My toddler has started to refuse dinner.

Dan - posted on 08/30/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my 19 month old toddler has stopped eating his dinner no matter wat i give him... I am worried he isnt getting enough food... What should i do???

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Cheydee - posted on 08/31/2009

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My boy has done the same thing. He also refused to eat dinner. I was told that you cant force a child to eat, but i am also worried that he is not eating enough. He only eats dinner when he wants to. Or when his cousins are over than he will eat together with them.

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Amanda - posted on 06/07/2010

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My little brother stopped eating regularly when he was a toddler and continues to have what he refers to as an "eating disorder" today. I've noticed that many parents contend that this is a phase and children move past it on their own but my brother is now 25 and still hasn't. Do any of you know of any research that addresses why children stop eating, and why some of them continue to be unable to return to a "normal" diet?

Christine - posted on 08/31/2009

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i have a 3yr old whos appetite changes like the weeather. hes been that way since he was born. kids know when they are hungry and need to eat. if he doesnt eat a meal he doesnt get snacks until the next meal. once he does start eating i let him eat all he wants. if he has a big breakfast he may not eat as much for lunch. if lunch is big same goes for dinner. ive tried not letting him leave the table til he eats but that ends up just ruining my dinner. i try different things. letting him help pick dinner/ or any meal. i throw a blanket on the living room floor and pop in a movie and tell him we r havin a picnic. he loves it. so try changing it up a little. may not be hungry or may just be bored with the same scene. try cutting out milk between meals also they use it to fill up. give them water.

Candice - posted on 08/30/2009

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i actually pushed my daughter's dinner to 6 or 6:30 because she snacks after her nap (she is 16 mos, sleeps 2 1/2 hours around noon) and she just isn't hungry at 5.



how long has he been refusing dinner? if he doesn't eat, do you give him snacks? (kids are master manipulators at this age..they know if they fight dinner they don't like, they'll get snacks instead). But my daughter goes through phases...some nights she eats like a pig, others she barely eats.



another question is how much milk does he get? too much milk in a day will limit their appetite.

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Maybe he is eating too early. What is he having for tea, I assume around 3ish according to what you said. It can also be your baby is teething. Keep offering the food, evetually the pattern will change again. The difference between babies and us is that they don't over eat or under eat. They are not "spoilt" yet with bad habbits. Osnat http://maaslife.blogspot.com/

Jessica - posted on 08/30/2009

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So is he only getting an hour nap? My daughter is just a few months older and she just stopped taking two naps that were 2 hours long usually sometimes the second nap was 3 hours. Maybe he needs a longer nap. Not sure how you would make that happen if he is the one waking himself up though.

Dan - posted on 08/30/2009

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he has a nap around lunch time, wakes up arounfd 1ish.... He is fussy from around 3.30 after his afternoon tea

Jessica - posted on 08/30/2009

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What time does he get up from his nap? Is he drinking a lot of Juice or Milk before dinner?

5pm seems early enough but I'm not sure. When does he start to get fussy?

Dan - posted on 08/30/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

It's normal for them to go through spurts where they more or less. Maybe the dinner time you have is to late for him. Try serving dinner a little earlier and see how he does. He could just be tired and fussy at the point of the night you are having dinner.



I have put his dinner earlier 5 pm. dnt really want to give it to him any ealier then that..... But ill give it a try. What time do you suggest



 

Jessica - posted on 08/30/2009

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It's normal for them to go through spurts where they more or less. Maybe the dinner time you have is to late for him. Try serving dinner a little earlier and see how he does. He could just be tired and fussy at the point of the night you are having dinner.

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