My three year old daughter seems to be too heavy. She isn’t really fat, she’s just solid. She seems to have lots of energy and doesn’t stop until nap time or bed time. She eats a lot but I feel like she runs it all off. Do I need to be worried about how much she weighs?
At her age you have control over how much she eats. You buy the groceries and you can buy things that are low calorie and healthier for her. Stay away from things like ice cream, donuts and potato chips. Your daughter will eat these kinds of things whether she is hungry or not.
Toddlers need about 1000-1400 calories a day. You can use this as a general guide. Some days it could be more or less. Vegetables and fruit have few calories unless they have lots of butter or cream sauce. You might try to watch the sodium count as well. Milk is good for her but you could try for a lower fat content. She needs protein so meat, poultry and fish are all good for for her but stay away from fried.
What you really want to do is set a pattern of eating that she will follow for the rest of her life. She needs to be used to the healthy foods that will keep her from being obese and all of the health problems that go with obesity.