Monday, December 10, 2012

HELP! My Toddler is a Picky Eater.


Just when you've finally found a food you can count on your toddler eating they begin to reject it. That's typical for a toddler, but mealtimes can become a real ordeal when your toddler is fussy. Stress and frustrated when it comes to feed her. When i tot she loves spaghetti, out of sudden, she despite it. aduyai.. penat dah nak pikey ape fav food, or the IT food.
Approximately half of all toddlers have fussy eating habits, which means there's a one in two chance of yours becoming a picky eater. So remember this is normal - and you're not alone! These tips might help you through these 'trying' times! okay then..Lissa is normal! 

Here are tips that I gather from Dumex. You can read the full version here.

• Initially, organise your toddler’s meals around the times of the day they are hungry. A natural pattern will develop which you can then begin to set a routine to. The problem is tak sempat lapar, dah minta susu.. i think almost 3 bottles right before lunch. Kalau tak bagi, she'll be mengamuk and scream and "berzikir" as what my mom said, til she got the milk.

• Let your child eat at their own pace and don’t try and insist that the plate is cleared. Rushing your toddler through a meal puts pressure on them which can reduce their appetite and come across as fussiness. Masalahnye dah setengah jam tak abih2 satu suap tu..kita plak dah penat menunggu

• If your toddler has refused a food once, don’t give up. You can try reintroducing it again in a few days time. Some new foods need up to 15 tries before they’re accepted. Erm.. Fried rice, fried mee, porridge (u name it, i've tried all kind, chicken porridge, fish porridge etc), Spaghetti, meat balls, pizza (oh, this one she loves..no, not the pizza, but the pineapple on it!), breadsticks, muffin, chicken rice, and many more failed, usually in the preliminary trial!

• Make sure their eating environment is kept calm and they’re concentrating on their meal – so no TV! Good luck with this! She'll sit on the chair at dining room for 2 seconds, and get up just to say, "Mama, Cartoon!" or "I want toystory, pleaseee" yeah, she knew the magic word "please". Dangg!

• Stick with small portions to start with and only give more if they’re still hungry. Yeah, as small as 1 spoon bite. and that's it.

• A vegetable aversion is one of the most common food fads in toddlers - and one that causes parents a lot of stress. One quick fix is to ensure that you include lots of different fruit in their diet. Terbalik kot with Lissa. she'll scream "kakak nak sayur!" and eat all the tomatoes, the cucumber and salads..leaving the rice or whatever the main course is...

• Having family meals with your toddler can really help if their natural hunger pattern co-insides with your regular mealtimes. Even though every toddler is different, some young children copy the behaviour of other people, so if you are enjoying a healthy meal, your toddler may well watch and learn from what you’re doing. Tak berapa nak makan saman la.. haha

• Give your toddler praise when they finish a meal or enjoy a healthy snack. It’s also a good idea to talk about the food you enjoy. Things like ‘yum yum this apple is gorgeous’ or ‘this spinach is great’ to emphasise the foods you’d like them to enjoy. Oh, dah bergelen2 praise and stickers as reward.. 
The most important thing is to try to be patient! It might seem like your toddler’s tastes are changing by the day, but it’s important to persevere and make sure they get a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet.
Yes, patient is the KEY WORD! So, airin, from now on, silalah bersabar sket ye...
Budak yang banyak songeh!

5 comments:

mommyNadia said...

Its true Airin, once the kids main menu is milk, he/she will refuse to eat- proper meal. Yelah, kn sabar kan. Sometimes pun kn push Airin, kalau ikutkan, mmg budak2 ni diorang tak kisah kalau tak makan. Specially bila dah ada susu.

Alhamdulillah, anak2 nadia ok plak tang makan. Adam lah, kdg2 sibuk tgk kartun, tak nak makan. Tapi bila nadia psycho sket kata kalau tak makan, nanti Adam tak besar, tak boleh main bowling. Tang tu tu dia bukak mulut. Tapi yg adik, pantang disua, semua ngap. Kami plak risau.

Good luck Airin, bnyk berdoa k. =)

Airin Diana Anuar said...

Thanks Mommy Nadia!
mmg byk bersabar je la ni.. susu berkilo2 sebulan seorang manusia genit ni minum. pengsan**

Lucky you, Nadia. anak2 senang makan. Hanie je yg ok sket lately. belasah je, kdg2 geleng, bile paksa, nganga gak la mulut. x byk songeh. Tp trick skrg ni, klu lissa xnak makan, we all ckp nak bagi adik dia, kelam kabut berlari nak makan. tp takkan tiap2 suap kena trick camtu.hoho

Tomorrow nak try chicken porridge plak. dah lama dah x bagi yg ni, maybe dia lupa dah kot dia x suka..hehe

bibi yusof said...

airin... both my kids are picky eater..
ali is not actually a picky eater la.. just die susah nak concentrate mkn.. susu pon tkde la kerap sgt.. nak main je lebih... kdg2 dah penat masak untuk die... tk mo makan pon...

aliya pulak picky eater kot.. takmau makan bubur... bile makan bubur, boleh nangis.. hahahaha sedih mak die ni...

airin, bile dgr anak anak org lain makan je semua mak die masak.. best aje kan.. hehehe anak sendiri picky eater..

yang penting kite kene sbr kan...

yg point no TV while eating tu kan.. mmg patot di buat.. tapi i tk buat... kdg2 tepis tgn i sbb nk tgk upin ipin... hehehe,...

Airin Diana Anuar said...

Wee! ada gak yg senasib with me :)
kan? kan? penat masak, tp x makan.. tu yg sekarang lg malas nak masak *excuse no 1..hehe

ha pinpin (read: upin ipin) dgn boboi (read: boboi boy) mmg influence them kan? I macam nak cari je episode yg diorang makan and tunjuk, pinpin pun makan tau! ade ke? huuhhu

bibi yusof said...

i wonder how other love eating so much meanwhile our kids tak... punye la blog hopping cari resepi for kids...

pin pin pon mkn ayam goreng tau! hehehe...

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