Your toddler is such a slow eater – she can take up to an hour to finish her meal. How can you solve this feeding problem?
It’s common for most children to go through a phase of slow eating, says Dr Chu Hui Ping, a specialist in Paediatrics and consultant at Raffles Children’s Centre.
Still, you shouldn’t allow her to take such a long time to finish a meal – she may lose interest in it and not take in enough nutrients.
Fix a feeding schedule that includes three main meals and one afternoon snack three to four hours apart, with each meal lasting not more than 30 minutes.
Prolonging mealtime just to get her to eat two mouthfuls more will only make it unbearable.
To build up her appetite, don’t offer her any snack, juice or milk – other than water – between meals.
Keep the serving portion small, so that it’s easier for her to eat it. And avoid distractions like TV, gadgets, books or toys.