Join Date : Mar 2010
Location : Titirangi
Posts : 507
Hi there, as your daughter is only 2.5yrs she is still only little. It is most likely that she is just a grazer, as many are at that age. I work with children and this is quite common. If she is eating, even if it is only small amounts at a time, then she is probably just not a big eater. It would be more concerning if she wasn't grazing, and was fussing about the foods that she was given.
One mistake that I come across with parents is portion size (not saying this us you, but i thought i would share as i come across it quite abit). If you take the example of an apple for example. A whole apple is a snack for an adult, so for a toddler, a quarter of a apple would be a suitable size. Or at dinner time, where we give ourselves a huge spoonful of mashed potato, and toddler would only need say a quarter of that.
Last month i was questioned by a parent as to what was wrong with their child, as she wasn't eating very much at dinner. When asked what they usually serve, the answer was a chicken breast, a few roasted potatoes and some broccoli or similar. Now, that is alot of food! in fact more than what i would serve myself. The struggle they were having is that she wouldn't finish it all, and this lead to her not even starting to eat. Once we cut the portion size down, and provided a bit of positive encouragement, she started eating, all of her meal.
My 3 year old is a grazer. She doesn't really eat meals. She snacks almost all day, which is typical for someone her age. Her stomach is not big, and as she is a busy wee thing, she gets hungry alot more often. She is happy with a few peices of apple, a few grapes, a box of raisins, a few crackers etc. At lunch she will eat a small sandwhich, and usually by dinner she is not interested and will only eat a very small amount. Last night she ate a fish finger, about 10 peas and few mouthfuls of pototo and was full!
Join Date : Mar 2011
Location : Rangiotu
Posts : 8
Hi, I havent read all the replies, but i also have a 2.5 year old girl who is abit of a grazer, or was i started to get worried when she wouldnt touch any meal at all, but would just eat during the day, i asked plunket about it and they told me not to even worry about it, we stopped stressing and trying to g et her to eat meals and you know what happened, within a wee while she started to eat dinner, and breakfast, then lunch now she has a huge appitite, plunket made the point of reminding me, they are working out their own wee personalities etc and food can be quite a issue for some children and parents, i always forget that my children are actual people in a way and they have thier own idea's sometimes, not saying that i let them run thier own lives just yet but it made me sit back and worry about other things and then shes turned it all around her self, she would never touch veges before, esp potatoes now she has them most nights........... im not an expert at all just passing on the info i got, we also noticed she had this behaviour with big changes, moving town and then 6 months later a new baby sister.....
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