Understanding Your Toddler’s Eating Habit.

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Toddler Eating Habit

Do you have a hard time getting your toddler to eat real foods?

Is your toddler picky with foods and fussy at mealtimes? Understanding Your Toddler’s Eating Habit is a necessity

Are you overwhelmed with your toddler’s weight & eating habits and  desire to see a change?

Well moms, glad to let you know this situation is not peculiar to you or your child and help is close by.

Understanding Your Toddler’s Eating Habit.

Toddlers are known to be independent and want to assert this independence in all they do even at meal times.  Getting your toddler to actually sit down and eat his meal may be a difficult task and some new skills are needed especially if you want to raise a healthy toddler.   Aside from the new skills learnt, understanding your toddlers new eating behaviour will also go a long way in putting your mind at rest and reducing  the  struggles encountered during  meal time.

Toddler Eating Habit.

To successfully manage this period,

  • It is important you understand that your toddler’s picky habits is a normal part of his development. Toddlers do not require as much food as they did in the second year, this is because there is a slow down in growth, leading to them requiring a  lesser  amount of food than they once did.
  • Toddlers are extremely curious and restless, with brains that constantly need to be stimulated. So sitting down to eat is probably one of the last things on their mind and much less fun too.
  • It is also good to know that their eating habit is not something they really understand and can control.  When they feel hunger pangs, they just want to pick up  something to eliminate that feeling and return back to their learning and play. In short, they don’t want to be disturbed.
  • It is also important to know that its common for your toddler to binge on one kind of food or almost no food for several days at a time.   Today he may  decide to accept only rice cereals and demand only that for the next four day, rejecting all other foods.

All these behaviors are perfectly normal with toddlers and really nothing to worry about.

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Now that we have a better understanding on toddler eating behaviours, how can we apply this when feeding  our toddlers?

  • Since your toddler does not have the time to really sit down and eat, it is better meals served are chopped into small bites and packed in small containers containing about three to five spoons.    These foods should be served every 2 – 3 hours so your toddlers energy and nutrient needs are met.
  • Meal times should be fun and engaging, with rhymes and activities to hold your toddlers attention .
  • Meals can be cut into different shapes and sizes  using  a cookie cutter.  For example,  breads, pancakes, fruits and veggies can all be made more appealing when cut and served into different shapes
  • Since toddlers are more attracted to colours, try including as much colours as possible when serving meals.  For example, white rice can be coloured with turmeric and served with steamed veggies like carrots, sweet corn and  peas.
  • Lastly, charge up meal times with different coloured plates, cups, spoons and trays,  this helps attract your toddler to the food served and teaches him about colours too.

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Now that we have a grip on our toddlers eating habits, lets take a look at healthy foods to offer them

  • Boiled egg, cut in slices with some steamed peas or sweet corn
  • Cheese, cut in small cubes
  • Fruits of various colours, cut long or in cubes
  • Grilled chicken slices
  • Scrambled vegetable egg
  • Mini pancakes cut into different shapes
  • Homemade cup cakes
  • Steamed peas and carrot mix
  • Tuna rolled in pancakes
  • Whole wheat bread with peanut butter or fruit jam,  shaped with a cookie cutter
  • Yoghurt with fruit cuts
  • Colourful fruit and vegetable smoothies
  • And lastly dried fruits and cereal mix.

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So moms, I hope you got some help on feeding your toddlers.

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