fussy eater aged almost 2

Bianca - posted on 09/13/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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hey all



my son almost two has become very fussy and its a nitemare to get him to eat dinner i have tried every thing from not allowing any snacks after a certain time to cooking only wat he likes nothing works what can i do

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Savannah - posted on 09/14/2009

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my sdon is the same way he goess through stages i just gave up fighting and he eats good i think it has somthing to do with grouth spurts

Kristin - posted on 09/13/2009

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just know that he's not going to starve. my son was kind of the same way, and i think they will eat when they want to eat, just make sure what he does is healthy. you are going to beat yourself up over why he isn't eating at certain times, but it may just be a phase. as long as it's just one meal and not eating all together, i would wait it out.

Bianca - posted on 09/13/2009

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thanks you guys so much i dnt feel quite so alone now and im glad he isnt the only kid to do

Charity - posted on 09/13/2009

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I'm going through the the same thing with my son. The only meat he'll eat is a slice of deli ham on his sandwich at lunchtime or if I cut his chicken really small and mix it with rice-a-roni chicken flavored rice. Here's a really great book/cookbook that I found: First Meals Food Diary by Annabel Karmel. It has a meal plan with suggestions and also has a section for fussy eaters.

Betty - posted on 09/13/2009

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Try feeding him meats for breakfast and lunch if he is extra fussy at dinner time.
Roll up slices of ham with some cheese and slice them up so they look fancy.
Get the dinosaur chicken nuggets and tell him to bite all their heads off.
Presentation is key at this stage.
If he won't eat dinner don't worry about it. He will eat again in the morning. You could save his unfinished meal and make him eat it for breakfast too.

Bianca - posted on 09/13/2009

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Thanks Lindsay

that helps i aske the dr he said it was a phase but you cant help but worry some times the only junk he has is hot chips but even them he wont eat i should be glad he loves his friut and veg I guess its just coz i see other kids his age and they eat lots of meat in their diet and he has bugger all.

Thanks again for the advice

Lindsay - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have been through this twice now! Basically what my doctor told us was that around the age of 2, they slow down on their growth so they don't need as much food. I would continue to offer the good, healthy foods and not try to substitute with junk just so they eat something. Offer healthy meals and he will eat when he's hungry. I know my kids would go days and only take a few bites for several meals. Then they get to the point where they just can't get full. It comes in phases. The one thing I do know is that if you start giving into the junk now, it will only escelate the pattern!



You can always call your doctor's office and check with a nurse as well. I'm sure they'd be happy to give advice! =)

Bianca - posted on 09/13/2009

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thanks heaps Sandra he loves to eat friut and he doesnt eat meat at all other then sauages but they dnt really count he will eat friut and veggies till the cows come home im just worried he missing something by not really eating dinner and he doesnt have juice or any thing like that its mainly just water or as gross as it sounds watered down milk yuck but he loves it . Thanks i will try the dipping thing that mite work who knows

Sandra - posted on 09/13/2009

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I don't know about you, but my 2 yo daughter is really into dipping her foods now. So, maybe carrot sticks and other veggies with ranch dip or low sugar peanut butter?

Also my daughter likes sheppards pie: mashed potatos over ground beef and veggies in a gravy...that might help you sneak in things like green beans corn and tiny bits of broccoli?...

You can also do grilled cheese sandwiches, but instead of frying the bread with butter, toast them and microwave lowfat cheese between the slices....

I let her eat as much fruit as she likes....

When she doesn't want to eat something, I make a deal with her, like "one bite" of the healthy stuff and you can have a cracker or something....and then again and again.

I also don't put juice in her sippy cup or glass....that tends to fill them up and they may not want anything but sweet stuff....

Hope it helps! :)

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