Teaching Table Manners To a Toddler Refusing To Eat

Every time a mother finds a challenge that seems tough to survive, it is important to remember that you have been through several ups and downs ever since the birth of your child and like everything, this too shall pass. Toddler feeding problems, toddler diet, and nutrition probably rank among the top most concerns among all young mothers.

Even the most calm and composed mothers can be at their wits end with a toddler refusing to eat. Teaching table manners to a toddler can also be a strenuous and painstaking exercise.


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Both, toddler feeding problems and teaching table manners, can be dealt with a calm and relaxed mind. A positive mother offering positive comments or feedback can surely have a positive effect on the child. Your mental preparation not mental strain will help the child overcome his struggles to eat the way you do.

Dealing with Toddler Feeding Problems

Some important mother and child considerations can help deal with toddler feeding problems:

  • Meal times must be a pleasant experience for a child if you want the child to enjoy his meals. A toddlers eating pattern must comprise of three main meals and two snacks each day.
  • Allow the child to eat with fingers before eating with a spoon. It can be messy but it is important to allow the child to learn and enjoy his meal experience.
  • Avoid ‘filling’ the child with excessive liquids such as milk or juices prior to meal times.
  • Each meal must contain foods of nutritional value to the child. Avoid inculcating wrong food habits by giving the child foods such as flavored soft drinks, sweet desserts, candies, hard to digest meats, or sugar coated cereals.
  • Experiment with new foods to bring in some change and also make food interesting.

    A small portion of any healthy food such as a table spoon of green beans can be experimented with.
  • Respect your child decision when it comes to food. This will make eating and feeding an experience for both mom and child. Do not force your child to eat something but discover what the child may like to eat instead. Do not expect your child to have the same foods that you eat. Discover your child’s favorite types of healthy foods to make feeding times easier.
  • Develop a daily routine for meal times. This makes it easy for the child to expect and accept foods at specified time periods.
  • Praise the child for eating well or finishing the food given to the child. This motivates the child to eat and complete the meal.
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