It may feel impossible to choose the best foods for your picky toddler, who seems impossibly difficult to please. The good news is, when you understand why toddlers tend to be picky eaters in the first place, you’ll be able to find the foods that appease your little one. Melanie Potock, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist, explains that toddlers tend to be picky eaters for a few reasons:

  1. They’re entering a natural stage of being hesitant about new foods. This “aligns with their cognitive development,” which is why they challenge nearly anything, including the food you want them to eat. Potock explains, “It’s their job to do that, it’s how they learn about the world.”

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