Child Nutrition and Eating Habits

Christina - posted on 07/23/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Okay so my future step daughters primary caregiver is her Grandma, my boyfriend is deploy-able and gone most of the time because he is in the navy. I live in the house with all of them and take care of the baby (who just turned 2 and a half) as much as Grandma will let me. I have done research about child nutrition and health, everything I read about it is not what the baby gets. I see her do the complete opposite with the baby and I'm afraid that she is going to learn bad eating habits early on. I don't know what to do when I feel helpless watching the child scarf down sweet snack after sweet snack after caffeinated beverage up until dinner time and then pick at or not eat any dinner at all. She seems to get whatever she wants when it comes to food and drinks and I don't think its healthy for her to do that.
Does anyone have any ideas on how I can make sure the baby is eating the right goods and not so much junk all the time?

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Chet - posted on 07/29/2013

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This is a really difficult situation. One option would be to talk to the grandma and try to convince her that growing children need to eat healthy. Of course, she may not be open to that and it could just cause a lot of tension. You could try eating healthy yourself and encourage the baby to share with you. So you set a good example, and make healthy food something you enjoy together. Or you could try and take over breakfast. Get up early and make sure the baby gets a good breakfast to start the day. Young kids tend to eat the most at breakfast and the least at dinner anyway. If you can get some good food into her first thing she'll have that before any of the junk goes in, and it will help her to form some good habits.

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