Toddler hates to eat

Alisa - posted on 04/30/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have a two and a half year old daughter who just refuses to eat. We have had this issue since she was a baby., always battling her poor appetite. She refuses to eat anything new and we always have to plead and beg her to eat the foods she likes. We have tried to just let her be and have her get really hungry but it doesn't really work. She does however still drink a lot of milk, about 20-25 oz a day. Anyone have ideas on how to get her to start to like food?

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Tracy - posted on 04/30/2009

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Get her involved, and make it fun. They have lots of kids cookbooks showing you how to decorate a pear to look like a bunny, make the sandwich look like a butterfly, etc. My son (3 1/2) loves to eat anything he helped make. He puts the muffin papers in the muffin pan, and I let him stir the batter a little bit, then we have blueberry muffins for breakfast. Also try giving her a choice "applesauce or peaches with your lunch?"

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Suzannah - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Nikki:

i have a 20 month old daughter she will not eat her meal can any one help


Nikki - Did she recently start refusing food, or is this an ongoing problem?  If it's new, it could be a round of teething.  Is she waking up at night or showing other signs of distress?  Physical illness (for example, reflux) is a  possibility.  Watch for any other symptoms to give you a clue what might be going on.  Good luck.

Tarah - posted on 05/06/2009

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hi my daughter is the same she drives me mad she used to eat load as a baby now she coming up 4 2 4 the past 12 months im lucky to get 1 meal down her a day she still has a bottle and as iv got a 8 month old and i cant get her off them i tend to give her baby milk at night just so i know she got some fittermins down her she only small and under weight 4 her ageif u have any ideas please tell me

Tisha - posted on 05/05/2009

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Sounds just like my daughter. In fact, I have the added issue of the only time she does eat is sitting on my lap after I am done and I feed her. When I am not home or if she is at school she eats very little but does eat. When I am home only when I feed her. Maybe feeding her yourself will help although it does make it harder for you to eat.



The other thing that helps us a bit is that I take away her favorites after dinner item. Either her favorite night time story, or if she wants to watch a show (now it is the movie Cars), etc. A lot of time that works too.



Or when all else fails you can try time outs.

Linda - posted on 05/03/2009

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HI Alisa, funny i had the same problem with my son.... I made him grill cheese once and he loved it, he also likes chicken nuggets that i make in the toaster oven, (not fried) along with KIDS breyers yogurt. I recommend breyers because the other ones are very sour! he also now eats french toast (has egg :) ) and pancakes with banana (its sweet) I cant get him to eat veggies yet but im sure that will come.:) In time she will eat, my doctor told me that at this stage toddlers are picky ... i would recommend trying grill cheese with her, once you make it, take a small piece and put it in her mouth, my son cried at first because he did not know what it was, but then when he tasted it, he LOVED it. ! LOL! good luck!

also as for snacks gerber makes these little dried fruit sqaures that is good for her to pick up on her own or little puffs. :)

User - posted on 05/01/2009

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does she like smoothies? maybe start adding fruit etc to her milk? Involve her in preparing the food. Start a vegie garden together that she is involved in looking after then eating when it's grown. Good luck!

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