I'm a first-time mom and I'm a bit confused about how much fruit my toddler should be eating each day. My child is two years old and I want to make sure that I'm providing them with enough fruit for their growing body. My pediatrician recommended that my child should be eating a variety of fruits, but I'm not sure how many servings my child needs. I want to be able to strike a balance between giving them a healthy diet and not overfeeding them with too much fruit.
Can anyone provide any insight or advice? How many servings of fruit should my toddler be eating each day? Also, what are some good ways to incorporate fruits into their diet? I've tried giving them sliced fruit as a snack, but my child seems to get bored with it quickly.
Thanks in advance!
My son is four years old and he's a picky eater, which makes it hard for me to make sure he's eating enough fruits. Based on what my pediatrician told me, it's recommended for toddlers to eat about one cup of fruit per day. However, in the case of picky eaters like my son, it can be difficult to get them to eat one cup of fruit.
What I do is try to add fruits to the meals he already likes. For example, I add mashed bananas or applesauce to his pancakes, put berries or diced fruit in his oatmeal, and even puree fruits and mix them into his pasta and sauce. I discovered that adding fruits to savory meals works well for my son because the sweetness of the fruit balances out the saltiness or spiciness of the dish.
Another way I encourage my son to eat fruit is by turning it into a fun game. I will cut up different fruits and let him pick which one he wants to eat, or we will make a fun fruit salad with berries, bananas, and mangoes.
Overall, my pediatrician and I agree that it's okay if my son doesn't eat the recommended one cup of fruit per day. As long as he gets a variety of different fruits each week, and we keep offering fruits to him, we will make sure he's getting the nutrients he needs.
Hope this helps!