Simply Having a Toddler-Sized Christmas Time

Earlier this year I took part in the Toddler-Sized challenge, encouraging parents everywhere to turn the evidence based guidance on feeding toddlers, developed by the Infant & Toddler Forum, into something easy and practical, to take the guess work out of feeding toddlers well every day. Thank you for your support and entries. We also have some great tips for keeping toddlers busy, and eating healthily this Christmas.

Want to know more about makes a healthy toddler diet, whether it’s every day, or a festive day? Try out the Infant & Toddler Forum’s festive menu to give little ones a healthy balance, while still enjoying some treats. And the festive tips for active toddlers give lots of active play ideas.

We are all so busy in the run up to Christmas and over the festive season, and making sure toddlers are eating the right foods in the right amounts can soon slip off the agenda.  You know how it is, after fighting round the supermarket with a trolley - or two! - you reach for the take-away menu at home; meals are caught on the run between granny's and the garden centre to buy a Christmas tree; 'freezer tapas' becomes a regular meal in the week, and on it goes.

Christmas is a time for families to be together, of course, to relax and to celebrate the season, but it's essential to make sure health doesn't go out the window and bad habits become the norm, especially with young children to consider. Some toddlers may become extra sensitive as changes to routine affect their mood, nap times may be later or cut short, meals and snacks may be rushed or even forgotten, and regular activities fall off the calendar.  We find it helps to schedule in downtime, actually putting movie afternoons or family cuddle time or nature walks on the calendar, along with the other festive activities.

To help make the most of this busy period, the Infant & Toddler Forum have developed resources to help maintain a happy, active and healthy holiday season for all. Check out their festive tips for active toddlers  with fun activities to keep little ones jumping and dancing, and their festive menu which is full of suggestions to give little ones a healthy balance at Christmas dinner, while still enjoying all the seasonal fun.

If you are looking for some Christmas recipe inspiration, try this fun festive pasta dish or these surprisingly healthy Christmas cookies, great for making with little ones.

With a little planning, kids from 1 to 92 as Nat King Cole sang, can enjoy the festivities and Christmas fun, while staying active and healthy too.

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