My Toddler Only Eats Fruit: Do I Need To Change This?

As a parent, you take into consideration everything that you feed your child. Have you noticed that your toddler only eats fruit? Toddlers are infamously picky eaters. Their palate isn’t precisely developed, and as a result, they may not eat what you want them to. You may wonder if this is something you should try to change or something you should let naturally happen. 

Let’s talk about a toddler who doesn’t eat veggies and only eats fruit. Many toddlers will prefer fruit over anything else. Chances are, you raised them on applesauce and other fruity snacks, so it makes sense. Fruits are sweet, have a different texture than veggies, and that makes them preferable for a toddler. 

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The Good Of Fruit

Fruits are undoubtedly good for you. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Bananas are packed with potassium; oranges have vitamin C, and so on. The natural sugars of fruit give your toddler some energy, which is always good when they have a long day of playing. 

With that said, veggies have other nutrients that babies need to grow, and as a parent, you want your toddler to have all the nutrients possible to make sure they are growing well. If they aren’t getting all the nutrients, what should you do? Here are some options. 

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Multi-vitamins

Multivitamins are always good for when your diet is missing some essential vitamins and minerals, and you can find multivitamins specifically for a toddler’s needs. With that said, multivitamins aren’t a complete substitute for getting your nutrients through the natural way. However, it may be the right temporary solution as your baby’s tastes grow, and they can eventually get their nutrients naturally. 

Should You Force Veggies? 

You may find yourself saying, “My toddler only eats fruit,” and wonder if you have to get your toddler to eat veggies. You may do the old cliché of not offering any dessert until your toddler eats all the vegetables. However, this rarely works. A toddler is not exactly reasonable, and they may eat only what they want. 

As your kid grows, giving them a more well-rounded diet is a good idea. However, if your toddler is at a normal weight and your doctor says they are good, then you may not need to worry about it as much. However, there are ways to introduce veggies in a toddler’s diet. Here are a few ways. 

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Try Sweeter Vegetables 

Some vegetables are sweeter and may help your toddler develop a taste for veggies. Sweet potatoes are a good example. They’re a favorite. Same with sweet corn. Butternut squash is a good example. You may want to mix in some other veggies in these sweet veggies for the best results. It’s an excellent way to act as a middle. 

Introduce Veggies, But Don’t Push 

Give your child a plate of a variety of veggies. Let them try each one and see if they like it. Your child may end up having a few favorites they don’t like. With that said, your baby won’t develop a taste for foods you make them eat. Give them the option and prepare them adequately. If you push them, your toddler will see veggies as this bad thing that is forced on them.

Prepare The Veggies In Different Ways

Another way you can try to give your toddler a say is to prepare the veggies in many different ways. Try sauteing the vegetables, lightly buttering them, or giving them some spice. While you shouldn’t over butter or spice them, a little bit may help your baby quite a bit. 

Putting a bit of peanut butter or cream cheese on the veggies is also an excellent way to introduce your kid to vegetables.

The point is, if you’re preparing the veggies raw or barely cooked, you’re doing it wrong. Be creative, and you will be rewarded. Often, parents make no effort in preparing vegetables, and that’s why the kids hate them.

Try Juices 

If you want your child to have their veggies, try juices. Your baby may end up liking vegetable juice. There are vegetable juices that have fruit in them and have a sweeter taste. This may be good for your baby if they’re picky and only like fruit. Some toddler juices can deliver the goods and make your baby forget they’re drinking veggies.

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Don’t Give Them Too Much

If your baby doesn’t clean off their plate, don’t get mad. You have to remember that babies have a smaller stomach than us, and they may end up not needing too many veggies to feel full. So give them a little handful of vegetables, and let them eat to their heart’s content. Chances are, they will feel full and ready to take on the world. 

Sneak The Veggies In 

Some parents like to sneak the veggies in. For example, they may put a little bit of lettuce in the pasta, or some shredded carrot on a burger. This can get your baby liking the taste of veggies without them even knowing. With that said, you should make sure that they are still willingly eating fruits and vegetables, too. Let them eat vegetables directly and let them eat stealthily too.

Remember, Their Tastes Will Grow 

Think to when you were young. Chances are, you were picky too. If you grew out of it and can now eat a variety of food, then chances are, your toddler will as well. Introducing them to proper eating is important, but it’s not something you need to rush too much if your baby is very young. As your baby grows, they may learn to eat more and get out of their comfort zone. As they grow, instead of lamenting that your toddler only eats fruit, they may begin to explore other food themselves.

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Concentrate On Other Aspects of Health

If they are having a hard time eating vegetables, spend your time on other parts of their health. Give them lots of water. Make sure they’re playing and exercising a lot too. If one healthy habit is having a hard time, then you can try another one. Again, as long as your doctor is saying that everything is good, then you shouldn’t worry too much. Good luck. 

FAQs

Is too much fruit bad for a toddler?

Yes, too much fruit can be bad for a toddler. The recommended daily intake of fruits for toddlers is 2 to 3 servings, depending on their activity level. Too much fruit can cause bloating or other intestinal distress, as well as sugar cravings. Additionally, while fruit may be rich in vitamins and nutrients like fiber, too much of it is not good. It also has no healthy fat and protein, which your toddler needs for a balanced diet. 

How do I get my two-year-old to eat fruit?

Forcing or criticizing your child to eat fruit won’t work. You have to be a good role model and show them good eating habits. When you encourage them to eat fruits, tell your child that you will eat with them. It may also help to keep the fruits within sight, provide a variety of fruits, and give them slices instead of whole fruits.

Is it normal for toddlers to be picky eaters?

It is normal for toddlers to be picky eaters. As a parent, you may be worried if they are getting what they need for proper growth. However, remember that your child is growing rapidly and starting to learn new things. Thus, their appetite slows down and may start to eat less.

Can you only eat fruits and no vegetables?

If your toddler only eats fruit, they may not get the multitude of vitamins and minerals that different vegetables have. They don’t need to eat as much as adults do, so you can slowly introduce vegetables to their diet.

How much fruit should a two-year-old have?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 2 to 3 servings of fruit daily. One serving is equal to half a fresh fruit or ¼ cup of cooked or canned fruit or quarter to half a cup of fresh fruit juice.

Can a toddler eat a banana every day?

A toddler can eat a banana every day. Bananas are ideal as a starter solid food for your toddler for several reasons. However, remember to keep your child hydrated well and look out for their bowel habits.

What do you do when your two-year-old doesn’t eat?

To encourage your child to eat, don’t force them. Instead, be patient with them and establish a schedule for their meals. It would also help to set up a positive and fun eating environment, so they are more likely to look forward to mealtimes. Don’t give them too much of what they need to eat and be a role model for good eating habits.

How do I get my toddler to eat bananas?

You can mash a banana and feed it to your toddler. If they don’t like the texture or taste, you can also freeze up banana slices and come up with fun dips, like pureed strawberry or peanut butter. Likewise, you can give them slices of banana alongside other fruit to make it more fun and colorful. That way, they can focus on the medley of tastes and not the texture.

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