Picky Eaters

Why toddlers can be such picky, fussy eaters

Picky Eaters

Babies seemed to be hungry all the time – even waking for 2am feedings.  Then the toddler years hit, and food just didn’t seem to be so important.  There’s good reason for this, says Dr. Jeremy Friedman, author of Canada’s Toddler Care Book. “In the first year of life babies triple their birth weight. But between the second and third birthdays they only put on about two kilograms. So the need for such a tremendous intake is much, much decreased in the second year of life.” Here’s what to ask yourself to know your toddler is getting enough food. “Question one is: Does your child have sufficient energy to go about their daily activities as you would expect them to? And question number two is: When you go for your regular check-ups are they meeting their growth milestones in terms of weight and growth? And if the answer to both of those questions is: Yes, then quite honestly I don’t think you have to worry about any nutritional or vitamin deficiencies.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Jeremy Friedman, author of Canada’s Toddler Care Book. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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