Feeding Children Ages 1 to 5

This free brochure provides information to guide you in helping children aged 1 to 5 to develop healthy eating habits.

two young girls and a boy outdoors and smiling
Young children standing outdoors and smiling

Please note this brochure contains information that references the previous version of Canada’s Food Guide.
A new version is in development.

A variety of tips

Eating habits developed during early childhood can influence a child’s diet for a lifetime.

This brochure provides information, practical tips, and meal and snack ideas to help you nurture healthy eating habits in the children in your care.

The brochure covers a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Hints for getting young children to enjoy different foods
  • Ways to avoid using food for negotiation, punishment or reward
  • How to achieve balance and variety in your meal plans
  • The importance of certain nutrients during early childhood
  • Why fat is an essential nutrient
  • Preventing choking
  • Reducing the risk of food-borne illness
  • Tips for preventing constipation
  • Three examples of daily meal plans

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L'alimentation des enfants de 1 à 5 ans
pdf icon French December, 2018 pdf (2.21 MB)
Feeding Children Ages 1 to 5
pdf icon English December, 2018 pdf (2.23 MB)
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The team of Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada would like to thank the following for reviewing the content of this brochure:

  • Manon Bouchard and Stéphanie Ledoux, Registered Dietitians, CHU Sainte-Justine, Mother and Child University Hospital Centre
  • Stéphanie Côté, Registered Dietitian, Extenso, Centre de référence sur la nutrition de l’Université de Montréal
  • Julie Deschamps, Registered Dietitian, Fondation OLO
  • Valérie St-Pierre, Registered Dietitian, CLSC de Mercier-Est–Anjou


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Suggestions from our team:

Use the three sample daily meal plans as a basis for developing your own.

Use the checklist to make sure your meal plans meet the needs of young children.