ALL toddlers are hard wired to appear picky. Exploring foods (translation: making a mess) is rite of passage. Most toddlers play with food; some will chew it and spit it out! This is all part of normal development.
Your toddler’s diet is probably not as bad as you think (i.e. Fruits CAN be eaten in place of vegetables – as long as you keep offering vegetables a few times a week)
The average, healthy toddler between the ages of 1-3 needs about 16grams of protein per day. This can be consumed by eating ½ turkey sausage with breakfast, 2-3 baked chicken nuggets at lunch, a cheese stick with dinner and about 4-6 ounces of milk throughout the day. Anything else is GRAVY.
Pairing a food your toddlers LOVES with something that is unfamiliar will help bring him and keep him at the table. Think small pieces of salmon (unfamiliar) served with multigrain goldfish and favorite fruit.
Like Every parent you’ve probably…
...Begged, “Please just take one more bite”
...Wondered if your child is eating enough fruits & vegetables
...Worried over whether or not your child eats enough protein
...Agonized over what to make for dinner that is nutritious AND delicious (pun intended)
...Felt confused by media attempts to define what constitutes a healthy diet (First Kale Chips, now Chia Seed Pudding?)
Redefining Picky Eating
Did You Know?
" Every parent has struggled with a picky eater. I can tell you it has taken me ten years of working in this field and having two children of my own to understand that feeding a toddler is ten percent about the food they actually eat and ninety percent about parenting. "
There is no quick fix for a picky eater. But there is help. Here you will find:
>> Strategies for managing day to day food fights
>> Which foods you should try offering your picky eater
>> Tips on understanding how much food is really enough to help your child grow and thrive - so you can worry less