Three Year Olds

Father and SonAs your child turns three, dietary needs will change. Be sure he or she receives a daily menu of grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and meats and proteins. Keep in mind that growth spurts make your child's appetite very unpredictable, so don't worry if it seems to change almost daily. It is also important to make sure your child exercises regularly and gets enough sleep. And of course, continue to take your child to see the doctor, especially when it comes time for immunizations---these shots are especially important in preparing your child to enter school.

As a parent or caregiver, you help to shape your child's body by helping him or her establish good health and nutrition habits early in life. But while working hard to ensure the healthy development of your child, don't forget to take care of yourself! You are the most powerful role model your child has, so set a good example. If you value a healthy lifestyle, so will your child!

From Your Healthy Baby by I am Your Child

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