I was at gymnastics class with the kids this morning, waiting for the doors to open and the hoard—ok, maybe 8—of toddlers to run into the class. The moms were bemoaning toddler eating habits. One mom was upset that as of three months ago, her little boy ate everything and now he won’t eat meat or vegetables. Another one said her kid sometimes doesn’t eat anything all day. My guys, of course, were busy looking around for the plate of cookies that had been out two weeks ago, when they’d been there last. They do have long memories for cookies. Anyway, the manager of the place heard people talking and shared the best advice he and his wife had gotten when he was expecting his first baby several years ago. Their friend is a pediatric nutritionist at one of the big teaching hospitals nearby and they asked her for feeding advice. They were expecting something about using only organic foods or avoiding all processed sugar—-and instead, she told them this:
“When she’s a toddler, don’t worry about how much she eats. Toddlers will eat what they need to. As long as she’s growing ok, don’t stress about how much food she eats each day.”
Pretty good advice, huh? It is similar to what www.wholesometoddlerfood.com talks about, another resource that I have found helpful recently. I know I tend to have pretty big eaters and not to stress too much about food consumption (and no, mine won’t eat meat either), but I still think this is a good mantra to have in the back of your head.
What’s been the best food-related advice you’ve gotten? Share with the rest of us!