My little girl is 16 months and is refusing to eat (solids), every meal time is a nightmare.Help!!!

Sheila - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




She has always been a bad eater but we've always been able to distract her but now she is cute enough to see the food coming and puts her hand up to her mouth once she sees her breakfast/dinner/ tea coming. She only drinks about 4 bottles a day so its not like she's full from them. We give her complete variety, doesn't matter what we give her, her hand goes up tp her mouth and she cries. Have tried force feeding her once but doesn't work! Any advice? My next step is to see a dietician.


Laura - posted on 10/22/2009




my youngest son is 21 months and I still have this problem! he used to eat great but then at about 15 months started refusing EVERYTHING! I mostly give him finger foods and foods he can feed himself...grilled cheese is a great one, and french toast..I just cut it up and put it on his tray of his booster seat...if i use a plate the whole thing just goes on the floor...I try new foods with him, but always keep something i know he'll eat ready just in case...much easier to let him eat I know he will than to try and force him...I've tried that and It doesn't work!

foods that work

french toast

grilled cheese

cereal ( i give him a spoon and i have one)


french fries

pancakes! (loves the sticky mess) but the buttermilk pancakes with eggs and milk...

I dont know if this helped at all! Good Luck!


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Kelli - posted on 10/22/2009




First of all try getting rid of the bottles completely. My kids only get juice with breakfast and milk with lunch and dinner and in between it is water, this way they don't fill up on liquids.

Secondly put the food in front of her and that is what she needs to eat if she doesn't, save it for later. I know it sounds harsh at this age, but I started doing this with my youngest two when they were that age and they now eat wonderfully. However with my son I didn't and he is a very picky eater, but getting better.

Susan - posted on 10/22/2009




Maybe you should rethink even giving her bottles at all (my Ped. said no more after a year old). Of course some milk or juice with a meal is fine in a sippy cup. Eating, sleeping and going to the potty are the 3 things you can't make a child do. But you can stop the bottles, cut out snacks, and give her a good variety of foods. It might take a few tries, but stay calm. She will eat when she sees its not a hot button with you any more. Don't worry, no child ever starved themselves!!! Good luck and stay strong :)

Louise - posted on 10/22/2009




my daughter used to be like that the best thing is not too make meal times a battle because i think every time it comes to meal times they think it is going to be a battle and they will act up on it i used to worry that my little girl was not eating enough and i use to get really frustrated with it and it became a battle so in the end i use to just take it away if she did not eat it , now she is a good little eater, also remember they have only got small stomachs and if they are hungry they will eat hope this helps but remember you know your little girl so if you think she needs to see a dietician then that is what you should do.

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