What should a 2-year-old be eating?
April 12, 2006 1:33 PM Subscribe
Should I be worried that my height-weight proportional 2-year-old daughter isn't eating her vegetables, doesn't eat a lot of meat, and strongly prefers fruit?
posted by dw to Food & Drink (19 answers total)
The last couple of weeks or so, my 2-year-old's daycare worker has been complaining to us because our daughter strongly prefers fruit over everything else they serve her at lunch. I really don't think this is a problem -- she's still above average for both her height and weight. But the daycare worker keeps persisting in telling us every time we pick her up or drop her off that we *must* stop giving her fruit.
It's to the point that if it weren't for the really long waitlists in our area for daycare spots we would be pulling her out. It's really annoying to hear how your daughter would only eat fruit and not the broccoli *every single day*.
She's healthy. She's a nice weight and one of the tallest kids her age. She eats yogurt, cheese, bread, some meats, fruit, rice, and beans. The only junk food she ever gets is the occasional potato chip. I've seen her consume two bananas at one sitting.
What's the problem here? Is it in the daycare worker's head, or is there some nutritional science justification for it?