How To Get Your Toddler To Eat Well

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Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters. Not a parent exists that hasn`t worried about their toddlers eating habits at one time or another.


by: Adwina Jackson

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters. Not a parent exists that hasn`t worried
about their toddlers eating habits at one time or another.

Some worry their toddlers aren`t eating enough, others worry that their toddlers
are eating too much, and still others worry that their toddlers aren`t eating
a wide enough variety of different foods.

The good news is that if you do things right, you can set your toddler on a path
to good eating indefinitely.

How do you do it?

First and foremost, know that when it comes to eating most toddlers are just
learning about food, and just starting to develop habits.

You don`t want to force food on your toddler at any time, or suggest that they
clean their plate or take just one last bite of anything.

Why? This may set them up for a lifetime of food struggles.

Rather, the best way to support good eating habits is to have available at all
times a variety of healthy foods in your home.

Generally as long as toddlers eat one or two items from each food group within
a 2-3 day time frame, they are doing well.

Here are some other things you can do to encourage healthy eating habits:

Eat as a Family - This may not be possible every day of the week, but at least
1-2 days per week you should encourage your family to gather together around the
table for a good, wholesome meal. Include lots of different foods that are healthy
and nutritious. Toddlers learn by example, and watching other family members eat
and interact in an inviting environment will encourage your toddler to do the
same as time goes on.

Don`t Require Your Toddler to Clean His Plate - This is a common well intentioned
mistake some parents make. Toddlers eating habits are peculiar, but they do know
when they are hungry. Forcing them to finish food they can`t or won`t eat will
only result in power struggles and potentially problems with food later in life.

Keep the Refrigerator Stocked with Healthy Snacks - If you don`t have dozens
of cookies laying about the house your toddler will be less likely to eat them.
That said allow your toddler some sweet treats when they are visiting relatives
or a friend`s house. Just remember to keep sweets to a minimum at your house.

Cook a Variety of Foods - If you normally cook fish twice a week, your child
will become accustomed to it as part of their routine.

It will be much easier to convince your toddler to try new things if they are
an ordinary part of your diet, then if out of the blue you decide to try new foods
that are unusual or generally unappealing.

As your toddler grows and develops they will eventually develop more routine
eating habits. In the meantime simply providing healthy alternatives and variety
in their diet is a great way to jump start a healthy diet.
 
 

About The Author

Adwina Jackson is a wife and mother of a young boy. She’s also the editor of
Inspiring Parenting, an online source of valuable parenting information. Please
visit
http://www.InspiringParenting.com for helpful and free parenting info. Observe your children’s health, growth
and development by clicking the website.

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