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My child only wants to eat one kind of food! What can I do?

Sometime between the ages of 18 and 24 months, most children will go through a phase when they are very specific about what they want to eat. You may be worried because your toddler only wants to eat breakfast cereal, but to your child, it’s a way of asserting their independence, and getting to eat foods that they love.

Many parents are worried that their children will become malnourished when they spend a week at a time only eating one food. The truth is, that is very unlikely to happen.

Try giving your child a multivitamin designed for kids to take every day, or take your child with you to the supermarket, and afterwards let him help to prepare different foods. Kids this age are far more likely to be willing to try new foods if they’ve had a hand in preparing them.

Whatever you do, don’t panic. As long as your child is eating something, even if it is just one type of food, they will inevitably move on to something new after a while. 

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