The diet of the toddler can be a cause of great anxiety to the parent. The constant worry of any parent is that their child is just not eating enough, and that they are too skinny for their own good. However, there is not too much truth in this. If your toddler is a fussy eater, but is being given nutritious food, he is unlikely to be underweight. This is especially true in the case of children who are healthy and active.
Sometimes, parents believe that they are giving them too much food which is not good for the child and that the baby will not be able to digest all of it. They also feel that children ask for more without really knowing what they are doing fully. This is very wrong. You should never curb the appetite of a child unless you have been advised so by your doctor.
Some children have been forced to follow certain diets by the doctor. This could be due to some health condition, or simple due to an intolerance to certain foods. If your child is one such, make sure that you take the advice of a nutritionist or dietitian to make sure that your child’s diet is drawn up in such a way that he is not being denied any foods, and that his diet is complete and balanced. You should also know what foods can be substituted, so that you can also make modifications at home when you need to.
Many mothers continue to breast feeding for a long time after they have introduced them to solid feeds. Breast feeding your child has plenty of benefits, even if you continue after the child has completed a year. You should, however, ensure that the feed is not a substitute for a meal, but is only given after the child has eaten. The breastfeeds will give him for security, comfort and also some nutrition, but it is not a substitute to the baby’s meal at this stage. You should be careful about this, as many children will refuse to eat, but will take to the breast most readily.