Children who eat poorly create great anxiety in their parents. Preschool children often get quite pungent in the food and can not so often refuse food. Quite a few children (not all) find it exciting with different flavors during the second half of their first year of life and shortly after the first birthday. You who have one-year-olds who like to eat parsnip, cod and garlic salami: enjoy and rejoice in it! But don't be disappointed if it doesn't last forever.
The appetite decreases with the growth rate
From the age of one year, the growth rate of children decreases significantly. This means that the children need to eat less food. They will eat smaller portions than before. Don't worry about it!
Children should become slimmer after one to two years of age
Children under about one and a half years of age may prefer to be chubby. The most important thing for their growth is that they get a proper intake of food (including breast milk or formula), then the weight first increases, and then the length. We also know that the fat reserves that children have during this time they will not carry with them into adulthood.
After about one or two years, the children should not become chubbier anymore, they should become slimmer. The slimmest in our entire lives we should be at the age of 5-6. A normal and healthy 5-6 year old has visible ribs and flat stomach. During this time, growth is controlled by growth hormone that helps children to grow longer and at the same time narrower. Therefore, the children eating a little less and become slimmer is nothing to be worried about as long as they follow their growth curve at BVC. On the contrary, we know that a missed taper of children of this age is often the gateway to future obesity and obesity.
As long as the child follows their growth curve, it will get enough food in itself. No matter how incredible it may seem, even with a child eating three macaroni and four peas in one day.
The selective age
Most children tend to become increasingly agitated with what they eat from one and a half to two years of age. They also have strikingly similar taste. Many children like meatballs, sausages, pancakes, light macaroni and white rice. Some children may also like fish fingers and potatoes. The vegetable preference differs slightly more is my experience, but peas, corn, carrots and cucumbers are probably the safest choices when we invite preschool buddies to eat with us.
Few children of this age like stews, slow cooked meats, fish or more advanced vegetable dishes. If your four year old does: congratulations!
Serve something the child likes for every meal
If you have a child who eats very selectively, I don't think you should just serve what the child likes to the whole family every day. Then you die others of food boredom. On the other hand, I also do not think that the child should be forced to taste things it does not like. It just gets noisy and more food jams from it. Make sure that there is always something the child usually likes on the table, and preferably vary between meals whether it is a protein source, a carbohydrate source or vegetables / fruits. For example, if you serve spaghetti with minced meat sauce and carrots on Monday and your child only eats spaghetti, then serve potatoes with meatballs and broccoli on Tuesday if you know the child eats meatballs. On Wednesday, it may be the banana for dessert if your child is a vegetable refiner but eats the banana. One third of vegetables, one third of protein and one third of carbohydrates, fixed over three days.
Feel free to make a useful dessert for the children every day
When the children do not eat from the main course I think it is all the more important to serve a dessert, it increases the chance that the child gets something in it. On weekdays, the desserts can be fruit, fruit yogurt, nuts, fruit smoothie and yogurt in or maybe a small sandwich. A little (one teaspoon per serving) of sugar in the dessert is ok, but desserts with a lot of sugar and saturated fat type ice cream, chocolate, sweet cream or cookies belong on Saturday. Or Friday or Sunday if you prefer it in your home.
Respect the children's no
When a child says no to more food, whether it's the one-year-old who squeezes his mouth and starts pounding with the spoon, or the five-year-old who says "no thanks mom, chicken I just don't eat!" So respect it! Nothing nagging. To older children, you might like to say that “I understand, but the body needs protein / vegetables (whatever the child has rated). What is on the table that you would like to eat to give your body what it needs? ”.
Remember that children do not die of starvation if food is available. The food refusal is not so dangerous, wait for the next meal and do not make a big deal because the child does not want to eat.
End the meal after 20 minutes
After 20 minutes of eating, children often do not eat more. Then finish the meal. Some children are unfocused and talk and pills with their hair, and line up peas, but do not eat very much. They can often pee for a long time. Those children may need to help regain their concentration on food. It can be a good goal even for jealous children that the meal should be completed after 20 minutes, but many reminders from parents may sometimes be needed.
Never compare your children's appetite or meal habits with anyone else's!
"When your big brother was your age he ate both peas and beans, you should do that too". It has never helped and will never help. That kind of comments just makes the kids angry at each other and at you. Do not.
Do not use food as a reward or punishment
The children need good food, no matter what mood they are in or if they have been extra kind or nasty. Never allow food or dessert or sweets to be a reward for doing good to the child. Never let the threat of missing food or dessert or sweets become a punishment for anything bad the child has done. Instead, let the meal be a break in the noise. "Now it's dinner time, we haven't gotten the same after you beat little sister, but come to the food I promise not to talk about that".
Don't forget the snacks!
Preschool children need food every two to three hours during the waking half of the day. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack (possibly one to snack), dinner, (possibly evening snack). Many children who are stingy with the food eat much more snacks. Then let them do it! Food every two to three hours is also very good for children's (and yours!) Mood. Good snacks, for example, are a few pieces of fruit, or a sandwich (wholemeal bread / wholemeal crispbread) with butter and ham or nut butter or cheese, or some nuts and some dried fruit, or some yogurt with muesli, or a not very sweet fruit yogurt (read table of contents! ) or half a scythe, or some porridge.