How do I get my 21 month old son to eat what I put in front of him

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Maggie - posted on 01/28/2010

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give him the same thing you are eating. Don't let him fill up on snacks and juice or milk between meals. Don't let him down from the table until he's eaten at leasst one bite of everything. Don't give in and make him a seperate meal. He'll eat when he's hungry so if he doesn't eat it at the meal then box it up and when he says he's hungry you can pull it back out and give it to him again.

Wanda - posted on 01/28/2010

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Don't force the issue! You want to keep introducing the food over and over again. Make conversation about the food, note the color, texture. Is it sweet or sour? What does it smell like?
Some children need to "see" the new food 20 times before they are ready to take a bite. Their palate has to get use to it.

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Julie - posted on 03/11/2012

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CUT OUT Snacking and sit down with him and spend time with the t.v. off and focus on eating.



Do not make it a power struggle -



A hungry child will eat. Make note of what he likes then serve it and occasionally offer new foods...

Cassandra - posted on 01/28/2010

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I would only offer what you make...if he doesn't eat it at first he will eventually. Dont make him a separate meal because he will expect that from now on if he doesn't like something. Eventually he will give in and at least try it. I do that with my daughter and if she doesn't like it I still offer it to her every time I make it and now she will at least try everything and the only thing I cant get her to eat is mashed potatoes.

Rachael - posted on 01/28/2010

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I often let my 2 1/2 year old help me choose what is for dinner...or lunch, I let her pick ham or turkey for her sandwich or grapes or apples. With dinner she usually picks the veggie, that way when she tells me that she doesnt like it (which happens a lot) I remind her that she picked it, but most of the time when I let her pick she is fine with the choice I think it makes her feel in control, also if I am really wanting green beans with dinner or thats all we have I will show her two different cans of then and then she picks, and for the time beign she knows no different..

Stephanie - posted on 01/28/2010

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I have a seriously picky daughter and we tried that and even if she was starving she wouldnt eat. She is basically on a hot dogs and chicken nuggets diet haha. I make her eat lots of fruit and she drinks vegetable juice so I think as long as they are getting the nutrition they need the pickiness starts to fade. We make her try a couple bites of EVERYTHING what we eat and what she eats. I am a picky eater myself so I can't justify making someone eat something. My daughter hates macaroni and cheese and spaghettios (kid foods basically) she loves pasta tho, anything with sauce like pizza, she likes soup with crackers...just make sure what he is eating is healthy.

Katie - posted on 01/28/2010

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Why not try letting him help you make dinner. Im not saying let him use the oven but like the veggie pouring into the bowl or finding something at every meal that he can help with. I did that with my son and it has widen his food choices.

Savannah - posted on 01/28/2010

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This is only really when he refuses to eat something we know that he likes, though. Sometimes they just really don't like the food and then we just try something else. Good luck

Savannah - posted on 01/28/2010

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yep. Maggie is right. That is what we have to do. Sometimes it is like WWIII but they do eventually give in.

Shelly - posted on 01/28/2010

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If a child doesn't like something don't force it. The more you try to force it, the more they will resist. Try other things and then try introducing the same thing at a later date. I had the same problem with my 3yr old and I talked with the doctors about it and that is what they told me... The important thing isn't whether they are eating what you put in front of them but that they are eating.

Vanessa - posted on 01/28/2010

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thats what I do and he is still holding out, I guess I will keep it up till he's really hungry.

Ashley - posted on 01/28/2010

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i agree with maggie. dont let him get away with not eating. and if he doesnt want to eat it now, save it for later. good luck!

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