Picky 2 year old

Mary - posted on 01/22/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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So, I'm out of ideas..my 2 year old daughter has basically stopped eating. This morning she only ate 1/2 egg and then skipped lunch and only had 3 pickles for dinner. Shes had water before dinner so she didn't fill up on liquid..its been like this for a few months now and it is EVERYTHING even things that she likes she just picks at. Help?

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Sandie - posted on 01/23/2012

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My son, also 2, is going through this phase at the moment too. It is a stage they all dip into around this age apparently, no child will starve themselves - doesn't make it any less frustrating or scary though, lol.



I have changed things up a bit and they seem to have helped a little, we have breakfast, he gets to choose between cereals or toast and fruit, it's his choice so that usually helps. Then around 11am he has a snack - a snack should fit in the palm of your hand, no more. That snack is usually cheese, grapes and breadsticks or something like that. Lunch around half 12-1pm, some things go on the plate whether he wants it or not, and some things he gets to choose so i know he will eat something, another snack at 3pm, then dinner around 5-30-6pm.



He fights me on things, but isn't allowed dessert if he doesn't finish dinner, he's starting to get the idea. I also don;t let him wander around with his drinks anymore, I used to just leave one on the table for him to help himself but now i restrict the amount and pay more attention to how much he has near to food times.



It's all pretty basic and i'm sure you already do this anyway, lol, but i thought i'd share as it's started to help us. good luck, x

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Mary - posted on 01/22/2012

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Everything, she was always a really good eater, always loved any veggie, never ate much bread though and was ok about her meats.

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