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Feeding recommendations for toddlers 19 to 24 months

As your toddler learns more words, has more coordination, and wants more independence - their ability to make food choices and self-feed will increase. Be prepared for mess, food- misadventures, and loads of fun!

He’s continuing to explore how to eat with utensils as he practices with a spoon and fork. He’s getting more confident with how to drink from an open cup. All of these advances make your little guy think he can do it all himself. All babies progress differently, but if you are concerned your child isn’t keeping up with others his age talk to your paediatrician.

Expect this at 19-24 months

  • Less predictable eating habits mean he may eat lots one day and hardly be interested the next.
  • He may hesitate as new foods are introduced, so it may take several tries before he opens up. Never insist that he finish what’s in his bowl, but rather allow him to rely on his hunger and fullness cues.
  • He may exaggerate the chewing action, opening his mouth wider than necessary and causing some food and saliva to dribble out. But that’s to be expected and is perfectly okay.
  • He’ll prefer the familiar routine of mealtime - seeing the same bib, bowl and utensils is comforting to your toddler.
  • His larger height and weight will usually mean that a high chair is no longer needed as he takes his own seat (or booster seat) at the table.
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