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Is my baby eating enough?

It's is quite natural for parents to worry about whether their child is getting enough food, especially if they refuse to eat sometimes or get labelled as a "fussy eater"

The trick is not to worry about what your child eats in a day, or if they don't eat everything at mealtimes. It's more important to think about what they eat over a week.As long as your child is active and gaining weight, and it's obvious that they are not ill, then they’re getting enough to eat, even though it might not seem like it to you.

It’s perfectly normal for toddlers to refuse to eat or even taste new foods. The more stress that is created over food, the bigger issue it becomes. Things change over time and your child will grow and change and so will their appetite.

Provided that your child eats some food from the four main food groups (milk and dairy products/alternatives if baby is lactose intolerant, starchy foods, fruit and vegetables, protein), even if it’s always seems to be the same old favourites, you don't need to worry. You can gradually introduce other foods or go back to the foods your child didn’t like first time around and try them again.

The best way for your child to learn to eat and enjoy new foods is to copy you and other family members.  Try to sit and eat with them as often as you can so that you can set a good example.  Mealtimes can be fun and needn't be a daily ordeal.

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