Toddler eating habits worry most parents and caregivers. Eating habits of children vary with age. When they are babies their food intake is more or less under parental control, but as they grow things change. By the time babies grow into toddlers they are normally off their feeding-bottles and have begun on juices, vegetables and other soft bite-sized snacks which they can generally eat without help. As toddlers get older parents should ensure that their children are eating a healthy and balanced diet.
Parents should keep in mind that the appetite of children, like adults vary from day to day. Many parents complain that their children are never hungry, or that they are picky about their food or that the child is distracted while eating or simply refuses to eat by himself. Unless the growth and development of the child is affected in any way these problems can be solved with a little bit of patience and awareness.
Concern amongst parents about toddler eating habits is natural, but parents should bear in mind that at the ages of one and two toddlers are affected by their surroundings and are very curious. What may seem like tantrums and playfulness to parents is just the natural process of growing and learning for the child. Though this is inconvenient for the harassed parent, over-reaction may result in feeding problems.
Most parents initially pamper their children and when the child has crossed the age of experimenting on feeding himself it is too late. Thus parents should encourage their kids to eat independently as early as possible. Sometimes the child senses the anxiety that parents feel about their diet and it may result in the child being disagreeable during mealtimes. Picky toddlers try to avoid certain foods. A parent should look for alternate substitutes or try a little bit of trickery while serving meals.
Experts say that generally eating habits of children are influenced by their parents, so parents worried about their toddlers eating habits must practice what they preach.