playing during mealtimes
My 3-year-old dd doesn't like to stop and eat, preferring to play. When she's hungry, she'll let me know, and she'll eat a bit, then she'll go back to play, coming back to nibble every so often.
I have found that if I feed her while she plays, she can eat a lot more food than if I let her alone and wait for her to feed herself, which she can do perfectly fine. On one hand, I don't want her to get used to someone feeding her. On the other, if she feeds herself, she usually eats very little before she goes back playing. Her overall food intake during the day is much less.
I would prefer for her to feed herself, except she's very petite, in the 5th percentile for height, and not even on the charts for weight. She gained only 1 lb in the last 12 months. She noticeably gains weight when we are at my parents' as they are very concerned with her size and feed her all day.
So I'm just wondering what's the best way to approach this, to ensure she gets enough food and also encourage independence?
single mama to DD1 (June 2011) and DD2 (Dec 2014)