I agree. My son (who's now closing in on 3) could go days eating amazingly little and still race around. Then he have a few days where he'd eat anything he could get his hands on.. Don't make a big deal of it. However, my rule of thumb is to only offer healthy foods on days when he's not really hungry. Don't fall into the trap of offering junk foods just to get him to eat something. Despite appearances, toddlers won't actually starve. Plan what you're going to offer at a meal or snack, offer it and let him eat what he wants. When he's done, he's done. If he didn't eat a meal and is hungry again soon after, I sometimes give him the same food. That way he doesn't learn that he can skip a meal and get something "better" later. I've also found that for my son, limiting snacks means he eats better at meals. You'll have to experiment with that to see what works best for you.
at 10:55 AM on Mar. 24, 2010