Feeding difficulties, 2 year old

Limara - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I'm having difficulties getting Kayla to eat anything of substance. She'll quite happily eat crisps, chocolate or cakes but I can't get her to eat a sandwich or hot dinners. HELP.

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Christy - posted on 10/20/2009

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Sounds like my son, 28 months old. He really likes the gerber graduate meals the spaghetti rings in meat sauce. He will also eat spaghettios. Other than that, only crackers and pudding. Bear with her, she will eat more when he's ready!!!

Misti - posted on 10/18/2009

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I buy the fresh fruit trays that are already cut up and put it on the bottom shelf in the fridge so Alli can help herself anytime and I know she is getting something good instead of junk food and she feels like a big girl too. She is such a picky eater, no pizza, hot dogs, peanut butter, meat except chicken; so we really struggle. She does eat mac n cheese and ramen and loves fruit and cheese. Working on tofu for more protein. Ped. says she will grow out of it as well. Also trying the purees in things like cake to get more veggies besides corn in her. The Decepitively Delicious cookbook is awesome for picky eaters! I wish you the best!

Ginnell - posted on 10/17/2009

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OMG! yes my 20 mth old son is only 21lbs and does not like bread or mashed potatoes. He loves yougurt, nooldes, french fries, dry cereal, potato chips and Ice cream but has not gained an ounce....I give him what ever he wants

Angela - posted on 10/17/2009

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Hi don't worry about it my son is the same and he is fit and healthy she will eat when she is hungry, she could be teething, the teeth have a lot to pay for it, It can change there taste buds thats why they go for sweet things.

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My daughter loves snacks so i have converted to graham crackers. whole wheat tortila chips, whole grain goldfish. Fruit packed in water. Have you tried to get her to eat pizza? you can put a variety of toppings and its good for them. most kids love pizza. have them help you put on the toppings.

Sherrie - posted on 10/17/2009

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I agree yougurt is good for a child, But if you allow them to have too much of it, it can cause yeast infections. My cousins little girl was a picky eater and they gave her the yogurt drinks and yougurt throughout the day which caused her to have constant yeast infections. Some people and children are now also having allergic reaction (rashes, headaches, upset stomachs, diarrhea, etc.) to some red colored yogurts. A few years ago my husband started to get very sick after eating strawberry yougurt, so I did research online and found out about "Carmine" they just recently started using it within the last few years. Due to the ingredient "Carmine" which is crushed up red beetles that they use to get that nice red colored yogurt, instead of using food coloring. My little girl a severe diaper rash if given any orange colored/ flavored beverages. My pediatrician told me she is probably allergic to the food coloring they use.

Shellie - posted on 10/17/2009

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Yogurt will help prevent yeast infections... It has acidophilos (good bacteria). I have a 22mth. that changes her eating habits often. It is frusterating, I know... Try: breakfast at 8 am, lunch at 12 pm and dinner at 5 pm. No snack's 1 hr prior to feeding time. Chop up a healthy meat w/ dip, vege (sweet potato fries) anything, a pasta or rice. I will put it on her fork for her and then wait for her to feed herself. I still have to sit there and feed her or she won't eat. Hopefully a phase. Then have some fresh fruit or cheese chopped up after the meal. They can pick that up with fingers. My daughter will only eat oatmeal for breakfast and her 8 pm bedtime snack...At one time she ate well and everything. Now, I keep trying but, do my best to get some sort of healthy food in her. Babies R Us has a sqeeze tube w/ vege and fruit mix in it "Ella" she will hold and sqeeze it herself and she is getting some real vegetable... good luck:)

Sherrie - posted on 10/16/2009

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My pediatrician told me NO PEANUT BUTTER until after they have turned 3yrs old due to nut allergies that can cause severe reactions, including death. Honey you have to becareful of botulism. Also you have to watch allowing a little girl too eat too much yogurt for it could contribute to yeast infections in little girls. I would try mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing and gravy, Mac and Cheese, Oodels of noodels (square pack works nice, you can break it up when in the pack), pudding, even fruit & creme oatmeal packs (one pkg 1/3cup of water then heat in microwave, add a pinch of sugar, a lil' butter and milk stir until creamy) Hope that helps you out..

Melissa - posted on 10/16/2009

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I had this problem, too for a little while and I supplemented with Pediasure. I felt better that she was at least getting something. Just keep offering her the nutritious things. Will she eat dry cereal?

Amy - posted on 10/16/2009

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what a bout peanut butter and jam, or peanut butter honey sandwiches... i really honestly dont know a kid that doesnt love them... and i agree with the "dipping" as well. my daughter loves dipping... otherwise i wouldnt worry to much. it really is "just a phase" as they say! does she like yogurt?? my daughter is just over 2 and i buy her the danino drinkable yogurt and the tops are these peel away foil things, but i just stick a straw throuhg it and give it to her.. she loves them. i giver one a day!!!. hope this might help.. good luck!!

Marcy - posted on 10/16/2009

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Limara-

My son is all about "dipping". He loves crackers dipped in hummas, anythnig he can dip in ketchup, etc. Have you tried chicken fingers dipped in ketchup. Not sure where you are from but trader Joe's has awesome stuff. Also, you can make your own pizza and cut it up in to little strips. Add veggies, etc.



My son loves cold pasta (he picks it up with his hands) and also meatballs. Good luck.

Limara - posted on 10/16/2009

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She's just dropped a percentile, she's really only living on strawberries and cheese. Not at the same time tho, lol.

Bridget - posted on 10/16/2009

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Hi i brought this problem up to my sons doctor because he is the same way. They told me that its normal and not to worry because they are eating enough calories for the size of body they have. Te only time you need to worry is when they start loosing weight. I hope this helps

Limara - posted on 10/16/2009

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Thank you. She will only eat finger foods because she still can't eat from a spoon or fork properly. But she just keeps saying "mummy i'm hungry" and I feel bad because I don't know what to give her

Kerensa - posted on 10/16/2009

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i have this problem with my 2 year old son!! Try soft food like Mash potato, soup, toast, just keep trying her with food of your plate aswell, if she see's you eating it might encourage her to try different food! Hope this helps =]

Kerensa - posted on 10/16/2009

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i have this problem with my 2 year old son!! Try soft food like Mash potato, soup, toast, just keep trying her with food of your plate aswell, if she see's you eating it might encourage her to try different food! Hope this helps =]

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