Is your toddler often rejecting new foods or refusing to eat?
Are exciting new discoveries more important to your child than meals?
Are you feeling frustrated, as if you have tried everything and don’t know what to do next?
Most toddlers go through a stage of refusing foods as eating becomes less important in their lives. They are beginning to realise that they have a sense of power over you and meal times are a great time to use it! They are learning independence, security and control.
In the first year of life your baby’s weight triples, with a gain of some seven kilograms. As growth rates slow after the first year weight gain slows to only two kilograms per year.
In the space of 12 months your child has graduated from eating half a teaspoon of Baby Rice to three meals a day. In your child’s second year you shouldn’t expect appetite to keep growing at the same rate. Unrealistic expectations about how much a child should eat can lead you to perceive a problem that you don’t really have.
For a toddler, being selective, or disliking new things, is part of a normal developmental phase that they do grow out of. How you, as the parent, respond to this, will determine the outcome.
Young children quickly learn which foods they like and those they don’t like as much. When they reject the less favoured foods and are then given their preferred foods, they soon learn how to get what they want.
As a parent, trying to manage food refusal can be a stressful and frustrating time. You may feel more confident if you have an action plan for this trying stage.
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Guide to-Picky Eater brochure.pdf