Is My Toddler Eating Enough? – Tales of A Picky Eater.
Many of us think it at some point. Some of us more than others because we have picky eaters. Is My Toddler Eating Enough?
How Much Is Enough?
I am by no means a medical professional. All my suggestions are my own views and opinions based on my experiences. When we were young we were told “eat everything on your plate”. I don’t think that logic still holds true. The portions I remember on my plate were far too much for me. I often left the table with a tummy ache. Not to mention a belly full of crap I hated. Since I became a mother I have pondered over how much is enough. My best guess is to use the USDA Choosemyplate.org suggestions as a guideline and watch your toddler at mealtimes. You can tell how much it takes for them to be satisfied. One rule of thumb for me, don’t go by how much of their favorite food they eat. Of course, they will eat more of that.
What Should My Toddler Be Eating?
It’s not enough to worry is my toddler eating enough, you also have to throw in what they are eating. I had one of my older kids that went through a french fry phase. He really only ate french fries for a month. I felt awful every time I fixed them, or bought them for him. I knew they weren’t good for him. He wasn’t getting the nutrients he needed. I gave him vitamins to supplement. Of course, his doctor prescribed them. To answer the question what should my toddler eat, a little of everything. I try to stick with the basic five. Breads or grains, meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy are still the staples.
What If They Don’t Eat It?
What If They Don’t Eat It? Just offer it anyway. I give Joshy a variety of foods at meal time. I don’t expect him to eat everything. I’m thankful that he will choose a few things and satisfy his hunger. From time to time I notice he has tried something different. Those are the days I feel victorious.
I don’t suggest bribing. It only gives Joshy leverage. Don’t pressure them. It makes them feel they are being punished. The last thing you want is for food to become a punishment. Have patience. If you have a picky eater, you know patience doesn’t come easy. Just continue to work with them, and offer lots of variety. They will eat enough to satisfy.
Do you have a picky eater? I would love to hear your stories. Or do you have a trick that’s tried and true? I’d appreciate your thoughts.