My 21mth old dd is not a big eater. Never has been, even as a wee bub. She only ever took what she needed from the breast and no more. When i had to discontunue breastfeeding for personal reasons, i could never get her to finish a full bottle of formula (she was formula fed for 5mths). Looking back at photos of her as a baby, she looked perfect weight wise to me. Chubby face and healthy. However, i was always told she's not the right weight/looks skinny/is tiny/takes after me ect, ect...
Now as a 21mth old active toddler, she still only ever eats what she needs. This means she pretty much only has 3 set meals a day sometimes not even that. I dont ever force her to eat. If she snacks in between, she will eat less or nothing at all for a main meal. Im not stupid, i feed her appropriately knowing she's not the biggest eater. So when she eats, i try to get in maximum nutrients. She weighs 10kgs, size 0 clothes still fit her.
When she's teething, i barely get a cup of milk into her.
At our playgroup, i see kids her age having these big lunchboxes filled with fresh fruit/cheese/bikkies/home made muffins...all of this for morning tea! Then they go home and have lunch! I thought maybe this is very normal for most toddlers? So i tried doing this...nope...dd wouldnt eat even a crumb. Too busy watching the other kids! So now i take a squeezy 75ml pouch of yoghurt for her morning tea and a bottle of water. Then we come home and it's 50/50 chance of me getting any lunch into her. I guess im just a bit envious of the kids at playgroup who eat all this wonderful food! and my dd couldnt care less about it!
The main thing is she's happy, healthy , thriving and meeting her milestones. Very active, never stops except for her nap after lunch (thankgod). My MCHN is not concerned and i have come to terms with her eating habbits. (sort of) Just sometimes i wish she'd be that gobble guts of a toddler lol I get so excited at some of the meals i prepare her..wonderful fresh home made...for her to go "eh"...and turn away. now ive stopped going to any trouble. She is offered our leftovers from the previous night for her dinners and if she doesnt want it then i presume she doesnt need it. No fuss. I am not one to offer numerous different alternatives to get her to eat. I dont allow meal times to be stressful.
Does anyone else struggle at times with a toddler who eats the bare minimum? If she was a chubby bub i dont think it would bother me as much. For some reason i'd think she has plenty of 'stores' lol but dd is very petite! I have a friend who has a one yr old who weighs 14kgs. He is huge. She says he eats normal.
Why is there such an array of differene in toddlers and their food intake/weight!?!?!
Is there something im missing or doing wrong?
I know i shouldnt compare my child to anyone elses but sometimes i just want an idea...iykniw?
Does my head in as much as i try not to let it