You are now hopefully sharing family mealtimes together and toddlers will want to feed themselves with a spoon and/or fork. They are still very messy, so don’t expect perfect table manners for another few years. They learn about their food by touching, playing, squashing and eating it.
They are not growing as fast as they did over the first 12 months, and they are very busy, so they might not have a great appetite. Don’t force them to eat or finish their meal – they will eat when they’re hungry. They express their independence by making decisions about what they will and won’t eat. They have likes and dislikes just as you do, so give them the chance to try out different foods.
What you offer them will depend largely on your cultural background, but it should always be a well balanced diet with a variety of foods.
What should I do if my child will not eat?
Create mealtimes as a social family occasion. Eat together wherever possible, as children will follow your eating habits and be more inclined to eat if they have company.
Chapter 3 Growing Up