Toddler's Mealtime - Tips for The Picky Eater
Feeding my toddler can sometimes feel
like a battle. And I'm losing the battle. Though my older children can polish
their food faster than it takes me to make it, my toddler seems to balk at
anything that I offer her. Recently, I saw visual samples of the amount of food
a toddler should be eating per meal and it make me feel much better. Toddler's
stomachs are the size of the fist, so while compared to my older children it
seems she eats nothing, she is probably getting all the nourishment she needs.
And for those days when it seems she is refusing anything, I try to follow some
of the toddler picky eater tips from experts.
Make eating routine. Set specific
times for eating and snacking. Do not allow grazing all day. You don't want them
to fill their small stomachs on sweets or cookies. Her last snack time should be
two hours before dinner, so she has time to build up an appetite.
Keep trying. If your toddler refuses to try a new food don't give up. Most
toddlers will not try new foods the first time they are exposed to it. Next to
the chicken and pasta you know that they will eat, try putting on a serving of
vegetables. After a few times they may surprise you by eating it.
Make it fun and easy. Cut the food up into bite size finger foods. Use fun
cookie cutter shapes to make it more interesting. Toddlers love to dip their
food, so think ketchup for chicken or yogurt for vegetables.
Sometimes the problem is their lack of attention span. Make sure to use their
table time wisely by filling them up with good, nutritious calories. Try
potatoes, cheese, chicken, eggs, yogurt and pasta.
Give them a new fruit or veggie when they have friends over. Peer pressure
Let them be involved. When shopping ask them what fruits, vegetables and healthy
food they like. If they were the one to buy it, they may try it. You can also
have them help you prepare the meal. They will be more willing to try something
that they made themselves.
Set a good example. Don't eat on the go. When eating out together, show them how
you are willing to try new foods.
Give the food a cool name. Carrots can be X-ray Vision Carrots. Isn't it cooler
to eat that than regular carrots?
Make sure they are comfortable. If they can't reach the floor or sit back
against their big size chair, they will want to leave the table much faster.
Invest in a toddler table and chair set or booster seat to ensure that they are
Serve small portions and let your child ask for more if needed. You do not want
to overwhelm him with too much food.
If all fails do not despair. Some days they may gobble up everything you hand
them and on other days it may seem they are not eating anything. Give them
plenty of fluids and let them guide you on how much they need to eat. When they
are hungry, they will eat.
by Miriam L. Sietler
Miriam Seitler is mother of 4
adorable children who lives in New Jersey. She is the owner of
a website for just toddlers. Check out their fabulous line of toddler clothes
and accessories, educational toys, kids room decor and toddler gear.
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