My child won’t eat her baby food. She keeps trying to grab food from my plate instead. How can I get her to eat her food?
Your toddler is showing you that she’s ready for different kinds of food. She wants to try a bigger variety of textures and flavours. Try using a fork to mush up some of the food on your plate and sharing it with her. You can also give her finger foods to try.
My toddler is refusing to eat. What should I do?
Don’t worry. Toddlers grow more slowly after the first year and that means sometimes they start eating less food. They may also have days where they don’t want to eat much, even though they usually eat well. This is normal. But if you think there’s a problem, some questions to ask yourself are:
• What does your toddler get to drink and how much? If they fill up their stomach with milk and/or juice, that might not leave much room for food.
• What’s been going on? Is your toddler sick, tired or excited?
If you feel like your child needs to eat more to be healthy, you can try these tips and/or call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 and ask to speak to a dietitian.
If you are looking for additional support or information around feeding and/or nutrition information, you can dial 8-1-1 to reach Health Link BC Dietitian Services; OR you can use the Find a Dietitian site below to look for a fee-for-service Dietitian near you: Find a Dietitian
Dietitian coverage may be available using your extended health care benefits. For information click here.