Picky Eating

Since my baby turned a year old, he’s become a picky eater. What should I do?

Our Daddy MD Guide’s reply: This is common for this age, and we certainly had to deal with it quite a bit with our own girls. The growth rate slows down around this time, and toddlers naturally don’t have a big appetite. (They don’t need one.) It is important to be patient. If your one-year-old is not hungry, it’s okay to give her a break and try again when she is hungry. My tip would be to avoid giving into snack time between meals. Offer foods first and drinks second.

Matthew B. McDonald, MD, a dad of three- and one-year-old children and a pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Q&A by Wyatt Myers