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A healthy, balanced diet is needed for physical growth, and helps the learning brain too. Make mealtimes as enjoyable as possible and a treat for the senses.
Let them choose a favourite plate or bowl to eat from. Lay the food out so that it looks attractive - perhaps make it into the shape of a face, or something they might recognise. Introduce new foods in a positive way. It's a good idea to eat together as a family so that they can see that eating is part of normal family life.
Allow your toddler to feed themselves either with a spoon or with their fingers. It helps their co-ordination and gives them a sense of control.
Put a spoon directly in front of them, and show them how you use your spoon. Let them decide which hand to use.
Play is one of the main ways that babies and toddlers learn about the world – it’s also one of the most effective ways they learn. When a child plays they refine learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond.
As a parent, you are your child’s best playmate so try to spend time every day playing together. As your baby gets older, don’t try to teach them anything during play. They will learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.
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