how can i get my daughter to eat more

Maudia - posted on 03/29/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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malaia only eats a little how can i get her to eat more!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jessica - posted on 03/30/2010

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Don't panic... Kids will eat when their hungry. Just offer small amounts frequently, make it colourful and interesting. Make a face out of fruit, fruit or vegie kebabs. Also don't put too much on the plate this can be really overwhelming. I found finger foods great. Make meat or chicken balls, cut vegies into sticks bake in oven on grease proof paper, its fun and kids think their eating chips. Home made chicken nuggets/crumbed fish etc are a hit at our house and the meatballs.

Brenna - posted on 03/30/2010

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Some kids just aren't big eaters.
I have a 18 month old who has always been tiny. She was 5lbs 6 oz. when she was born. I used to worry that she wasn't eating enough until my Dr. told me that the was fine.Even though she's small, she's on target with her percentiles so the Dr. is satisfied that she's getting enough. My parents always try to force feed her, but she knows when she's full and she won't take food if she's not hungry.
I'd have the Dr. look at her percentile chart and they'll tell you if it's a problem.

Rachelle - posted on 03/29/2010

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Every child is different when it comes to the amount of food. Try changing the type of foods she is eating. Or adjust the time she eats. My daughter can eat more than me first thing in the morning, but for the rest of the day it's like she barely consumes any food at all!

Sharonda - posted on 03/29/2010

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DO SHE DRINK ALOT? IF SHE DOES STOP THE AMOUNT OF LIQUID SHE IS TAKING IN. IF SHE IS NOT THEN SHE COULD BE A PICKY EATER. I'M HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY 2 YEAR OLD.

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Sarai - posted on 06/14/2014

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Michelle - posted on 04/03/2010

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every child is different your little one might be a grazer I have one of those, we just make sure we have finger foods available throughout the day for her and she picks all day...then at meal times I actually sit down and make sure she eats a certain amount of the good stuff then I let her pick at some finger foods

Kimberly - posted on 04/01/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it! My daughter doesn't eat much either. They eat what their bodies require of them. If she isn't having any health problems because if it, don't stress! (Now if only I hated eating...!)

Rachel - posted on 04/01/2010

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I have the same problem with my two year old- he went through a phase last week of all he will eat is oatmeal- this week it is PBJ-I always have milk with some powdered protien on hand to make sure he is getting some protien in his diet- I also have V8 Fushion and 8oz glass is one serving of fruit and veggies- and he loves (I do too)-if ypur child like bakery stuff lke muffins- make the muffin but instead of butter use apple sauce or blended sweet potato or squash- you can taste the difference- my family has no idea how much blended veggies they eat daily LOL- but always still serve the real fruits and eggies too so your child will eventually get curious and try them-yogurt (especially gogurt is huge fav at my house) -Good Luck!

Tiffany - posted on 04/01/2010

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my son is 25 months, and i have a huge issue trying to get him to eat. mostly it is mac & cheese or nuggets. that is about ALL he'll eat for dinner. i have tried everything, or so I thought. now its warmer out, i cut apples into small pcs and put salt on them. lay them out, and he nibbles. also, i discovered that if i cut the PB & J into shapes (stars, hearts, ect) he'll eat it. anyhow, try it. oh, let her eat the apple sauce and/or yogurt by herself, its messy, BUT she more than likely will eat it.

Maria - posted on 04/01/2010

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It's hard to get a toddler to sit and eat. My 3 year old sits and gets up and I have to constantly tell her to sit and eat her food. I never tell her to finish her food, because I think that's unhealthy, but I make sure that she at least tries everything on her plate before she can go back to playing. Also, don't put too much on her plate because sometimes its overwhelming. Remember that they have smaller stomachs and don't need to eat a whole lot to feel content. Keep that in mind when you make her portions. Sometimes my husband has to remind me because I'll put a lot on her plate and then get mad when it looks like she didn't eat anything.

Kim - posted on 04/01/2010

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Normal toddler behaviour apparently! My son is doing the same! Funny though he will eat as many bickies or treats as you will give him, cheaky monkey! But i wont let him get away with that. I keep healthy treats on hand and let him pick when he is hungry instead of inforcing meal times. If he is hungry he will eat, he puts up a good fight though ha ha

Samantha - posted on 03/31/2010

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I totally agree with Jessica Wood. As long as ur child is gaining weight i wouldnt worry too much about it. Along with with making faces with food have ur child help u prepare food by getting all ingredients together, mixing, or just a simple task as letting them squeeze the ketchup on the bun. Also try sitting down at table with ur child when its time to eat. A lot of toddlers dont eat because they r bored by themselves at the table.

Jessica - posted on 03/31/2010

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I have a 2 year old daughter thats a picky eater. She likes alot of junk food but she will eat certain things if u cook it for her. But on the other hand I have a 11 month old and she eats circles around ha. So wat can i do to keep her eating her food but taking in more?

Laura - posted on 03/31/2010

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My 2yr old daughter is "small" and doesn't eat much. (She's 2 1/2 and only 20lbs wearing size 18mo just for length and they're still baggy in the waist/thighs.) My pediatrician asked me if I would like to try an antihistimine called Periactin (it's major side-effect is increse in appetite). I decided not to try it because I personally feel like she's just pettite. Me & her father are both small people. She's very healthy and she has fat where she needs it. :) I know medication is always the LAST thing we want for our children but if you're concerned, you could talk about it with your pediatrician.

Maudia - posted on 03/30/2010

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thanks ladies i will try all these ideal let you know if they work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maudia - posted on 03/29/2010

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thank you she was drinking a lot but i have slow down on how much she drinks and she will not eat a lot.

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