Navigating Toddler Eating and Mealtimes

Toddlers can be notoriously picky eaters, making mealtimes a challenging experience for many parents. In this blog post, we will explore Kary Rappaport’s expert advice on effectively navigating toddler eating and mealtimes, with valuable insights sourced from

Challenges of Toddler Eating

One of the common challenges faced by parents is understanding and addressing the ever-changing preferences and appetites of toddlers. Kary Rappaport emphasizes the importance of patience and offers practical tips on how to navigate this phase successfully. With guidance from, parents can learn strategies to help their toddlers embrace a varied and nutritious diet.

One of the common challenges parents face is dealing with a toddler’s changing preferences and appetites. Kary emphasizes the importance of staying patient and understanding that it’s normal for toddlers to be selective about their food choices. She suggests offering a variety of nutritious options and involving toddlers in meal planning to encourage their interest in trying new foods.

Strategies for Successful Mealtimes

Creating a positive mealtime environment is key to fostering healthy eating habits in toddlers. Kary Rappaport suggests minimizing distractions and setting a relaxed atmosphere to encourage focus during meals. Establishing a routine and setting regular meal and snack times can also contribute to a smoother mealtime experience.

Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits

Building a foundation of healthy eating habits from an early age is crucial. Kary recommends modeling good eating behaviors and making mealtimes enjoyable by incorporating fun and interactive elements. Involving toddlers in meal preparation and allowing them to explore different textures and flavors can foster a positive relationship with food.

Meet our esteemed guest

Kary Rappaport MS, OTR/L, SCFES, IBCLC is a senior feeding and swallowing specialist, Executive Director of Solid Starts PRO, and a mother of two. With over 15 years of experience, Kary has honed her expertise in the area of feeding and eating through years of working with a huge variety of infants, children and families. She specializes in family mealtime dynamics and eating issues across the spectrum from breast and bottle feeding challenges and picky eating, to dysphagia, tube feeding, and complex food refusal. Dive into this knowledge-packed event and find effective solutions to enhance your baby or toddler’s feeding experience. We look forward to seeing you there!

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