My dd doesn't talk yet (she says maybe 3-4 words). Also, I'm not confident yes always means yes and no always means no. If I ask her if she wants liver and onions she'll nod yes (KWIM?) so here's the deal. We eat a lot of brown rice--daily. She LOVES IT! Which is great, but I don't know how much to let her eat, I don't want her to make herself sick. I usually start her at about 1/2 cup-3/4 cup (plus she is eating veggies/tofu etc. with the rice) well, today she threw her tofu to the dog, at 1 piece of broccoli and downed the rice before I knew it. So, I gave her another 1/4 cup and then another quarter cup. Every time i ask her if she wants more she always nods yes, but I can't just let her eat and eat......or can I. Should I be giving her the rice until she physically pushes it away? I don't really believe in eating until your full, just eating until your satisfied. After she ate a little more than a cup of the rice (and there was none left) I took her plate and asked if she was done (she nodded yes) and that was it...but I could have taken the plate after the first 1/2 cup and asked if she was done and she still would have nodded yes.
So, this is a daily occurrence for us. do any of you have any ideas on how to guage how much to feed toddlers?
I don't ask if they want more, I want them to recognize that in themselves. (I don't refuse them either, I just want food and eating to be governed more by their tummy than anything else....
That is just my two cents!!! HTH!!!
Shelley, mom to dd 5/19/01, ds 9/06/02, and ds 4/01/07. Lost babe 4/09
I know your example is very specific, but can you mix stuff in the rice?
Edited to add: my son shakes his head no when he means yes, sometimes -- it is very confusing trying to figure out what he means!
He has to ask, but with his favorite meals he can sometimes out eat me. If he wants he gets it and if he doesn't finish the dog or the compost pile gets it.
My family of 3 (plus pup) Indigo (Aimee), Rob (dp), Ryne (ds) & Phebe (dog), plus my BIL's family of 3.
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay
So, If I give her a specific amount of food and just wait for her to ask for more, should I go by the toddler serving guide to determine how much to initially give her?
I guess even though I know she COULD eat a whole pile of rice(or anything else), I don't want to teach her that it's normal to eat like that, KWIM?
maybe I'll just go by the guide.
I'm going to post this in it's own category, but I'll post here to.
Does anyone have a link for a vegetarian food guide pyramid (w/serving sizes) for toddlers?