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Family & Home 1,317 views Apr 26, 2017
Toddler Mealtime: How to Cut Down on the Tantrums

There is a period that every child goes through that makes every mealtime a bit of a battle zone. This leaves parents frazzled and worried that their toddler is not getting enough of nutrition. This means that everyone in the family ends up quite unhappy. While it can be difficult to believe, there are a few things that you can do to ease the tension involved with meals. It may take some time for you to find that ideal situation, but you will be able to make mealtime more peaceful. Here is what you can do:

 

Get Rid of Distractions

Some parents like to turn on the TV, plop their child down in their highchair, and shovel food into their mouths. While this may be effective in certain instances, you aren’t really setting the right precedent about meals or nutrition. It is instead better to make sure that there are absolutely no distractions and that your child is able to focus on their food completely. While your little one is quite young, you may not be able to have family dinners. Instead, you may need to focus on feeding them and then eating. As they get older, however, this will change.

 

Persist with Food Options

If your child doesn’t eat their toddler food the first time it is presented, don’t worry about it. According to research, most little ones can take up to ten times before they start accepting a particular food! This means that you must persevere and let them try the dish on several occasions. Don’t do it at consecutive mealtimes, however. Instead wait a day or two before presenting it once more.

 

Give Them a Variety

How would you like it if you had to just eat one type of food at mealtime? You probably wouldn’t be all that interested in finishing your food either. This is why you should give your child a variety at a meal time. This could just mean having a good selection of carbs, veggies, and meat. You will be able to make sure that they are getting at least some nutrition into them.

 

Let them Help Cook

A child is much more likely to eat something that they helped prepare themselves. Now, of course, it can be difficult to get your kid involved in the cooking process. However, make them feel as they are contributing at least one small way. This will make them less wary about their food.


Cut Down on Snacks and Don’t Incentivize Meals

One of the reasons that your child may be not eating at mealtimes is because they are so full from their snacks. Even the healthiest of snacks could prove to be obstacles to good eating. This is why you should only provide them if they are absolutely necessary. On a similar note, it is best not to encourage your children to eat so that they can get dessert. Instead, have one or two days a week where dessert is eaten. Rewarding your children for eating isn’t going to help them learn the right principles regarding food and eating.
These are just a few things that should help ease the problems that typically arise with mealtime.


Tags: #toddler food