Toddlers may turn picky eaters at a certain time of toddlerhood. It is a frustrating period for parents but is it really worth being so depressed over this issue? Is there a way to find out? Do you want to know which diet plan is good and how much daily calories are required for your toddler?
Yes, you can determine whether it is a normal behavior or should you consult the doctor/dietitian for that matter. Let’s walk through this parenting dilemma and explore some answers along the way.
It may seem a surprising fact that an average toddler need only 1300 calories a day. So it may happen that your toddler has consumed enough to cover up his share of the energy for a day to get going.
It is not necessary for a toddler to have 3 square meals every day just like as we do. Refusing to eat is a way of showing how independent they are and they do not need to be told what to do or what no to do? Toddler diets and picky eaters is a great article that answers your questions regarding the diet plan for your toddler.
If you dread the meal times and think that being picky for your toddler has something to do with your culinary skills then relax as it has nothing to do with you.
Parents’ job is to prepare healthy and nutritious food for their children and then it is up to the children how well they are going to eat. Parents can intervene by changing the way they present the food to their toddlers. Check out these 17 TIPS FOR PLEASING THE PICKY EATER.
Toddlers are still new to solid foods, they are still adjusting with different tastes, colors, textures of new foods. Give them some time to develop a taste for the new food. If a toddler refuses a food, don’t feel discouraged. You can present the same food later with different presentation.
Offer variety to their food palette and be patient while their taste buds adjust to the new taste and texture. Handling a picky eater may seem difficult but it is not impossible.
Nutrition is another issue parents has to deal with as your picky eater may want to eat something that is not part of a balanced and healthy diet. To avoid this
- Don’t force your child to eat. Give him some time and then coax him to eat the meal or snack again.
- Remove distractions such as TV.
- Offer small portions.
- Make a routine and stick to it.
- Don’t rush around. This may upset the toddler.
- Offer new food in small proportion along with their favorite food.
- Offer food in their favorite plate/dish.
- Cooking with a toddler may do the trick as getting them involved in the process will pique their interest in food and they will be more willing to consume it
Check out Children’s nutrition tips for picky eaters to make your toddlers meal delicious and nutritious.
Many parents wonder, if their picky eaters are in need of a multivitamin? It is not up to you to decide. Don’t give your toddler over the counter medicine without consulting your doctor/dietitian. It may happen that your child do not need it at all. As long as there are dairy, fruits, meat(chicken, mutton etc.) and vegetables included in your toddler’s diet, you need not to worry.
Last week I discovered a nice ebook on the this particular topic from Happy Housewife. She is a mother of three and on her blog she writes about home management, cooking and frugal living. In this free ebook she has shared her experiences with her three children and summed it up in 17 pages book. In this ebook, there are helpful tips, advice and suggestions coming from an experienced parent. I have found it quite informative for parents of picky eaters. You can download the book from here, The happy housewife’s guide to dealing with picky eaters: free ebook.
Cooking for a toddler is no more difficult now with these easy recipes. There is another free ebook with easy recipes for babies and toddlers. It is the HEINZ Recipe Book for Babies and Toddlers. This 20 page ebook is filled with colorful pictures, tips and hints, easy, healthy and nutritious recipes for toddlers and babies.
A must read for parents! You can download the free ebook here.
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