Tips For Fussy Eaters
It is reasonable for your toddler to develop their own taste preferences so don’t expect them to like everything on offer. Give them a day or two before trying the same taste experience again, to see if they develop a renewed interest.
Be aware of not letting your own preferences and dislikes for foods influence what you offer your toddler. This can be difficult to do, however there are real advantages for allowing toddlers to make up their own minds about what suits them.
If you feel your child is not eating very much, it may be a good idea to keep a food diary and record their intake over a few days. What’s important is that they are growing and not dropping down or following a flat line on their percentile or growth charts.
It is normal for toddlers to pick and graze and eat only small amounts for some meals. But it can be worthwhile looking at their intake over the course of a week, rather than just concentrating on the amount they have eaten on an individual day, as foods they miss out on one day can be made up through the week.
Handy Hints To Get Your Toddler To Eat:
- Get them involved, ask your toddler to help choose what to make for dinner or if they can give a little hand in preparing the meal
- Have regular eating habits, such as eating at the table and always putting your toddler in their high chair for meals
- Think about portion sizes. Keep in mind that your toddler’s stomach is smaller than yours, so don’t expect them to eat as much as you. Their meal size should be around 1/4 – 1/3 of the size of an adult meal
- Make it DIY. Put out a plate of balanced food and let them choose what they want! What about a plate of toddler tapas? Steamed veggies, sultanas, cheese, fruit chunks, sandwiches, dips and yoghurt all make a great smorgasbord
- Keep them company and make eating a social occasion. Get a few toddlers round for a tea party or a picnic. Toddlers are great imitators. They will often eat in the company of other children and be less picky
- Be a good role model. Let your toddler see you eating a wide variety of different foods.
Supplementary Milk Drinks
Supplementary milk drinks are suitable to include as part of a toddler’s daily food intake as a nutritious supplement when intakes of energy and nutrients may not be adequate.
If you are concerned about your child’s growth see your healthcare professional.