Feeding time with toddlers can be a real challenge. There are developmental reasons why kids between 1 & 3 yrs of age seem to just pick at their food. The first year of life is a period of rapid growth for babies. Toddlers gain weight more slowly, so they need less food for growth. The fact that these little ones are always on the go also affects their eating patterns. They don't sit still for anything, even food. Snacking their way through the day is more compatible with these busy explorers' lifestyle than sitting down to a full-fledged feast. Toddlers also have periods of time when they may want 1-2 foods for every meal and snack. Since erratic eating habits are as normal as toddler mood swings, expect your child to eat well one day and eat practically nothing the next. Toddlers from one to three years need between 1,000 and 1,300 calories a day, yet they may not eat this amount every day. Aim for a nutritionally-balanced week, not a balanced day. Make it a goal to offer healthy meals and snacks each day that are bite sized and easy to grab and go.