Getting my 18 month old to eat.

Rachael A - posted on 12/04/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 18 months old and will not eat anything I give her. She won't drink mill, almond milk or coconut milk. I bought infagrow for toddlers and she will only drink it if I put it in a berry smoothie. She won't eat any foods I give her either. I spent 3 hours trying to get her to eat a few pieces of chicken and sweet potatoes last night. I finally gave in and gave her yogurt then put her in bed. I'm am at a loss, iv tried to make her toddler friendly foods, iv tried to make them into cute shapes, iv tried to wait for her to tell me she's hungry, iv tried to not offer her food but eat something in front of her and see if she wants it, iv bought her kid plates, I bought her a little kid table ( my husband and I even sit at it with her). I asked her doctor and he just said " how much weight has she lost?", she hasn't because she eats at daycare but I'm going to be a stay at home mom with her after next week. The foods I give her have lots of flavor, iv tried to make them spicy and bland too. She won't eat anything other than snacks and I have already tried removing all the snacks in the house. And by snacks I mean she only wants pb crackers, goldfish, chips and salsa, and pretzels. She refuses bananas unless I hold it for her, which I'm not going to do. Doors anyone have anyone ideas?

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Dove - posted on 12/04/2014

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So don't give her junk... or limit it to a couple of times/week. If she eats at daycare she WILL eat at home if she's hungry enough.

Rachael A - posted on 12/04/2014

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I asked the daycare, and do the same thing they do and buy the same brands. I'm just worried that she only wants junk.

Dove - posted on 12/04/2014

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If she eats at daycare... don't worry. Talk to the daycare about what THEY do and maybe try copying that. If she's hungry... she'll eat. Stop putting so much effort into it and let her be. As long as she is staying hydrated and not losing weight... she'll be fine. Fruit and yogurt smoothies are a great way to get some nutrients and calories into a child during the picky eater phase. Just keep offering her small, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day and let her be in charge of what she eats and when.

3 HOURS trying to get her to eat... that's insane. Give her 20-30 minutes and if she's not eating... leave her alone about it. You will turn this into a power struggle and prolong it if you keep this up.

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