Based upon eviden​ce, a number of desired behaviors were identified as critical to helping families foster healthy active living for their toddler. For each desired behavior you can explore the evidence, learn what parents told us about these behaviors, identify opportunities to promote healthy behaviors at the point of care, review how to start conversations and access messages and resources to support families. Also available to inform your counseling is the Onset and Patterns of Risk Behaviors for Toddlers Timeline located above this section. ​

Healthy Beve​​​rages

Choose milk or water for your child's beverage

​​Healthy Sn​​​acking

Offer 2-3 healthy and nutritious snacks as part of your daily routine

Picky Eat​​ers

Introduce a variety foods multiple times and in multiple ways

​Parent Provides, Child D​ecides

  • Offer healthy food in age-appropriate portions at meals and snacks.
  • Let child decide what and how much to eat. 

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American Academy of Pediatrics