My 17mo old eats alot, when is to much?

Nicole - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter Azelia, is 17mo a wonderful healthy toddler who seems to want to eat anything she can get her hands on accept for her fruit,veg,ect... Anything sweet or (junk food) she wants to eat. I just don't feed her whatever she wants I don't let her get away with that but what am I to do, feed her and her just not eat?

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Jessica - posted on 04/03/2010

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I've been running into that problem with my 4 year old lately. I limit the amount of junk he eats and if he's had his limit or just wants junk I tell him if you eat an apple or banana then I'll let you have junk food and if he tells me no and then tells me again then I just tell him "ok then you don't get the junk food" and either he'll say ok to apple or banana or he'll let go of the idea that he wants junk food. We've been blessed that he likes his fruit and vegetables for the most part and don't have to fight too hard.

Meghan - posted on 04/03/2010

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My almost 18 month old son has a salt tooth-if he is on the other side of the house and I open a bag (of anything) he comes running in thinking it's potato chips or crackers! The funny thing is, I control how much of these he gets. He spends time with his father every other weekend and I know that he gives him this junk pretty much whenever he wants because "he wants it and throws a fit". On the flip side of all of this my son really does LOVE fruit and veggies-to the point that he wakes up asking for brocolli and sometimes the only dinner he will have is fruit. The only thing I can suggest is take away the junk. Don't even let her know you have it. Offer her melon- canteloupe, watermelon, honey dew-my son's favs. She wont starve! It may be a rough few days but I promise she wont starve! I also notice a change in what he will/wont eat when he is teething! I think overall, at this age a lot of food battles are a test of wills. You are the mom. You decide what and when she will eat, she will decide if and how much she will eat. Good luck and hope this helps!

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