Generally, toddlers, who are aged, more than 15 months tend to have a reduced appetite! There will be a further drop in the appetite for the toddlers who are nearing 2 years! Moreover, the baby does not drink the formula drink or breast milk during the stage. So, it is essential to feed the baby with nutritious food.
Eating tantrums in toddlers become a headache for moms as complete 18 months. Many moms tend to worry about the changes in the kid’s eating habits! Moreover, you will be in confusion about feeding nutrition foods! Don’t panic.
Understand the reason behind the changes in the toddlers
Until 15 – 18 months, your sweet little daughter or son eat almost everything you feed. Rather, the toddlers tend to explore and enjoy eating different foods. Yet you will notice a dramatic change in the eating habits of your kid! The kid suddenly becomes too choosy about the foods, spit the food, eat a couple of a bites and throw it away, resist hardly to open the mouth, run away when it sees you preparing the food! These are very common in toddlers aged between 18 – 24 months.
You may think that your kid is very active and so there is a need for more energy. You obviously end up feeding more quantity of food! However, it will not help your kid! The increased activeness and reduced appetite is normal in almost all kids as the growth rate is reduced! So, there is no need for the more quantity of food!
18 – 24 months – Transition phase
This is the phase where your toddler almost gained a comfort level to eat solid foods with ease and you can let your baby feed on the normal foods and skip over the baby foods! Baby foods won’t be sufficient for the 2 years old baby and you have to train your baby with normal foods!
The toddler who is less than 2 years old needs a well-balanced diet with nutritious food. You can almost feed anything that is healthy and nutritious. However, don’t just indulge in a particular group of food, say carbs or proteins. When it comes to normal foods, just go with various mixes of carbohydrates, pulses, vegetables and fruits, nuts, eggs and meat.
Also, remember this is phase where the child gets attracted to tempting advertisements of fast foods. For instance, a pack of potato chips or colourful candies, and even the bottled beverages. Make sure your child does not become an addict to these foods as it would make your child mal-nourished.
As said earlier, due to reduced appetite, the quantity of food or frequency of feeding is almost reduced. So make sure that you feed a wholesome nutritious food!