There is lots of preparation in learning how to be a good mom and since you arrived here, you are on the right path! Even though children may act like they can do anything without needing help, this is never the case. The first step to helping your kiddos grow healthy and strong is to develop a daily schedule of meals and snacks that they will love. Today I am going to show you why you need to implement a toddler feeding schedule, what are the benefits, and what is the best feeding schedule to follow.
What are the benefits of a feeding schedule?
First and foremost, your children will develop healthy eating habits. They will learn how to eat properly from an early age and as they grow older, they will not have problems with weight or have cravings at 3 in the morning.
Following a strict feeding schedule, your children will also learn to make the difference between snacks and healthy meals. In addition, children can throw tantrums when they are hungry and this will not happen if you feed them at exact hours.
Example Meal and Snack Schedule
Your toddler’s feeding schedule changes depending on what time they get up in the morning. Your primary goal is to make sure that all the meals and snacks are at the same hour, every day. It’s okay if you miss one hour, but you should try to keep the same schedule as much as possible.
Let’s say for example that your child eats something at 12:00 p.m. on Monday and at 13:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Nothing bad will happen, but you should try to and adjust the next meal so that your child’s tummy is not too full. You can check out an example feeding schedule below:
- Breakfast: 7 a.m.
- Quick Snack: 10:00 a.m.
- Lunch: noon
- Second Snack: 3 p.m.
- Dinner: 6 p.m.