Why are toddlers fussy eaters?
For some toddlers, refusing food is a means of asserting independence as it’s one of the very select things within their control. Little ones are also constantly being stimulated with new experiences. A new food might just be too overwhelming for a toddler who’s had a big day.
Other reasons for food fussiness include:
- Feeling unwell
- Having a diminished appetite
- Being full from an earlier meal
- Feeling anxious or upset
- Disliking a food’s texture
Remember, patience and perseverance are key. It can take being offered the same food up to ten times before a toddler decides they like it. You’ll both get there – eventually.
Worried your toddler isn’t eating enough?
If you’re seriously concerned your toddler isn’t getting enough food to meet their nutritional requirements, try keeping a food diary for a week. You may be surprised at how much variety they’re actually getting.
If the results are still worrying you, consult with a health professional to see if there are potentially more serious issues at play.
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