If your child’s meals are not oversized and snacks are usually healthy, your child can enjoy snacking. In fact, some children need to snack in order to get enough calories.
If you have a baby or toddler under 1 year of age, do not give them cow's milk, eggs, or citrus fruits. You should not allow nuts until your child is at least 2 years old. Always supervise your baby or toddler while eating to avoid choking. "Choke foods" include raisins, cranberries, grapes, chunks of carrot, nuts, seeds, chunks of peanut butter, hard candies, hotdog pieces, and popcorn. When in doubt, chop it or wait until your child is older. Your child is at risk of choking on these types of foods until age 4.
Be careful to limit high-calorie, high-fat foods such as candy bars, chips, and ice cream so that your child can avoid unwanted weight gain and increased health risks. The best choices for snacks are foods that are:
Snacks that are high in protein and fiber may satisfy hunger longer.
Examples of healthy snacks include:
If your child never eats sweets or high-fat foods he'll probably get along just fine without them. It’s also OK to let your child enjoy eating a high-fat, high-calorie snack now and then. If your child wants to have this kind of snack more often, encourage him to be more active. Your child can have a high-calorie snack sometimes, as long as he also stays active.