A lot of good advice already mentioned. I would add that perhaps instead of obsessing over her diet (not saying don't work to improve it, btw), maybe focus on adding in more physical activities. I just read (maybe in Parenting? Can't remember) that children need an average of 90 minutes exercise every day. It doesn't have to be all at once, and it can be something as simple as running up and down the sidewalk and making pictures. 10 minutes here and there throughout the day can add up to significant activity for a 2 yr. old. I bought a mini-trampoline to help increase my children's activity levels in the snowy weather. In the summer, I try to go for a walk several times a week with them. All of those are pretty inexpensive activities, and can be done with a variety of ages. Good luck! I think your DD is extremely fortunate that you are addressing this issue right now, rather than waiting until she is 10 and getting picked on for her weight.
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7/11/10 at 12:08pm