Hubby stresses over how much our 2yr old eats.

Jennifer - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Every night we sit down at dinner it is the same thing. My husband telling my son over and over and to take a bite and telling me he needs to eat more meat and vegi's. I'm a stay at home mom and feed my son every meal. Normal breakfasts for the week are some combination of scrambled eggs with cheese, milk with his vitamins, fruit and a lot of times I make him smoothies with a banana, strawberries, blueberries, yogurt (sometimes yobaby with dha) spinach, and v8 splash (full serving of fruit and vegi). Lunch time may consist of more fruit and or smoothie, ham sliced up for sandwiches but I roll it up, Mickey Mouse shaped cheddar cheese, chicken nuggets with honey, Bagel Bites (pizza), Salmon bites or Fish sticks and sweet potato fries. Dinner is usually chicken, pork chops or steak off the grill. If we have something else he usually won't even try it. Sweet potato fries, some other starch, and we also offer vegies. He will dip celery in salad dressing not always eating the celery but will at least chomp on it. I've tried various other vegies and breakfast/lunch/dinner ideas. My husband and I were both at our son's last well baby visit. The doctor says he is perfectly healthy. I brought up the dinner situation and she looked at us and said he is fine. And not to worry. Yet every night at dinner my husband stresses over every bite and is constantly putting a fork in his face and telling him to "take a bite, just try it, you need to take a bite...." Does anyone have any advice as to how I should handle this? I don't want my son to not want to sit down to dinner because his dad is always putting food in his face and making dinner a stressful time. Children listen to their bodies better than adults. We will eat even if we are full because it tastes good. Children will stop when their body says the are full. I've even had my husband read articles about not stressing over toddlers and their eating habits. Help. :)

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Brianna - posted on 05/16/2010

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This sounds exactly like my boyfriend! And it's funny because your sons meals sound just like my son's meals and I think they are more than enough! His pediatrician says as long as he's getting 1 good meal a day he's fine & he'll eat when he is hungry. I think my boyfriend is just worried because my son isn't very big and he wants him to play sports and whatnot. He doesn't seem to get that just because hes a big guy that doesnt mean his son will be big especailly since I'm so small. Just keep bringing up that your doctor says your son's healthy, and he's taking vitamins. Most toddlers are horribly picky eaters and we all cant expect them to like everything we put infront of them.

Jacqueline - posted on 05/06/2010

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I can sympathise with your problem i am a stay at home mum from what you say it seems like your child is having quite a varied diet /balanced meals as long as their having five a day veg milk etc you have no worries .I always have a deal with my children that we compromise so if they still got potatoes n carrots they eat 1/2 and i know some might disagree but it works well it means my children try harder ta please and meal times are not too much of chore.

Jennifer - posted on 05/06/2010

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The other thing I brought up to my husband was that our son eats well all day and isn't as hungry for dinner some nights as others.

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