Re: My 20 mo daughter has no interest in food, only wants mi
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First of all, how would you rate your LO's growth and development? If she's growing and developing normally, I think you can conclude that her diet isn't harming her. And while it's true that by age 2 most babies are getting most of their nutrition from solids rather than from breastmilk, there's nothing wrong with an all-milk or mostly-milk diet.
I definitely don't think that weaning is going to "fix" your toddler's appetite for solids. What it will do is remove the one source of nutrition that she will certainly take! You might want to try some of the following, and see if your LO is inspired to eat mores old food:
- 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.
- 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.
- Model good eating habits. If your toddler sees you eating and enjoying all sorts of varied foods, she'll be more likely to try them.
- 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.
- 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 or ketchup). 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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