Control your kid’s portions

Your child’s belly could get overwhelmed by a big portion.

If you have a preschooler, don’t go by the serving sizes listed on nutrition labels — they’re designed for adults. Three- and 4-year-olds have smaller tummies and can get overwhelmed by big portions. Start with these serving sizes, but let your child be your guide. A preschooler’s appetite can fluctuate daily, depending on activity level and growth spurts, but you don’t want to serve kids more than they’re really hungry for.

Portions

Bread   
You: 1 slice
A preschooler: ½ slice
   
Cereal
You: 1 cup
A preschooler: ? cup
   
Pasta
You: ½ cup cooked
A preschooler: ¼ cup cooked
   
Cooked veggies
You: ½ cup
A preschooler: ¼ cup
   
Applesauce
You: ½ cup
A preschooler: ¼ cup
   
Low-fat milk
You: 1 cup
A preschooler: ½ cup
   
Cheese   
You: 1½ ounces
A preschooler: ¾ ounce
   
Burger
You: 3-ounce patty
A preschooler: 1-ounce patty


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