How do you get your toddler to eat.

Shellynda - posted on 10/03/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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he wont eat food. he loves fruit and junk food

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Anita - posted on 10/11/2012

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My 14 th months daughter hardly eats but she loves chocolates .i need help what to do ????

User - posted on 10/05/2009

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I also try not to give my son junk. Sure, occasionally we have some chicken nuggets or something like that...but we simply don't offer junk. We're also very consistent about what we offer...meals are a main dish, a veggie, and then fruit for "dessert". He may sometimes get a cookie or whatever as a snack, but that's it. He still goes through phases sometimes though where he won't eat veggies for a day or two. Our ped said that with toddler nutrition, it's important to look at it over the week, not the day...so no veggies one day isn't that much of a problem as long as it gets made up/averaged out over the week.



There are also days where it seems like all he wants to do is fill up on milk. Again, if it's just over a day, no big deal. Shalena, if you're noticing your daughter doing that all the time, you may want to limit the formula amount you are offering. Unless she has a medical condition where that's what has been recommended, you could cut back the formula she's getting and keep offering food. (I think the general guideline for toddlers is an average 16-24 oz of milk in a day.) I wouldn't force the food, just offer it. (Forcing food can create unhealthy fears of food, etc.) Kids generally won't let themselves go hungry...once she figures out that she's not getting more formula just cause she won't eat, she probably will start taking more interest in the food. If that doesn't work (or if she's losing weight), then you probably need to see her doctor or see about getting some feeding therapy (there are special occupational therapists who see kids who can't/won't eat).

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SHE ONLY WANTS THE FORMULA, YOU KNOW THE TODDLER FORMULA UP TO 24MONTHS FORMULA. SHE ONLY WANTS THAT, MAYBE FRUIT SOMETIMES. SHE ALWAYS TURN HER HEAD AND HOLD HER MOUTH TIGHT WHEN ITS TIME TO EAT. I HATE FORCING HER.

Jacqueline - posted on 10/03/2009

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my two year old has the same problem he is a very picky eater and it always a mission to try to get him to eat something all he ever wants is milk and juice but ima try you guys suggestions and see if it helps

User - posted on 10/03/2009

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I have twins and when they won't eat what I made, I kept giving it to them every meal. If they won't eat lunch that I made they have it for dinner. I agree kids won't strave themselves. It horrible to "be mean" like that and I struggled at first but they are getting better. Hope that helps

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Cut off the junk. Healthy finger foods only. He will eat what you offer. He won't starve just be firm and don't cave in.

Tara - posted on 10/03/2009

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YOu dont give him a choice. Simple. I make a meal and I set it out in front of my daughter and she knows I wont cater to her freaking out and not eating it. I personally dont allow my daughter to have junk food. I like to go with healthier options that are just as easy. Dont get me wrong I let her have little bits of cookies and ice cream and what not here and there so shes raised knowing there is a happy medium and you can have that sort of thing just not over indulging in it. Just remember the eating habits you raise them with now are the ones that stick with them through life. I hope this helps.

Richelle - posted on 10/03/2009

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try something colorful... like veggies...mixed veggies...healthy foods... also fruits...a fruit platter for a treat after meal..for my kiddo who loves talking while eating... I try "pick and cheers" trick... more sweet talking...more patience... and lots of hugs and I love you's...

Olivia - posted on 10/03/2009

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im right with u my daughter almost 3 in dec does not eat ne thing, she hates meat, veggies, anything green, she will only eat pb&J, grilled cheese and pasta with only parmisian and if im lucky a hot dog here and there, i was told to just keep offeering veggies and other new foods and eventually they will eat< im the youngest of five and my mom said we all went through the no eating stage u just have to keep offereing

Katie - posted on 10/03/2009

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we have a nutrition work come in to my home every week and she suggested purreeing vegetables and put it into his favorite food like butter beans into mac and cheese or vegetables into spaghetti. just a suggestion though

Michelle - posted on 10/03/2009

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I don't know how old your child is, but my son is almost 3 and if he won't eat something, we play "cheers". He and I pick up a bite of the same type of food and touch the food together and say cheers. Hope this helps!

Michelle - posted on 10/03/2009

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The fruit is a good thing! As for the junk, if you don't offer it or have it he can't eat it. He won't starve, so just offer him what you want him to try and if he doesn't eat it then it's his choice. He'll eat when he's hungry:o) Good luck!

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See I'm having the opposite problem. My Son LOVES vegetables, but HATES fruit. Thankfully there are 100% fruit juices.



One thing I did for older kids I babysat was make a "buffet" type set up at lunch. Have a plates of carrots sticks, crackers, meat slices, ect and let them serve themselves. Then have a selection of additions like ranch for the carrots, cheese for the crackers, ect.



Soup is a great way to let them add this and that. Think outside the cracker box. I put bacon bits, shredded cheese, shelled sunflower seeds, carrot slivers ect in my Son's soup as well as my own.

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Let him help choose the food from the store then let him help make it, make a huge deal about the deciding and choosing and cooking, make it like he is so wonderful to help and what a big boy/ girl they are. Pretty dishes that are geared just to them and just for "real food" can help. And don't bring home any junk food, what isn't there he won't eat. Good Luck

Ida - posted on 10/03/2009

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Try using finger foods like cheerios and kix ceral. Cut up fresh fruit and veggies in bite size pieces. The more colorful the better. Fun shapes are always an attention getter. Let your toddler decide what he wants by giving him a choice. It makes him feel all growd up! Make meal time fun time and be patient, when he gets hungry he will eat.

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