My 3 year old will NOT eat. Suggestions?

Jen - posted on 05/29/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I worry about his nutrition. He snacks off.and on but it's items like crackers, oj, jello sticks, and fruit juice jelly snacks. I try and have cut fruit in the fridge but he won't eat it and it goes bad. We eat at the dinner table and he outright refuses to sit and eat. He doesn't over snack but he grabs something after daycare sometimes. Any suggestions on routines or fun ways to get him to eat....and eating at the dining table?

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Lady Heather - posted on 05/29/2012

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Maybe I'm a total wench of a mum, but I would probably stop buying crackers and fruit snacks. Then you can honestly say you don't have any and offer him the real food instead. I'm guessing he'd eventually eat something else.

My daughter is a big fan of sitting and eating so I don't really know what you are working with, but sometimes we get ideas off pinterest and such for making food fun. Like we cut up sandwiches, veggies and fruit to make animals. She likes that. You might also start doing snacks at the table so he knows that eating and table go together. Maybe a fun placemat so he has a special spot at the table?

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Jen - posted on 05/29/2012

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Oh my gosh I don't know why I never thought of having a placemat. Good call. Yes I have offered him real food but he won't eat it all the time. Then it just goes bad or I'm eating veggies for breakfast all the time haha. Not sure if other moms of toddlers are having the same problem.

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