Suggestions on eating for a two year old.

Dionne - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My two year old used to eat everything. She only eats a few things now. Should I be worried?

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Julia - posted on 11/28/2009

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Don't worry, most toddlers go through a phase like this. Just keep offering a variety of HEALTHY foods, and she will eat what her body needs. Offer milk or juice AFTER a meal, not during, many toddlers fill up on milk or juice, then don't want solid food. Try presenting the food differently: instead of a plate or bowl, put food in a muffin tin (one for mini-muffins) or ice cube tray or cupcake liners. Sandwiches, fruits and vegetables can be cut into different shapes/sizes. Offer foods with different textures, especially if her 2-year molars are coming in (her mouth might be sore). She might eat applesauce instead of apples, cream cheese instead of string cheese, vegetable soup instead of raw vegetables, etc. Make sure the atmosphere is pleasant during meals, and DON'T make a big deal out of her food choices, that can lead to "food battles" and kids usually win those! (In case you're wondering, I have 3 adult daughters, and I've worked with children for almost 25 years. If you are still worried, or if you think she is underweight, call your pediatrician or advice nurse!)

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