Picky Eater? Why Toddlers Don't Need to Eat!
Toddlers Don't Need to Eat....much. Okay that's not completely true, but it sure seems like they don't eat. Below are 8 Tips to help get your picky eater the nutrition they need.
I recently read, "Help! My Child Won't Eat" It was informative, and had some surprising insights. Children's nutrition, can be tricky especially when they don't seem to be eating. Here are a few reasons and tips for getting them the calories they need.
- Nursing, this provides the peace of mind your toddler is getting their daily dose of vitamins and good fats.
- An 18 month old may need less calories than a 9 month old. This was shocking, but explains why children might decide one day to stop eating as much as they did.
- Toddlers have small tummies. Feeding children requires small, frequent meals.
- They might like fruits and veggies, but due to the low calorie content they can't eat very many. Even if they eat a lot of fruits and veggies they may still be hungry.
- Give them fats: Butter, nut butters, olive oil, avocados, olives, etc
- Make food fun size! Easy for tinny fingers to grab.
- Try to let your children help you pick out and prepare the food. Make them a part of preparing the meals, they will be more inclined to eat.
- Provide your picky eaters with choices. Keep it limited to 2 or 3 healthy options.