Does your toddler refuse to eat? Here's what you can do.
Does your toddler find it challenging to eat or, are they not interested in the food at all? It is quite common for toddlers not to eat an adequate amount of food. Different factors can add to their frequent mood swings and deficiency of proper nutrients.
Firstly, understanding from where your child’s lack of interest in eating is coming.
Children can be picky when it comes to consuming proper nutrients. Some toddlers want to eat candies, chocolates, and other similar foods that bring nothing but lots of sugar and long-life teeth cavities. And for some, it can be a general lack of interest in not just eating but in eating their favorite foods as well.
For moms, it can become a hassle to get a single plate all cleaned up. This habit can make your child a fussy eater, and your life full of finding different ways to get your kid to eat a proper healthy meal. When you encounter such a situation, I have prepared a list of the things you can do to get those tummies full of yummies!
Keep a planner: One thing that troubles the mothers is what to cook for lunch or dinner, especially when you have a 5-year old picky eater with you. I understand how challenging it can be, but you can tackle the issue by taking out a suitable time from your weekend and plan the entire week menu. It will help you to identify if your toddler is a picky eater or a fussy eater. One thing you would need to make sure of is that you should not stress out about this. Stressing out will only make it worse. Not eating the food or losing interest happens to the best of us.
Activate their salivary glands:
Don’t be afraid to try out new ideas. You may want to add a little extra effort to the food presentation. The way you will present the food can add a plus-point to mealtime. If it looks interesting, it can gain little attention at the dinner table.
Make sure to choose healthy foods when doing your groceries and avoid filling your cart with unhealthy, sugary, and fattening food. Many times, avoiding eating the food can be part of their personal preference. Keeping a planner will help you identify their taste and save some time for yourself as well.If they stop eating the food they once liked,
Cut-back on the screen time:
If your toddler has a habit of playing with your phone when it’s eating time, then you may consider taking it away from them. Try this gradually and not abruptly. Abrupt changes to your kid’s daily activities can make your child cranky and moody. It will certainly not lessen the burden on you but would increase it. Food time should solely be dedicated to you, your kid and the food. How can your child focus on the food when its entire focus is on the screen. Kids will follow what they see. Turning on the TV while eating is not a good idea. You may want to reconsider the continuous habits you do as a parent to avoid unpleasant situations and easy-going parenting. Kids must start learning early. Things that you will teach them at their early stage will grow with them through time. This ingestion of habits will determine their approach towards how to lead a life. Strong foundations can withstand any storm.
Serve just the right amount of food:
If you serve toddler a full plate and expect them to leave no crumbs behind, then you may want to consider stopping. Discontinue the long-lasted tradition of the more you eat, the more you live.
Specifically, when it comes to younger tummies, having five bites can be enough for them. Let your child decide the amount of food they wish to eat. What you can do is to serve the right amount of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Do not fill up the plate and expect them to complete at one go. Note that it is normal for toddlers to eat less. But they need to eat right. Serving the exact amount of food can help prevent food wastage. And consequently, Moms will not have to force themselves to eat extra from their leftover food as well!
As a parent, it becomes your responsibility to ingest healthy habits in your child. You don’t have to give them snacks that they will churn down in no time and gain no single nutritious value out of it., just because they refuse to eat a proper meal. Dividing the food time into five small meals a day can help you in filling that tummy.Amidst all of this, do not forget that over-eating can also initiate negative side-effects on a child’s overall health. Just how you should not force them to eat, granting them permission to whatever they want and whenever they want may result in overweight. Life is all about balance. Not too high, or not too low. Just the right quantity.