At this age children’s food preferences vary from day to day and they can become fussy, so keep offering your child a variety of foods and new foods, alongside familiar favourites. Encourage eating opportunities with other children as young children will often accept new foods if they see their friends eating them.
Your little one will be becoming more and more independent, let your child use cutlery to feed themselves as this can help them develop their fine motor skills and encourage them to make food choices and help prepare meals.
Most young children can regulate their own appetite so encourage them to eat but do not force them or expect them to eat if they are not hungry. Some children eat slowly, but generally will have eaten all they are likely to eat within 20-30 minutes.
Those eating well can now be given semi-skimmed milk after 2 years.
Being active is really important to your little ones health and development. Encourage your child to be physically active for at least 3 hours every day. This could be any kind of movement, like rolling and playing on the floor, walking, running, dancing, playing with others, and exploring outside like going to the park.
Most children have a full set of 20 milk or baby teeth by the time they’re 3 years old. Remember to continue to brush them twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and visit the dentist regularly.
Drink plenty of fluids – the government recommends 6-8 cups/glasses of water a day.