Hi everyone! Happy August!
Every parent who has lived through having toddlers can probably agree on one thing - feeding them can be super difficult.
Whether you're dealing with a super picky eater, or one who won't eat at all, it's both mentally and emotionally exhausting.
Not to mention that toddlers' personalities and their sense of independence are emerging, which can be a difficult combination when trying to get them to eat a full, healthy meal three times a day.
So what are the best methods for combating your willful little one? We've gathered some of the best tips from the KidsHealth.org to help save your sanity!
Keep serving a variety of healthy food options. Remember that just because your toddler may turn down a food a couple of times, doesn't mean that you should stop serving them. The Kidshealth.org website states, "
A parent's role is to present healthy foods and let a child decide which ones to eat — or whether to eat at all." Your kids may just surprise you one day!
Resist the urge to push food on the kids constantly. Unfortunately,
this can dull their sense of internal cues telling them when they are full. Toddlers know that food will be offered several times a day, and while they may not eat much at one meal, they could very well devour a ton of food the next.
Keep mealtimes happy and upbeat. Kidshealth.org also warns that turning dinnertime into a negotiation period can backfire. Celebrating too much when your child eats a new bite or threatening punishment when they don't can create a power struggle and set the wrong tone.
Avoid using junk foods as a bargaining method. This can be a trap, because this can set bad nutrition habits in motion when you are better off establishing healthy food habits instead. Repeatedly serve healthier foods, and limit the junk foods that you keep in the house.
While all of these are great tips, remember that not everything will always go according to plan, which is more than okay!Life happens, and hop right back on board for the next meal, and you'll be set. Questions? Find me at Crystal@hugabugg.com.