what's the best choice for a 2 1/2 yr old child breakfast who is a picky eater

Natalia - posted on 03/16/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My two year old dont eat much and she is very picky when it comes to food. I am tired of giving her eggs and i think she is tired of that too. Any suggestion...PLEASE, I NEED HELP

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Sarah - posted on 03/16/2012

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I mix it up for my kids. Oatmeal, toast, fruit, cereal, eggs, waffles, muffins, etc. My kids are pretty picky, but I take the stance that if I offer them the food and they choose not to eat, then they also choose to go hungry to the next meal. They learned pretty quickly to eat. My kids are 3 1/2 and 19 months.

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Elizabeth - posted on 03/20/2012

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Sarah's absolutely right. She took the words right out of my mouth. I have 3 children, they eat the exact same meal I serve for myself and my husband. I serve their plates and they eat until they are full and that doesn't always mean when the plate is cleared.

Natalia - posted on 03/16/2012

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Thanks Sarah, i am prepare to deal with it all as long as i know it pays off in the end....Thanks for all your advise....my other daughter is 6mths and am quite sure she wont be that picky like her older sister

Sarah - posted on 03/16/2012

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If you do change some of the rules, keep in mind it'll probably be rough for a few days, but she'll eventually learn! Hang in there Natalia (BTW - I like your name, my daughter is Natalie)! Good luck!

Natalia - posted on 03/16/2012

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Well Sarah, I think i am doing it all wrong, my daughter is developing fairly good, she is better than the average 2yr and she weighs just enough for her age..but feeding her, i think i mostly give her what she likes than what is best for her because i think she might starve herself...i feel pity for her when she dont eat...like you said no child will starve themself, i will take this in consideration next time am feeding her...when i give her dinner she eats the meat and lick the dressing off the veggie and thats all she wants to eat....

Sarah - posted on 03/16/2012

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I used to work with a pediatric dietician that changed my outlook on how I feed my kids. Basically she said (I'll paraphrase): It's your responsibility as a parent to offer your kids healthy, nutritious meals at regular intervals in a non-stressful environment. Its your child's responsibility to pick what and how much they eat of that meal. No child (barring a psychological issue) will willingly starve themselves. If your child is growing, gaining weight, then they are getting what they need nutritionally. Offer a variety of foods. It helps them to broaden their food preferences. Some kids need to be offered foods up to 20 times before they will accept it. This is normal. Don't stress about it too much. The only other advice I would have would also be to not make her stuff you know she'll eat just because you're worried she won't eat, it sets a bit of a dangerous precedent for discipline later. You're not a restaurant, the sooner she learns that the better! :-)

Natalia - posted on 03/16/2012

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Thanks alot Sarah, i do give my daughter oatmeal, she loves that but i cant get her to eat toast, she will pick on fruits and mayb pick on cereal, when she gets too hungry she start crying for bottle and i dont want to give her bottle i just want her to eat.....P.s she also eats peanut butter sandwich...give her the mac and cheese anytime...

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