I was eating at our office pantry the other day when some of my female colleagues started talking about their children. These two colleagues are relatively new moms, with kids aged around 2 or 3. They are quite young and are very much hands on parents. One is even majored in psychology in college and knows a lot about child development.
So anyway, I heard them talking about putting their babies on a diet. I heard a pretty explosive WHAT? in my head. Why on earth would you put your 2-year old kid on a diet unless she had some condition that necessitated it? I couldn’t keep my curiosity in reign so I asked.
The answer was that babies at that age should only have so and so amount of milk in a day. Apparently, her baby is used to consuming more than that so she decided to limit the amount of milk that her baby is consuming. This is so to avoid any negative effects of overeating – or drinking in this case.
My thoughts? One, what if your baby does need more than the recommended amount? Even if there is a suggested amount, babies are unique. Two, isn’t it a bit too early to put a two-year old on a diet?
I don’t know. I just may have a different perception of the situation. What do you guys think about putting toddlers on a diet?
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Originally posted on July 12, 2008 @ 4:45 pm