i have a three year old who's eats 2 peices of bread a day if im lucky...help!!

Rebecca - posted on 12/13/2008 ( 21 moms have responded )

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my three year old daughter wont eat hardly anything and its been like this for months. im starting to get scared she only weighs 27 pounds and her pantys slide down on her now.i offer her meals and she looks at it and says im not hungry.the only things i can get her to eat are bread ,crackers (sometimes) ,apple and cookies.im lucky if i can get her to eat two peices of bread a day.does anyone have any suggestions?

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Traci - posted on 12/13/2008

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We do two things to help our 3 year old eat.... First we keep a "snack" bin full of fun healthy snacks which she can have throughout the day... in there right now are...individual boxes of yogurt covered raisins, individual rice cake munchies, indiv bags of non-buttered popcorn, fruit roll ups, grahm crackers, granola bars, yogurt balls etc. Second, in the fridge in the lowest door bin, we keep things she can eat.... string cheese, fruit, lunch meat, applesauce, fruit cups. THE KEY FOR OUR DAUGHTER IS CHOICE & FREEDOM. She is free to go to either of these places and choose what she would like to eat. (Now, we don't keep 10 cheese sticks in the bin... we keep 1 or two of each item so that she isn't eating cheese sticks the whole day)

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Jennifer - posted on 12/14/2008

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Give her bread with chopped up veggies in it like carrots or zucinni. If she isn't underweight I wouldn't worry about it to much. She will eat when she is ready but keep offering her other foods.

Fiona - posted on 12/14/2008

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Sometimes snacks fill up the kids and they don't eat the meals. Cut down on snacks and if she does not eat her meal try again only at the next meal time. If she is hungry, give her a meal early. Don't replace food when she says she does not like something. Try and let her learn that she will only get what is prepared for the meal and no snacks.



Also, try and make the food interesting like making sandwiches in shapes (with a cookie cutter) or making a face on a veggie pizza with a big smile (like hers). Get her to help make the meal like washing the veggies before you cut them. Give her soft foods to cut with her toy cooking set.

Christina - posted on 12/13/2008

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I have one of those "sneaky" cookbooks. Alot of things in there I thought were pretty great. My son was a bit older than your daughter though, & already had ideas about what things were supposed to taste like, but there might be something in there that will work for your daughter. They are recipes that sneak things into foods that your child already likes, eg: pureed carrots into spaghetti sauce, pureed white beans into cookes, etc. good luck.

Cheri - posted on 12/13/2008

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Just give her "grazing food" keep apple slices availabel in a bowl. she will come back to it. offer a small box of raisins. maybe try a bit of ham and cheese torn up in a small bowl. I have found that with a grazer you need to have things "small". they are more likely to keep coming back for a bite here or there. My son really likes the alphabet right now so we got alphabits cereal. I keep a bowl of that full so he can grab a few pieces when he wants.



She is fine and probably more healthy than you think. Just keep an eye on her. make sure she gets milk and v-8 fusion as well as graze food. AND HAVE FUN WITH HER

Satina - posted on 12/13/2008

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I tried to reply to this about 15mins after you posted BUT my youngest was not having mommy playing on the computer. SO I've seen most mom's are telling you that she WILL eat when she's hungry at it's normal for kids to go through stages like this. My 3yr old has been having eating issues since he was probably 18months old or so, about the time he learned hey I have control over whether or not I eat. He weighs about 26lbs but is very healthy just small. Our doctor constantly tells me he's perfect and he will eat when he's hungry. Continue to offer things you know she's more likely to eat and also add things to her plate that she may refuse. That way you are still offering a variety and you never know when she may decide to just pick up the veggies or fruit and gobble it up. My son eats great one day and then barely anything for weeks sometimes it seems. Hang in there! There will be good days and bad days. If she’s playing and has the energy she should then she is getting enough of what she needs. Also, a way to sneak in fruits and veggies for now is the v8 fruit fussions or sneak things in other foods that she does eat. Good luck! I hope this helps!

Jan - posted on 12/13/2008

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my 2 year old boys doesn't eat much either but if I feed him in the bath he will eat a small bowl of pasta LOL, i think because it is quite and not many distractions, we have tweens and teens at home as well. during the day he will eat frozen raspberries and a bit or 2 of bread, maybe a slice of apple but i do add supplements into his juice to ensure he is getting the vitamins and minerals/iron he needs.

Shawna - posted on 12/13/2008

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Don't worry, she is going through a faze in her life where she doesn't want to eat. My daughter is 2 and is doing the same thing. I asked the doctor about it, they told me that is a normal thing. As long as she is eating a little and drinking plenty of fluids, don't worry. It will pass. I also can suggest to make meal time fun. If you go to familyfun.com, they have fun foods for toddlers. Maybe something like that will help.

Jessica - posted on 12/13/2008

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I dont know but my daughter has ahd intestinal problems since 6wks old, She does not eat anything. She will go 5 or 6 days before she will eat. The Doctors have her on a tube feedinf formula that she drinks in a bottle(@ 3 years old) but she wont drink it any other way. They say its a food allergy but its been to long for me to believe that. I know this does not help you but if anyone else has anything similar please help. Im debating taking her out of state to another hospital for help. ( and We are saposed to have one of the best childrens hospitals) Golisano Childresn Hospital at Strong. But we are not getting anywhere. I just dont want her to end up with a feedinf tube.

Jessie - posted on 12/13/2008

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The first thing I would do is limit her fluid intake because this can fill her up and make her feel full when she really isn't. Also I wouldn't worry too much, kids this age go through these kinds of phases, my oldest went through a phase where she would only eat mcdonalds chicken nuggets and the dr. said if that's all she will eat, then give them to her, it was about two weeks of McDonald chicken nuggets, but she grew out of it :P my middle daughter went through a phase where she refused to eat at the table, she was so busy doing whatever she was doing she didn't want to stop playing to take time out to eat. just keep offering her food, I would keep snacks on the table for her and just let her snack when she wants to.

Christina - posted on 12/13/2008

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my daughter goes back and forth. when we first started baby food, she would try anything, but is now (at three) much more picky. I agree with asking her doctor if there might be anything wrong. I have found that my daughter sometimes gets constipated (she doesn't like to poop, not that she's actually constipated) and when she is "full" she doesn't like eating as much. Lovely, huh? I try to sneak fiber and other things into "bready" food as much as possible. Bananna bread gave me the idea. . . you can substitute just about any kind of fruit or veggie puree. . . same with pancakes, I grate up apples, carrots, zuccini, or use pumpkin puree (the canned kind you make pie with) or mashed banana or mango.

Monica - posted on 12/13/2008

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In my opinion, she'll eat when she gets hungry enough. When my daughter was 2 she went through a phase where she only ate frozen waffles and cheese. I always offered her more, but in the end that is what she liked. I think she was trying to test her independence. Obviously she out grew it, and at 5 yrs old, she eats more than I do! Good Luck :)

Brooke - posted on 12/13/2008

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Wow,I cant beleive all these other moms going through exactly what I am. I have started making notes in my head about details on the days my son eats and when he doesnt, Im pretty sure is is having some constipation and that explains why he wouldnt be hungry. Another thing I try to keep on hand are nutri-pal drinks. God Bless

Philippa - posted on 12/13/2008

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hiya, well just to let you know that i have the same problem with my son he is two and a half. some days he will not eat at all. all i can tell you is how i feel and cope with it (hate to sound like i am preaching ha ha). He is constently running around so he must be getting enough energy from the food he does eat. most health visitors say dont let your child pick but if that works for you and your daughter then..... after all you know her better than anyone so if she ws in real trouble then... give her what she wants i reakon they grow out of it eventually my son was only eating potato products but now he is eating chicken, ham etc. dont panic if she doent want it she might later on. at least she is eating apples just give them to her but every now and then offer other fruit she will get there eventually all the best and lots of luck xxxx

Suzanne - posted on 12/13/2008

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My son started eating more when I quit giving him as much milk. He would have lived off of milk. He was the kind to still drink milk out of a sippy cup like a bottle. He has been a challenge, but now I just put 1 or 2 beans (or anything new) on his plate, instead of a lot. He is eating broccoli, we call them trees, squash,corn, and all kinds of beans. He was always a meat eater, but now we have some variety. Does she like peanut butter?

Airlie - posted on 12/13/2008

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My 3yo wouldn't eat much. I started getting her to cook with me and played around with a little food dye (Green eggs & ham). She'll eat what she cooks but not much else.

Amber - posted on 12/13/2008

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my daughter was like that too. I usually jst fed her something that she liked. In my daughters case it was peas, I would also offer fruit and anything else that she might try. There is not much to worry about because she will eat when she is hungry. It should not last too long, probably when she has a growth spurt. hope that helps

Debbie - posted on 12/13/2008

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Mine is the same way - she's 2 and a half, also 27lbs, and her foods are exactly the same as your LO.

I think it's a texture thing...she mainly likes crunchy stuff. I found freeze dried fruits and vegetables, and she loves the peas, raspberries, blackberries, corn...all sorts of stuff. I buy it at www.justtomatoes.com (and talked my grocery store into carrying them). She also really likes Nutrigrain waffles and pancakes, and will eat two waffles or pancakes in the car on the way to day care (has some vitamin fortification!). Will she eat cereal? Mine really likes "mommy cereal". (Kashi GoLean Almond Flax - has some badly needed protein).

Have you asked her doctor to make sure everything is fine? If she's lost weight, that's not good.

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The best book I ever saw on getting kids to eat is Ellyn Satter's "Child of Mine: Eating with Love and Good Sense." With toddler's the more you push, the more they dig in. Your job is to offer good-for-her food several times a day. She controls whether or how much she eats. It evens out over a couple of weeks. Good luck!

Angie - posted on 12/13/2008

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The only thing I can think of is to cut down on her milk intake if she drinks alot of it, thats what I have to do with my son. My health visitor always tells me if they're hungry they will eat. But if your really worried then talk to a health visitor or doctor.

Jennifer - posted on 12/13/2008

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Try homemade bread. I had a friend whose oldest daughter would not eat bread but liked the homemade stuff I gave them when the 2nd daughter arrived. She asked for more. Keep trying different foods and be somewhat firm when you give her something. Also check with her pediatrician about possible food sensitivities or other health issue. Also have her help in the preparation of some of the food (mixing or dumping in measured ingredients into the mixing bowl). Maybe even try to make fun shapes out of the food.

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