Did you know if your child’s feet can’t touch the floor while they are eating, this could be making them (appear to be) a fussy eater?

Baby Guru Nutrition recently shared a post on Facebook with some information on why your tot might be fussy at meal times.

“If a child’s feet can’t touch the floor, which is the case in any high chairs and dinner tables, the blood pools to the legs and causes pins and needles. This can be very uncomfortable and can cause them to get agitated, start squirming, throw their food, or climb out of their high chair or get up off their dining chair.”

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“Try and pop a stool or box, anything you can find to place under your little one’s feet so that they don’t get pins and needles. Ultimately, their knees should be at right angles which puts their ankles, knees and lower back into alignment and makes for a much happier child who can sit for longer to eat.

Many people aren’t aware of this, so SHARE with your friends if you think it will help.”

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  • i knew discomfort is a massive factor in childrens behaviour and eating patterns…but tbh i did not even think of it this way..thanks for sharing


  • Such a simple fix. My kids were never as fussy as my hubby is tho, he’s shocking, very spoilt by his mum


  • We allowed our daughter to be fussy, we tried to please her, at 7 she is finally liking roasts, gravy and different meats other than chicken. It was a long struggle


  • This is interesting. I thought I may have stumbled on a magic solution but I realised my child’s high chair has a footrest so probably not relevant.


  • Hadn’t thought of that.


  • Really interesting reading. Mine complain of pins and needles when seated. Will give this a go.


  • A good one to share with this community – thanks!


  • Ours has a rail on it the kids put their feet on.


  • Wow, never thought of it like that but pins and needles would put me off eating too.


  • I never would have thought of this, but even if it’s ridiculous to correlate this with fussiness, the general idea is brilliant. I will definitely be trying this with my tot! Thanks for sharing!


  • Worth a shot!


  • Interesting theory. My 16 month old swings his legs around a lot when sitting in his highchair, wonder if this is connected to the theory or totally unrelated.


  • This theory makes sense when its explained like that. My kids never seemed to have an issue thankfully. They’ve always looked forward to meal times. Helping with the dishes later is another story.


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