How to feed a finicky eater

August 12, 2017 17:51 | Feeding Children

«Doctor, my child does not eat, and just bite, like a bird."I must have heard this complaint a thousand times before I realized that the children one to two years there is a reason for this behavior.If you understand the child's behavior in this age and become familiar with the development of the child, it will help you to understand why the majority of children from one year to two only bite, and do not eat.During the first year of life, children eat a lot, because they are growing strongly.On average, a child-to-year increases in three times its weight at birth, but between the first and second days of the birth of a normal child can increase your weight by only one-third or less.Furthermore, many children in this period, increase in proportion to

greater height than in width, since they use infant accumulated fat as an energy source.This is perfectly normal weight loss can further strengthen parent fears that their child is not getting enough nutrition.The attitude of the child to the food changes d

uring this period, since the nature of the child's development is changing.

Changes in emotional and motor development also carry with them a change in eating habits.The child started to walk, but it does - goes!He will not sit still or for what, and certainly not for the sake of food.He was too keen to interrupt their ongoing studies at home for a long time to sit on the ground.If the child will graze - to give small, frequent feedings - it will be more compatible with his overloaded schedule.However, many nutritionists believe that this is the healthiest diet.The title of "discerning consumer" and deservedly so for a different reason.Capture your thumb and forefinger, motor skills, brought to perfection by the year also affects the behavior of the child at the table.A child enjoys, securing this important new skill and selects from the contents of a plate or a tray of his highchair small pieces of food or reaching for your plate.

not in the mood to have

chaotic behavior at the table is just as characteristic as frequent mood swings in normally developing child from one to two years.One day your child can eat well and can practically nothing to eat the next day.In one day he can lean on fresh vegetables, and the next to abandon them.As one parent said, "The only constant thing in a child's diet - this inconstancy."It does not fit into any model of nutrition is normal, although a concern.If you were to count the average amount of food consumed by your baby for a week or a month, you will be surprised to discover that it is much more balanced diet than you thought.On average, children in the period from one year to two years is required 1000-1300 calories a day, but they can consume as much every day.One day, it seems that they do not eat anything, but they are catching up on the day.Food intake comes to equilibrium over time.One mother had solved the problem with poise: "When her poor appetite, I give her only one thing, and each time is different.Instead of worrying about a balanced meal, I take care of a balanced week. "

role of parents - child role

As parents of eight, we recognize that with their first child is not very eagerly waiting for the next meal, especially when they were between the ages of one to two years.We feel responsible for their every meal, for what they ate, how much they ate, and grieved that were not up to par, if they are not eaten clean every dish that we gave them.It has now become easier.We learned that our job is to buy the right foods, cook them properly in terms of nutrition and feed their beautifully and creatively;Our work ends on it. Now we can calm down and leave the rest on the child's choice.What he eats, when he eats, and whether at all - for the most part the case of the child (assuming that we have little to promote it and to organize).Once we relaxed and started to feel while eating less stress, we began to receive from this particular communication with their children more fun, and they even began to eat better and get more fun at the table.

Now, when we have to feed so many children, it is difficult to even fit them all at the table.We rarely stay on the force, to force them to eat.It is their business not stay hungry.In the case of feeding their children, we tried to find a middle ground, not squashing and showing no care attitude.We're trying to go with the flow of their needs and moods.From the Battle of force-feeding no one emerges victorious.Too much pressure leads to universal haggard and creates an unhealthy attitude toward food.It is normal to mask some of the products, to bribe, to play drinking games, such as airplane or in a "mom eats a spoon, baby spoon eat", and so on, as long as we control their desire to fill their children's meals in advance.After feeding young children, we do not accept for twenty-five years at his own expense or credit for what the child ate much nor shame of what he had not eaten anything.

Do not take your child's refusal of your lovingly prepared carrot puree as a personal insult.Be flexible in relation to the individual style of your child.If your child gives signs that he had had enough, so it's time to call it a meal.With that in mind, follow the advice and comments, which will help you to drive in the baby food as much as possible and get rid of your stress.

resort to the tray of delicacies

One of the newest ideas on which we ran in search of ways to feed their children and to facilitate the life of a parent - is a tray of treats.Since it is easy to feed the child, and it perfectly matches the style of the power of the majority of children of this age.

How to cook a tray of delicacies.This is how we prepare a tray of delicacies:

• Take the mold for ice cubes, pan for muffins or

buy a cell divided by a plastic dish on suckers, so you can attach it to a low table or highchair tray.Put in a cell cut into small (easy to put in your mouth) pieces of colorful and nutritious foods - sometimes we call this lunch tray rainbow.

• Be sure to pull the single cell under a nutritious sauce for dipping.

• Call these products on children's language so as to understand your two year old child:

• pumps avocado - a quarter of an avocado, cut into slices along

• cheese cubes

• banana wheels

• trees of broccoli

•small rings (breakfast cereals)

• sticks (boiled carrots or wheat bread with bran)

• months (slices of peeled apple with peanut butter or without)

• egg boats (slices of hard-boiled eggs, sliced ​​so that resembledcanoe)

• shells, a log, and so on (pastas of various shapes)

Put your own child tray on his own table.

Exploring the house and walked past the table, he will often stop a little backed up and continue his journey.Encourage your child to stand around the table, as he chews and swallows.

Caution: To the child does not choke, do not let your child run and play with full mouth of food.

If your child is constantly upsetting tray or resets it to the floor, he is still too small to allow him to feast on their own, and while feeding him, you may need supervision.By the age of two, many children can be explained that the tray has to stand on a table and you do not need to throw it, or wear around the house.

tray for two.If your intricately prepared a tray of treats not brought your baby delight, put the tray in the middle and have a snack together.All that may be required by your kid - imbued as it is entertaining to choose from a variety of multi-colored, decomposed before him.Exaggerate your admiration, as you feast on the tray, feeding the baby all the signs that it's great.Our children are so busy with the food trays that we began to graze with them.


Prepare the sauce. Children from one to two years love dipping things.Offering them dip least favorite foods, especially vegetables to the sauce, you will always win.Tips for sauces:

• guacamole (sauce made from avocado, spices or without)

• nutritious salad dressing

• cheese sauce

• yogurt without filling, flavored house honey and / or fruit concentrate

• fruit puree orboiled vegetables, mixed with a small amount of salad dressing

• mashed chickpeas

• sauce made from cottage cheese

• mashed tofu

spreadable. Young children are passionate about brushing.Give them this nutritious foods: avocado sauce, cheese, meat paste, peanut butter, vegetable puree, pear concentrate or concentrate from other fruits.Let your child smears these products on crackers, toast or rice cakes.

Favorite gravy kids.Putting nutritious and familiar favorite product baby on top of new and less desirable products - a good way to oboga Good grazing - well behaved

child's behavior often runs parallel with the schedule of his feedings.Parents usually notice that the child begins to behave badly at the end of the morning or the afternoon.Catch Us?The child behaves worse of all, when it turns out the longest without food.If the child is grazed, it minimizes blood sugar swings and the resulting undesirable behavior.

tit meager child menu.The most popular sauce and decorations are yogurt, melted cheese, cream cheese, Guaqui-maul, pear concentrate, tomato sauce, meat sauce, applesauce and peanut butter.

Make it easy to eat

Simple dishes. Take into account the fact that young children small tummies and not so well-developed chewing and swallowing skills.Slice the food into small, easy-to-send pieces in his mouth.Of the products that are hard to eat, make pies, such as meat: wipe it and spread on your favorite crackers.Unchanged winner leaves boiled liver, mixed in equal parts with cottage cheese.

«Drink your dinner." If your child refuses to eat, preferring to drink, prepare "cocktails" of yogurt mixed with fresh fruit.With tubes that make the drinks more interesting, some children this age left less dirt, and other more.

Let it be smaller. not baffle your child's plate full.Put a little and fill the dish again when the child asks for supplements.

Keep track of every calorie

Stick highly nutritious products that have to account for every calorie many nutrients.Fruits have low nutritional value, even less juice, and sweets occupy the last place.Highly nutritious foods are particularly important for a child between the ages of one to two years, which is active as a rabbit, and eats like a mouse.Children who prefer to bite, usually eat a very small amount of food, so the solution to highly nutritious foods and frequent feedings.

Seat and feed

How to make a child sit still. To lock the child in the chair and did not give him to get out of it, use the seat belt.Never leave your child sitting in a high chair, unattended.Here is how one mother cope with her fugitive: "I constantly I present him a full meal spoon.This rapid-feeding method holds his attention and gets them to sit quietly.Before he has time to recover, the meal is finished and I let him.I manage to put it in more food with fewer protests.I do not give him time to protest placed in the proximity between the spoons. "

place on the shelf. Take the bottom shelf of your refrigerator for baby food, as well as its drinks and residues from the trays.Perhaps your child will often come to the refrigerator and knock on the door, giving the sign to you that it is time to eat.Shelf in the refrigerator or cabinet must be low enough so that the child could himself take their food and drink when he wants.The age at which a child is ready to serve himself, leaving a minimum of dirt, all the children different.But encourage self.In addition, if you will take the child personal bookshelf, it will help you keep track of how much your baby eats.

table etiquette. the table there are pleasant things here accordingly expected good behavior.That kind of attitude you want to create in your child.Mealtime - a special time, and the family table - this is a special place for lots of fun, pleasant conversation and good food.Pressure should not be applied to a side dish to the food - it's not the best time to raise the issue.Teach all family members to good behavior at the table.If a small child becomes a witness to the fact that around the table battle suit and rush food, it will consider the family table as a battlefield and join.Even quite small, year-old child is able to get into the spirit of prayer before meals and casual conversation at the table.

Luxury her mother's lap. Be prepared that at times your child will refuse to sit in a chair or to remain in it.Allow it to sit on your lap and eat from your plate.As honorary president of the club's control over the mud Sears family, Martha has found it best to push his plate to reach for baby away and put a few pieces of his meal on the table in front of a child between the child and the plate.Then the pen sitting on your lap child will leave your plate alone.Enjoy this period of sitting on your lap - it will pass quickly.

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