#48: Is it ever ok to limit food for your baby/toddler?

Episode art for episode "#48: Is it ever ok to limit food for your baby/toddler?". Pictured is a smiling toddler eating a large piece of watermelon.

In this episode, I’m answering a question from the audience, and it’s one that I get A LOT! “If my toddler (or baby) eats all of their favourite food, but doesn’t touch anything else on their plate, and wants more of their favourite…do I just give it to them?” And the short answer to this question is: yes! Your toddler gets to decide how much of what is offered that they want to eat – including none at all.

However, there are exceptions to every rule…so when would it be okay to actually place some limits on their food intake? I chat about that in this episode, and explain what we want to consider before placing those limits. I go over the idea of limiting food from a parent’s perspective, and from a toddler’s – this helps to understand why limiting foods can be harmful in certain situations.

As always, if you get value from this episode, please subscribe, rate and review it at Apple Podcasts! And I’m currently doing a giveaway as well (because it’s almost the end of Season 2!) – so if you write a review, include your Instagram handle in it because I’ll be entering you into a draw for a $100 gift card to Amazon. Giveaway is closing April 4th, 2021 – so don’t wait! And be sure you’re following me on Instagram (@mylittleeater) because I’ll announce the winner there! (https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-my-little-eater-podcast/id1505907186)

Additional Resources:

If you’re looking for more information on what and how to feed your toddler, including a complete breakdown of the division of responsibility and how to build a good relationship with all foods for your toddler, it’s time to enroll in my Feeding Toddlers online course! Get access to all the foundational information for feeding your toddler, plus all my best strategies for preventing or reversing picky eating, now! (https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/

THE DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY: https://mylittleeater.com/dor/

EP. 9 – THE ONE FEEDING STRATEGY TO CHANGE MEALTIMES FOREVER: https://mylittleeater.com/9-the-one-feeding-strategy-that-will-change-mealtimes-forever/

LIMITING FOOD: https://mylittleeater.com/controllingfoodintake/

Skip To…

Why parents have a natural need to limit foods (2:55)

The 3 scenarios when you can limit (19:28)

What about dessert? (24:30)


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