Picky Eaters: My Toddler Won't Gain Weight
Children should be provided fluids at each meal and snack, but not allowed to carry a cup around with them. They also should not be allowed to drink anything 30 minutes prior to a meal. This will fill them up, and they will not be ready to eat. Also, toddlers should have set meal times when they eat with family members.
Research has shown that toddlers need to be exposed to a food 10 to 15 times before they will accept the food. So, don't get discouraged over foods being rejected or despair when your toddler wants the same thing every day for lunch. Keep trying!
This said, be sure to check with your pediatrician to make sure your toddler actually needs to gain weight. Remember, all kids are different and don't always adhere to the standard weight and height chart. Your pediatrician knows your toddler's history and as such is the best person to determine whether he does indeed have a weight problem.