Why Won't My Toddler Eat?

Sierra - posted on 03/18/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I had never felt my blood boil and my heart break at the same time before, but as I sit at the kitchen table, my son's mouth full of a new food, mastication at a complete halt, I feel the ache that has become too familiar creep over me once again. I am 9 months pregnant, and I've had nothing but complications the whole pregnancy....but this hurts worse than any pain, nausea, or emotion that has been inflicted on my body.
"Chew your food, Frankie. Then you can have your milk! Its yummy, I promise!" I'll say in an ever-so-calm yet somber defeated voice. And still, I cannot get him to chew. As long as I can hold out before breaking down and making him chicken or fish sticks with an apple, I always know he will hold out longer. My son is Wyatt Earp....an oak. I'm supposed to be the water and sunshine that help him grow...and yet I feel like cheap fertilizer who only provides the most basic of nutrients because I cannot seem to find a way to get him to try anything new. His dietitian through the doctors office tells me not to worry, she says I don't need to be a short order cook for him....but I cannot seem to break away from feeling guilty that he eats such a small variety of things, with a world of healthy and delicious options for him. Are my feelings a complete overreaction?

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Sierra - posted on 03/18/2015

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That is the part that starts my worrying. The "hopefully" he'll eat something. I guess I just have to learn to stifle that. I grew up pretty fast in my childhood, I have to remind myself that I don't want my child to have to. (i.e punishing him for not eating) even with as frustrating as it is.

Chana - posted on 03/18/2015

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This is completely normal as frustrating as it maybe. My 2 1/2 year old eats pasta, rice, turkey bacon, Halo oranges and sometimes corn and broccoli. I just make sure I always have one of those things on her plate along with whatever we are eating and hopefully she eats something. Don't make it a battle it isn't one worth fighting and you won't win! Most kids change their eating habits as they get older. My 4 year old was like this too but now she eats just about anything.

Sierra - posted on 03/18/2015

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As far as real food goes, its pretty much just chicken nuggets (I buy the organic dinosaur chicken breast nuggets, I figure if that's the only meat he'll really eat, I will get the best there is for him) fish sticks, apples, and cereal for breakfast. He used to have a wider pallet of taste, but lately its just those items.

Dove - posted on 03/18/2015

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Yes. You are making this personal when he is just a VERY normal toddler. SOOOO many little kids go through the picky stage. STOP making meal time a 'battle ground'. He eats apples? That's good. What kind of chicken? You can make your own chicken nuggets w/ chicken breast and bread crumbs... nothing wrong w/ that. I'd steer away from the fish sticks except maybe once a week. Does he eat ANYTHING else?

There are creative ways to make the foods he likes healthier and there is nothing wrong w/ giving him the foods he likes along w/ other options that you want him to try. You HAVE to take the pressure off of meal time though.... Give him a small portion of the foods he wants and a small portion of the foods you want him to try... and ignore what he eats. Sit w/ him at the meal and talk to him... but do NOT talk about the food on his plate.

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