very slow eater

Kerryn - posted on 11/29/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old is an extremely slow eater. She can take anywhere up to 1 hour to eat 1 piece of toast in the morning. I have tried everything to get her to eat. I never leave her unattended, she doesn't watch tv, the table is cleared so she can't play with anything, she sits at the table every meal, she doesn't respond to rewards or things been taken off her, if anything it makes things worse!! & she's not a snacker. I need help, anyone!!! PLEASE. How can I get her to eat???

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Heidi - posted on 12/01/2009

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Quoting Melany :

make it a challenge or like a game 2 see who can eat faster ( say i bet mommy can get done eating first) they tend 2 wan 2 win and will eat. I hope this helps a bit best of luck!



That is exactly what we did with our 4 yr old. And now everything is a race.. :) which is ok. it doesnt bother me. But he eats faster now and picks up his room faster now... and beats me to the car in the driveway... When we go on walks he races me to the corner then says hurry up mom ive already beat you!! LOL It works but be ready for EVERYTHING being a race!!!

Christy - posted on 12/01/2009

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My son HATES when I watch him trying to eat so I go do something else where I am not staring at him....reading a book out of HIS sight but not where he is out of mine...or the dishes, whatever. He started to eat once he felt he wasn't under pressure to do so. I hope it helps.

Kerryn - posted on 12/01/2009

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Thank you all for some new ideas, I'll try them out & let you know how we go. Wish me luck!!!

Karen - posted on 11/30/2009

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Another trick we try with our kids - reading while they eat. We start a book that we know they like and won't let them see the pictures on the page until they've taken another bite!

Karen - posted on 11/30/2009

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All 3 of my kids fit your exact description of your little girl. It's been even more frustrating now that my oldest is in school all day and has the challenge of eating lunch in about 15 minutes, and also finishing breakfast before the bus comes..... Here at home, we do the same things you're already doing, plus we try to set time limits, as somone else suggested. When the time is up, then everything gets put away, no matter what. (go over the new "eating rules" with her beforehand). I'm finding that sometimes they just aren't hungry when they're not eating, in which case they don't fuss when the time is up. And then they might eat more (or maybe faster) at the next meal. Sometimes letting them either help pick out what they eat or help make it gets them a little more eager to eat, so they might eat faster. At school, I'm finding that smoothies go down a little quicker than a "regular" meal, and if I make the smoothie with yogurt and peanut butter, then they actually are drinking a fairly well rounded and healthy meal! Let us know if any of these things work and please post if you come up with anything new - advice and new ideas are always welcome!

Melany - posted on 11/29/2009

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I don't have this problem with my daughter but my mother has a at home daycare and there have been children that come in having the same problem she has found that if u make it a challenge or like a game 2 see who can eat faster ( say i bet mommy can get done eating first) they tend 2 wan 2 win and will eat. I hope this helps a bit best of luck!

Jennifer - posted on 11/29/2009

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I had the same problem as a child..I still eat pretty slow,but the doc said that it's actually better to eat slower ,

Megan - posted on 11/29/2009

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my nearly 3 year old twin girls used to take forever to do anything, so just recently i decided to start using a timer for all of our activities, live coloring, video time, cleaning time and table time. i give them a time limit and when the timer goes off we move on to the next activity. it has really helped our family.

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