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toddler: 1-3 yrs.

You’ll probably notice a sharp drop in your toddler’s appetite after his first birthday. Suddenly he’s picky about what he eats, turns his head away after just a few bites, or resists coming to the table at mealtimes. It may seem as if he should be eating more now that he’s so active, but there’s a good reason for the change. His growth rate has slowed, and he really doesn’t require as much food now.

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Feeding and Nutrition: Your Three-Year-Old

As a preschooler, your child should have a healthy attitude toward eating. Generally she’ll now view eating as a natural response to hunger and meals as a pleasant social experience.