Children and food do not always get along. Like adults, 2 year old baby not eating sometimes. Don’t get worried. Children go through seasons in which they eat great, and others in which they do not eat so much. Sometimes, this is only an appearance. The child is eating everything he needs, or at least what he needs at that moment, and it is not to be alarmed.
If a child continued to increase the amount of food eaten exponentially as it does during the first year of life, he would become obese before beginning primary school. However, a lack of appetite is something. In general, worries mothers.
Does your 2 year old baby not eating?
When we meet a child who shows little interest in food, we must consider addressing the situation from two fronts:
– Fostering the appetite. Letting them choose the dishes of their favorite character, the color of their cutlery, making eye-catching and attractive meals that “come in through the eyes.”
– On the other hand, controlling the natural cycle of hunger-satiety in the child, observing their needs to determine when to offer food, establishing short times to meals, without having hours and hours in front of the plate and letting him control his diet. It is allowing you to regulate the amount of food.
We decide the interval between your meals and the type of food we offer, let it be the child himself who decides how much he wants to eat. Always remembering that a child should never be forced to eat. Forcing him to eat a certain food is the best way to get him to hate him for the rest of his life, while if he is not forced, he will end up tasting it.
Evolutively children tend to reject the unknown flavors for simple survival. So, it is natural that they are reluctant to try new foods, they will do it little by little and in small quantities.
5 tips for parents of children without appetite
As they grow up, children have more and more stimuli, as well as more obligations, and abandon their leisure time (games, friends, TV …) to eat is not something that they want, so it is usually Usefulness stay true to established routines and schedules. It is also important to maintain certain habits:
#1. Eat together at the table, without television or toys that distract us and integrating the child in our conversation at the table. The whole family stays at the table until they finish eating, setting a time limit. You can not be two hours stirring the plate.
#2. Teach with our example, eat slowly, chew properly, maintain a varied and balanced diet.
#3. Put on the plate what the child eats, do not fill it excessively waiting for it to eat industrial quantities, it is not worth it, we will have a bad time, and we will pass it on to the child. You can always ask for more if you finish it.
#4. Avoid eating between meals, whatever it may be. It is very useful to detect at what times the child begins to be hungry and based. Establish the schedules in which he will take his meals and snacks. Of course avoid sweets and chocolate, which should not be eaten more than once in a while.
#5. Do not make special meals, the whole family eats the same. Some will like the menu one day and others the other, for tastes, colors. It is evident that the day you like the least, you will eat less, we all do it and we have to respect it.
Always remember that obliging is not the solution, nor is it screaming or punishing, bribing, or saving food for a snack or dinner. The quieter we are, the better results we will get.