Re: 15 Month Old not eating enough solid food
Sounds normal to me. There is a big range in appetite for solids. There are kids who are enthusiastic eaters, and kids who seem to subsist on air, and everything in between. Often a child who started out eager to try new things will suddenly start refusing anything but a few preferred foods- this is a normal and self-protective behavior, because if toddlers were as indiscriminate about what they out in their mouths as babies are, they'd run a much higher risk of poisoning themselves. (Imagine an active toddler discovering a bottle of bleach, managing to unscrew the cap, and thinking "I wonder what this tastes like?" )
So what should you do? First, you might want to try keeping a food journal. You'll probably discover that your toddler eats more, and a more balanced diet, than you think if you look at her intake over the course of a few days instead of the course of a week. Second, keep nursing. She's still really little and breastmilk can fill a lot of nutritional holes in a toddler's diet- and that is a good thing! Nursing doesn't "ruin" a baby's appetite for solids. It just compensates for the normal inconsistencies of toddler appetite. Third, keep putting healthy and varied choices in front of your LO. Don't fall into the trap of offering only the foods that you know she will eat, because that may cause your child to become very picky and turn you into a short-order cook. Fourth, model good eating habits. If your toddler sees you eating all sorts of varied foods, she'll be more likely to try them. Fifth, get your LO involved in food preparation. You cut up the broccoli, she arranges it on the plate. You put the eggs on the plates, she shakes some dried parsley on them. You assemble the sandwich, she cuts out shapes from the sandwich using a cookie cutter. Sixth, try creative serving styles that may encourage her to eat more varied foods. Serve cut-up veggies in a cute container, with a cup of dip (ranch dressing is a big favorite in our house, but you can also use yogurt or peanut butter). Make a face on your child's plate using the components of the meal- broccoli for the hair, olives for the eyes, red pepper slices for the lips, etc.
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