What to do if your 1year old won't eat food?
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Gigi - posted on 11/09/2012
When my daughter was about same age she stopped eating as well. She was good eater at first, then at 18 months she just stopped. It was very frustrating and I cought myself spending the whole day trying to get her to eat. Then I stopped and went back to serving 3 meals a day (at the table) and small snacks (fruit, cracers, wholewheat cookies, cheese) in between. I also dramatically cut her milk intake. nothing helped, but she played normally and was healthy so I didn't worry too much. And then one day she just started eating normally. She is now almost 3 and eats well some days, less the others and has short periods when she will eat only few bites at the meal.
Angela - posted on 12/10/2012
I agree with Nicole. Children have growth spurts were they eat more but it will stop and they eat less. Chicken is good! Try different colored food with the chicken. Like chicken, peas, peaches with water. He likes dried Cheerios and fruit snacks, try placing it his food. Maybe he will dig them out and eat whatever is on it.
Sometimes children have sensory issues to different textures. Have you tried dried fruits? Or maybe fresh fruits and vegetables? Sometimes the juice from canned fruit children don't want to touch. Or try crakers, apple slices, cheese and water. Try something he likes and introduce a new food with it.
Always let him have his own plate and utensil. Sit down with him and talk about the food. Please keep it positive. Even if he spits it back out or puts it back in his plate. Tell him good job trying it or give him a high five! Don't give up, I know it's easy said then done.
Nicole - posted on 12/06/2012
Top five things I always tell my daycare parents when it come to picky eaters:
1- Sit and eat with your kids
2- Don't give-up on a food just because he/she rejected it once. You may have to offer the food 10 times before they will eat it
3 - Don't make it a power struggle. Put it in front of them and don't urge or prod. Just eat what is on your plate and ask if they need help. Other than that back off and ignore.
4 - Make it clear that what you offer is it. Do not keep giving alternatives just so they eat something. They learn quickly that if they hold off on eating veggies they will get a yogurt.
5 - Limit drinks. My children don't get drinks with their meals. They get them afterwards.
Good luck and try not to worry so much. As long as your child is gaining weight you are okay!
Sarah - posted on 12/04/2012
My son is the same way and has been since he turned 1. He is now almost 2 and a half. I always offer him what I make for dinner or whichever meal I am making. He almost always tells me he is all done and goes to the trash can to scrap his plate. He usually then proceeds to ask for peanut butter. He eats peanut butter sandwiches for every meal. I do limit the amount he gets to drink. He will get his cup filled with every meal. I will then fill it once after breakfast, once after lunch, and never after dinner. He drinks tea, milk, water, Kool-Aid, juice, or what ever is offered. Talked to his pedi about it and he is not concerned because my son is not under weight and when checked for low iron or other vitamins, he has always been just fine. Never too low. I would offer your son whatever you are eating. Let him eat the things he likes. The vegi puffs and cheerios are not bad for him. Try to get him to peanut butter as it will replace the protein in the meat. I have also hear if you let the child fix his own food (age appropriate off course) then they tend to try more of it and maybe even like it. I can get my son to eat tuna mixed with hard boiled eggs, sweet relish, and mayo if I allow him to stir all the ingredients together and then let him spoon it onto crackers himself. Also, I have noticed if it is my food, my son is more likely to eat it. Good luck.
NO KID WILL EVER STARVE THEM SELF. I know it may seem cruel to some, but to avoid giving into the "picky" habbits, be consistent. meals same time everyday, if the child wont eat, leave the food at the table and them them pick at it. dont let him only eat crackers forever, my sister did that, she gave in when her son went through that "picky" stage and hes soooo picky. i never gave in with mine. he ate what everyone else was having or he didnt eat.... Well he realized thats the way it was going to be and eventually would make his way back to the table to finish his dinner, lunch, breaky.
Jenny - posted on 11/08/2012
I feel the exact same way! My son is 19 months old and is very very active, it's hard to get him to even sit down and eat lunch, dinner yet alone snacks! I have noticed when I give him his own spoon or fork he seems to have more interest. You can try that and also have one of your own to help him. My son lives off of hot dogs and Mac and cheese, very frustrating as he needs to have his grains and veggies!
Jolene - posted on 11/08/2012
Sheena, sometimes they say if you just kinda leave it there, they might try it, I offer my son stuff as he is walking by, I keep it on hand while I am watching him play. When I have him in his highchair he will take a few bites and then throw the rest on to the floor, very frusterating. So I find myself giving him stuff as he is cruising by, small bites size stuff and he eats some of it, or I will take a bite first and go yum yum so good,lol I know it gets frusterating when nothing seems to work. good luck
Sheena - posted on 11/07/2012
Yes we have tried everything. He will eat a bit of ground beef, chicken, cracker, dry snacks, fruit snacks or dry cereal. We tried ensure, those juice boxes with the fruit and vegetable meals, cheese and several types of sandwiches. He won't even eat rice,or any type of pasta. We have even tried fruit and vegetable juices. He basically only drinks milk and water.
The older he gets the more difficult he is,with food.
Amy - posted on 11/07/2012
Keep offering it to him, and limit the his beverages because he will continue to fill up on juice or milk. My daughter went through a phase of not eating meat but we still put it on her plate during meal time. My 6 1/2 year old is extremely picky and he has just started trying foods that we have been offering him for over 4 years.
Jolene - posted on 11/07/2012
I have the same situation with my 14 month old, he eats very little at a time, it seems like I am always shoving stuff at him to eat. I give him drinkable yoghurt drinks, he likes those and cheese strings. Did you try grilled cheese sandwiches?
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