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Toddlers are notoriously picky
eaters. They may only eat a few foods, then abruptly refuse them. Toddlers also
have rapidly changing appetites. Although toddlers grow steadily throughout
their second year, their growth rates are less dramatic than during the first
year, which often is reflected in how much they eat. Children this age may eat
robustly one day and very little the next, but they usually eat the right
amount to meet their caloric needs.
Toddlers are just beginning to understand that they can make their
own decisions. Their need for independence and control often interferes with
mealtime and eating.
There are two basic "rules" for feeding your child:
More specifically, it can help to:
You can help prevent mealtime battles by planning ahead and being
aware of common issues.
For more information on strategies to help your child eat well, see
the topic Healthy Eating for Children.
Committee on Nutrition, American Academy of Pediatrics (2001, reaffirmed 2006). The use and misuse of fruit juice in pediatrics. Pediatrics, 107(5): 1210–1213. Also available online: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/107/5/1210.full.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofJuly 26, 2016
Current as of:
July 26, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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