Melissa - posted on 11/15/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )
My 2-year old was the greatest eater ever from the onset of solids until 18 months - then started eliminating foods from her diet one by one. At this point, everything but pasta, oatmeal and PB&J is a struggle (with the exception of most fruits, but I have to be sparing because she gets diarrhea from too much fruit). Tonight I finally put my foot down - she is inconsistent with broccoli - sometimes yes, sometimes no - and tonight I gave it to her and told her that she had to eat it before getting anything else. I was proud of myself - I remained calm throughout my ultimatum, but she refused, cried as if I had been beating her for almost a half hour, changed her mind and tried again about 4 times, begged for something else...it was horrible. After she calmed down I gave her a cup of milk and that was it. My question? What the heck do you DO in these situations? I feel like a horrible person, but I am sick of throwing away food, and feeling like she is going to go through life eating nothing but buttered pasta. Has anyone else done this with their toddler? How long did it take before they started to eat what was provided to them?