Top 5 rated articles
Helping your partner with his erection problems
How to be good in bed - 10 tips from real men
Dominatrix inspired sex tips - it's time to take control
Good enough to eat: Fruity beauty
Ayurveda: What's your Ayurvedic body type?
How to help an overweight child
Article in images

Children's portion sizes: how much should you give them?

Children's portion sizes: how much should you give them?

Children's nutritional needs vary according to age, gender and the amount of exercise they get. And it's a misconception that boys need to eat more than girls (until puberty, at least). 

For children under the age of 2, pediatricians recommend gradually introducing a wider range of foods into their diet. As far as quantity goes, your child will let you know when he or she is full: most of the time when they turn their heads away or start dribbling, they've had enoughl!

From 2-3 years onwards, children's needs vary according to the individual. Trust them to let you know how much they need! Don't force them to finish what's on their plate, and give them seconds if they ask (but make sure they get a healthy balance: for example, give them a piece of fruit rather than another piece of cake). Stick to regular mealtimes and take time to sit down and eat at the table, quietly, so that your kids can tell when their bodies are sending out 'hunger' signals or 'full' signals.

You should never put a child on a diet or refuse a child food under the pretext that he or she is too fat: otherwise, they will simply overeat as soon as they get the chance in order to compensate. 


Sarah Horrocks
Reader ranking:1/5 
Rank this page: 

Don't miss...
Tone your back and bum with Ewa!We love a man in uniform: Celebrities take on the armed forces
Cardio training with Ewa!What can you do with a chair to tone your bum?
Latest… 24/10/2016
What New Moms Can Expect During the First Month of Pregnancy
How to Determine the Sex of Your Baby & Why It Can Help You
The Final Stretch: Everything You Need to Know About the 7th Month of Pregnancy
Traveling while pregnant
See all Parenting guides
Child immunization - Dr Miriam Stoppard tells us what she thinks
See all Parenting videos

Don't miss out!

...Join our newsletter
Get the wewomen latest straight to your inbox
Find us on...