Abstract : In the present study we videotaped 60 French speaking mothers and their healthy toddlers (from 1 to 2 years old) during different meal sessions. Using an exploratory and multi-disciplinary approach, including sociology/anthropology, developmental psychology and clinical psychology, our study illustrates the complexity of investigating feeding and eating interactions between mothers and toddlers. We illustrate how mothers' representations of food and maternal own experiences around food influence their will to transmit feeding values and habits to their toddlers but also their feeding educative practices. Furthermore, we show how individual's characteristics can influence the quality of feeding interactions even in a non-clinical population of toddlers and their mothers, such as the influence of maternal anxiety on specific toddler's eating behavior (especially, in the context of introduction of food piece sizes). Lastly, an integrative model of the three approaches is discussed.