Any Ideas on improving a toddlers food consumption, my son barely eats any dinner!

Shannon - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son is 20 months, he is a relatively good eater throughout the day, but come dinner time, half the time he rarely eats. He would rather throw it to the dogs, play with it, or just have a complete tantrum, even when its his favorite foods! Any ideas on how to fix this? I know I cannot make him eat, but maybe a fun game? Or something enjoyable that will make him eat a bit more?


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this was on the Doctor's the other day and their theory is ignore him at supper you are making too big of a deal and that makes him not want to do it. Only do what he asks you, don't even sit out a plate until he asks you to do it. Be very nice but do not talk to him unless he talks to you first. The theory is you are making too big of a issue. Saying things like "come on baby just a few more bits will make him not want to do it. Hope that helps

Michelle - posted on 12/23/2009




I suggest not worrying about it as long as he continues to grow. If he is hungry he will eat and we (people in general) don't need a lot of food at night. I would suggest just making him be a part of th dinner ritual and letting him eat what he feels is enough. That being said I would keep any evening snacks or desserts to a minimum. If he isn't hungry for supper then he isn't hungry enough for dessert either. Good Luck.

Kathryn - posted on 12/23/2009




I have the exact problem with my son. Unfortunatly I haven't had any solution except jar food. My son will eat normally throughout the day but at night he will not eat anything. Also I have given into letting him sit on my lap and pretending to eat a dinner. He will take stuff from that plate and eat ome food.

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I don't think it's a big deal if he's eating well the rest of the day. My pediatrician keeps telling me that kids go through weird stages like this with food where you might be lucky to get one good meal into them a day. It's nothing to worry about. I wouldn't push it too much. Praise him for what he does eat but don't make a big deal about it if he doesn't. My son is going through the same kind of thing, he's 14 months and we just make him sit until we are done eating and then let him go play. As long as he has enough wet/dirty diapers throughout the day then you know he's getting what he needs.

Jenn - posted on 12/23/2009




It sounds to me like he's just not hungry, especially since this only happens at dinner time and he eats fine the rest of the time. I would cut back on the beverages and snacks and make sure that you don't offer him anything too close to dinner time. And to minimize the messes he makes give him very small portions at the beginning so he can't make a big mess if he just plays in it, but if he does eat it he can always have more. I hope this helps!

Sheryl - posted on 12/23/2009




i'm going through the same same thing only thing is my boys are older! there 2 and 3! i make food they like and they just wont it! but have tried lately to not do after noon snack. they seem to eat lil. better! i also have tried less milk! that helped some! hope that helps you some! good luck!

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