How do I get my daughter to eat regular food and not snacks?

Michelle - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter, who will be 14 months on July 23rd, loved to eat just about any kind of food up until earlier this week. She stopped wanting big people food (except for oatmeal). She'll just spit it out. She eats snack foods like Gerber's Lil' Crunchies and cereals. She won't even eat noodles anymore. We got her a Beech Nut Let's Grow meal that tastes just like the stuff in the jar (which she loved) and she won't even eat that. I don't know if it's because of the texture or what (though it's never bothered her before). If she's going through a growth spurt, does that effect her appetite? She has been sleeping more lately. Does anyone have any suggestions? My husband says just let her get hungry then try again. Thanks.

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Candice - posted on 07/20/2009

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ahh, the snack dilemma. my daughter gets that way too. try not to fret about it. as my mom says "there are two things you can't force a baby to do...eat and sleep". toddlers assert their independence in the ways they are able...by being picky eaters and fighting sleep. just don't offer unhealthy options and they'll pick and choose what to eat among the options they are given. one doctor said "many a child have grown up refusing to eat anything but chicken fingers and fries, and they all lived to tell about it, so don't worry"

Krista - posted on 07/20/2009

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In all honesty, I think your husband is right. Sooner or later she'll get hungry and begin eating again. My son went through that stage a few times and always bounced back. I offered him healthy snacks and his usual meals. If he didn't eat he's meals I would just let him go about his day and keep trying. He eventually bounced back. Alternately, you could try mixing her snacks into her food.

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Sandra - posted on 07/20/2009

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Yes my daughter does this when either shes not feeling to good "teeth or what not" or the growth spurts do affect their eating and sleeping my daughter has always done this in the mitts of a spurt

Sarah - posted on 07/20/2009

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My girls had ups and downs in their appetite. But for sure she'll eat what you serve her. Just keep trying. But if she doesn't come around in a week or two I'd say consult your doctor to make sure she's not sick or having stomach upset issues. But toddlers are notoriously picky eaters.

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