My 16 month old changed her eating habits suddenly, she almost refuses to eat at all. Has anyone else had this problem?

Brittney - posted on 02/13/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )




My daughter is 16 months old and she has started to eat nothing and drink nothing, she wakes up at 3-4 in the morning complaining of being hungry. I do not feed her at these hours. She used to eat breakfast at 8am lunch at 11am dinner at 6p with snacks in between.


Normal-(breakfast) 2 slices of french toast with syrup and butter, 2 oranges, 1 banana, and 12 ounces of chocolate, strawberry, OR regular milk from her sippy cup. (snack) 1 nectarine, 1 apple, 1 roma tomato, 1 cup of cheerios. (Lunch) 1-2 cups Macaroni and cheese with cauliflower or peas and tuna, 12 ounces of chocolate, strawberry, OR regular milk from her sippy. (snack) 1 cup of blueberries, 1 cup of oatmeal, 2, cheese sticks. (dinner) 1 cup spaghetti, 2 small meatballs, 1 cheese stick, 24 ounces of chocolate, strawberry, OR regular milk from sippy cup.

NOW-(breakfast) 1 slice of french toast with butter and syrup, 2 oranges, 1/2 banana, NO milk at all. (snack) 3 cheese sticks, 1/2 apple, 1/2 roma tomato, 1/8 cheerios. (lunch) 1/4 cup Macaroni and cheese with cauliflower or peas [sometimes only eating the veggies], NO milk, sometimes a sip. (snack) 1 cup of blueberries, 1 cheese stick. (dinner) 1/4 cup spaghetti, NO meatballs, 12 ounces of chocolate, strawberry, OR regular milk from sippy.

I am not joking about the amounts (she really used to eat that much)

She is getting her top left 1st molar and I thought once it came in, her amounts would go back up, she has all her other molars so she uses that side to chew. I'm afraid she's going to start to lose weight, she has already lost her toddler pot-belly. She weighs 25.5 pounds and is 35 inches tall, she also eats more if I or my husband eats, too. My husband is an extremely picky eater. Do you think she will grow out of this? Is she gaining her father's eating habits? (he never eats at home) Has anyone else had toddlers do this?

By the way, she has been doing this for a couple weeks and everyday, she eats less and less. Today, she wouldn't eat breakfast and its almost lunch time, she also wouldn't eat dinner last night. So it has been about 15 hours since she has eaten anything.


Kari - posted on 02/16/2012




My son(now 5yrs old) went and still goes through this. The doc said that it happens alot during this time because of growth spurts. My son, right now, only eats a couple bites from his dinner and drinks maybe a half a cup of juice a day. He does this for a couple weeks, then out of the blue he will eat like he's never had a bite in his life. I think just about every child goes thru a stage like this. If it persists longer than a month than I would take her to the doctor.

User - posted on 02/13/2012




yes it is very normal, my son who is 20 month does this all the time, she is just going thru growth spurts (sp), she will do this a lot on and off, my fiance's cousin says she still cant get her son (who is 3) to eat a lot of things like he used to. so dont worry its normal and i freaked out at first too. she will let u kno wen she is hungry, just feed her wen she is and dont try to force her to eat ither. i kno its hard but it comes with the baby :) just make sure she drinks a lot of fluids tho. but if she starts getting worse about not eating for a whole day, i personally would talk to a pediatrician

Janessa - posted on 02/17/2012




That's normal for that age, they start to be pickier at around that age, but if you don't want it to be a forever thing, don't worry about it, keep giving her variety, and for at least one meal, I usually do dinner because I don't want to make a bunch of different things for dinner, make sure they know they don't have options, they get what you make and that is that. They won't starve. My older kids will eat anything now, and my 2 1/2 year old is learning. Sometimes he doesn't eat much for dinner, but he doesn't wake up at night, and he's still growing. I don't force them to eat it, but I also don't give them other options. They learn. It just takes time. Anyways, hope that helps that's just what I do.

September - posted on 02/13/2012




I think every child goes through what your daughter is going through right now. Our son did and I was worried too. I talked to his pediatrician who made me feel way better. His advice was to feed our son when he's hungry (even if that means eating at 3 or 4 in the morning), offer healthy snacks throughout the day and don't force feed him. So that's what we did. There are still days that he will hardly eat anything at all and days he can't get enough. It all ends up balancing it's self out. Children will not stave themselves that's for sure. Try not to stress and just keep offering healthy foods. Children go through phases when it comes to food. Your daughter sounds like any other child that's going through a food phase. As long as she's gaining weight, active, pees and poops, then there is no need to worry.

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Michelle - posted on 02/15/2012




My daughter is around 20mths and she did the EXACT same thing if not less I was about to take her to the doctors and all of a sudden she is eating like she used to! I agree completely with Alicia James, my daughter was just snacking all day when she was hungry and it was a pain because she would go through EVERYTHING in the house and wouldnt finish ANY of it, now she is back to 'normal' eating like she was and Im not worried.

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