I cant get my 13 month old to eat. Any Ideas.???

Ashton - posted on 01/13/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is 13 months. I can NOT get him to eat. He will eat yogurt like crazy, or poptart minis, and rice. but he will not eat a full meal. he will only take like 1-3 bites of meat, all kinds. every once in a while he will eat really good then the next day he will just eat 1 or 2 bites. He locks his lips and will not open for anything. It is driving me insane. He has also been kind of fussy lately. I dont know if he is getting his Molars or what but i need help!!! My husband is only around everyother week due to work, so i am at a lost. PLEASE HELP!! He has to be hungry.

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Renae - posted on 01/13/2011

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Most babies go through a self-feeding phase around 12 months where they will only eat finger food that they can pick up and put in their mouth, go with it, give him finger food.

Most babies do not eat a lot of meat, a few bites is normal.

The best thing you can do is stop worrying about it. Most toddlers between 2 and 4 years of age worry the hell out of their parents by not eating much of anything for days. Children are biologically designed not to let themselves starve, they know what they need and when they need it.

Offer him finger food 5 times per day, breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and let him eat as much or as little as he wants. Give him a combination of food throughout the day of some things you know he likes and some things you think he would like if he tried it. Continue offering even when it doesn't get eaten (just in small amounts so you aren't wasting loads of food).

Be aware that this is completely normal, most parents have eating troubles starting from this age.

Jodi - posted on 01/13/2011

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Are you sitting and having your meals at the same time? Try that, and try sharing what you are eating with him. My kids liked eating off my plate :)



You also mention he locks his lips, does this mean you are still trying to feed him? Have you tried letting him feed himself?

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Callie - posted on 01/13/2011

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Oh and we were also told to offer a balance meal but not to worry if they don't eat balanced some days. But rather that it should balance out over the week. Here's a nutrition guide to look at to help put your mind at ease. If you measure what you're giving him you might be amazed how much he is truely eating.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_c...

Callie - posted on 01/13/2011

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Ashton, our pedi told us that toddlers will eat what their body needs. And as long as they are active and hitting mile stones they're getting enough. Around 12 months their growth will slow down so they may not need as much food. I've been giving my daughter (14 months) finger/table food starting at 7 months. She often doesn't eat meat. She really dislikes beef (unless its my grandma's meatloaf). So instead I give her scrambled eggs, tofu, and beans for protein. She also eats 3 meals and at least 2 snacks (she likes to graze some days). For snacks I give her whole grain crackers (in one of those neat little no-spill snack cups), string cheese or cheese squares, or a fruit like some grapes quarters or a banana. Good luck! He won't starve himself.

Ashton - posted on 01/13/2011

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Jodi, Yes i sit and eat with him at the same time. and i do give him mostly finger foods. but sometimes he wont eat it, so i try and feed it to him. the only thing i really feed him is rice, and yogurt. everything else he feeds him self. I am just stressed cuz i feel like he is starving himself. But i will deffinetly try more finger foods.
Renae, thank u so much. that makes me feel a little better. I will try more foods more times a day. i usually only feed him breakfast, lunch and dinner. and he might have like 1 snack. but i will try more. i just lose my mind trying to get him to eat. Thank you.

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