I’m Worried My Toddler May Not be Eating Enough. Is This Normal and What Should I Do?
Many parents are concerned that their toddlers just aren’t eating enough. This concern makes sense because they’re used to having a baby. Babies, it seems like they eat around the clock and they’re growing so fast, where toddlers eat relatively less and also, less consistently. You think about it for a moment. A baby can put on seven pounds in only four months where it takes a toddler an entire year to put on only five pounds, and they do it in fits and starts.
What parents often don’t notice is that toddlers may get up to 25 percent of their food from snacking. Even their meals seem like snacks. So, it feels like they’re just not getting enough real food. One of the solutions to that is to make snacks count. Make every bite count. Choose snack foods that are part of this overall balance you want to provide for your child.