My son won't eat...

Jessica - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son, Caleb will be 16 months old on the 24 of this month (May). I don't think that eats enough...could be just me. I try to give variety, but just refuses it and pushes it away. I try to have him sit longer at the table, but there is just more and more frustration. This is what he will eat:



Breakfast: either 2 pancakes, waffles or toast with peanut butter and jam on it.

snacks: cherios, apple sauce, vanilla pudding or yogurt

Lunch: either grill cheese sandwich or peanut butter and jam sandwich (if not done at breakfast)

supper: same as above and chicken nuggets with home baked potatoes.



To drink during the day he'll drink any juices/water or milk. I have actually given him a vanilla milkshake (it's loaded with vits. and minerals)



I start off every meal with something different and when he won't eat it I go to the "good old favourites".



Does anyone have and tips on getting my baby boy to eat more? Do you think that this is just a phase? He's 97% in his height and weight.



Any advice is greatly appreciate! THANK YOU!!!!

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Felicia - posted on 07/21/2009

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wow, compared to my boy your son eats lots! I would be thrilled if I could get him to eat that much everyday. I feel your pain. I get happy when he eats a whole bowl of pasta or more than 20 bite of anything. Yes we are to that point that we count how many bites he takes (or doesn't take) I'm hoping it is a phase!

Carissa - posted on 07/10/2009

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My son is the same way. He's so picky! What I do is when hes not eating very good a certain day I mix in a yogurt with his sippie cup of milk. I call them his smoothies I also give him milkshakes.

Kelly - posted on 07/09/2009

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just a tip...My son (18 months) is around the 3rd percentile, is going to a feeding clinic, and refuses to eat anything for days at a time...so I understand your frustration. Instead of fixing something else when they don't eat what you have put in front of him, give him pediasure or kid essentials. If you continue to fix 2 and 3 meals at each setting you will quickly become a "short order cook". Also, make sure he is not getting to filled up on drinks between meals. You may need to cut back on giving juice/water/milk between meals.

It is very normal for kids to go through phases were they don't eat much and like others have said he is doing well by the growth charts. I wouldn't worry about his eating at all. I hope this helps.

Diane - posted on 07/09/2009

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Something we do with our kids (34 mths,18mths,7mths) is we have a 'snack' draw. We keep small amounts of animal crackers,vanilla waffers,puffs, cheerios,graham crackers (without honey) in the draw, things that are safe for all three because the two oldest think they are suppose to share everything with the baby. not always the same things and usually only a small handful of about two or three diffrent things at a time. They are alowed to help themselves to the draw whenever they want, really there are only two rules, they have to share and pick up the messes they make from it. Since we started doing this the two oldest ones for the most part eat better at meal times. I know it sounds weird but for the longest time I could not get out son to eat much of anything a couple bits per meal but then ten min later he was hungery again and our oldest would eat about half her meal but be hungry again shortly after. Letting them have the small snacks during the day seems to keep them just full enough (and adds to their independce) to keep them in a better mood but hungry enough that they look more forward to eating a meal with the family and meals are more enjoyable. We mentioned this to our childrens Doctor and his only concern/reminder was to make sure to watch that they eat at least one desent meal a day,and to keep the snack foods healthy....also another reminder is to watch how much your child drinks during the day,,liquids fill the little ones up almost if not as fast as solids do... ...as for it being a phase, it is hard to say, my oldest has always eaten this way and sadly it is pretty much the same as my husband and i eat!...I hope this helps though...Your little one sounds healthy and looks healthy and happy in the picture ;)

Olivia - posted on 07/08/2009

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I think you are fine. My son does not eat any table food. He won't eat bread. He won't eat pasta. He won't eat cheese. He eats some baby food. He eats frozen fruit and he loves blueberries. He will eat some crackers, especially kavli 9-grain, and he has started liking goldfish. I am super frustrated. He is 35th percentile in height and weight and the doctor is not concerned. I would like some tips, too. He chokes at 3rds foods and he spits out the little bits of chicken nuggets I offer him from time to time. Help me, too!!! But if this goes on for awhile more I am okay with it. He's going to have to eat real food one day. I cannot believe I still buy the jarred foods!

Lesley - posted on 07/07/2009

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its just a phase my son is going thru that rigth now...he eats when he wants to eat. he will have breakfast and lunch and supper...but there are sometimes that he wont finish his breakfast,lunch or dinner. I dont worry much if he does not eat much during breakfast he gets a sack in between meals. so i know that he is eating something before we have supper.

Try doing some snacks thru out the day and see how that works. Wich will lead to a poor supper but you at least that he had enough to eat thru the day.

Heather - posted on 07/03/2009

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I don't think you need to worry about his health so much cause by the charts, he is eating enough. I can see the concern about the variety or how picky he is. I had the issue with my oldest daughter. She didnt want to try new things. I asked a nutritionist if she has any ideas and she said, try to involve your child in making the food. If your making a cheese sandwich allow your son to put the cheese on the bread and put it together. She said if the child feels they did it, they will be more interested. It worked for me. I let my 18 month old twins help me put their food on the plate, just so they feel involved. I dont know if this will help at all, but maybe its worth a try. =) Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 05/25/2009

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From what you posted, it sounds like your son is getting plenty to eat (at least to me). As long as he is growing in line with the growth charts (and at 97% he most definitely is) I don't think you should have any concern.

My daughter will be 16 months on the 30th and she has already been seen by a nutritionist. She is less than 5% in weight (and pulling away from the growth charts) so our doctor was concerned about her diet. From all the people we've seen and all the advice we've heard, kids are really picky when it comes to food at this age. As long as they are continually gaining weight, it means that their body is getting enough.

I don't think you have anything to worry about.

Charlene - posted on 05/22/2009

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I know how stressed you can be when a child dose to eat for you dont think they are eating enough trust me I know Iv been though it theres not much you can do as long as they are eating its fine by the sound of it hes getting all the goodness he needs only worry if it dont eat at all or less he is at the age were he wants to eat what he wants and plus what you are giving him are high in caories. I have a 4 yr old like that and she is still the some to day and sometimes she will oly have one meal and the rest drunk food (crisps) so I have changed crisps for yogarts or a glass of milk or fruit for a snack then I know she vitamins and goodness going in side her.

Charlene - posted on 05/22/2009

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I know how stressed you can be when a child dose to eat for you dont think they are eating enough trust me I know Iv been though it theres not much you can do as long as they are eating its fine by the sound of it hes getting all the goodness he needs only worry if it dont eat at all or less he is at the age were he wants to eat what he wants and plus what you are giving him are high in caories. I have a 4 yr old like that and she is still the some to day and sometimes she will oly have one meal and the rest drunk food (crisps) so I have changed crisps for yogarts or a glass of milk or fruit for a snack then I know she vitamins and goodness going in side her.

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