Rachel McGuffey, MD, Lexington Clinic Pediatrics
Toddlers love to explore and express their independence. These same charming traits, however, can be a recipe for disaster at mealtimes.
Around age one, children's appetites may drop off suddenly and you may notice a decreased rate of growth. Many parents are concerned about these changes in eating patterns because they were used to their child eating everything that they were offered. Parents are often also concerned about the decreased rate of growth, which is actually typical for toddlers. (Of course, if your child is losing weight, you should contact your pediatrician.)
During toddlerhood, not only does the growth rate drop, but your child will also strive to become more independent. Instead of readily accepting everything placed in front of them, they will learn the word "no," especially during meal times! Foods your toddler loved will now be foods they turn down. Your toddler may take two bites one day and eat you out of house and home the next day!
Here are some suggestions for making sure your toddler gets adequate nutrition and that mealtimes are fun: