Top tips for feeding toddlers
If every meal seems like a battleground – food refusal, thrown food, fussy eating habits - try to keep calm and consider the following:
- A healthy child will never willingly starve herself if she has access to a variety of wholesome food.
- If you’re really worried about what your toddler eats, keep a chart for a week and write down everything she eats. You’ll probably be surprised by how much she manages to get through despite the fact that she never seems to eat anything at all.
- If your child is a very poor eater, giving her a vitamin supplement may be useful.
- Keep an eye on her height and weight gains – if she’s consistently growing despite her small appetite, you have nothing to worry about.
- Don’t cater to her every whim. You will promote fussy eating if you keep offering different food choices until she accepts one. If she is fussy, and you want to give her a choice of food, keep the choice to two.,
- If your child is a resistant eater, keep snacking to a minimum so she’s hungry at mealtimes and will be more willing to eat.
- Try to eat with your toddler – even if it’s a snack. She’ll be more willing to sit down and eat if she has company and comes to understand that eating can be a social activity. Find recipes for toddlers in the Kidspot Recipe Finder.
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