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How much does your toddler eat?

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marne Mon 02-May-05 19:36:06

My dd age 15 months doesnt seem to be eating as much as she used to, today she has eaten,

A small yoghurt.
Half a jar of baby food.
A bite of chicken with half a boiled new potatoe.
A mouthfull of rice pudding.

This cant be enough, can it?
Shes got realy fussy, used to eat anything, now i strugle to find anything she will eat.

How much does your toddler eat in a day?

Heathcliffscathy Mon 02-May-05 19:38:42

hi marne. i think that the wisdom of mn will show that around this age toddlers do start to cut right back on their food. they stop growing as fast as they have during the first year. a toddler will never starve themselves...some days ds (18 months) eats so much i can hardly believe it, other days next to nothing. i really wouldn't worry, you're obviously offering her a range of lovely good food, and she'll take what her body needs...

dropinthe Mon 02-May-05 19:40:36

Chill,honey! They will eat when they want and what they want and there is really nothing you can do about it! Enjoy the last few hours of your Bank holiday without worrying if you are starving your children!

heishardwork Mon 02-May-05 19:40:50

not much for my dd at 2 +7mths. but as others have siad if you add all the eat over 7 days its probably ok, just keep poushing the good stuff.
my dd has gone by choice without and hasnt suffered - not lethargic, her imagination is great and shes happy, i worried so much but have now got ds to contend with so she eats whenever!

hunkermunker Mon 02-May-05 19:40:57

Marne, don't look at what she eats over the course of a day, look at what she has over the course of several days to a week. Some days toddlers eat next to nothing, other days they eat like horses.

Don't cajole her into eating, offer what you want her to eat, then take it away if she doesn't eat it.

Fran1 Mon 02-May-05 19:41:53

One day my dd eats masses and the she may go a few days eating v little.

Imagine everything you have just listed, put into a small sandwich bag, then hold it to your dd's stomach and actually it'd probably be a fair size to fill a little persons stomach.
I remember seeing this on the baby whisperer once and thought it was a really good way of looking at it.
Also - children will not starve themselves.

I think its important not to fuss, including don't go making "extra" meals if they don't eat at the first.
My dd is offered fruit or bread and butter if she's hungry inbetween meals.


dropinthe Mon 02-May-05 19:42:01


Lonelymum Mon 02-May-05 19:45:37

My toddler (aged 2) has eaten nothing since lunchtime. When he does eat, he usually eats half of what he would have eaten when he was one. It is hard, but honestly, they don't starve themselves or even get ill from lack on nutrition. Try not to worry because one day they will start eating again and you really don't want to have wasted all that time stressing about something you couldn't change (I know as I have been there before!)

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