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Feeding / 15 month old


Typically , 9 to 10 month olds eat the greatest quantity and variety of foods. Hence, grandmothers love to feed 9 month olds. As children get closer to 18 months they often eat less and less. Between 18 to 36 months children often eat next to nothing. During this time parents often report things like, “Yesterday, she only ate 4 bites of a bagel and 3 goldfish off the van floor”. Despite such poor diets, the toddlers continue to grow and be active.

As children begin to eat less, the parent’s role changes. No longer are they “to feed”. Parents need to present their child with healthy options, set a good example and back off.

Toddlers should be strapped into a chair and be required to sit for the entire meal. If they scream and fuss either ignore them or roll their high chair into another room until they calm down. If they throw food, take their food away.

If your toddler drinks too much apple juice or eats too many goldfish quit buying apple juice and goldfish. If you are worried that your child is not eating enough, I’d recommend you make an appointment with your pediatrician.

Extended Breast feeding

What are your thoughts on Extended Breastfeeding (breastfeeding beyond 1 year of age)?  Typically how long were your children breastfed? Clearly, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of 12 months is (... more on Extended Breast Feeding).

Milk for 1 year olds

At one year of age, children should be transitioned off formula onto whole milk. One year olds need a diet that is high in fat for continued brain development. Children continue to myelinate (coat) brain and nerve cells (... more on Milk for 1 year olds)

Getting Children to Eat Vegetables

As a child, I was the picky eater of our family. My parents often joke that I survived only because of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. In contrast my children are great eaters, in large part thanks for my (... more on Getting Children to Eat Vegetables)

Skinny 12 month old

I have a 12 month old who weighs 19 lbs and is 29 inches. He adds about 1lb/month, so he's running on the skinny side. He eats 3 hearty adult meals and drinks plenty of whole milk. What kinds of foods will add weight on? (... more on Skinny 12 month old)

Vitamins for a 1 year old

My child is 14 months old.  He is drinking a combination of Enfagrow and whole milk (soon just whole milk.)  Should I also be giving him a vitamin, and if so, what kind?
(more on vitamins for a 1 year old)

Refusing to eat

Our 12 month old is refusing whole milk.  She will only drink water from her sippy cup.  Along with this issue the only whole food she will eat is yogurt (4 times a day) puffs and cheerios.  I know she is not eating (... more on 12 month old refusing to eat).

Starting a sippy cup

How do you get a 12/13 month old to hold his bottle or sippy cup?  He seems to be very lazy about this.  He was born a month early and weighed 4lb 12oz at birth. One year olds should be feeding themselves. They (...more on starting sippy cup)



Written January 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician







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