Toddlers can be a fastidious eaters who declines to attempt a new food at least half of the time. Roughly around the half of all toddlers suit this description, so it is no amazement that food issues are a cause of tension for parents.
Establishing healthy eating patterns is important to avoid problems such as obesity and eating disorders later in life. The diverse procedures can assist your child in acceptomg a wider range of foods. It may be necessary to offer a food to your child as many as 10 different times before they choose to eat it. The problem is, many parents get frustrated and give up before the fourth or fifth try.
Try to make foods fun. Colorful foods like carrot sticks, raisins, apples, grapes, cheese sticks and crackers can all be fun and healthy choices for your growing toddler. Explain to them that eating good food is important so they’ll grow big and strong, and how it will render an assitance in running swiftly and playing for a longer period of time.
Children learn behaviors from their parents. If you restrict yourself to a narrow range of foods, your child will take notice and mimic your caution. You should never restrict the variety of food of your child to only that foods which he like. It may be that the taste of your child is not identical to that of your taste, and perhaps you are simply serving them foods they don’t happen to like. Try to set a good example and try a variety of foods in front of your child. It could motivate them to do the same.
If your child seems healthy and energetic, then they are eating enough. If you are still concerned, keep an eye on how much food they actually eat over the day. Children tend to graze constantly, rather than restrict their eating to three meals per day like adults. You may be amazed at the addition of these little handfuls and snacks. For further reassurance, check your child’s growth and weight charts, or check with your child’s pediatrician.
Try not to worry, and remember, that unless a child is ill, they will eat. Children are very good at judging their hunger and fullness signals. Try to stay relaxed about mealtime and offer your child a wide variety of foods, and most importantly, remember to set a good example by trying a wide variety of foods yourself. You may discover you and your toddler sharing a newly dicovered most-liked food!