Mary - posted on 08/28/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )
I have a 15 month old daughter that doesn't weigh much - only the 2nd percentile for her weight and age group. Her doctor is a bit concerned and wants me to supplement her diet with PediaSure (kids nutrition drink). Of course, she won't touch the stuff even after trying several flavors.
She has times when she'll chow down and other times when she seems to live on air! I'm sure most parents of toddlers know what I'm talking about! I'm trying not to be too worried - I believe some kids are meant to be skinny because of metabolism and genetics!
Still, I feel somewhat pressured to encourage her put on a bit more weight. My daughter is VERY active and never sits still, even by 15 month old standards. Its hard to get her to sit for more than about a minute to eat. Rather than trying to get her to eat meals (since it doesn't work), I offer food throughout the day.
Does anyone have ideas for foods for a picky toddler? Ways to bulk up on calories without giving junk food? Any ideas on high calorie foods for toddlers? Her favorite foods are oatmeal, yogurt, rice, beans, corn, prunes, cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, bread, fruit. She'll let an occasional vegetable cross her lips. She drinks 2-3 cups daily of whole milk.