My daughter is entering the picky eating stage. To date, her favorite foods are ketchup, anything with ketchup and ketchup. She also likes juicy fruit, plain bread, plain rice, food she prepared and other kid’s food. She has mastered the art of sucking the flavor from food and spitting it out. I call it lazy regurgitation.
She eats an adult portion meal in several days. My doctor warned me but it’s still worrying. Our family pediatrician friend went as far as reassuring me that toddlers grow even without food. (Huh???) Call it first time mother paranoia but I had no peace of mind until I did what every sane mother in the modern era would do: I googled it.
Here’s what I found that made me breathe easier.
(Thankfully Specific) Toddler Feeding Tips
• Serve toddler-size portions. Let you child ask for seconds.
• Offer finger foods often.
• Introduce a new food along with familiar foods.
• Go easy on seasonings and keep foods separate. Young children prefer simply prepared foods.
• Present a variety of foods from the four food groups. Let your child pick from what is available.
• Present food in a way your child can handle, in bite-size pieces for example.
• Encourage one bite to taste but don’t overdo the coaxing. You can’t force your child to eat anything.
• Don’t bribe or reward with food. Present food in a neutral fashion.
• Keep the television off during mealtime.
• Have your child sit with the rest of the family, at least for part of the meal.
• Don’t hurry your child. Remove the plate without comment after a reasonable length of time.
• Set a routine for eating. For example, foods are to be eaten at the table.
• Seat your child at a comfortable height to the table with feet supported.
• Eat with your child. Children learn how to eat by watching others.
Source: Lambton Health California
What are your child’s eating habits?