Refusal of food is a standard phase which almost all toddlers undergo. There is a form of survival mechanism that shows itself in the second year which serves to prevent the now mobile baby from poisoning themselves because at that time they tend to it anything their hand’s touch. You should bear it in mind that toddlers may limit for some time the variety of foods they consume.
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Tips if Your Baby Rejects Food
We give you the following tips in an event your toddler stopped eating:
You might not know this, but toddlers should be served attractive but small meals because they have small appetites.
As mentioned above, these small appetites pave the way for healthy snacks to be given to toddlers between meals to ensure that they get babies to get the required nutrients needed. Instead of fatty or sugary snacks, fruits, yogurts, and vegetables are way better and healthier.
And the Food is Rejected?
Most times, toddler refusing to eat after an illness is normal, and you don’t have to fret over this.
Rejected food doesn’t mean spoilt food, and it can be preserved in your refrigerator to be offered to your toddler again. There isn’t any need for bribing the little cutie or bully him or her. Also, note that food isn’t a reward and shouldn’t be treated as such.
Power of Choices
You love to have a say in something right? So do kids. You can harness this power to achieve your goal. You can ask for example, “which plate would you love to eat from the red or blue plate? You noticed that we included limits about their choices? You should know too.
Food Should be Fun
Ensure that you allow your toddler to have fun while eating his or her food. By enjoying, we mean; toddlers playing, feeling or touching the food. Even though it is messier, but hands are equally good as spoons.
Be an Example
Kids would always want to eat what you eat and reject the foods that you reject that’s a fact. So we advise you to consider what you consume:
Do you prefer much fat, salt or sugar in the food you eat?
You don’t fancy vegetables, but eat much of takeaways?
Are quite confident you can feed your kid the food you consume?
Recall that restrictive or low-fat diets aren’t suitable for toddlers as it might affect their development and growth.
Substitutes to Some Foods
For a child’s diet to be complete, no stand-alone food should be considered. There are always alternatives which could be found easily.
There are some frequent problems happen for toddler feeding. This are:
Toddler Rejects Milk Consumption
Milk is an awesome source which protein and calcium can be obtained, but there are other foods which serve this purpose too;
Cheese: Cheddar (hard cheese) can be cut into reasonable cuboid shapes as a snack. Though you can still grate and sprinkle it over your cooked vegetables.
Cottage (soft cheese) however, can be mashed in bananas or potatoes.
They are blended with stewed or dried fruits.
You can freeze in hot weather or transform into smoothies.
Yogurt: Sometimes milk might be rejected but can be wholeheartedly accepted eaten as a milk pudding or custard. Sweet flavoring should be avoided in the milk drinks because it will be hard to convince your kid to drink just regular milk again.
Your Kid Stops Eating Vegetables
Does your kid refuse to eat vegetables? Yeah, it can be frustrating. Valuable fibers and vitamins are found in vegetables-also in fruits too.
Some toddlers would prefer salad vegetables and fruits instead of cooked vegetables. Vegetables that have been stir-fried usually have a crisp texture and are welcomed by kids. Most kids also appreciate grated carrots and a few beans, you should try adding it your family meal.
Your Kid Rejects Meat
Nutrients of high value like protein and iron can are found in meat, but in other foods too. Baked beans, iron-fortified cereals, wholemeal bread, and lentils contain the iron nutrient. Protein, however, is found in eggs, butter, beans, peanut, milk, and cheese.
A worldwide known trick is; mixing foods ensures that protein and iron needs can be attained. An example of this is cereals (iron-fortified) with milk, peanut butter sandwich, baked beans on toast.
Understand Why Your Kid Won’t Eat
Varying reasons abound why your kid isn’t eating which isn’t related to the food itself. Illness or pressure can also be a causative factor. We outlined below some factors which might affect the child’s appetite to eat.
Your Toddler is a Picky Eater
Toddlerhood they say is the time of picky eating. Being selective with food is a standard developmental stage that most kids undergo.
Using vegetables as an example, some picky eaters can find it bitter or are sensitive to its smell which in turn makes them reject vegetables when given to them and also reject new foods.
This can also be the cause of your toddler rejecting food. If your kid has food allergies, brace yourself for plenty of food restrictions and limitations. This leads typically to thin food selection and boring daily diet.
Your Toddler Possesses Too Sensitive Taste Buds
Kids with high sensitivity to taste tend to have more taste buds in their tongue, and this ensures that some chemical components of some foods like vegetables are highly detected. These foods might taste bitter or sour and would cause the food to be rejected in toddlers. Though most of the kids in this category always turn out to be picky eaters.
Your Lil Cutie is on Food Jag
Most kids eat the same type of food daily and can be classified by us as a food jag. This shouldn’t be what you should be worried about if your kid is happy, healthy and growing well. Since he is eating enough of his favorite foods, I think it’s best to occupy yourself with something else.
Snacks Have Taken Over
This is a smart observation which you should take upon. For example, if your toddler is refusing to eat dinner, you should observe what they eat throughout the day. It might be that they fill themselves up with snacks which in turn fills their tummies up and leave little room for adding another food. Ensure that your kid eats both snacks and meals at a schedule (predictable).
Your Kiddo is Sick
Sickness, in general, tends to reduce appetite in kids, not just them, we adults as well. This problem is short-term and shouldn’t be a cause of the alarm, once the child recovers, the appetite to eat comes back too.
You as a parent reading this might have been worried about your kid, and that’s why you’re reading this. You shouldn’t force or bribe your toddler to eat because in the long run; you would be tired of it. Ensure to try our tips mentioned in this article for a change.