Picky Eater's Behavior

by Lolita Rodriguez January 07, 2021

Picky Eater's Behavior

Dealing with picky eaters and food “strikes” is a common challenge in toddlers. Remember that children grow at different rates, and their appetites, food preferences and eating habits change as they get older. 

Toddlers are learning to navigate their world, communicate, and control some parts of their lives. They don't actually have control over much, but eating is one of the first areas they will master.

That's not to say toddlers are deciding what to have for dinner. Parents have the important job of providing the kinds of foods that an active toddler needs. A parent's role is to present healthy foods and let a child decide which ones to eat — or whether to eat at all. Parents can steer a toddler toward healthy eating, but might have to do it in a crafty way.

Many toddlers express their budding independence through eating — or not eating, as the case may be. So nearly all toddlers could be described as picky eaters. If kids don't like a food, they won't eat it — no rocket science there.

Here are some typical toddler behavior: 

1. Toddler's don't like anything: They will eat a meal one day and hate it the next. This is typical behavior of your little. Then you have to deal with them not liking anything. My trick is taking the kiddo to the store and letting him pick out his own food. So when he says he doesn't like it....I confirmed he picked it. 

2. Toddlers are the best negotiators: It is always a battle when it comes to getting them to eat. They are the best negotiators you almost want to pay them for it. They do this behavior with everything and they are so cute when they do it. Just take the cuteness and pay it forward. Getting Bastian to laugh at his silliness and him making agreements. Works every time!

3. Small bits win the battle: I stop making Bastian portions I believed he should be eating and just make what I saw him eating. This help with food cost and him having to sit and eat. I put everything in small bite size pieces so he can run and play at the same time. I noticed it made him eat faster and not pay attention to what was on his plate. MOM for the win! 

Below are some more sources to learn more typical toddler behavior:

1. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/toddler-meals.html

2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17908727/





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