problems with food....

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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my 11 month old daughter will usually eat most things....but every now and then she will refuse to eat her food, even if it's something she usually likes. does anyone else have this problem? should i just give her anything she will eat??

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I had the same problem with my oldest daughter when she was younger i tried everything i could to get her to eat i used too make it a game in the end now she is only funny with certain foods

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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thanks again Poppy and thanks Melissa.....will try all of your advice and see how it goes!! :)

Mel - posted on 04/28/2009

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hey babies go thru these stages i wouldnt worry, teething can cause it or they just decide they dont want to eat or they are being stubborn and want to do it themselves so not let you feed them. mine is 12 months and went off food for two weeks recently now shes eating again just not as much as before. be greatful yours eats anything at all mine chews everything and spits it out and refuses to spoon feed so she has to have a special formula to replace her meals. just remember to offer a variety of different foods but dont force her. give her the spoon or a cracker or some bread and let her do it herself.

Poppy - posted on 04/28/2009

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It's happened twice that I can think of, I gave him a few chances to eat it, he sats at the table with his sister and as it was still there when she'd finished (and she's a fairly slow eater) I said 'all done', took the plates away, gave her a pudding, all the while him sitting there moaning, I would always, just before they get down bring the plate back for one last chance, as it was he was stubborn, so went to bed with nothing but milk. Children aren't stupid, they learn as he has, and many a time since, he's had mouthfuls of all sorts of foods, some of which he might well genuinely not like but it's easy enough to distinguish a distaste for something and a baby simply digging his feet in!

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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thankyou Crystal and Poppy!

Poppy, what if, for example...you made your little boy something for his tea, and he wouldn't eat any of it?? would you let him go to bed without then having eaten anything or would you give him a yoghurt or something?? :)

Poppy - posted on 04/27/2009

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Hello Sarah Moulton, I have a 6yr old who, at at about 11months - the exact age of your little one now - started getting fussy with her food, up until then she'd always been fine. The worst thing I ever did was to 'give in' to her and I fed her things that I knew she'd accept. Her fussiness then escalated to quite a problem and she had a very limited diet for some years after that, it was a real struggle and only now does she eat what I put on her plate. My little lad chops n changes from time to time (he's 18mnths) sometimes he gulps down his peas, for example, and other days he throws them around and point blank refuses to eat them. I completely ignore it, just carry on serving him peas and anything else i see fit, i don't ever think 'oh no, he doesn't like peas (just as an example) now... i'll have to give him something else..'. Babies don't know what's good for them but we do so remember who's in charge!!

Crystal - posted on 04/27/2009

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Sarah, I am having the same problem with my 1 year old. He used to have real bad reflux and would do this when it was acting up because he knew when he ate it would hurt. Have you noticed a difference in her stools? My little one has been real constipated but I don't know how because he has only been eating yogurts and diced graduate fruits. I have a Dr. appointment for him tomorrow on him not eating. I will keep you posted to see if her comments might help you as well.

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We always try to find the most complicate solutions when we become moms... Why? I have no idea LOL. Let me know how that goes for you ;)

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2009

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LOL! why have i never thought of that!?!?!

that's a good idea and i'll definately try it! :)

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I would think to just put her food in the fridge. If she gets hungry mid-afternoon give her a light snack (cheerios, cubes veggies, fruits) and serve her her lunch at dinner. If she is hungry she will definitely eat.

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2009

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that's what i'm worried about....i don't want her to get her own way over it, but then i worry she will be hungry! say she doesn't eat her lunch...would you just leave her until dinner time??

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Babies have fluctuations in their appetite so she might like something one day and not the next. Food is also the only thing they really have control over at this stage... She might be trying to see what your reaction will be and that is normal. Don't force her to eat and when she is hungry she will definitely take it. If you start changing menu until she eats what you made she might start to be difficult and start fussing when you don't make exactly what she wants.

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