My 2-yr-old refuses to eat

Mili - posted on 03/06/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son was very chubby till he was 12- 17 months but now since he is 2 he refuses to eat. I try feeding him different things he only wants milk therefore he has lost lot of weight. His activity has increased as well. Even if he allows any food in his mouth he spits right on to the floor or returns it in my hand. He loves chocolates but he cant have that the whole day. Could anyone pls give me some ideas what to give him and how to give him ?

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User - posted on 03/07/2013

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I have a difficult time with my son (2 yrs) with food as well. But mine has always been smal and he has a very small appetite, even though he will try new things I cant get him to eat good amount generally. I spoke with my sons dr and they said that this is really normal for him at this age and they wil growout of it, is really just getting through t and encouraging them as much as possible without forcing or them feeling pushed to eat. Difficult eating habits are quite common at 2

If they see any frustration with you when you want him to eat something, is discouraging, and sometimes it is hard to not show when you just want them to be healthy.

I have caught my son loving, loving, loving popsicles I cant keep them in the house because that is ALL he wants, and he wont eat anything but them. Thats when we as parents have to step in and set our foot down, its hard I am going through it, but it is getting easier. I say firm when I say no. If he keeps pushing me whining for them, I stay firm. If you dont, they will learn very fast that if they whine enough that you will give in, and they will take advantage of it. And the same thing with anything. If he wants to drink all the time, he wont want to eat because hes full on milk. Limit his drink intake, and offer him healthy balanced meals through the day. They usually throw a fit and say no, but just sit it down on the table and say when you want to eat, here is your food.Mine does this and after his small fit literally 2 minutes later hes up at the table eating lol. Dont make anything else. Expecially when you make dinner, when the family is eating make sure you fix one food that he does like. This will help him see mommy and daddy eat different foods and be more willing to try them, if he isnt ready he still has they food you know he will eat. Over time he will start trying things as long as you keep providing them.

I feel like I am a little more strict on candy and chocolate than others but I onyl give my son a peice of candy maybe once a week and thats because we run throught the bank and he gets a sucker. I myself am trying to keep healthy food in the home and I dont buy candies to bring home. If we have them its only out of the house. I just know that if they are at home they are more likely to be eaten. Wih my son, I know he will know they are there so he will keep begging and that will be what he wnts to eat all day. I just want try my best to start him out healthy so as he grows older he will be making healthier choices I am and was a bigger kid/person and I dont want him to follow in my foot steps
. Not in anyway saying your feeding your child unhealthy food all the time, but chocolate and candy in general are bad for the teeth and 2 to 3 yrs old have a huge increase in cavities.

I know that its hard keeping food from a baby when they are hungry (like them wanting drinks, etc instead )when they wont eat what you have prepared for them, but it really will get better and they will eat when they are hungry enough. You just have to give them a bump into the right direction and they will learn to follow. It takes some time for them to adjust but aso keeping the food they are desiring out of sight will help, or not having certain food/drinks in the home while your working. on this

Hope the best ,let us know how he is doing

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User - posted on 03/10/2013

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wow sorry my post was so long, did not realize. But am glad to see theres improvement. It is scary to see your baby not eating right, its just worrying and stressful.

I also agree with Randi, that is a great way to get them to try new things. Expecially with fruit and in general soft foods. While you are preparing the main dish, you can give him a bowl or plate with things on it that he can mix and cut with a plastic knife or fork, they love this.
I have to admit I am not the best for this, unless I am baking. I tried making cookies one day,and of course cookie dough is sooo good. First thing he did was stick it in the mouth and eat it. Not great because of the raw eggs, so one of those thoughts to make sure it when you give them something to fix with you, it is completely edible lol you can tell I didnt think hard on that one

Mili - posted on 03/10/2013

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Yeah , it true now i have reduced his milk feed and give him what he likes which is bread made in clarified butter. I know it would be too fattening but at least he is eating something . He has also started eating fresh fruits and fish with rice so its very encouraging for me .
Thanks !

Randi - posted on 03/09/2013

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I to just went threw something like this my son is 20months old. But he would eat just not healthy like I to was told that as long as he was eating something not to worry he will eat when he got hungry I didn't except this cus I felt like a horrible parent just allowing him to eat hot dogs or bread or junk basically. My mom gave me a suggestion that worked great and now he will eat just about anything again. She suggested that I let him help make his plate. Or let him help stir n mix the mac n cheese when it came off the stove. Let him mix n beat the eggs before making them. Of course u will have to guild him in all these but the fact that he can do it may make it fun and show him that it's cool and hell want to try eating it. As well as when u test the food out of the pan to see if it's right let him see that and than let him too try it after u cool it off of course. Like the other night I made tacos I let my son test the meat with me than I held him n his plate n let him pick what he wanted to put on it after I added the meat. So he got to grab his own lettuce and cheese and what ever else he wanted. And he ate the whole thing before me trying this he would only ever eat hot dogs, eggs, breakfast sausages, any kinda bread or crackers, rice or chips n that's it all day. I didn't like that cus they dont have good nutrition in it but after trying this he loves to help and he will eat the whole thing!

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