Getting your 16month to eat??

Sarah - posted on 06/22/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




My daughter is 16months old, at dinner time we sit her in her high chair and put out her dinner. Its normally things she can eat with her fingers. The trouble is she just wont eat, she just throws it on the floor. If you gave her chocolate or anything sweet she'd eat it no problem, but she just wont eat her dinner. I've tried just leaving it on the table so she can go to it when she wants but she still just throws it everywhere. I've tried not giving her any food after lunch so i know she'd be hungry, but no!! please help!!


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Miranda - posted on 06/24/2009




My little girl is 12 months and we are having the same issue. Not just the throwing thing but not wanting to eat much of anything at all. She really doesn’t eat many finger foods cuz she still seems to have a hard time with them so she still do a lot of soft stuff. She will put her hands up and push it all away. Sometimes I actually have to force feed her the first couple of bites then she realizes she likes it and eats, or I turn the TV on so she is distracted and feed her when she zones out, and have also done it where I will have a food she really likes and one she doesn’t like as much and feed her the “good” one first then sneak in a couple of the “not so good” ones till she gets all mad then back again. Not all of them work all the time of course so I have to change it up. Right now we have to get her to eat whatever we can cuz she is in the 5% for her weight. I know force feeding isn’t good but in the end you do what you got to do!! Good luck!!

Victoria - posted on 06/24/2009




I have the same issue with my daughter. Sometimes she likes something & trys to eat on her own. Otherdays she wont even open her mouth and try. And remind you, these are things she acted like she loved just a couple nights before.

This just must be very common in the age of our children.

We just give Izzi the things she enjoys. Bread, cereal bars, cottage cheese, cheese alone. Sometimes baby food in a jar because she'll eat it, just so I know shes still getting her vegetables.

We usually don't have the issue @ breakfast. Who doesn't like fruits tho.

At dinner, only sometimes Ravioli & Spag. O's work. Try toast also?

I read in "What to expect -The toddler years" that if you can't get them to eat certain foods, then just give them things they like. If all he or she wants to eat is bread. Let them have it. But just keep trying new things. Eventually they will come around.

I just get frustrated because we make it for her and then just end up wasting it. :(

Christa - posted on 06/22/2009




My daughter does the EXACT same thing, she's 17 months. We just say she's finished, when she starts throwing things on the floor. We take it away and that's it for the night. She may have her milk but nothing else. I figure if she's hungry she'll eat and if she throws it on the floor then she's SOL. She'll figure it out eventually.

Katie - posted on 06/22/2009




With my son I had to feed him lots of fruits. He ate because it was sweet and then I would substitute a veggie that was the same color in place of the fruit. Like pineapple chunks and corn

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