tackling the topic of distracted eating with toddlers
Let’s chat distracted eating for our toddlers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
While toddlers are really great intuitive eaters and very in-tune with their body’s signals, those signals can definitely be interrupted by mealtime distractions such as shows, toys, company, or even eating at really busy restaurants.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just as with adults, an engaged eating experience for toddlers allows them to tune into how food is tasting, their signals of satisfaction, hunger and fullness.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I know I’m not the only one who has wolfed down a meal while watching a show or completing desk work only to finish and either feel completely over-stuffed or not even really remember the experience (therefore feeling not quite satisfied). this same thing can happen to our toddlers if too much is going on during mealtime.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Research actually supports this concept, showing that distractions during mealtime can interrupt our innate signals of satisfaction & fullness.
In addition, if our toddlers are given a distraction during mealtime consistently, they may begin to associate that distraction with eating, thereby depending on it in order to eat.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
All of that said, while mindful, undistracted eating is wonderful and helpful to provide our toddlers with the majority of the time, I also get that it’s not always possible.
Things come up, life gets busy and sometimes distractions occur. There’s absolutely no need to don’t beat yourself up about this (trust me, it certainly happens here too!), just do the best you can to provide them the opportunity for distraction-free meals when and if possible!
disclaimer: The above assumes no medical issues or concerns. The content that I share in this space should be used for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for medical advice and does not constitute a client/practitioner relationship.0