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Answers to The Most Common Toddler Feeding Problems

Feeding your child is one of your most important tasks. As a parent, you need to give your tot all the proper nutrition he needs in order to ensure his overall development. But this task is very challenging especially if your tot is a picky eater. Toddlers have their own stand about everything and food is not an exception. Encouraging your toddler instead of exerting force is the answer to successfully resolve this urgent matter.

To help you out, here are some of the most basic toddler feeding problems parents deal with as well as the answers and techniques that can combat these troubles away.

Toddler Feeding Problems – Answered

Problem # 1: Your toddler prefers a particular set of food

Answer: Most often, toddlers get scared with the sight of unfamiliar food and it is the primary reason why your toddler ignores a particular food in his plate yet devours the remaining with ease. The best solution here is to present your meals in a nice manner. Color is what entices toddlers and making him see that on his plate encourages him to try out everything. Food presentation is important. For example, place vegetables in a bowl or plate that spells out his name. A smiley face made from carrot sticks will please him. Slicing up fruits and vegetables into fun shapes peaks your child’s interests.

If your toddler prefers to eat a sandwich, make him eat more by alternately filling it with grilled cheese, tuna, ham and egg or chicken instead of his favored burger patty.

Problem # 2: Your toddler does not finish every food in his plate

Answer: Have you tried asking yourself if the serving size is too big for a two year old kid? Most often, the reason why your toddler does not clear his plate is because of too much food. He cannot consume it all so switch to serving him small portions of everything. A small portion of rice, few slices of meat and beans coupled with a few slices of apple is sufficient enough to ensure he gets proper nutrition.

Problem # 3: When your toddler does not want to eat at all

Answer: If your toddler prefers to play with his food instead of chewing it, you need to step up your game. Remove him from his high chair and only put him back when he wants to eat. He will learn to eat the food on the table or otherwise wait for the next meal to satiate his hunger. This makes him realize that what he is doing will not be tolerated. Another tip is to let him help you in the kitchen. Once a week, have him pick out the family’s meal for dinner. Allow him to choose his reward (e.g. French fries, a cake) and compromise. As long as he eats his vegetables, then he can have that fries or a slice of his favorite chocolate cake afterwards.

Problem # 4: Your toddler is already two years old yet still wants to be baby fed

Answer: At some point, toddlers feel that eating is a tedious task. To help your toddler out, get him a plate, spoon, fork and cup in his favorite cartoon character or superhero. Finger foods are also a great solution to make him feed himself. Always take every meal together as a family. This will encourage him to imitate the people around him.

Problem # 5: He only eats sweets and junk food and drinks soda

Answer: The best way to minimize bad food intake is to discipline your toddler. Reward him with a single cookie or a piece of chocolate after he has finished a healthy meal. This way, he gets used to eating healthier foods and will likely not need the reward soon. Food alternatives within the same food group are also a great solution to slowly change your toddler’s food preference. For sweets, have him eat a peanut butter sandwich. For chips, give him finger foods like nuts or fruits sliced in fun shapes and dipped in cream. Concoct homemade fruit smoothies like strawberry, watermelon, mango and apple banana are great alternatives to sodas.

Proper nutrition is essential for a toddler’s complete development. Even if feeding your tot is a challenge, know that every issue can be addressed. Know your toddler’s wants and incorporate it with his balanced diet. Always look for alternatives. In this way, you are assured that your tot gets all the correct nourishment he needs.

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