how can I get my two and half year old daughter to eat her meals?

Margaret Chiara - posted on 07/28/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Sofia used to race to the table, pick up her fork and begin to eat whatever was on her plate.....but little by little as she passed the age of two she slowed more and more in eating, and now has ground to an absolute halt. Now there is no conceivable way I can get her to eat anything. Then of course later she is always hungry and survives on crackers sweets and milk....all of which I have started to not allow. She still refuses......Help please.

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Margaret Chiara - posted on 07/29/2013

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will try more of that. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. But then, if "not" she wants to get down, and starts to scream and cry and don´t release her to get down and leave the table. Mum and friends say I should let her cry and scream, and not let her out of the highchair till everyone is done eating, or at least till she has sat there 15min. minimum.
I have no idea what I should do when she won´t stay at table because she has no interest in eating?

Angie - posted on 07/29/2013

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Play with her. So if you feed her when the spoon is about to enter the mouth pretend it is an airplane so you so "here comes the airplane".

Margaret Chiara - posted on 07/29/2013

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thanks. I agree with what you say, but it amazes me that even if I stand firm, she refuses to eat. Yesterday I lost it, and tried to force her to eat, which I realize was completely wrong. So later, once again I just offered, and if she refused, then just ignored her and gave her nothing else. I suppose at some point she´ll get hungry enough to eat something. Later she finally ate a banana, a plum, and a few bites of a sandwich. Here in Spain we eat the main meal at mid day, and then lighter things later on. It´s the main meal (the real food) which she refuses to eat.....
I suppose I should make sure that at least what ever she eats of the lesser food, that it at least not be junk food or crackers.

Michelle - posted on 07/28/2013

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Take away all the crackers and sweets and tell her that she doesn't get anything else if she doesn't eat.
We are going through the same thing with our 3yo at the moment and she isn't liking that we don't give in. She is my 3rd so doesn't get away with the tantrums.
She has until everyone else has finished and if she hasn't had anything then she has a bath and goes straight to bed. NO discussions!!!!
You need to stand firm and let her know that you are the parents and she will do what you say. Don't back down at all.

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