't in obvious discomfort before falling asleep, you can be reassured that he was satisfied from his other meals/snacks. You can ...
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How do you get a child to eat?

Keep trying new foods. I have a son who is a very picky eater - except he will eat healthy amounts of rare steak, normal sized servings of premium ice cream, and all the apples I can peel for him. ...
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1 year old baby won't eat in day, drinks milk all night

There's no evidence that waking at night is connected with eating during the day. Here's a popular science article about it: Feeding babies more during the day will not stop them waking at night, ...
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How to avoid food waste while not forbidding experiments with food?

I don't personally encourage or permit doing things to your food once served. That said, I also am a huge advocate for getting kids involved in food making and that has lots of room for messy ...
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Feeding a picky 18 month old - too early to send to bed hungry?

I think you have to be careful of food battles. My mum and nanny used this method and it worked for our family. My own daughter doesn't have this issue. Mum would make a meal and know that at least ...
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My 4-year-old will only eat things entirely made of starch or sugars - how to make him eat more healthily?

I don't have a good answer for you (and that's a bad way to start an answer!) but I do have some advice. Your son's diet is not ideal. But if he is growing normally, reaching milestones normally, and ...
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How to train a 2-year-old to eat food she doesn't like?

There have been few things more nerve-wracking in our parenting journey than making sure our children get proper nutrition at certain stages of their development. We have experienced several struggles ...
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1 year refuses new food and throws a fit if we don't give him what he wants

It sounds like you really want your child to have good nutrition, that's great! One of the best gifts we ever received was some counsel from our pediatrician when our oldest child was starting solid ...
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How to get baby feeding to the next level?

My husband and I gave our daughter a 'decoy spoon' at this age to familiarize her with the handling of one. We used one of those big, chunky, grippy plastic spoons they make for babies and just gave ...
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Is baby led weaning failing with my toddler?

My little boy is now 22 months old and it sounds like a phase he has gone through as well. As long as he still eats "enough" I wouldn't worry too much about it. What we typically did when he ...
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Strategies to reduce stress at mealtimes

"Generally healthy happy 4.5 yr old grandson. Eats wide range of foods, including vegetables (broccoli a favourite) some reaction to dairy products so use soya and almond milk. Quite tight control on ...
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15 month swallows everything without chewing

This is a phase common to many kids and you should not be worried about it. It's very important that you stay calm, relaxed and patient all the time. What we did (which was successfully) was to: ...
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How to stop a toddler disturbing mother's eating

On Edit: If you do not have a relationship with your child except for a few minutes a day (This is not a judgment -- this happens when one parent works and the other is the primary caregiver.), then ...
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