Needs advice on picky eater!

Jess - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 21 months old. she eats breakfasts fine, most lunches fine, but when it comes to suppers, shes not interested. shes had everything weve given her before so its not because of new foods. she has no interest in feeding herself. weve helped her hold spoon, let her go. she still eats mostly with her fingers. we have to be the ones to feed her & when we do its a constant battle. she has been doing this for about the last 3 weeks. nothings changed family-wise. nothing new. any advice is appreciated.

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Tracy - posted on 02/03/2010

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lol.. this may sound silly.. but we actualy role played with the foods he didn't want to eat. We said they wanted to go to the party in his tummy and would be sad if they didn't get to go ansd so-on.. But really i wouldn't worry about it, they'll eat if their hungry, and it's true about growth spurts.. and toddlers get all of their nutrition over a 2-3 day period, so it's normal to see inconsistencies on a day to day basis.

Nicola - posted on 02/03/2010

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I wonder what would happen if you didnt try just put her plate there and tell its her ready for her and enjoy your meal, it may take a night or two but she might get the picture, and kids will not go hungry,I do this with my son and he quickly get to the table or asks to try mine when he see me enjoying my meal. I fond sometimes my son is just not interested in eating at the same time as me so I just leave his plate tell him its there and he goes for it when he is ready sometime a few bites at a time or the whole thing. I dont leave it there all night but maybe an hour.

Virginia - posted on 02/03/2010

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Mine is too and he is 9 years old.

I was when i was a child and there is nothing wrong with me, i didnt starve.
My mother says i lived on bananas chops and chicken. thats all i would eat. I didnt eat vegetables. Not until i was an adult and had to teach my kids to eat properly.

I had to teach my kids to eat vegetables. one or two slices of carrot a few peas and slowly work on that adding a few more each week.

perhaps try giving her her dinner for lunch and something light for dinner.
Dont give her too much to start with. small amounts and if she finishes she can have more if she wants.
Make it look interesting and fun. making faces on her plate with the food.
Just thinking of the things that worked for me.

Lacey - posted on 02/03/2010

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if it's only the last three weeks she may be taking a break between growth spurts. my sons tend to eat like crazy and then kind of taper off. it seems to be a bit of a cycle. if she's still playing like normal, and drinking enough fluids i wouldn't worry about it, shes probably just not as hungry. just make sure her breakfasts and lunches are nice and balanced so she's getting almost everything she needs with those two meals. if it makes you feel better my son is a few days shy of 21 months and he still mostly eats with his fingers. he likes the forks better though. gerber makes forks with metal tines that are flat instead of pointed and a nice rubber grippy handle. he will use that more than a fork.
you may even want to introduce new foods into her diet, she may just be getting bored
good luck!

Jackie - posted on 02/03/2010

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are you talking about having another baby , baby's are in tune when we talk about these things , and she just may be going through a stage in wanting to be feed my 4 and 5 year old go through that know we just feed them and tell them there not baby's and then they will do it after a wile back and forth sometimes i think it is just expressing them selves

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2010

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im not sure what to tell you. my kids just dont want to stop eating. its seem everytime i go to get something they want it. i wish i knew what to tell you. im sorry

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