How to get a 2 year old to sit at the table and eat a decent amount off food ???? hes getting fussy he has no problems with eating veg !!!

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Debra - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi, I have a 3yr old and she sits at the table every night. Make him something different if he doesn't like what you made, make it fun, make faces out of food or I buy fun plates or placemats...offer a surprize if he finishes...I will do a little ice cream or tattoo...anything , this works b/c I often have other kids over for dinner and they have a ball...they will close their eyes to wait for their prize...good luck!

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Sara - posted on 04/16/2009

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ALoha Kristie, My daughter is 2 and I have the same problem. I finally just gave up and realized that she was just full after only a few bites. I just leave her food out and available to her. It's nothing that will go bad ovbiously, but I notice that in about an hour she goes back to it eating more than she had orignally. Kids won't starve themselves and they will eat til they are full. Good Luck! :D

Shana - posted on 04/16/2009

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If you make meal time family time your son may be more likely to sit, since that is where all of the action is. I have found that if my daughter eats with us she eats more then if she is eating alone. She snacks during the day by herself, but she will never sit at the table to do it. She has a rocking chair that she is allowed to eat in or she just stands or sits on the floor by our big window.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/16/2009

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my son did that for a while.  he wouldn't eat his own food...but he would eat mine lol. so i started feeding him from my plate.



and like erika above, my son constantly grazes, so i know he is getting alot of food thru out the day :)

Erika - posted on 04/16/2009

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I've found that 2year olds don't usually sit for very long to eat, or do anything for long:) the grazing method works best for us. I keep healthy snacks available for him all day, i.e. strawberries, apples, whole wheat crackers, he likes broccoli cause it looks like trees, try to make veggies fun like that. then when it's time to eat I'll set him down with us but if he refuses I don't worry that he hasn't had anything good to eat. Hope this helps.

Emily - posted on 04/16/2009

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HE may be eating more than you realize. Toddlers have an excellent capacity to know when they are full and us forcing them to clean their plates or sit while we finish adult sized portions of food can mess that up. I'd just let him graze- make sure his food is healthy. SIt him at the table and when he thinks he's ready to get up let him. Its awesome to introduce the concept of a family meal. I think that's really beneficial if the family can gather at the table at least once a day. DOn't make eating a power struggle though. You don't want him to resent eating or resent healthy foods.

Tracy - posted on 04/16/2009

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just hope he doesn't start  hiding it under his bum so when you pick him up its all stuck to him and the chair like my little girl did lol

Kirstie - posted on 04/16/2009

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He will be starting nursery in Sept .. he may start to eat properly then, but until then i shall just have to keep trying.I have tried diff foods, different plates,different methods such as getting him to help me in the kitchen,him helping wih the shopping and also him picking his own foods at meals times.We all sit at the table at meal times and we do encourage him and praise him when he does eat ... i have started to weigh him because im getting concerned his weight is fine !! i do also say to him he cn have a treat afterwards but that doesnt help he then just refuses to eat point blank !!!

Tracy - posted on 04/16/2009

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ah see it was easy for me because my sister has a girl only 2 months older than my girl an ellen goes to my college nursaray whilst in lessons. I have just started taking ellen to breakfast mornings at the local health centre which i find is a big hep.

Kirstie - posted on 04/16/2009

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Its a really good idea .. only problem is my kids havnt got friends around at the moment we have recently moved house.

Tracy - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi Kristie I have a 2 1/2 yr old girl and I had the same problem. what i did was asked a friend an her child round for lunch they both sat nice and even ate all their meals nice so now when she starts playing up I tell her if she sits nice an eats her meal she can have a friend over for lunch again,now this works for me but every family is different.

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