Poor Eater: Help

Mary - posted on 04/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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How do I get my 16 month son to eat regular food. He is refusing to eat any baby food, but still won't eat regular food. The only thing he will eat are french fries and pancakes.

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Anita - posted on 04/26/2009

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This will sound harsh and all but if u had not "taught" your child at an early stage with alot of things it will get harder as they get older...when it comes to food u have to be had on them..there is no options for them to choose...kids learn very quickly and they will not let themselves starve...so here is what need to do....be firm and consistant..toddles at this age can eat what u eat..either no fat/salt/spices or very little of the above...make it color by adding small schopped up pieces of vegies etc...place ur toddler on his high chair every feed and allow him to feed himself..it makes it much more fun and he will feel like a big boy....this is the fun bit...if ur toddler refuses to eat..and cries and throws his food on the floor...LET HIM GO for it for at least 30 min....after that..take him out of his high chair and dont give him any food inbwtween until his nxt main meal...and u kee doing the above...believe me even the most pig headed of toddlers will eventually eat when ask...

Its hard but hard loving is what u need to show in order to get the lil ones to understand..

goodl luck...

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Mary - posted on 04/26/2009

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Thank you so much for the suggestions. I will try them all. My son always wants whatever I am eating, but as soon as I put it in his mouth, he spits it in his hand and gives it back to me.

Hopefully with all of your help, I will make some progress this week.

Jessica - posted on 04/26/2009

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Have you tried giving him regular bananas? Try telling your son that if he eats what you make than he can have what he wants. This works for my son who is 3. Keep encouraging him to eat things other than french fries and pancakes.

Angela - posted on 04/26/2009

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Dont give him the option to eat french fries and pancakes.When he sees you having those foods, that's what he thinks is ok...but he wants it for every meal! Try letting him see you ENJOYING some healthy foods and he may be tempted to try them.Or maybe give him a dip for his apple or cut a sandwich into a fun shape.Once he realizes that you wont give in to the french fry diet, he'll have to try some other foods!Just be consistant and if he's doing good,reward him!Good luck with him,he's a cutie!

Shelly - posted on 04/26/2009

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I would make meals as usual. You have to let him know that he has to have a bite of food from every item you make, than you could give him either the Fries or the pancakes. If he does that, see if he will eat more of the meals you make. I didn't really like doing this myself, but refuse to give him what he wants. If he doesn't eat a meal or two, or even all day, it won't kill him. Keep trying!! Try feeding him what you make also, I know my little girl, sometimes doesn't eat it all, so I feed it to her and she will than. Good luck.

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