Ravioli, Spaghetti O’s, & Gummy Bears, Oh My!

We at GotBreastPump.com recognize that a Mom faces an awesome responsibility for feeding your child, regardless of age. We also know from experience, that as you baby begins weaning from breast or bottle, the battle of wills. It is pretty normal for toddler age children, as early as 18 months or younger, to start exercising their ability to choose what they do and do not want to eat.

Doing research for this set of blogs about toddlers being picky eaters, we read about many mothers who were distressed, panicked, when their 3-year-old toddler ate nothing but chocolate. Another mother of a toddler, 2-years-old, ate only ravioli, cheese sandwiches, pasta and tomato sauce. This mother also had concerns about her toddler’s problem with constipation.

Pediatricians say that at this age of development, the rate of growth, and therefore the calorie requirements normally decrease and with this there is a fall-off in appetite. This often causes great anxiety to the parents who believe their child will starve her/himself to death. He/she won’t.

Some solid advice comes from Ellyn Satter, a dietician and prolific author of books about childhood nutrition. In one article, Ellyn affirmed that feeding requires a division of responsibility. Parents are responsible for what, when, and where of feeding. Children are responsible for the how much and whether of eating…

Such sage advice, but even that may still not be the Yellow Brick Road to solving the challenge of feeding that finicky toddler.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow, toddlers will grow into strong healthy adolescents who will most likely eat you out of house and home and you will only be able to reminisce about the days when your child was a picky eater of food.

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