Are you particular about what your toddler eats?

Singapore
December 14, 2009 12:23am CST
I confess that I am very particular about what my child eats. My child is less than 2 years old, and I feel that she should eat as healthily as possible. So far, most of her meals are without added salt or sugar, just what is naturally present in meat or fruits. I feel that she has her whole life to be exposed to flavourings and other harmful additives. I don't think she is necessarily missing out on flavours since she has a variety of food. It's just that it will be a while more, maybe when she is 3 or 4 years old when I will let her eat fast food, or what is offered in restaurants outside. For now, home cooked food will be the best for her, I believe.
8 responses
• Philippines
15 Dec 09
If I would have a toddler in the near future, I would not want my kid to have the simple sugars from carbonated foods,candies, and other sweet things because this is what brings about the yeast infection in children. It also makes them too hyper. When the kid experiences itchiness in the genital area after taking sweets, there is the possibility that the kid might have the yeast infection. Bacteria breeds in the sweet things. So, for me, no simple sugars for kids....natural foods are better...
• Singapore
15 Dec 09
oh dear... yes, sweets cause tooth decay too!
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
14 Dec 09
I think you are right in monitoring what your child eats. It has been suggested that kids below the age of 3 who ate sweet stuffs are more prone to health problems when they grow older. However, once they tasted a morsel of some tasty stuffs, getting them to eat homecooked food which are supposedly to be healthy for them will be a challenge. Be prepared :p
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• Singapore
15 Dec 09
yes i know! so I'm keeping them away from tasty stuff as long as possible. some might say I'm mean. :)
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
14 Dec 09
I used to be picky what my daughter ate when she was little. she was more picky about it than I was though. She did not want to eat the healthy food. She wanted junk food only. She also wanted to eat chicken nuggets all of the time.
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• Singapore
15 Dec 09
i guess my toddler still does not know that fast food exists. but soon enough she will... lol.
@much2say (38813)
• United States
14 Dec 09
My daughter is now almost 5 years old. She'll eat almost anything now, but when she was less than 2, I was very particular about what she ate too. She had everything homemade as well (it was and still is hard to get her to eat when/if we go out!). Her pediatrician didn't want her to have any wheat products til she was a year old, so she had nothing but fruits/veggies/some meat for a long time. Also she had a sensitive gag reflex, so she had a lot of pureed foods until she was a year old (which meant tons of fruits/vegetables). I made all her baby food and never added salt or sugar either. The only sugary thing she had was juice - and even that I watered down - and I still do! I'm glad I fed her healthy so young! I have a second one now . . . and I intend to do the same for him.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 09
great to meet someone who has the same ideas as me! :)
@abhi_bangal (3686)
• India
15 Dec 09
I think we have to be. Otherwise it becomes very difficult to help them out if they get addicted to anything of that sort. And the second thing is that, prevention is better than cure. I am saying this in the sense that, unexpectedly if they eat something harmful, then it can be a big cause of worry. But kids or toddlers, in particular tend to eat soil much more. And I have heard that it gives them the essential strength. But what I have heard can be wrong too, so don't start feeding your kid with anything of that sort. Instead, give more hygenic stuff.
• Singapore
15 Dec 09
eating soil?
@aguas_aj (501)
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
I would honestly admit that I'm not that picky. I let him taste every food in the table. though I try to make sure that there is always veggies in the table.But as to other food, my husband and I let him taste every food available. But ofcourse all in moderation
• Singapore
15 Dec 09
yes, all in moderation is the key!
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
22 Dec 09
Yeah... the first two years or more are the best years to feed them with food that has as little artificial flavorings as possible. Cos their bodies are at their purest form. And getting good, healthy food is the best way to keep that body strong and healthy. The toddler that my mother is taking care of, also went thru the same thing. So, keep up the good work! Your baby is a lucky child to have such parents who are actually mindful of such things!
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
16 Dec 09
U are one good mother!! hehe ^_^ It's right for u to be allowing her to be eating in the way u think it's best for her.. If not, by time she grows up, it will be a little too late, for her taste buds might have gotten used to the salty and over sweetenedd stuffs being served out there ^_^ PLus, it's gonna be much healthier, and starting it slightly bland, will teach them to love eating veggies too.. haha =D