toddler stopped eating food has become very moody don't know how to make her eat anything

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Updated on Jun 01, 2020

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This time as we all know is very crucial. And since we have to be home all the time the outdoor activities are at halt so life has become monotonous and boring for many of us. You please stay calm and find out new ideas to keep her busy. Most important thing to do is make her schedule as it will make her disciplined and she know what to do next in her daily routine. Keep variety of board games handy, do hand painting, play little games like pitto foot, stapu, hide n seek at you terrace. Try out some new ideas and keep on changing daily as repeatedly doing same task may become boring and monotonous for her. It is attention seeking behaviour. So you will have to set aside exclusive time for her. Hang out with her and shower your attention. For children attention is equal to love. You could try the following tips to deal with your fussy little eater: Keep a gap of atleast 2-3 hours between each meal, so that your child is hungry enough to eat. Serve a very small portion of a new food earlier in the day, when your little one is most energetic and the least aggressive. Avoid pleading and pestering the child to eat. Your child might come to associate mealtime with anxiety and frustration. Be a positive role model. Children like to mimic parents. So, if you'd like your child to eat a particular food, then you should eat too. If your child isn't hungry, don't force a meal. Kids generally regulate their appetites by eating when hungry, so don’t fret. Allowing your child to fill up on juice or milk for most part of the day might decrease his appetite for meals. Be creative and serve a variety of brightly colored foods and cut foods into various shapes. Turn off the television and other electronic gadgets during meals. This will help your child focus on eating. Don't prepare a separate meal for your child after he rejects the originally planned meal. Children can be manipulative. And this can lead to picky eating. Make positive comments about the food you are eating, such as "this is yummy!", your toddler may be more willing to try them. Junk food is a big no-no! Please don't introduce it this early to your child. He may be addicted to the wrong foods. This is likely to make your problems worse Praise your toddler when he eats well, because toddlers respond positively to praise. Always serve small portions. Toddlers can be overwhelmed by big platefuls and lose their appetite. Keep trying. It’s a given fact that it may take 10 or more exposures to new foods before a child accepts them Remember that your child's eating habits won't change overnight but the small steps you take each day can help you overcome your dilemma Take Care

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