How to Feed a Finicky Toddler

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Feeding a finicky toddler can be a challenge, but varying the color, texture and type of foods at an early age can help them try new things, while making sure they get the right nutrition is the ultimate goal. Use familiar foods in different and interesting ways to feed a picky eater with parenting advice from a clinical psychologist in this free video on child care.

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Video Transcript

Hello, I'm Dr. Deborah Wheeler. I'm the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Argosy University on the Salt Lake City campus. I'm also a clinical psychologist, and the topic today is how to get that finicky toddler to eat their food. One of the things you might try is to vary the color, the texture, and the different kinds of foods that they will eat. Most toddlers want to stick with fairly familiar things. Try and vary that a little bit. Ultimately, however, you needn't worry if you are giving them variety, if you're giving them the nutrition and the calories that they need. But try and give them some variety within the foods that they're familiar and enjoy. Ultimately, you should consult with your physician to make sure your child is getting the nutrition they need -- that they're at the healthy weight for their age. The other thing you might want to do is try and give them different textures, different variety, and give them enough of the nutrition that they need. It really doesn't matter how they get their carbohydrates or their proteins, as long as they do. You may like that it looks good on the plate and is a variety that you would approve of, but ultimately, if they get the nutrition they need, that's just fine. Try not to worry too much as parents, as long as you're doing the best for the child's health. If you need more information, of course, consult a physician, but you can contact us at our website for parenting tips at


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