Your baby had a great appetite. Happily ate everything. Tried lots of flavors and foods. Then your baby became a toddler. Suddenly meals feel like a horrible battle.
Picky eating is very common, especially in toddlers and pre-schoolers. After the first year of life, a toddler’s appetite decreases quite a bit as the rate of growth slows down. Meanwhile, a toddler grows in independence, expressed by pushing limits, exploring new skills, and forming lots of opinions about everything. These are all healthy signs of development, but concerns about nutrition can be a major source of anxiety and frustration for many parents. Myself included! Having two kids has helped remind me that there isn’t much we can control about our children’s food preferences. Part of it is how we are individually wired. We see it in adults… some are adventurous eaters, some are simply not.
Most children who are considered picky eaters actually are eating enough in the…
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