Picky toddlers are the worst. I can't even count the number of times I have cooked a perfectly delicious meal only to have a toddler throw it entirely on the floor in protest. My kids are a bit older now, but when they were younger, I never knew if there were signs my toddler needed to eat more vegetables, or if they were getting the proper nutrition they needed from the copious amounts of chicken nuggets and chocolate milk they were demanding around the clock.
Dr. Betsy Marks, a pediatrician and internist practicing in Albany, NY, has experienced this very phenomenon. As a pediatrician, she also has the scoop on what is recommended for toddlers. "With few exceptions, all toddlers need to eat more vegetables. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that there should be vegetable consumption with every meal and snack, and let me tell you, as the mother of three, this feels like an impossible ask," she tells Romper.
"There are some ways to come closer to this goal, however. And some parents may say 'my kid tried it and doesn't like it.' A child often has to be offered a food 10 times before they will even try it and another 10 times before they decide they like it," Dr. Marks explains.
But how do parents know if their toddler needs to eat more vegetables? Looking for the following signs can be the first clue, but it is always great to check with your child's doctor to know for sure.